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Swap in a different musician into a band's history...who'd you like to see?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Billyzoom, Apr 25, 2021.


  1. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    This doesn't have to be bass specific, but I think it's fun to think about.

    For example, I've always had a great appreciation for Mick Fleetwood's drumming, and for some reason have always wondered how the Rolling Stones might have sounded different had he been their drummer rather than Charlie Watts.

    This is no dig on Charlie whatsoever, nor am I saying that one's better than the other...just an interesting dynamic I've thought about, where I wonder how the musical "stew" might have tasted different.

    Another for me would have been to have David Hidalgo or perhaps Brian Setzer in the Blasters (again, I love Dave Alvin and know he also wrote much of the songs....it's not about that).

    Any you think would be interesting?
     
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  2. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    Ringo Star in Tool and Danny Carey in The Beatles.
     
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  3. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Ooh, man, I love this game!

    ...mostly because I always thought that Asia would have been a much cooler band if they'd had someone besides Carl Palmer on drums.
    Sorry, but Palmer is both too bombastic and not precise enough to do justice to the post-prog arena-rock/pop genre that Asia was working in. His time sucks, his fills step all over other instruments, and he's incapable of leaving space or allowing things to breath.

    So the requirement is: Must be British, must have a prior history of playing in British prog-rock bands during the 1970s, and must be better than Carl Palmer.

    I sometimes think Simon Philips would've been an excellent choice, but tbh he is way too overqualified for the gig. His talents would be wasted in Asia.

    John Weathers would have been an interesting choice. He has the equivalent 70s prog credentials/bona fides as the other guys in the band, but he's a much less "Look At Me!" drummer than Carl Palmer. Weathers knows how to play what's required without overplaying.

    Barriemore Barlow would be my other choice, although I'm not really familiar with any of his work outside of Jethro Tull. But like John Weathers, Barlow has the equivalent 70s prog credentials/bona fides as the other guys in the band, he has the chops but he doesn't overplay.

    Anyhow...fun game!
     
  4. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
     
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  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Sid Vicious would've ruled in the Beatles and Charlie Mingus would have been the perfect Motown house bassist.
     
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  6. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Don't fire Pete Best.
     
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  7. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    They had their own Sid Vicious in Stu Sutcliffe.
     
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  8. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Next-level thinking right there, @Passinwind — I like it! But based on the Mingus bio I read recently, I can see him coming to blows with Berry Gordy.
     
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  9. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Exactly! ;)
     
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  10. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    Have Geddy take over bass and vocals in VH when Dave left.
    Flea with ACDC.
     
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  11. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    Emerson, Vicious & Palmer.
     
  12. Charlie Haden with either Bill Evans Trio or John Coltrane's classic quartet
    Louis Johnson with Stevie Wonder
     
  13. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    I would pull the guitar player out of Blue Cheer and put Tiny Tim in his place.
     
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  14. Hendrix and Page as dueling lead guitars for Led zeppelin.
     
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  15. Canadian supergrouping here. Always loved Rush and Triumph but grab Rik Emmett and sub him for Alex Lifeson would have given the new band the highest voices in the biz and a guitarist of at least the same ability.
     
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  16. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    Dennis Chambers on drums in Sly and the Family Stone. Their drummer always played the same repetitive 16th note fills, like on M’lady. Dennis would have taken them HIGHER.
     
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  17. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    Mike Stern in early Chicago
     
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  18. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    Jaco in Tower of Power. Would love to hear him and David Garibaldi lock in a groove.
     
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  19. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    Slash in Aerosmith would have been interesting.
     
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  20. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    George Michael with Daryl Hall instead of John Oates. Michael and Hall (Hall and Michael just sounds weird)
     
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