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The Top 5 Faux Bass Players

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by dtripoli, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    These are bass players who had their recordings done by top studio musicians but
    gave outstanding performances when lipsyncing there songs

    *Jermaine Jackson, Jackson 5.
    Bass lines and music; the Funk Bros./ James Jamerson

    *Danny Bonaduce, Partridge family
    Bass lines and music; the Wrecking Crew and Carol Kaye

    *Peter Tork, Monkees
    Bass lines and music by Producer and bass player, Chip Douglass

    *Derek Smalls, Spinal Tap
    Harry Julius Shearer, Actual bassist playing a faux character playing a bass

    *Dino Martin, Dino, Desi and Billy
    Wrecking Crew again
  2. The invisible dude from the Doors?
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  3. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    Invisible Guy, Doors
    Larry Knechtel (uncredited) – bass ("Soul Kitchen", "Twentieth Century Fox", "Back Door Man", "I Looked At You", "Take It As It Comes")
  4. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I always though Danny Bonaduce sounded a lot like Carol Kaye!
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  5. ma4rk


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Tia Carrere in Waynes World (shar-WING!)
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  6. qervo


    May 18, 2011
    Something told me Jermaine Jackson couldn't pull off those lines ... I always thought the Jackson 5 songs had wonderful bass lines , now I know why.
  7. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    To be fair, Peter Tork did actually play bass on a few studio tracks and live. He usually played guitar or keyboards though.
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  8. gsquare

    gsquare Pedal Breeders' BIGBoardClub#104;CabronitaClub#8 Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Peoria, AZ
    I played on the show The Other Half and Danny Bonaduce walked up to me, introduced himself, pointed down at my bass and said "I used to know how to hold one of those things." My brush with greatness!
  9. bluestarbass


    Jul 31, 2007
    What about William murder face of deathklok fame or murdoc from the gorillaz.
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  10. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Don't forget my fave- Samuel L. Jackson as "B-Bop" [DEL]working[/DEL] faking it out on DB in the 1991 flick "Johnny Suede".

    (Re; Partridge Family- I had me a serious crush on Susan Dey.)
  11. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    I remember reading an interview with some famous bassist (Stu Hamm maybe?) who said Danny Bonaduce was his favorite bass player, because he can change notes without moving his hand at all. :D

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Wilton Felder played the bass parts for Jackson 5.
  12. How about Irving the kick-ass bass player from the band "the Mosquitos", the band that was stranded on Gilligans Island. He had so much mojo he didn't even need electricity to play his bass! ;)
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  13. Not all of them were Jamerson. "I Want You Back" was Wilton Felder on bass.
  14. mogpipe


    Apr 22, 2011
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  15. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Floyd Pepper, bass player for the Electric Mayhem band on The Muppet Show.
  16. JumboJack


    Dec 31, 2007
    I assume that's Bryan Beller
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  17. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    You and me, both, brother.

    I think Bonaduce used to tell the story that when he first, ahem, played, the bass, he was strumming it like a guitar and David Cassidy stopped the take and at least corrected that.
  18. 'Cause David Cassidy is good like that.
  19. Emmet Otter – Washtub bassist
  20. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Sid Vicious. Bass lines played by Steve Jones.
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