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Two Bass Players

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by GreggBummer, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Just got back from an impromptu jam session with another friend who plays bass. We had a drummer, two bass players, and a guitar. We had a really good time just jamming.

    However, all of us were stumped to name a mainstream (or even obscure) band that had two bass players in it's original line up.

    Can anyone name a few bands with two bass players?

    Oh yeah, and a "reunion" band with all the dudes who played bass in it over 30 years doesn't count.
  2. BadB


    May 25, 2005
    Victor Wooten
  3. Mharris


    Sep 25, 2007
    Missoula Montana
    I cannot. However, I do recall hearing of a band that did have two bass players. If I remember I'll let you know.
  4. nope, can't be done, and here's a documentary to prove it:

  5. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    Ned's Atomic Dustbin?

    Maybe not "mainstream" as-such, they had a few minor hits though, and they were ace live.

    Kill Your Television
    Grey Cell Green

    One would play melody stuff up the top end on a Rick, the other would play a more "normal" bass part on a Stingray.
  6. naetog

    naetog Supporting Member

    May 26, 2006
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    King Crimson toured in the 90's with Tony Levin & Trey Gunn both playing bass. Part of the double trio mania.
  7. damianerskine


    Jun 15, 2005
    Portland, or
    Endorsing artist: Skjold basses,Zon basses,Aguilar,D'Addario,GruvGear
    DUMPSTAPHUNK ! Check em out. Ivan Neville's new super funky band out of New Orleans. Bad-ass and stanky. killin' band. I've seen them at festivals I was at last summer and they were great every time.
  8. nbw


    Nov 10, 2003
    Arlington Texas
    Cantata Sangui. They have two bass players and no guitarist. Sounds like a mix between Goth and Jem's 24(ultra violet movie theme song I think). I've been listening to it a LOT lately. If you do a search on TB you can find a link to download the song.
  9. pompompom


    Dec 31, 2003
    Bunkur; a dutch Doom band, no guitars involved!:bassist:
  10. DOS.

    The band is ONLY two bass players and which feature the highly acclaimed bassists Mike Watt of The Minutemen/ Firehouse, and Kira Roessler of Black Flag.

    I think the mentioning of Neds Atomic Dustbin is an excellent example of two basses working quite complimentary with one another in more of a straight forward pop rock direction that was still commercially viable.
  11. The only one I can think of is King Crimson, as mentioned before with Trey Gunn playing touch guitar and Tony Levin playing bass and Chapman Stick. Whether this counts as 2 bassists is questionable, as both players often switch roles according to the tune being played.
  12. Phe


    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
  13. More of an avante-noise band but Cop Shoot Cop.
  14. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Many Beach Boys RECORDINGS have 2 bassists.
  15. I am not sure why Mr. Wooten ended up on the list... unless you mean his is so good that he counts as two guys. :)
  16. kmanley_29649


    Jan 25, 2008
    Taylors SC
    Spinal Tap! Check out "Big Bottom."
  17. mustang-monk


    Feb 1, 2008
    Victor Wooten is 2 midgets taped together.
  18. Andy Will

    Andy Will

    Apr 11, 2003
    London, England
    Does that mean when he is doing the 'Bass Extremes' thing with Steve Bailey.........it's actually 4 midgets in total on stage?:confused:

  19. ''Talk about mud flaps, my girl's got'em''

    beat me to it.

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