Which bands would suck without their bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Futurebass, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. Futurebass


    Jun 22, 2005
    I don't mean without A bassist. That's most bands.

    Some great bands have survived after losing their original bassist-Stones, Kinks, Ramones, Metallica, etc.

    Other bands are unimaginable without their bassist. I will list a few examples that come to my mind

    The Who (the hell do they think they are calling themselves the Who sans Entwistle and Moon?).

    Led Zep (Page/Plant...hahahaha).

    Yes ("NO" without Chris Squire)

    Which other bands would be irreparably damaged without their bassist?

    Edit: I mean just for their playing, not for their singing or songwriting.
  2. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    An obvious choice would be bands in which the bassist is the visible leader. Rush and Primus come to mind. I can't imagine Bela Fleck And The Flecktones without Victor Wooten.

    Edit: What about Beatles without McCartney?
  3. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    More examples: Iron Maiden minus Steve Harris, Kiss without Gene Simmons[​IMG](Well, not because of his playing, but he's evidently one of the owners of the band, isn't he?)
  4. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Fourplay survived the switch from (darn, I forgot his name, but it's the guy I always used to confuse with Al DiMeola!) to Larry Carlton on guitar. I don't know who could step in for Nathan East and not change the feel of the group. He and Bob James define the group.


  5. Funkengrooven

    Funkengrooven Turn it down? You gotta be nuts!!

    Cream without Jack Bruce...NO!!

    Weather Report without Jaco ?? NO

    Little Feat without both Gradney and Hayward...no no no

    My measly two cents.... :D
  6. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Um... Weather Report was a damn killer band even before Jaco. They had Vic B. and Alfonso :). Still, without any of those, they would be a little lamer..

    Bass extremes would suck (even more) with no bassist(s)
  7. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun

  8. I never completely liked the Sabbath stuff without Geezer.
    The songs are cool, but there's no dynamic between guitar and bass like the Geezer-era stuff.

    W.A.S.P. too, I guess (if anyone cared). :meh:
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and Miroslav Vitous.
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Lee Ritenour?
    If so, how is he to be confoozed with DiMeola?
    If anything, I could see one getting somewhat confused between Rit & Carlton. ;)

    I only have their 1st couple albums. That said-
    I would think someone like Gerald Veasley could step right into that gig.
  11. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    I have a lot of friends who prefer pre-Jaco Weather Report greatly. I'm in that camp myself, although I love the Jaco era stuff too.

    Now, I guess I have to play:

    The Dead, Phil Lesh
    Hot Tuna, Jack Casady

    I don't think the Stones aged gracefully at all after Wyman left, personally.
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...maybe The Stones shoulda just used Ron Wood on bass?
  13. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    All these responses and nobody's said the RHCP yet? Jeez!

    The Beatles too.

    Oh yeah, and Hemies Hermits.
  14. Mudvayne would suck hard without Ryan.
  15. metalguy2


    Dec 26, 2004
    I think the end all, be all answer to this would be.. Any band would suck without thier bassplayer ;)
  16. Syeknom


    Oct 17, 2004
    Leuven, Belgium
    The White Stripes.

  17. Secondhandloser


    Mar 28, 2005

    Rancid. Matt's playing is the only reason I listen to them...
  18. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    I dunno, Daryl Jones sure sounded good with Miles when I saw him, but I just can't get into the Stones as a band post-Wyman. Woodie makes sense contextually though, I think. :cool: Then what, bring back Mick Taylor?
  19. bah- beaten to it :D