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Who, in your opinion, made bassists "cool"?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by MovingPitchers, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Everyone is into guitar nowadays so they can show off with riffs and shredding but I think bassists are slowly entering the limelight as a "cool" thing.

    Who do you think helped that become reality? Otherwise there wouldn't be a lot of people wanting to learn bass over guitar or drums.

    For me: Geddy Lee.
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  2. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    I think Flea may have a lot to do this overall for today, but for me it was Geddy. Historically, Jamerson
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  3. I am Soma

    I am Soma Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    with the rise of post-metal and bass being more thick, chunky, use of effects, and up-front i def saw the coolness and respect factor for bassist go up - at least in my experiences.
  4. hampulator


    Feb 10, 2012
    I think Flea mainly did it for "The newer Gen." For Me it Was Steve Harris back in the Eighties,and also Entwistle. Geddy's been doin it for people since...forever. But,also what I think is really doin it these days is YouTube,and all those Slappers doin those learn how vids. IMO
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    Mar 29, 2006
    I know this thread will run for pages before anyone mentions him, so Im gonna jump in with ...

    Defintely not the most proficient, but probably the most profitable.

    He doesnt claim to be a musician, but rather an entertainer.

    And theres no denying that KISS has launched more guitarists and bassists than anyother band in the history of rock and roll.
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  6. Drunk Heffalump

    Drunk Heffalump Tone that I have. Skill? Oh, that? Well....

    Feb 28, 2009
    Great White North
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  7. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    i know u guys dont know me but, i think i may have made bass cool a little bit.
    but besides me, im sure victor wooten, ant wellington and cats like them made
    playing the bass cool.
  8. Gravy4001


    Jan 9, 2012
    Sir Paul McCartney!
  9. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    For me it was guys like Larry Graham, Bootsy, Steve Harris, Geezer Butler, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten.

    You can't get much cooler than this IMO.

  10. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    That guy in that little band from Liverpool. What's his name?.... Oh yeah - Paul McCartney

    Edit: Me and Gravy4001 are on the same page!

    Chris Squire sure looked cool in the '70's with his capes and furry boots..
  11. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    Nobody mentioned yet Jaco Pastorius... To me, he was the guy that set the bass to the center of stage (the bass itself, not the bassist!).
    And well, historically speaking, ok, Sir McCartney (he was an handsome guy, and sang too), and Mr. Entwistle (so cool and calm in the middle of hell).
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  12. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011

    Seriously, when I was a little kid (1960s) and I fawned over pictures of rock bands with their shiny electric guitars, I was always drawn to the bass players. Something about those guys, their personalities, and (especially) their instruments just made it seem like that would be the coolest job in the whole band.
  13. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
  14. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    Jamerson, Dunn, McCartney, Entwistle, Bruce, John Paul Jones

    and Stanley Clarke
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    The most visible bassist was Sir Paul and the first to be identified with a certain brand of bass IMO.

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  16. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Sir Paul and Gene Simmons are probably responsible for a lot of kids in the 60s and 70s picking up a bass. Maybe Steve Harris in the 80s? Flea and Les Claypool probably turned a lot of young people on in the 90s and 00s.

    Personally, Gene, Dee Dee, and Lemmy first got me interested in bass.
  17. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    'Cool' to musicians?
    Pretty much anyone who's any good.

    'Cool' to the general public:
    Front men like Phil Lynott, Sting, Mark King, Rick James, Dug Pinnick, etc...
  18. I saw a documentary the other night on the making of Quadrophenia, they showed footage of The Who performing it live, and I don't think anyone looked cooler playing bass than Entwistle, especially with all the mayhem breaking out all around him a lot of the time on stage. Goes for the early Who days as well.
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  19. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Back in the day? Paul McCartney, no question about it. Others have their influence, but he made it cool.

    Today? I guess Flea, but also Justin Chancellor, Cliff Burton (retrospective), and perhaps Alex Webster too.
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Jermaine Jackson
    Check out some of those back-in-the-day videos of the J5.

    ...did not know exactly what instrument he was "playing" on those TV Shows.
    My older, hipper cousins told me that it was a bass & that every band hadda have one.
    Then I asked "...oh yeah, who plays bass in The Beatles"?
    Hearing them say McCartney made it even cooler.