Who is your most underrated bassist?...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Claymore, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. nabilhuakbar


    Jan 13, 2020
    Nate is rock solid steady in Foo Fighters and I like the way he occasionally tries to sneak in a little flourish here or there. His playing with Sunny Day Real Estate is totally different and a lot more articulate.
  2. crlujan


    Jul 26, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Leroy Hodges of the Hi-Records house band. Check out some Willie Mitchell records to hear him.
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  3. FuzztoneCowboy


    Jan 17, 2020
    Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper, Jim Lea of Slade (incredible player, probably the best glam rock bassist), Prakash John, Rockette Morton of the Magic Band, Paul Gray of Eddie & the Hot Rods/the Damned (one of the best punk bassists ever), Boz Burrell of Bad Company, Paul Samwell-Smith of the Yardbirds, Greg Ridley of Spooky Tooth/Humble Pie, Andy Fraser of Free, Gerry McAvoy of Rory Gallagher's band. Dale Peters and Tom Kriss of the James Gang were killer players as well, and I feel that Bill Wyman's chops are unappreciated even though he's very well known, and Roger Glover of Deep Purple is a similar case (basslines on Machine Head are nothing short of fantastic). Tim Bogert was deservedly a big deal back in the day but he's a lot more obscure now among younger players, so I'd chuck him on the list too.
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  4. That would be the late Craig Gruber. I love all the stuff he did in his life, but some of the bass lines on Sabbath's 1980 Heaven and Hell album are absolutely KILLER.
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  5. TortoiseBass


    Aug 26, 2020
    Will Caton (I think that’s how it’s spelled) from Red Wine Talk. A local band from my city in the UK. Give them a listen on Spotify. He does a brilliant job on ‘Define Alive P.1 & P.2’.

    I’m pretty sure he doubles the guitar part a lot but he does do some good little follow up thingys (not sure what to call it) when a passage ends. They are a small band but definitely worth a listen.
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  6. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    Mikey Craig of the Culture Club
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  7. Raider Rudy

    Raider Rudy

    May 6, 2017
    So Cal
    Steve Rodby from the Pat Metheny Group!
  8. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Wonder whatever happened to Eric McAnn.

    At age 16 he was ripping on these Mingo Lewis tunes

  9. With you on nearly all of the bassists you mentioned, especially Greg Ridley and Gary McAvoy .
    Also a worthy mention is Bones Hillman (real name Wayne Stevens) driving much of Midnight Oil's powerful music.
  10. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
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  11. Yup, together with his predecessor Peter Gifford. They are (or in Peter's case: were) doing a great backing vocals job, too! :)

    I recommend a watch of this 'Oils On Water' show from '85, which also has a great sound mix. And this is probably the most energetic start of all live gigs I've watched so far:

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  12. spartan1620


    Sep 24, 2020
    From the guys I grew up on, Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio and Roger Lima from Less Than Jake.
  13. 2112


    Apr 30, 2005
    Peter Cetera
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  14. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    The one that spends more time playing than buying and shopping gear.
  15. Rudyboy98


    Jan 25, 2008
    South Bay, CA

    He was the TOURING bassist for Bon Jovi. The recording bass player was always Bob Daisley. Now Bob is not underrated in my book, but may be for others. I don't see Alec as an underrated guy but he doesn't stand out either. The only reason I say that is that I don't think he wrote any of the bass material himself. But I'll stand corrected if someone knows more than I do.
  16. marchone

    marchone Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    The late Pete Quaife of The Kinks. Peter O'Hanlon of The Strypes.
  17. Ross McLochness

    Ross McLochness Living Room Bassist Extraordinaire Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Eden Prairie, MN
    John Glascock in the late 70’s Tull is about as good a pick player as I’ve ever seen.
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  18. danesdad


    Feb 24, 2018
    Western PA
    Any love for Joe Bouchard?
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  19. vertigo


    Sep 27, 2008
    Keanu Reeves. He wasn't that bad at all.
  20. Oh dear. I just heard the sad news that Bones passed away! :(

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