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Whose the least proficient Bass player (solo or in a band) to have big success?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Sultan Of Swing, Jun 5, 2002.

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  1. Sultan Of Swing

    Sultan Of Swing

    May 31, 2002
    Whose the least proficient bass player out there to have major success

    eg: Only ever plucks the top string yet solo or in a band has sold 10,000,000 records.
  2. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Why do I think that there are going to be a bunch of replies that say "Mark Hoppus"? :D

    And why do I think this thread is going to be eventually closed? :D
  3. Sid Viscous from the Sex Pistols. he had absolutely no talent but he's a legend.
  4. FTK


    Apr 24, 2002
    Wa. State
    Nikki Sixx
  5. I was gonna say the guy from Van Halen but sid vicious is a better example....
  6. the dude from the goo goo dolls.. IMO
  7. Amadeus


    Apr 16, 2002
    That would be Micheal Anthony. I like him, but it seems 98% of his stuff is nothing but 1/8th's.
  8. I can't believe that I'm the first to say Fieldy. This really should have been in the "Bassists" forum though.
  9. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Sid, he REALLY sucks.
  10. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Dee Dee Ramone.

    Most "Punk" Basslines are incredibly simple and usually pretty lame (follow the bouncing guitar).
    I'm sure that remark will probablly stir up the hardcore hornet's nest!
  11. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I think Sid is right. Punk legend, but he was often unplugged during shows, because he was so horrid.
  12. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Way too many successful stiffs to choose one.
  13. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    ***Traditional Indian sitar music playing***

    I have a vision.....

    Yes, it's becoming clearer now....

    This thread will soon be closed......
  14. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Not to act like the "Den Mother" here, just adding to the discussion - It's not uncommon that the bass playing you see/hear doesn't truly represent the skill that the bassist really possesses.

    Often, they seem "fundamental" because it serves the music better, (country/western bassists espec.), and/or because the vocalist/guitarist is supposed to be the "whole show."

    And I know from "the old days" big auditoriums/ halls can force you to simplify your bass lines so they don't sound like a multi-note mess through the rumble of the PA banks. In the studio, the guys behind the desk may advise you to lay back, too. Given the chance to step out in the spotlight or play in a more casual situation, many bassists who don't seem to be "all that" can actually smoke.

    Enough preaching, yes - some names with fame really do suck, so back to the subject - Whomever that joke is playing bass in The Strokes really needs to learn where his frets are!!!
  15. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    Sid Vicious
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    He said bassist, not percussionist. :p :D
  17. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    I'm am tottaly with rickbass, Just because a bassist plays something simple, doesnt mean it's bad. heck, all of you "don't eq the amp" "Play one note every song" people should know this! Thats why i said sid sucked, he was horrible, live, and even in the studio! Sloppy, junk player.
  18. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Wrong Forum.
  19. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Yeah i agree.. I'm not saying he is a terrible bass player.. he is simple but at least he can stay on rythem... but God does he get on my nerves. I can't stand the way he poses with his bass
  20. chimppimp


    May 30, 2002
    i would have to go with sid vicious cuz he stunk some bones(good think he was charismatic)

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