Is it just me or has the bass today gotten a bad rap. No one anymore takes a bassist seriously, and just considers him someone who never could quite get the hang of guitar. And it seems all these new age mediocre punk/ rock bands aren't helping! Please some one tell me why the bass has been reduced to a duel guitar band filler or a simple root note playing rhythm........ DAMNIT I WANT THE RESPECT WE DESERVE!!! Im about to leave a band, that of which I formed none the less, over this issue.... please someone keep this going I really do have a lot more to say.