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Tribute to Bass Players

July 30, 2008

Bassists don’t get a whole lot of credit, They really don’t. I remember reading a blog quite a while ago, that was all about how Bass players are the invisible ones in the band…the ones who don’t really do much, they just blend in to the back. No one gives a hoot about the bass players.

To an extent, thats true. Typically, the singer gets the most attention, followed by the lead guitarist. Next in the hierarchy is the drummer, if only because drummers stereotypically have a ton of energy to let out, and are perhaps a little crazy…people watch them to see what they do next. Then finally, the poor, neglected bassist, whose only job is to stand in the shadow and strum out a rhythm. the only person lower is a keyboardist, because for whatever reason, keyboards have never been that welcome in heavy metal.

But y’know, I was thinkin’ about the bands I like, and their bassists. More often than not, the Bassist is in fact one of the more interesting members of the band. Maybe they don’t get as much publicity as the singer, but they are nonetheless cool. And so, I’d just like to take a minute to thank them for putting up with us and the stereotypes and making good music. They, along with the drummers, are the backbone of a good band, and the music we have wouldn’t be half so great without their contribution.

Great Bassists in Rock N Roll History:

Paul McCartney of the Beatles
John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin
Gene Simmons of Kiss
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue
Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses
Jack Bruce of Cream
Lemmy! of Motorhead
Flea of the Chili Peppers
Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick
Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols (the dude was named after a Hamster, how much cooler can you get?!

I know I’ve forgotten some individuals, but the message is the same. So many bassists let themselves slip by unnoticed, but so many of them are great artists and rockstars in their own right, and the impact they’ve had-individually and collectively-on Rock ‘N’ Roll history is enormous. So next time you pull out your favorite album, take a second and notice the bass player, and try to imagine your favorite song without him.

Bless y’all!

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