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Old 03-16-2007, 11:42 AM   #31
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No particular order:

Adam Clayton
John Paul Jones
John Entwistle
Paul McCartney
Flea
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Old 03-16-2007, 07:03 PM   #32
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Flea x 5



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Old 03-16-2007, 10:52 PM   #33
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Old 03-17-2007, 01:08 PM   #34
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Adam Clayton

Doesn't get the credit he deserves, even from U2 fans. He's by no means the greatest bassist ever, but definitely one of my favourites. Has created some of the most memorable basslines ever - New Year's Day, anyone? I'm partial to Do You Feel Loved of course...his work on Pop as a whole is his best.

Carlos D

Surprised he wasn't mentioned yet... Interpol would not be great without their amazing basslines

Flea

Well, duh.

Tye Zamora

His often jazz-inspired, dynamic bass playing set Alien Ant Farm apart from other mainstream rock for me, and really made their songs. More importantly, he makes crazy faces. too bad he quit the band.

Chris Wolstenholme

Pretty much summarized here already. Hysteria alone puts him on my list; that bassline is fucking sick.

I feel bad about not putting Paul McCartney on this list. He's my #1 honourable mention
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1. Bernard Edwards (Chic) - man that guy played some funky basslines
2. John Entwhistle - the basswork on The Real Me is amazing.
3. Paul McCartney - underrarted i think. The bass on Something is fabulous. It's a song within a song, on a totally different melody, always bubbling under the surface of the song and yet such an important part
4. Flea - probably the best popular bassist around now.
5. Andy Rourke - An integral part of what made The Smiths so great. His bass on This Charming Man and Cemetry Gates is excellent.

An honourable mention to Victor Wooten, who despite being mindblowing, isn't in my top 5 cos his stuff is too complicated. It's amazing but i'd rather hear stuff a bit simpler than that. Although his version of Amazing Grace is brilliant.
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Old 03-18-2007, 12:11 AM   #36
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I don't notice bass all that much to be honest and I'm totally clueless about technical proficiency, so here are the ones I just happen to like, in no particular order:

1. Flea



2. Kim Deal



3. Kim Gordon



4. Adam Clayton



5. John Deacon

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Donald "Duck" Dunn. The man layed down the groove on nearly every single Otis Redding tune.

Fucking ace.

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FLEA. It can't be said too much.
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Old 03-18-2007, 03:25 AM   #40
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01. Adam Clayton

He’s the man for me on bass. His basslines are fantastic and I love the fact that he doesn’t just plays what Edge is playing, he comes up with something that matches what both Bono and Edge are doing without copying it, it’s a whole new world there and it just makes it all much more interesting. In my mind he’s a huge part of the U2 sound.
Songs: New Year’s Day, Mysterious Ways, Do You Feel Loved, Please, I Still Haven’t Found.


02. Cliff Burton

Much more than just a great heavy metal bass player that’s why he was so good, he wasn’t confined into a genre, his basslines were not just original but brilliant, he was a great songwriter as well and had the perfect mix of technicality and feel. A great original player!
Songs: For Whom The Bell Tolls, Orion, Master Of Puppets, Leper Messiah, The Four Horsemen.


03. Paul McCartney

He very much deserves to be in this lists, his gift for melody was not only for the singing, he has a great feel of the songs, and adds a big groove to them, he never just kept the rhythm but always added color to the songs and something extra with his basslines.
Songs: Rain, The Ballad Of John And Yoko, Come Together, Hello, Goodbye, Don’t Let Me Down.


04. Geezer Butler

The guru of heavy metal bassplayers! A lot of attitude coming from his basslines and really like all best players he tried to serve the songs the best he could without just being obvious and always keep the high energy rhythm going. Fucking great.
Songs: N.I.B., After Forever, War Pigs, Supernaut, Heaven And Hell.


05. Gene Simmons

Thaaaaaaat’s right, the God Of Thunder is on this list! He very much deserves it. He’s got a great rock feel and groove and believe it or not he can be very diverse with his bass, like Adam he doesn’t simply copies whatever riff the guitar player is playing (not always at least), he has a big sound and I love the simple open strings, groovy, cool headbanging playing on songs like God Of Thunder and Into The Void.
Songs: God Of Thunder, 100,000 Years, Detroit Rock City, Sure Know Something, Going Blind.
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Sorry... I can't do only 5

Flea

Jeff Ament

Chris Wolstenholme

Roger Waters

Colin Greenwood

Tim Commerford (RATM, audioslave)

Justin Chancellor (Tool)
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1.Chris Wolstenholme
2.Roger Waters
3.Adam Clayton
4.Paul MaFuckingCartney (as Bono said at the Melbourne U2 Gig)
5.Mike Dirnt
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