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Re: Greatest Bassists I don't know if I'd put Ellefson on this list. He's never done anything too remarkable to me. I'm sure he's a great player but I think Dave probably keeps him in check.

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Guys, guys please listen to Primus. Their bassist Les Claypool its like WTF?! Is this even human?! And I know Flea its not in the Metal Scene but we can't ignore he is fucking awesome at the bass. And Steve Harris is so fucking good at it too, Lemmy its a regular bass player because he plays like guitar but he is good. And about Dave Ellefson from Megadeth I can't say too much about him, I jsut can say the bass riffs from Peace Sells are INSANE!

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Guys' date=' guys please listen to Primus. Their bassist Les Claypool its like WTF?! Is this even human?! And I know Flea its not in the Metal Scene but we can't ignore he is fucking awesome at the bass. And Steve Harris is so fucking good at it too, Lemmy its a regular bass player because he plays like guitar but he is good. And about Dave Ellefson from Megadeth I can't say too much about him, I jsut can say the bass riffs from Peace Sells are INSANE![/quote'] I'm not a fan of Primus, but Claypool was in the metal band Blind Illusion in the 80's, and they did make some cool progressive thrash with great bass lines.

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Digiorgio is fucking great. Other than people who've already been covered, Tony Choy (Atheist, Cynic, Pestilence) needs a mention here. Tony Levin doesn't play metal, but his bass and stick playing with King Crimson is amazing. Obviously Geddy Lee, another prog rock player who's had a lot of influence on metal. Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Brutal Truth) isn't a technical giant but he's been behind some awesome music. And Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Behold The Arctopus) has turned in some of the most inventive bass I've heard in years, world class stuff.

Two other sick players from NYC, who I don't think would ever put themselves in the "greatest bassists"category but are doing great stuff, are Nick McMaster (Krallice, Geryon, ex-Castevet) and Jon Ehlers (Bangladeafy).

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4 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

Digiorgio is fucking great. Other than people who've already been covered, Tony Choy (Atheist, Cynic, Pestilence) needs a mention here. Tony Levin doesn't play metal, but his bass and stick playing with King Crimson is amazing. Obviously Geddy Lee, another prog rock player who's had a lot of influence on metal. Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Brutal Truth) isn't a technical giant but he's been behind some awesome music. And Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Behold The Arctopus) has turned in some of the most inventive bass I've heard in years, world class stuff.

Two other sick players from NYC, who I don't think would ever put themselves in the "greatest bassists"category but are doing great stuff, are Nick McMaster (Krallice, Geryon, ex-Castevet) and Jon Ehlers (Bangladeafy).

Hell yeah, gotta love Marston!

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Orion (Behemoth), Charles Mingus, Paul Simonon (The Clash), John Entwistle (The Who), Lemmy, Joe Lally (Fugazi), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies/Metallica)

 

I don't like RHCP or Korn, but damn they have great bassists

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Carol Kaye from the wrecking crew which recorded so much of the iconic music form the 60's, and late 50's I think, deserves mentioning (even if she did play with a pick). And while we are at it with women I'd say Tina Weymouth is an amazingly great bassist (I had to look her name up, but I've been listening to a fabulous talking heads album at work and the whole purpose of that fabulous band is to provide a vehicle for her bass). Another bassist I had to look up the name of last night after watching some of Mark Boland's old show Mark, is the bassist for T-Rex at least when that show was getting made whose name is "Herbie" Flowers, I learned from wikipedia that he has played on 500 hit recordings some for famously elite artists like Bowie and McCartney and such, he also recorded the bass-line for "jump Into the Fire" by Harry Nilsson which ought to be heard by people who care about bass-lines. 

 

On the metal side, who knows how well Candelmass's leader and bassist Leif Edling plays because you can not hear him, which kills me about Candlemass because I fuckling love the band, Why Such A Low Bass Track? So regardless of his playing there is no one cooler.

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Favourite bass players. I can't say I've given this much thought or every really sat around getting horny over the bass, but here are my picks:

Bob Daisley - Ozzy Osbourne etc

Peter Steele - Type O Negative

Nikki Sixx - Motley Crue

Steve Harris - Iron Maiden

Geezer Butler - Black Sabbath

Lemmy - Motorhead

Duff McKagen - Guns n Roses

Rudy Sarzo - Ozzy Osbourne 

 

 

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