- Dec 26, 2012
- Sydney NSW Australia
Nick Seymour from Crowded House
If average listeners are your standard, then 99% of all bassists are overlooked.I almost put those four out there too! Not because we here would overlook them but how many average listeners know beyond the front man or the principal guitarist in most bands? And while I am at it, how about Chas Chandler? By the way, I am 69.
I am still waiting to get old.
Sad but true!If average listeners are your standard, then 99% of all bassists are overlooked.
Right, as I recall they both went into music production and Chandler also went into artist development. And their bands certainly didn’t have the staying power in terms of longevity as an Aerosmith or The Rolling Stones, but not a lot of bands lasted that long. It is like everything else, it is all relative and in the eye of the beholder. Or in this case the listener. I think we here are likely not going to overlook bass players or anyone else in an ensemble setting because (big assumption) we all have a different perspective and appreciation of music than the average listener. But it was interesting to see folks choices. Some on there I knew in the back of my mind, just didn’t think of them instantly. For me it was a good memory jog.If average listeners are your standard, then 99% of all bassists are overlooked.
Chas Chandler and Paul Samwell-Smith were solid back in the day, but both of them quickly went on to other music-related careers.
How is it that nobody has mentioned Donald " Duck " Dunn....Stax, Booker T and the MG's, Blues Brothers, Bob Dylan etc etc etc....
Overlooked and nearly forgotten? Isn't he more like one of the best known bass players in the history of rock music?John Entwhistle theWho
It is all a matter of perspective I guess. When I was growing up and we were all listening to the Who, everyone knew who Roger Daltry was, who Pete Townsend was, who Keith Moon was and it always seemed like Roger Who? No pun intended. So my measuring stick so to speak may not be the same a yours. I have always thought that bass players in general get overlooked but that’s jus me.Overlooked and nearly forgotten? Isn't he more like one of the best known bass players in the history of rock music?
I'd say much the same about the guys posting Leon Wilkeson.
If I asked anybody that knew enough about music to name 10 bass players, John Entwistle and Leon Wilkeson would be among them. I wouldn't be surprised if they are better known among the general public than Lemmy.