when i was just a kid, i had two main idols for bass playing- john entwistle and jack bruce. i would add in john paul jones, but i really have a thing against jimmy page and robert plant, so i couldn’t give zepplin the credit. i understood why people liked jaco, victor wooten, or les claypool, though i personally thought their styles were a little wanky and the music sucked. i did have aspirations to play like bootsy collins, james jamerson, or duck dunn, but their music wasn’t loud enough.
i’m watching vh1 classic’s rock band countdown of top bassists. here’s the list:
10. steve harris from iron maiden.
9. geezer butler from black sabbath.
8. les claypool of primus.
7. john paul jones of led zepplin.
6. flea from red hot chili peppers.
4. paul mccartney.
3. geddy lee from rush. (robojoe’s favourite band.)
2. chris squire from yes.
1. john entwistle from the who.
i know you expect a rant, so here it is:
paul mccartney at no. 4? are they smoking crack? i understand vh1 is extremely deferential to sir paul (as is the world), but i wouldn’t count him as one of the best bass players in rock music. his bass lines were rarely adventurous or revolutionary. it seems to be more of the same old beatle ass kissing, though you would never see ringo on a list of the best rock drummers (except for maybe a filling out no. 10), nor would you see george harrison on the best rock guitarists, even though he was great. no, it’s got to be hammy mcham, “pull me-cock-off”, the biggest sap in the music industry- paul fucking mccartney. i was ready to call his placement the biggest blight on the list until squire was named no. 2 and panicked that enwistle might be left off, but it was for naught. so i can save all my indignation for that gormless tit from merseyside. ugh!!!
i don’t really like most of the people on the list, but paul mccartney is just bang out of order. i don’t necessarily think entwistle deserves to be no. 1, but he definitely should be above sir paul, so that’s something.
[tags]bassists, paul mccartney, john entwistle, vh1classic[/tags]