It’s rare that so recent a post makes it back to soon for a Friday Flashback, but I just discovered some pot-stirring by Townsman mowgli321, a welcome newcomer to the Halls of Rock who’s showing his dedication to pushing forward intelligent rock dialog by dipping back into our rich archives. If you check out the recent comments, you’ll see some thoughtful dialog that is worth continuing. Please don’t be shy; we may be getting somewhere on this whole issue of bass players and failed guitarists!
This post initially appeared 7/10/09.
I recently ran across a period video for the Spiral Starecase‘s one Great hit, “More Today Than Yesterday,” and was immediately bowled over by the incredible coolness of the bass player in the band. Check out this clip, people, he’s got it all: great Look, great instrument, great poise/neck angle, great plucking and fretting hand action, and — most important — perhaps the greatest in-place stage sashay I’ve ever seen.
This got me thinking about what makes bass players “cool.” Can we please, for once, avoid nerdy nerdlinger terms like “in the pocket,” or “laying down the groove,” or “locking in with the drummer” to talk about what actually makes bass players “cool.” For once, can we apply the same fashion/attitude logic we reserve for guitar players to determine what makes impressionable 14-year-olds want to pick up the instrument?
I suspect this Spiral Starecase guy may have many of the answers.
p.s.: Chickenfrank, I’m especially looking at you for some thoughtful reflections on this video, and cool bass players in general.