The Bass 1980 - 1989 | The Players You Need to Know

  • Published: 07 September 2019
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    So over 7 months ago I released a video onto our YouTube channel paying tribute to the bass players of the 80’s…

    You know, Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, John Deacon and a heap of others!

    The video was suuuuper popular and racked up over 100k views within a couple of weeks, but unfortunately one of the tracks we used in the video was pulled for copyright and YouTube removed the video :(

    So, we’ve done a brand new edit of the video for you with some extra cool footage added in…

    Lemme know which era you want us to feature next in the comments!

    As always, see you in the shed…

    Scott :)


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Comments • 330

  • War Horse Mumbles
    War Horse Mumbles  20 hours back

    Scott sure loves saying "obviously"!

    • Lucas Vaughn
      Lucas Vaughn  1 days back

      thats not mick karn

      • The Mediocre Piper
        The Mediocre Piper  1 days back

        RIP Lemmy

        • Joseph Bates
          Joseph Bates  1 days back

          Okay for steve harris if u do 3 finger picking its not that bad

          • Conor Reed
            Conor Reed  1 days back

            Small correction at 1:56. Moving Pictures came out in 1981, not 1980.

            • Fernando Doval
              Fernando Doval  2 days back

              Billy Sheehan.

              • Ace1989
                Ace1989  2 days back

                You can't have 1980s bass without Peter Hook and Simon Gallup.

                • fransisco pagani
                  fransisco pagani  2 days back

                  great scotty, u also should check an 80s album from argentinian band spinetta jade, called "alma de diamante", features Beto Satragni on bass with some killer sound bass from that part of the world

                  • enrico gala
                    enrico gala  3 days back

                    For me John Deacon would be the best bassist because he created one of the most best bassline

                    And above all he could dance will playing it.

                    • Pat T
                      Pat T  3 days back

                      For me a list of 1980’s bass players must include Andy Rourke. His melodic playing and incredible feel with the Smiths is second to none.

                      • Alexandre Mello
                        Alexandre Mello  3 days back

                        And what about Victor Bailey with Weather Report? Oh man...

                        • Shawn Huff
                          Shawn Huff  3 days back

                          What about duff mckagan gnr and what about kathy valentine from the gogo's we got the beat ya

                          • Chad Underwood
                            Chad Underwood  3 days back

                            How in the world can you give thanks to great bassists of the 80's without even mentioning Dave Ellefson of Megadeth. He was leaps and bounds better than Jason Newsted and yet you find time to throw him in there.

                            • onsese joo
                              onsese joo  4 days back

                              Original version of "Awakening" by The Reddings featuring Dexter Redding, nowadays the piece is connected with Les Claypool of Primus.

                              • Agustín Ulloa
                                Agustín Ulloa  4 days back

                                and Nathan East?

                                • Daniel Mankowski
                                  Daniel Mankowski  4 days back

                                  Honorable mention: the hard rock/metal workhorse...Rudy Sarzo

                                  • Fabrizio
                                    Fabrizio  4 days back

                                    Mark King started as a drummer and is great, check out his solo album “ Influences” where he plays drums and also guitar. Genius!

                                    • bigmicky71
                                      bigmicky71  4 days back

                                      some of that wasn't bass playing it was just making a noise with a bass

                                      • Anthony Holyfield
                                        Anthony Holyfield  4 days back

                                        Sorry! Everybody’s got to check this album out!

                                        • Anthony Holyfield
                                          Anthony Holyfield  4 days back

                                          Hey Scott! Please please Check out Nate Philips with the 80s group Pleasure! The best R&B/Funk/Fusion album ever, is (Future Now) wow! I’ve just got to check this album out. A bass groove clinic.

                                          • Zipp Zipped
                                            Zipp Zipped  4 days back

                                            you talk too much.

                                            • Marvin Bennett
                                              Marvin Bennett  5 days back

                                              Louis Johnson = A MFn animal dog on that bass !!!!!!
                                              Doug wimbush - i never heard of him but damn i know his music; i was so young back then that i thought slap bass sound in early hip hop was done on computers, even though i saw dudes in several movies and vids with a guitar (bass) lol. I still think the best bassists came from the 60s/70s.

                                              • Alexey Zavolokin
                                                Alexey Zavolokin  5 days back

                                                All players mentioned here is great,but John Patitucci really deserves to be featured here! He made a huge impact taking bass playing to a brand new level. 3 albums with Chic Corea electric band just to name a few. He was among first 6 string bass players in the 80's and now still one of the living legends.

                                                • golden turd Zeniru
                                                  golden turd Zeniru  5 days back

                                                  Sorry, Geddy is out of this world. As for pure Charisma, our beloved Lemmy and his murder one! And Marcus Miller :)

                                                  • Paul Harrison
                                                    Paul Harrison  5 days back

                                                    Thank you for highlighting so many legendary rock and metal bassists who don't always get a mention on the channel! And I didn't realise it was Carmine Rojas on that MJ track

                                                    • Eylül ÇALIŞIR
                                                      Eylül ÇALIŞIR  5 days back

                                                      Heey thank you for including John Deacon in the video. I think he deserved it and he should be more appreciated. He inspired me to play bass. X

                                                      • ratherbe7
                                                        ratherbe7  5 days back

                                                        Nick Beggs-Kajagoogoo

                                                        • springy 2112
                                                          springy 2112  5 days back

                                                          Hang on you stole my cover bands set list!! 👍🏻☮❤

                                                          • Dan Kelsall
                                                            Dan Kelsall  6 days back

                                                            80s without Mark King? And you offer various metal fools! Going for American subscribers Scott? Mick Karn? John Taylor? Peter Hook? Come on our kid.🌴

                                                            • Markusewitz
                                                              Markusewitz  2 days back

                                                              Did you even watch the video?? Except for Peter Hook they are all in...

                                                          • Nathaniel Harty
                                                            Nathaniel Harty  6 days back

                                                            Too lazy to check if anyone else has mentioned it, but that's Billy Sheehan at the beginning correct?

                                                            • rfgerdtg43dreffwae4rf23w

                                                              Thrash metal but no mention of Venom. Come on. Cronos was never a bass god but he was leagues ahead of many bassists here.

                                                              • Peter Trotman
                                                                Peter Trotman  6 days back

                                                                The usual suspects of the 80's but I'm so happy that Jimmy Johnson got a mention.He's the thinking man's Beast.

                                                                • Toka Reva
                                                                  Toka Reva  6 days back

                                                                  Billy Sheehan was an average GUITARist at BEST!

                                                                  • Ian Truax
                                                                    Ian Truax  6 days back

                                                                    When can we expect the 1990’s? :)

                                                                    • steven sprung
                                                                      steven sprung  7 days back

                                                                      Paul Simon and his shamelsessy ruthless exploitation and profiteering of South African music during the apartheid regime is definitely worthy of mention, not forgetting his disgustingly colonial and racist mindset.

                                                                      • Chadzilla333
                                                                        Chadzilla333  7 days back

                                                                        heh, we'll never see the 90's version... can't admit that Les Claypool is hands down the best bassist of all time. ;)

                                                                        • Creme Jockey
                                                                          Creme Jockey  7 days back

                                                                          Do you have a video mentioning Colin Moulding of xtc? If not you should. Summers Cauldron has an insane bassline. All of his songwriting is genius level too

                                                                          • blas perez
                                                                            blas perez  7 days back

                                                                            uh... that's not Mick Karn. Bummer.

                                                                            • strawhousepig
                                                                              strawhousepig  7 days back

                                                                              Had a chance to rectify missing Rob Wright and Mike Watt the first time and blew it again. smh

                                                                              • dread true
                                                                                dread true  1 weeks back

                                                                                More america Bias
                                                                                The most influential bass players in UK and most of Europe were,
                                                                                --Paul Simonon of the Clash. The guy played Reggae and Rock, ok
                                                                                -- Bauhaus songs, mainly Kick in the Eye. The first dance-alternative hit. In Europe, drop billboard
                                                                                --Echo and Bunnymen records, like the second one (heaven up here).

                                                                                Lemmy was not even famous, and Duran Duran didn't influenced none. etc

                                                                                Those (and Cure) were the bands that pyt kids forming bands
                                                                                (concerning bass. )
                                                                                Those were the "after Pistols' bands

                                                                                So much ignorance

                                                                                • visog
                                                                                  visog  1 weeks back

                                                                                  @11:28 - still don't think that's Mick Karn who didn't play a Warwick (he played a Klein, Wals and a Travis Bean) and they were four strings.

                                                                                  • visog
                                                                                    visog  1 weeks back

                                                                                    The Allan Holdsworth album with 'Tokyo Dream' on it is 1983's 'Road Games' with Jeff Berlin on bass. The clip you played was possibly from the 'Live in Japan' bootleg from 1984.

                                                                                    • Danilo Buenante
                                                                                      Danilo Buenante  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Cliff Burton 🤘

                                                                                      • Angel Alaniz
                                                                                        Angel Alaniz  1 weeks back

                                                                                        I’ve never seen Mick Karn look like that lol

                                                                                        • pjmuck
                                                                                          pjmuck  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Leigh Gorman (not mentioned) was an early influence for me. (Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow).

                                                                                          • Paul Smith
                                                                                            Paul Smith  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Scott! Loving this who's who's set of vids, awesome! But I've had an idea! - as daft as this may sound, wouldn't it be good to talk to musicians other than bass players? I say this because I'm currently all up in Roberta Flack territory, and as good as it is, I'm not listening to the bass, I want my bass sound to possess the greatness of her vocals. My runs come from Coltrane and Bird, as well as McLaughlin and Methany. And if you can't hear Miles Davis on some of that early level 42 bass - you need church!! Hopefully you know what I'm saying, and let's face, you'd get to wax lyrical even more than you do now (which we love by the way) just a little something to consider 👍

                                                                                            • El Jefe
                                                                                              El Jefe  1 weeks back

                                                                                              Jason Newsted gettin recognized yes

                                                                                              • Eric Anthony
                                                                                                Eric Anthony  1 weeks back

                                                                                                Easy Billy Sheehan! Saw him in March it was freaking epic! Also Talas is back together touring right now!!!