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 • 334

  • prototype795
    prototype795  22 hours back

    Great video as always, I hope Peter Steele is mentioned in the 90's video

    • Świątecznykarp
      Świątecznykarp  2 days back

      Rudy Sarzo, Flea?

      • Dave Flood
        Dave Flood  3 days back

        This is such nonsense that a video that mentions a band or track should get a copyright challenged. It not like people are copying or stealing. It's promotional for the band!!
        When I hear of this sort of thing my appreciation of the band drops. Can you us which clip is was that brought the original video down? I would like to write to the band and tell them their lawyers/attorneys or whoever don't have their interests at heart.

        • Airik Luna
          Airik Luna  4 days back

          I came to see the pissed of Maiden fans because Steve Harris isn't on the pic.

          • War Horse Mumbles
            War Horse Mumbles  5 days back

            Scott sure loves saying "obviously"!

            • Lucas Vaughn
              Lucas Vaughn  5 days back

              thats not mick karn

              • The Mediocre Piper
                The Mediocre Piper  6 days back

                RIP Lemmy

                • Joseph Bates
                  Joseph Bates  6 days back

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

                  • Conor Reed
                    Conor Reed  6 days back

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

                    • Fernando Doval
                      Fernando Doval  6 days back

                      Billy Sheehan.

                      • Ace1989
                        Ace1989  6 days back

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

                        • fransisco pagani
                          fransisco pagani  7 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  7 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                                • Shawn Huff
                                  Shawn Huff  1 weeks back

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

                                  • Chad Underwood
                                    Chad Underwood  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                        and Nathan East?

                                        • Daniel Mankowski
                                          Daniel Mankowski  1 weeks back

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

                                          • Fabrizio
                                            Fabrizio  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                                              • Anthony Holyfield
                                                Anthony Holyfield  1 weeks back

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

                                                • Anthony Holyfield
                                                  Anthony Holyfield  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                                    you talk too much.

                                                    • Marvin Bennett
                                                      Marvin Bennett  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                                                Nick Beggs-Kajagoogoo

                                                                • springy 2112
                                                                  springy 2112  1 weeks back

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

                                                                  • Dan Kelsall
                                                                    Dan Kelsall  1 weeks 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  7 days back

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

                                                                  • Nathaniel Harty
                                                                    Nathaniel Harty  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                                                          Billy Sheehan was an average GUITARist at BEST!

                                                                          • Ian Truax
                                                                            Ian Truax  2 weeks back

                                                                            When can we expect the 1990’s? :)

                                                                            • steven sprung
                                                                              steven sprung  2 weeks 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                    • strawhousepig
                                                                                      strawhousepig  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                      • dread true
                                                                                        dread true  2 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  2 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  2 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  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Cliff Burton 🤘

                                                                                              • Angel Alaniz
                                                                                                Angel Alaniz  2 weeks back

                                                                                                I’ve never seen Mick Karn look like that lol