How good of a bass player was Gene Simmons?

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  1. WoodenDuckMaker

    WoodenDuckMaker Member

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    In terms of technical skill and creativity.
     
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    Watch this





    No no Gene, you're doing it all wrong. You've gotta use your rhythm...

    Not quite that bad, but you know that's what she's thinking.
     
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    I don't think Gene himself would claim to be a "good" bass player. He's always said that he was an entertainer first and foremost.

    I remember an interview where he was asked a question along the lines of "Do you think you're one of the great rock bass players?" and his answer was "Of course not; and it doesn't matter. That was never the point."
     
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    He is an average bassist at best. I'm sure his chops were better in the 70s when they played more often.
     
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    He plays bass like a guitar player, but like he said -it doesn't matter. He's got his own army and his own pinball machine.

    I'm jealous.
     
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    He's good enough.
     
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  8. Floyd Eye

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    He doesn't play like a guitar player exactly. Listen to the bass in songs like Goin' Blind. Hell, 100,000 Years, Watchin' You, pretty much most of Kiss' output from '72-'76. Is he a great bass player? No. Did he write some cool bass lines? Absolutely. And he used to write really good rock and roll songs too.
     
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    Why not listen to his playing and decide for yourself?
     
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    Gene Simmons, meh, but Carol Kaye...what a talent! Played with the Wrecking Crew on countless hits and could still blend into a crowd. Cool to watch the "lesson".

    Now back to the original topic.
     
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    He's the gene simons of bass players
     
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  12. Gotham City Blues

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    He works hard. He's worth a Deuce!
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    He's alright. He has played some good basslines over the years. On more than a few occasion, he just mailed it in and didn't give a shite.
     
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    in the early years, there were quite a few tasteful bass lines I thought, but nothing much since about 1979 forward.
     
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    That is very true. Also very true of the output of the entire band.
     
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    how much of those lines on the old records were even him?
     
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    The early stuff had a lot of cool walking bass lines that weren't "guitar" sounding at all..

    I like how in those early vids he plays his bass up higher on the strap and stands with his legs spread like John Lennon.
     
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    Who knows? I'm sure Gene ain't tellin'.
     
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    "Gene Simmons wasn't even the best bass player in KISS." - Paul Stanley
     

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