Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by WoodenDuckMaker, Feb 6, 2017.
In terms of technical skill and creativity.
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.
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."
He is an average bassist at best. I'm sure his chops were better in the 70s when they played more often.
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.
He's good enough.
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.
Why not listen to his playing and decide for yourself?
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.
He's the gene simons of bass players
He works hard. He's worth a Deuce!
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.
in the early years, there were quite a few tasteful bass lines I thought, but nothing much since about 1979 forward.
That is very true. Also very true of the output of the entire band.
how much of those lines on the old records were even him?
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.
Who knows? I'm sure Gene ain't tellin'.
"Gene Simmons wasn't even the best bass player in KISS." - Paul Stanley