How good of a bass player was Gene Simmons?

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  1. Tomo El Gato

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    I think he had some solid bass lines. Almost Human is one of the favorites
     
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    Most insane comment of the century. That said, Gene is very good that at 1-4-5 based songs.
     
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    I'm more impressed with some of the pretty good writing and arranging that Kiss did over the years. That and his acumen for keeping the band going despite some adversity. I know a lot of really talented guys who cannot hang in a band with the hard work, persistence and compromise that's needed to sustain it.
     
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    I always doubted that Detroit Rock City was GS, even as a kid.
     
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    Did he, finally, hang it up? :D
     
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    Gene was a genius. Kiss was a garage rock band that made millions. It ain't the steak, it's the sizzle.
     
  7. Jim Kelley

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    He played what was required. Actually provided much of the energy for the songs. Held his own in the band - and then some. Tight, punchy, good tone. No criticisms. He did his job well.
     
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    There are a couple of songs where I thought he played some decent bass lines. I can't remember which ones they were. I think if his playing were more noticible, it wouldn't have helped. He did what he was supposed to do. There should not have been more, or less Gene Simmons in KISS.
     
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    Kiss was never really about technical skill anyway, or even creativity. They were about projecting a compelling image and having some good songs that didn't really stretch any boundaries but were fun and appealing to teenage boys. This isn't a putdown. It was what they chose to shoot for. They did it well and were very successful.
     
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    what are you listening to lately, jim?
     
  11. Drewboy

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    If he indeed recorded Detroit rock city, he's not bad right?

    Showman for sure. Legend for his tongue alone. Lol. Not a bad life. I'm sure he's not losing any sleep at night asking himself the same question. I'm jealous
     
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    He has some good solid lines. Anything too technical wouldn't work with KISS.

    In other words, he played what was needed to make a bazillion dollars.
     
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    I hear some McCartney influence in Gene's playing. I think he's a great player, singer, performer, writer and visionary.
     
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    I Remember the late (Great) Bob Babbitt commenting about playing on early Kiss albums.



    Moonshine
     
  15. Old Man Old Wood

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    WAS, I didn't even know he was sick!
    RIP
     
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    hoax.
     
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    This.
     
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    In the words of the Rolling Stones,
    "Chaim Witz for no one..."

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Simmons

    Chaim Witz (Hebrew: חיים ויץ‎‎, [xaˈim ˈvit͡s], born August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality. Also known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bass guitarist and co-lead singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded with rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s.
     
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    i think he's mentioned the beatles more than once over the years as an inspiration; i think he once even referenced ringo starr when talking about peter criss way back when, in terms of playing the right parts for the song rather than being flashy.
     
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    There is no make-up, fireworks or theatricals in a CD, and if I listen to Kiss' early stuff, probably up to Dynasty, there is some good songwriting in there.

    Gene Simmons' bass parts are functional to the song, and anything more technical would be out of context: nowadays anyone can put up a show and wear make up but, like it or not, many Kiss songs are true classics, and virtually all of these were written by Simmons and Stanley.
     

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