How good of a bass player was Gene Simmons?

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  1. StratoCraig

    StratoCraig Member

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    There are enough parallels between Kiss and the Beatles that I tend to suspect they're intentional:

    - Two guitar/bass/drum lineup
    - Most songs written and sung by the rhythm guitarist and/or bassist
    - Usually one track per album sung by the drummer (Ace could have sung too, but in the early years he didn't want to)
    - Typically one song per album written by the lead guitarist
    - Occasionally a song written by the drummer
    - Marketing oriented around the distinct personalities of all four members (in Kiss's case, the members' makeup and related imagery)
    - Catchy songs with not too much flash, effective but short guitar solos, simple but effective drumming
     
  2. dwoverdrive

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    Your suspicion is 100% correct. I'm not a KISS expert but its members have stated numerous times that the model of they band was inspired and built around the idea of the Help!-era Beatles. 4 members who were different characters contributing equally to the band. They modeled everything around this and apparently went out of their way to keep that persona throughout their career.
     
  3. Red_Label

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    Gene = more rock star than musician. That's cool. The world needs both and rarely do they coexist well in one person or band. I've always loved Alan Holdsworth's playing, but I never drove around in my car, cranking "Devil Take the Hindmost" (my favorite Holdsworth tune). "Detroit Rock City", "I Stole Your Love", or "Shock Me"? Yup.

    Crap... now I've got the bass line to "God of Thunder" stuck in my head and it won't stop. I guess I'd better put it on my computer and exercise that demon. :D
     
  4. Papanate

    Papanate Gold Supporting Member

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    That's a meaningless question. As a bass player in Kiss
    Simmons is the paramount king of the hill - and that's
    all that matters.
     
  5. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    Michael Anthony is a fantastic bass, play to the song, bass player..
     
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    I believe you meant to say "the last two centuries".
     
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    When people ask about Gene's ability as a bassist, I always link to this video. It's as stripped down as its gets.
     
  8. Fishyfishfish

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    His house is a heck of a lot nicer than mine.
     
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  9. xjojox

    xjojox Tardis-dwelling wanker Gold Supporting Member

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    To quote Donald Fagen and Walter Becker (discussing some of the outtakes for the solo on Peg)... it kind of speaks for itself.





    Totally agree, good enough for what they were doing. Visionary as a showman and conceptual businessman, adequate musician.

    FWIW I saw them on some late night local TV show before they broke, and I remember thinking (and saying out loud to whoever I was with) "three chord bar band with makeup. This could never catch on, who are they kidding?"

    Gene is a genius and I know nothing.
     
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    why is it that just because someone is n a huge band that he automatically becomes one of the "best"? no one in Kiss was a great musician but were great song writers. been a huge Kiss fan since the mid 70s but even then i knew there were better players than they were. they wrote some cool fist pumping songs and that was what counted.
     
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    KISS sucks dead donkeys
     
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  12. Floyd Eye

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    Sounds pretty good to me.
     
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    His bass playing certainly doesn't live up to his opinion of himself.
     
  14. Floyd Eye

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    You guys should post clips of bass lines that you wrote for songs you also wrote. That way we can compare.
     
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    I'll play (and I'm a KISS fan)



    and a live clip from the last show we played....needless to say that KISS was a main influence for me, especially when it comes to showmanship.

     
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    This in your opinion is better than anything Gene Simmons has done?
     
  17. rkharper

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    absolutely not! where did I say something like that? au contraire! I said, I'm a KISS fan, always have been, and Gene Simmons has been very influental for me, both for playing and showmanship.
     
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    I don't think Kiss are about musicianship, they are a marketing / theater / Rock & Roll show.
     
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    I was asking, not insinuating. Nice clip by the way.
     
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    thanks, also check the live clip I added in my original post couple of minutes afterwards, Gene has always been a huge inspiration for me on stage.
     
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