History Main / NobodyLovesTheBassist

22nd Apr '16 1:50:31 PM CassandraLeo
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** One of the most famous examples of a song without a bass line is Music/{{Prince}}'s SignatureSong "When Doves Cry". When Prince started recording it it had one; however, he felt like the song was too generic with the bass line included, and took it out. The lack of a bass track has become a distinctive part of the song's sound.



* British duo Royal Blood are a complex case: their instrumental lineup is bass and drums (love the bassist!), but the bass is treated with effects pedals,and mostly sounds like heavy rock lead guitar. If you hear them on the radio, knowing only that they are a duo, you would probably assume that the bassist is the missing member.

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* British duo Royal Blood are a complex case: their instrumental lineup is bass and drums (love the bassist!), but the bass is treated with effects pedals,and pedals, and mostly sounds like heavy rock lead guitar. If you hear them on the radio, knowing only that they are a duo, you would probably assume that the bassist is the missing member.
31st Mar '16 6:13:14 AM vykr0
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** Compared to most genres of Metal or Punk, this is particularly common among {{Grindcore}} bands. Many of the most significant bands in the genre forego having any bassist. (Discordance Axis is probably one of the earliest examples.)
20th Mar '16 8:58:50 AM Enkind
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* Justified in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. The Killmaster is his Thunderhogs are capable of healing your infantry with their bass music, however they have no offensive capabilities and thus they only serve as support units while the rest of your army does the heavy lifting.

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* Justified in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. The Killmaster is and his Thunderhogs are capable of healing your infantry with their bass music, however they have no offensive capabilities and thus they only serve as support units while the rest of your army does the heavy lifting.
20th Mar '16 7:59:37 AM Enkind
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* Justified in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. The Killmaster is his Thunderhogs are capable of healing your infantry with their bass music, however they have no offensive capabilities and thus they only serve as support units while the rest of your army does the heavy lifting.
16th Mar '16 9:31:08 AM Jhimmibhob
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* This was how J Mascis treated the bassists of Music/DinosaurJr.
16th Mar '16 9:28:59 AM Jhimmibhob
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** Lou Barlow's band, Sebadoh, averts this. Lou and Jason Loewenstein swap guitar and bass frequently during shows.
15th Mar '16 6:44:55 PM Prfnoff
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* This was how J Mascis treated the bassists of ''Dinosaur Jr''.

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* This was how J Mascis treated the bassists of ''Dinosaur Jr''.Music/DinosaurJr.
2nd Feb '16 8:22:03 AM Jhimmibhob
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. The bass player for Kabbage Boy is the only member of the band who shows Eddie any respect, and also the only member of the band who survives when Ormagoden attacks. Of course, he was also the only band member who had the sense to start running as soon as he saw Ormagoden.
1st Feb '16 11:39:04 PM BattleMaster
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. The bass player for Kabbage Boy is the only member of the band who shows Eddie any respect, and also the only member of the band who survives when Ormagoden attacks. Of course, he was also the only band member who had the sense to start running as soon as he saw Ormagoden.
18th Jan '16 7:39:40 AM triton
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* This trope is referenced in the video for Music/{{Lit}}'s song "Miserable" because when the giantess Creator/{{Pamela Anderson}} starts eating the band members alive the bassist is the first guy she eats.
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