History Main / NobodyLovesTheBassist

18th Nov '16 11:45:34 AM KamenRiderKrypton
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Dude, We're Getting The Band Back Together!", the boys are trying to re-form [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Love Händel]]. When they approach the bass player, his response is "You don't need me. I just play bass in the background. Nobody even remembers me."

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Dude, We're Getting The Band Back Together!", the boys are trying to re-form [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Love Händel]]. When they approach the bass player, Bobbi Fabulous, his response is "You don't need me. I just play bass in the background. Nobody even remembers me."
17th Oct '16 9:57:15 PM BackgroundGuy
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*** And prior to ''that'' game, songs in the ''Guitar Hero'' franchise didn't always ''have'' bass guitar tracks. Some had rhythm guitar instead, so if you wanted to form an in-game band (such as it was) with a friend, one of you would have to play second fiddle - but it wouldn't always be bass. It wasn't until the series went full-band that the bass guitar was accounted for in every song that made use of it.

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*** And prior to ''that'' game, songs in the ''Guitar Hero'' franchise didn't always ''have'' bass guitar tracks.tracks even if the songs themselves featured the instrument (e.g. "Through the Fire and Flames"). Some had rhythm guitar instead, so if you wanted to form an in-game band (such as it was) with a friend, one of you would have to play second fiddle - but it wouldn't always be bass. It wasn't until the series went full-band that the bass guitar was accounted for in every song that made use of it.
17th Oct '16 9:54:14 PM BackgroundGuy
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***And prior to ''that'' game, songs in the ''Guitar Hero'' franchise didn't always ''have'' bass guitar tracks. Some had rhythm guitar instead, so if you wanted to form an in-game band (such as it was) with a friend, one of you would have to play second fiddle - but it wouldn't always be bass. It wasn't until the series went full-band that the bass guitar was accounted for in every song that made use of it.
17th Oct '16 9:43:23 PM BackgroundGuy
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* 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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* This trope is referenced in In the video for Music/{{Lit}}'s song "Miserable" because when "Miserable", the giantess Creator/{{Pamela Anderson}} starts eating eats the band members alive alive... starting with the bassist is the first guy she eats.bassist.
17th Oct '16 9:34:49 PM BackgroundGuy
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This can be an [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] or JustifiedTrope. The inherent structure of much popular music encourages a simple, supportive bass line. This makes it [[http://mic.com/articles/120137/science-suggests-bassists-are-far-more-important-than-most-people-realize hard for a bass player]] to stand out aurally, and doubly hard to do so without simply showing off at the music's expense. So most of the time, a bassist doing his job properly ends up drawing relatively little attention to himself; bassists who try to defy this and push their way into a LeadBassist role without actually taking the songs themselves into consideration will quickly piss off their bandmates and be shown the door.

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This can be an [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] or JustifiedTrope.[[JustifiedTrope justified]]. The inherent structure of much popular music encourages a simple, supportive bass line. This makes it [[http://mic.com/articles/120137/science-suggests-bassists-are-far-more-important-than-most-people-realize hard for a bass player]] to stand out aurally, and doubly hard to do so without simply showing off at the music's expense. So most of the time, a bassist doing his job properly ends up drawing relatively little attention to himself; bassists who try to defy this and push their way into a LeadBassist role without actually taking the songs themselves into consideration will quickly piss off their bandmates and be shown the door.


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** Music/JarsOfClay don't have an official bass guitarist ''or'' drummer.
16th Oct '16 10:10:27 PM BackgroundGuy
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** He despises bass players because he has spent decades producing records for bands with bass players who give their instrument a bad name. The ones he hates are legion, though he doesn't hate them all - the ones he hates have many things in common: They can't play their instrument because they never intended to, thinking that since the bass guitar usually has only four strings and bass riffs usually aren't ''that'' hard they don't even need to practice; they can't perform proper maintenance on their gear, including changing strings more than once a decade; and they waltz into the studio unable to play, not knowing their own material, and not caring because they think the producer can just use computers to fill in the gaps. They also tend to spend way more money on tattoos or booze than on anything important to their careers, like good gear or their bands' records.

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** He despises bass players because he has spent decades producing records for bands with bass players who give their instrument a bad name. The ones he hates are legion, though he doesn't hate them all - the ones he hates have many things in common: They can't play their instrument because they never intended to, thinking that since the bass guitar usually has only four strings and bass riffs usually aren't ''that'' hard they don't even need to practice; they can't perform proper maintenance on their gear, including changing strings more than once a decade; and they waltz into the studio unable to play, not knowing their own material, and not caring because they think the producer can just use computers to fill in the gaps. They also tend to spend way more money on tattoos or booze than on anything important to their careers, like good gear or their bands' records. In short, they're more interested in the rock 'n' roll ''lifestyle'' than rock 'n' roll itself.
* WebVideo/StevieT created a sketch about how being in a band sucks (and in which he plays all the characters, including the bassist's girlfriend). Not only does the bassist make the ''universally hated'' move of bringing his girlfriend to rehearsal (an unspoken rule of being in a band is you NEVER get your significant other involved), he also designs a band logo that the singer dismisses as resembling "a hairy anus", adding, "Yeah, well, you're the bassist, so no one really cares." [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope But then the guitarist & drummer really like it,]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny so it becomes their band logo by majority vote.]]]]
** And then the bassist turns out to [[spoiler:not be the one who doesn't know the material for once - it's the ''guitarist'' who doesn't know the song and has to make up excuses about how ''two weeks'' wasn't enough time to learn it]].
1st Oct '16 6:40:29 PM BackgroundGuy
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* Glenn Fricker, owner of Spectre Media Group and longtime heavy metal record producer, elevates this trope to an art form. He ''constantly'' makes jokes at the expense of so-called bass players; those who ''can'' play & maintain their bass guitars as needed simply laugh it off and even wear the T-shirts he sells with his controversial statements on them[[note]]"Rule #2 [of recording]: Your Bass Player Is A Useless Cunt" and the more recent, more work-safe "Bass Players Do It Worse"[[/note]], but very often there are bass players who take it completely the wrong way and flame the comments of his YouTube uploads. Naturally, he often reads these and makes fun of them, as they often do nothing but ''validate'' his many criticisms of bass players. He usually plays this trope straight but also [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] it quite frequently, especially in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX6sX3AF1ks How to Not Completely Suck on Bass Guitar]].
** He despises bass players because he has spent decades producing records for bands with bass players who give their instrument a bad name. The ones he hates are legion, though he doesn't hate them all - the ones he hates have many things in common: They can't play their instrument because they never intended to, thinking that since the bass guitar usually has only four strings and bass riffs usually aren't ''that'' hard they don't even need to practice; they can't perform proper maintenance on their gear, including changing strings more than once a decade; and they waltz into the studio unable to play, not knowing their own material, and not caring because they think the producer can just use computers to fill in the gaps. They also tend to spend way more money on tattoos or booze than on anything important to their careers, like good gear or their bands' records.
6th Sep '16 6:59:48 AM Jhimmibhob
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* Completely [[AvertedTrope averted]] by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers, as Flea is sometimes the most recognizable member of the band, even more so than Kiedis and Frusciante.
5th Sep '16 11:54:40 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* Completed [[AvertedTrope averted]] by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers, as Flea is sometimes the most recognizable member of the band, even more so than Kiedis and Frusciante.

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* Completed Completely [[AvertedTrope averted]] by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers, as Flea is sometimes the most recognizable member of the band, even more so than Kiedis and Frusciante.
5th Sep '16 11:54:09 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* Completed [[AvertedTrope averted]] by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers, as Flea is sometimes the most recognizable member of the band, even more so than Kiedis and Frusciante.
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