"Tina Weymouth provided an unbelievably funky, exuberant bottom end that could keep up with Byrne’s limitless energy and demonstrated stunning technical chops — and she could dance in perfect synchronicity with the band all the while. On songs like “Heaven,” she could dial the energy down, but the emphasis on unusual beat placement and swagger always remained intact."


See also

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture...


@EdS @djsundog Haha, I'm getting ready to write about music all next year, too. D'oh.

@EdS @djsundog Weymouth is really awesome & belongs on any list of great bassists, but how are Jamerson, Pino Palladino, Tony Levin, Paul McCartney and John Paul Jones in the least bit “underrated?” I’d say they’re probably universally in anyone’s top-ten list. You know who is underrated? Family Man. He totally drove the Wailers.

@Devils_Rancher @EdS Family Man was rock solid, indeed. I can't imagine doing a top 20 underrated bass players without nods to Robert Sledge from Ben Folds Five and Meshell Ndegeocello, both of whom should be more well known than they are (which is also the excuse I'd use to keep Levin on the list, but that's mostly me trying to get more people into his trip)

@djsundog @EdS The Ben Folds 5 dude made guitar totally unnecessary! I love his tone. The Autobiography Of Reinhold Messner is one of my desert island disks. I like Folds solo stuff okay, but that band was something else.

@EdS @djsundog As to the “typical” answers, When people ask me if I like Les Claypool, I tell them “He’s a great guitarist.” Most people don’t get that. I tried liking Victor Wooten, but the whole school of “bleetla, bleetla, bleetla” that he begat sets me on edge. Here’s my motto: The bass is a supporting instrument. (Not that I don’t take the occasional cadenza) 😬 Four strings good.

Speaking of bassists, my bassist friend rather rated JJB of The Stranglers. Here's their Walk on By


And Nice and Sleazy

And Tank

(I'm no bassist, so it's hard for me to judge. But there's certainly energy there!)

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@EdS @djsundog And yeah, Weymouth was responsible for Remain In Light, one of the best albums of the damn century. I tend to carry on about her to anyone who will listen... but I’ll stop now.

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