2012 WZLX Rock N’ Roll Debate: Bassist

Andrew Celani -- WZLX.com

Wednesday night kicked off the first of three televised debates with incumbent Barack Obama and Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, but we here at WZLX have another debate in mind: Rock N’ Roll!

Who’s the best guitarist of all time? Who’s drumming skills reign supreme over their peers? That’s up for you to decide!

Best Rock N’ Roll Bassist

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John Entwistle

  • Reasons For: John Entwistle of The Who innovated and popularized a variety of playing styles and was one of the first to really feature bass leads prominently in songs.
  • Reasons Against: Although Entwistle was the first bassist to really make you stand up and notice the instrument in rock n’ roll, he himself was a bit of an unknown — as evidenced by his nickname “The Quiet One.”
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Geddy Lee

  • Reasons For: Some bass players also double as singers. Lee does that AND plays keyboard on top of it. If you were starting a band tomorrow Geddy Lee would be one of the first calls you’d make.
  • Reasons Against: Lee’s band Rush isn’t even in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame — not that that’s the “be all, end all” for this discussion because, let’s face it, the Rock Hall has plenty of obvious omissions.
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John Paul Jones

  • Reasons For: Jones was a force around London in his own right, even before joining Led Zeppelin, making a name for himself as a popular session bassist. He’s widely regarded as being one of, if not the best bassist in rock history.
  • Reasons Against: Led Zeppelin proves that, for a band, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. When they broke up in late 1980, Jones faded into relative obscurity.

Honorable Mentions: Cliff Burton, Les Claypool, Paul McCartney, Flea

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Andrew Celani with contributions from Matt Dolloff — WZLX.com

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