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The thread on Alex James prompted this. So, which bass players have such a presence in their bands that they, rather than  the guitarists or vocalists, might be the ones to inspire and all that jazz. PS this isn't about who has the chops.

Well it may've possibly been a bit studied but to be fair AJ cut the mustard with his casual posture, ciggie hanging out of his mouth

Hooky -  very recognisable with his bass down by his knees stance

Suzie Quattro - well, she did the whole leather rock chick thing

Kim Deal - saw the Pixies when she was in the band. Hard to keep your eyes off her.

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From image alone I`m sure Sid Vicious had an impact on many of us, he sure did on me. In the video for Pretty Vacant I though he looked great. He probably inspired many to pick up the bass, without ever really getting to grips with it himself.

Also Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses always had that cool aura about him, as did Sami Yaffa of Hanoi Rocks.

 

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Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue for sure.

And from around that same late 80s era, Rachel Bolan from Skid Row was one cool looking dude. 
 

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21 minutes ago, Lozz196 said:

From image alone I`m sure Sid Vicious had an impact on many of us, he sure did on me. In the video for Pretty Vacant I though he looked great. He probably inspired many to pick up the bass, without ever really getting to grips with it himself.

 

having listened to some of the live Pistols on the infamous USA tour he wasn't as bad as was made out, I suspect he was a victim of McLaren's "they can't play" publicity stunt

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Doug Pinnick from King's X. Especially when he had his mohawk hair. The other guys are brilliant players but, to be fair, look like extras from a Beatles tribute band.

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Just now, PaulWarning said:

having listened to some of the live Pistols on the infamous USA tour he wasn't as bad as was made out, I suspect he was a victim of McLaren's "they can't play" publicity stunt

Yeah, if Nancy and drugs hadn’t got to him he’d probably have got there.

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Not your standard bass player, but Mark Sandman from Morphine had cool off-pat. The quirky approach, brooding baritone vocal, troubled and hedonistic poetry, beat-poet delivery, the jazzy alt-rock of the band creating its own low-down, driving, groove. The chain smoking and probably heroin chic all helped the image.

George Porter Jr is practically the opposite- the archetypal big guy smiling at the back, groovin' like a Murrfurr!

Charles Mingus had it, too- a great big bear of a man on the double bass, a formidable musician and intimidating personality- not someone you'd want to find yourself in the cross-hairs of, but as cool as they come.

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Nicky Wire in the early Manics days was a very cool figure. 

When I first saw them, him and Richey Edwards were definitely the cool pair in the band. Such a stylish mess of animal prints, spandex, make up and nicotine, oozing confidence, arrogance and attitude. 

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When I was a kid my first musical heroes were Slade. I always thought that Jim Lea and Don Powell were so cool - cooler than Noddy Holder and Dave Hill. I also thought Micky Finn in T Rex was cooler than Marc Bolan - well I was a kid at the time!

In later years, in the late 70s, I saw UFO and was mesmerised by the bass player, Pete Way. He just looked so cool. A real rock star.

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Tina Weymouth. Kool.

Mario Cipollina. Those glasses.

Jimmy Haslip. That hair - and can play compact stuff, too.

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Back when I started, I always thought the bass player was the coolest one. It's what attracted me to the instrument. 

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Jon Taylor.  Great player and probably the unofficial most popular member of the band with teenager girls. 

Steve Harris.  Pretty much the creative force behind Iron Maiden's best years.

DD Verni (Overkill).  If you were a thrash/metal fan in the 80s, then the image of DD Verni, BC Rich widow bass slung low and that bass sound. 

Tony Butler (Big Country).  Tony bouncing around onstage, Black precision and a huge grin. That's my memory of BC on TOTP

 

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Obviously the late, great John Entwistle.

Aside from him letting his fingers do the talking; the icing on the coolness cake for me was his lack of participation in the smashing up of gear (at least on stage - I know he had his moments off stage) which I always considered crass and wasteful.

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Geddy Lee

Chris Squire

Glenn Hughes

Phil Lynott

Greg Lake

Trevor Horn - Buggles

 

 

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I can't find it, but there was an ad in Bass Player long ago of a bassist probably playing a headless instrument. He had nearly orange hair, and sides of his hair were cut. His outlook resembled that 7up ad character. I associate him to Simply red, but this is just a hunch. Was he advertising strings, maybe, but the pic was fun. Anybody remember this?

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59 minutes ago, dmccombe7 said:

Geddy Lee

Chris Squire

Glenn Hughes

Phil Lynott

Greg Lake

Trevor Horn - Buggles

 

 

I would say he is the only cool one! 

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43 minutes ago, ClassicVibes said:

I would say he is the only cool one! 

You gotta say Glenn Hughes was pretty cool with Deep Purple.

Not just about being cool tho. The OP asked for bassists that were inspirational in the band. 

All of the my suggestions fit that description.

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