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Wallacce
01-17-2011, 07:02 PM
I have a bet going. In our band the lead singer is also the bass player and he's convinced that this is an oddity. Now we got 20 bucks going that I can't think of 10 bands with singing bass players. Here's what I got so far.

The Beatles
Rush
Kiss
Motorhead

A little help?

janeray1940
01-17-2011, 07:12 PM
X - John Doe
Beach Boys - Brian Wilson
'Til Tuesday - Aimee Mann (although I think for her solo stuff she plays guitar mostly)
Concrete Blonde - Johnette Napolitano

You're almost there!

olivah
01-17-2011, 07:15 PM
Sting - The police
Phil Lynott - Thin lizzy
I can think of more but not really rock bands...

Not a rock band but WOW! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwVL5RdEROM&feature=related

dnewton2
01-18-2011, 02:12 AM
Phish has Mike Gordon sign. All the band members sing depending on thew song

Eric Blooduke
01-18-2011, 04:45 AM
Jack Bruce sang as well as play bass in Cream (Clapton also sang)

janeray1940
01-18-2011, 06:12 AM
Oh and - I think Entwistle sang backup with the Who, if that counts.

peewee
01-18-2011, 06:41 AM
Paul McSomething, he was in this band from Liverpool..

krstf
01-18-2011, 06:56 AM
(Skin) Skunk Anansie
(Lemmy Kilmeister) Motorhead

haolejohn
01-18-2011, 07:06 AM
Kim Gordon-Sonic Youth (she splits singing duties with her husband)
Les Claypool-Primus

SailingUke
01-18-2011, 07:09 AM
Paul McSomething, he was in this band from Liverpool..

I think it was "Wings"

Inner Prop
01-18-2011, 07:35 AM
Sting - The police
Phil Lynott - Thin lizzy
I can think of more but not really rock bands...

Not a rock band but WOW! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwVL5RdEROM&feature=relatedThat counts, right, funk is a type of rock?

Bootsy Collins is in the R&R Hall of Fame so I should think he could be counted as rock too.

TicToc
01-18-2011, 11:30 AM
Mine. Haha. I play bass and sing in my band, Holbrook Road. It's not that hard once you get your chops up.

Chris Tarman
01-18-2011, 12:29 PM
Oh and - I think Entwistle sang backup with the Who, if that counts.

Entwistle sang lead on a few songs with The Who ("Heaven and Hell", "Boris the Spider", "My Wife", etc), and fronted his own band on occasion.

Chris Tarman
01-18-2011, 12:42 PM
Well, as a bassist who sings some back-up, I know it is difficult to sing and play bass... but here's a few more: Roger Waters in Pink Floyd (although he wasn't the only singer); Rick Danko in The Band (again, not the only singer); Chris Squire sang really odd back-up parts in Yes, which had NO obvious relation to the main vocals and were probably more difficult than just singing a "normal" song and playing a "normal" bass part; Greg Lake in ELP; Ronnie Lane in The Faces (sang lead on some songs, but when you're in a band with Rod Stewart you tend to be over-looked when you sing!); Laura Love (even though most likely none of you have heard of her); Me'Shell Ndegeocello; Benjamin Orr in The Cars (shared lead vocals with Ric Ocasek).
Those are the ones I can think of that haven't already been mentioned. Oh! And Steve Harris in Iron Maiden sings pretty much every single song when they play live, but he doesn't have a mic! But he writes most of the songs, so he is singing his heart out silently as he plays.

Chris Tarman
01-18-2011, 12:46 PM
Oh and Larry Graham in Graham Central Station (since we're counting funk)... and John Cowan in New Grass Revival.

janeray1940
01-18-2011, 12:52 PM
Laura Love (even though most likely none of you have heard of her)

I have :) I've actually seen her play a couple times. But I didn't think for the purpose of the "rock bands where bass players sing" question she'd count since she's pretty unclassifiable. Overthinking, I am...

Honda247
01-18-2011, 12:53 PM
This may not be rock but Slayer's bassist Tom Araya is the lead vocalist. Kip Winger sings for Winger.

Chris Tarman
01-18-2011, 12:54 PM
I have :) I've actually seen her play a couple times. But I didn't think for the purpose of the "rock bands where bass players sing" question she'd count since she's pretty unclassifiable. Overthinking, I am...

She's really a great player, and yeah.. unclassifiable for sure! I've met her a couple of times and she's very cool and friendly.

Chris Tarman
01-18-2011, 12:58 PM
Sting - The police
Phil Lynott - Thin lizzy
I can think of more but not really rock bands...

Not a rock band but WOW! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwVL5RdEROM&feature=related

Missed this when I mentioned Larry Graham.. Oh yeah! He's a BAAAAAAAAAADDDD-ASSSSSSS bassist!

Fuzzy
01-18-2011, 03:10 PM
John Wetton from King Crimson.

kegmcnabb
01-18-2011, 03:18 PM
Peter Cetera - Chicago

Yeah, they were a rock band once upon a time!

Chicago Transit Authority is a truly great album with great bass lines and singing.

bassfiddlesteve
01-18-2011, 03:23 PM
Here's a few more:

Peter Cetera - Chicago
Mark King - Level 42
Dickie Peterson - Blue Cheer
Richard Page - Mr. Mister
Tony Lewis - The Outfield
Jesse Colin Young - The Youngbloods
Colin Moulding - XTC
Randy Meisner - The Eagles
Timothy B. Schmidt - The Eagles
Tony Jackson - The Searchers
Justin Currie - Del Amitri
John Waite - The Babys
Chip Hawkes - The Tremeloes
Trevor Horn - The Buggles
Rob Grill - The Grassroots
Glenn Hughes - Deep Purple
Andy McCluskey - OMD
Curt Smith - Tears For Fears

- Steve

Ukulele JJ
01-18-2011, 03:38 PM
Mark King - Level 42

The OP could win the bet with that one alone. Mark King counts as 10 bass players easily. :-)

JJ

bassfiddlesteve
01-18-2011, 04:23 PM
Chicago Transit Authority is a truly great album with great bass lines and singing.

I put Peter Cetera at the top of my list before I saw your post. I always enjoyed his bass playing and was very pleased when Bass Player magaine did a cover story about him a few years ago. I had though everyone (including Peter Cetera himself) had forgotten what a creative player he was.

- Steve

Chris Tarman
01-18-2011, 05:52 PM
John Wetton from King Crimson.

D'oh! How did I forget him!

Chris Tarman
01-18-2011, 05:54 PM
Colin Moulding - XTC

- Steve

I almost said Colin Moulding in my list, but I couldn't think of his name!

Fuzzy
01-18-2011, 05:56 PM
D'oh! How did I forget him!Also, Boz Burrell.

Chris Tarman
01-18-2011, 05:58 PM
Also, Boz Burrell.

You know, I feel really stupid, because when I said "Greg Lake", I thought of both ELP AND King Crimson... I have no idea how I forgot BOTH of these guys... and to think I just ordered "Larks Tongues In Aspic", "Starless And Bible Black" and "Red" from amazon.com yesterday.... Sheesh! John Wetton had one of the coolest distorted, grindy bass tones I've ever heard. Boz Burrell is of course much better known as the non-singing bassist for Bad Company, but I did know he sang on a couple of Crimson albums (or was it just "Islands"?).

olivah
01-18-2011, 09:13 PM
JJ Burnel - The stranglers

Wallace you owe us a beer...

Inner Prop
01-19-2011, 02:21 AM
Tina Weymouth sang lead for Tom Tom Club, backup in Talking Heads (I think they all sang in that band).

Fuzzy
01-19-2011, 06:55 AM
You know, I feel really stupid, because when I said "Greg Lake", I thought of both ELP AND King Crimson... I have no idea how I forgot BOTH of these guys... and to think I just ordered "Larks Tongues In Aspic", "Starless And Bible Black" and "Red" from amazon.com yesterday.... Sheesh! John Wetton had one of the coolest distorted, grindy bass tones I've ever heard. Boz Burrell is of course much better known as the non-singing bassist for Bad Company, but I did know he sang on a couple of Crimson albums (or was it just "Islands"?)."Islands" and the live album "Earthbound", which most Crimso fans hate, but I am quite attached to.
And don't forget Gordon Haskell, bassist and vocalist on the "Lizard" album.

gnomethang
01-19-2011, 07:36 AM
Here's a few more:

Curt Smith - Tears For Fears

- Steve
I thought we were talking about bass players not the man who stands behind the curtain?

bassfiddlesteve
01-19-2011, 12:55 PM
I thought we were talking about bass players not the man who stands behind the curtain?

You lost me on that one :confused:

- Steve

Chris Tarman
01-19-2011, 03:14 PM
You lost me on that one :confused:

- Steve

That's kind of what I was thinking too, Steve.

gnomethang
01-21-2011, 12:44 PM
After consulting my lawyers and realising my mistake, I suggest that I got the whole thing the wrong way round! Curt Smith was never behind the curtain playing bass.

bassfiddlesteve
01-21-2011, 01:56 PM
He did really play bass though. I've seen live vidoes of him playing a Steinberger back in the 80's and a Hofner Club more recently. Some Tears For Fears records used synth bass, but "Head Over Heels" had a nice bass guitar part.

- Steve

Ukist
01-21-2011, 11:51 PM
Does Gail Ann Dorsey singing and playing bass with David Bowie count ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLDV0A-w1Es

sailboats
01-22-2011, 01:22 AM
Kim from the (she did a song or two) pixies. or her own band the breeders.

Hippie Dribble
01-22-2011, 02:41 AM
Kim Deal from Sonic Youth. My personal fave. :)

sailboats
01-22-2011, 02:46 AM
Kim Deal from Sonic Youth. My personal fave. :)

Kim Deal is from the pixies... Kim Gordon is Sonic Youth... Both are awesome

glad to see another sonic youth fan on here.

Chris Tarman
01-22-2011, 12:42 PM
I can't think what they're called, but isn't (or "wasn't", perhaps) there some punk-ish band with a singer/bassist named "Fat Mike"? Is it NOFX?

redheadedali
01-22-2011, 01:36 PM
Murry Hammond, the bassist for the Old 97's, sings lead on a few of their songs.

bassfiddlesteve
01-22-2011, 05:13 PM
I actually like Murry Hammond's vocals better than the Old 97's regular lead singer. Murry has a solo CD called "I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm On My Way" that's worth checking out. He doesn't play much bass on it, but it's got a spare, haunting sort of Americana sound with lots of folk, country and gospel influences. It flew way under the radar, but I found it captivating in a way.

- Steve

jimx5000
01-22-2011, 05:27 PM
the church - australian band - hit in 80's

Chris Tarman
01-22-2011, 06:20 PM
Oh! My former neighbor (whom I sort of got started on bass) is a Berklee graduate and bluegrass bassist/singer/bandleader. Here's a link to her website:http://www.ashleighcaudill.com/, and a link to a review of her latest CD (which is GREAT):http://bluegrassmusic.com/content/reviews/reviews-january-2011/review-ashleigh-caudill-fruit-of-the-vine/.
Check her out if you like bluegrass. She has a fantastic voice, and I believe she wrote ALL of the songs on this CD. I have no official affiliation with her (other than having known her since she was about 10 years old), but if you're interested, you can buy her 2 solo CDs at cdbaby.com.

salukulady
01-22-2011, 07:25 PM
Tyson Ritter of the All American Rejects.

Chris Tarman
01-22-2011, 07:31 PM
Tyson Ritter of the All American Rejects.

Oh yeah! Duh...

Chris Tarman
01-22-2011, 07:32 PM
Tia Carrera in "Wayne's World".

Chris Tarman
01-22-2011, 07:33 PM
And Suzy Quatro, if no one else mentioned her.

salukulady
01-22-2011, 08:38 PM
Oh yeah! Duh...And he's sooo good looking, too.

Chris Tarman
01-22-2011, 08:47 PM
And he's sooo good looking, too.

Umm.. I wouldn't have noticed. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

salukulady
01-22-2011, 09:05 PM
Umm.. I wouldn't have noticed. Not that there's anything wrong with that!Ahhh come on, look at that face. 19604

Chris Tarman
01-23-2011, 06:49 AM
Ahhh come on, look at that face. 19604

Yes, yes... he's very handsome....

bassfiddlesteve
01-23-2011, 10:09 AM
Yes, yes... he's very handsome....

Needs a shave and haircut ;)

- Steve

salukulady
01-23-2011, 10:13 AM
Needs a shave and haircut ;)

- SteveBlasphemy! We like'em a little rough around the edges.

axmaker
02-02-2011, 09:08 PM
Grass Roots

bassfiddlesteve
02-03-2011, 01:48 AM
The Call featuring Micael Been who passed away in 2010:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=272T8hZUqcs

- Steve

space
02-16-2012, 06:41 AM
I believe Glamour Of The Kill have that...

Link
02-21-2012, 05:34 PM
Fictionist!


http://youtu.be/kPSJk4Twz0U

OldePhart
02-22-2012, 12:55 PM
I don't know if anyone has already mentioned this one already but...Robin Trower's bass player sang lead on most of his songs. Robin just played guitar and sometimes did the "patter" at live concerts.

wishesmy0
02-28-2012, 10:25 PM
Fictionist!


http://youtu.be/kPSJk4Twz0U

Good sound! Thank for updated.

Skitzic
02-29-2012, 03:07 AM
John Cooper from Skillet.

gnordenstam
02-29-2012, 04:42 AM
John Waite in The Babys
Randy Meisner in Eagles
Kasim Sultan in Utopia

apnaples
02-29-2012, 05:26 AM
Mike Watt! from Minutemen and fIREHOSE
Mark Sandman from Morphine
Jeff Tweedy played bass in Uncle Tupelo didn't he? I don't know off the top of my head if he played bass on songs that he sang though.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
02-29-2012, 05:58 AM
R.E.M.'s Mike Mills