Marc's Top 5 New Wave Bassists


Say hello to Rude Boy George bass player Marc! When he's not searching for 80's new wave deep cuts for the band to play, Marc writes the Marco On The Bass ska blog. Check out the top 5 list of 80's new wave era bassists that have influenced and inspired Marc the most:

1. Peter Hook & The Light of New Order - Hooks bass lines changed the way I thought about the bass. They drive the melody and are the hook (no pun intended!) for the band's best songs. 
2. John Taylor of Duran Duran - Taylor successfully combined the funk of Chic's Bernard Edwards with the power and energy of The Sex Pistols
3. Andy Rourke of The Smiths - Johnny Marr gets most of the credit, but Rourke's bass lines make songs like "How Soon Is Now", "Boy With A Thorn In His Side" and "Hand In Glove" classics. 
4. Simon Gallup of The Cure - Simple but incredibly compelling bass lines that are the icing on the cake for the best songs by Robert Smith. "The Lovecats" is a personal favorite. 
5. Jah Wobble of Public Image Limited - A true inspiration. He mixed punk and dub reggae in a way that changed music forever.

Marc says, "Though this is an 80's new wave list, I have to add David Steele of English Beat/Fine Young Cannibals, Horace Panter of The Specials (Official) and Earl Falconer of UB40 to the list. They each inspired my love of 2-Tone ska and reggae and were the reason I picked up a bass guitar!"

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