Primal Scream have a new bass player, Simone Butler.
She is filling some big shoes but is more than up for the job.
The new Primal Scream single, 2013, is one of their best ever and the band is storming back and Simone isa big part of the new Primals.
We met her at the NME awards and she is really cool. We spent a long time talking about bass guitarists so it was inevitable that we made her give us her top 10 favourite bass players for LTW.
1. James Jamerson:
He is the undeniable sound of soul and Motown. He paved the way for many players of that era, and has gone on to influence generations of musicians. Ask any bass players from any genre, and they will name check Jamerson. There are legends like Aston Barrett, Robbie shakespeare, who were influenced by motown and Stax . There is something quite magical about the rhythm sections from the early 60’s onwards. Jamerson had a real beauty in his sound. He was born to play.
She played with everyone from the Electric Prunes to the Beach Boys, and for a woman to do that at the time was pretty amazing. I think she redefined ‘working musician’ when you look at her list of credits.
3. Michael Davis -MC5
They are one of my favourite bands. No one sounds like them.They were and are a force of nature. Power and energy.
4. J.J. Burnell -The Stranglers
His bass sound is so incredibly iconic, and it’s what gave the Stranglers their edge. He was also a very dextrous player, but knew when to give that really raw throaty sound. I mean, if listening to ‘Peaches’ doesn’t make you want to go pick up a bass, nothing will. Simon Gallup from The Cure is another really great bassist, i can hear a bit of Burnell’s sound there sometimes, tracks like Fascination Street. Another amazing player.
I’ve always loved the way Mani plays. He can kind of do it all. Be it with a pick or fingers, it’s always perfect for what the track needs. He can be really percussive, and melodic at the same time. I think when guitar bands became part of acid house, bands like The Stone Roses and Primal Scream were leading the way, and his bass sound is part of that landscape.
Part 2 of Simone Butler’s top ten bass players is here