Negative Creep wrote:
Most of those whose opinions I trust point to Burton, Harris, and others before Butler as setting the standard for metal bass playing.
Um, Butler came LONG before Harris and Burton.....
Who's filling your head with all these lies?
Bass Player Magazine (a pretty trustworthy resource IMO) named both Harris and Burton as two of the top 25 who changed everything (concerning bass)...not Butler.
Harris is probably my favorite metal bassist, but Geezer slays both him and Butler in influence and innovation.
As much as I love Harris and Burton, their playing wasn't the foundation for an entire genre. Butler's was.
I said "set the standard"...not invented the genre...
Like I said...Since I don't claim to be a metal "expert" (thank God lol), I went to the musical sources like BP magazine and Talk Bass Forum where those with much more knowledge than me on the topic habitate. The general consensus is that Harris & Burton are the premiere metal bassists...also Geezer. That said...I was esentially commenting on the Geezer/Macca question, and truth be told...Macca influenced a TON more bassists than Butler (partially due to the popularity of their specific genres), and Paul innovated and adapted the jamersonesque melodic and syncopated style to tons more bassists than Butler...or even more bassists than quite frankly ever even HEARD of Butler...once again, due to the overall popularity of McCartneys genre versus the relatively lesser known metal style than the rock/pop style of The Beatles which is vastly more well known, copied, and sold.