You know, what the world needs more of is rock music that flips the bird to that most boring of instruments, the electric guitar. Who needs it? The electric bass is the greatest lead instrument ever, but no one seems to realize it. Chris Squire’s Fish Out of Water remains one of the best albums I’ve ever heard — oh, sure, it’s practically unbearable on first listen, but it’s totally great, honest. I just wish its super-dense sound weren’t such a rarity.
There’s always Magma, I guess. They didn’t necessarily can the regular guitars, but the instrument is almost always mixed so far down as to be little more than an accent. For instance, “The Last Seven Minutes” from Attahk is a blistering work built around a thick lead bass line (just wait out the 40-second drum intro):
The obvious problem being, of course, that Magma is completely insane, a French band singing about extraterrestrial exile in a completely invented alien language. It’s like Scientology: The Band, except not a cynical ploy to bilk gullible celebrities of their life earnings (because I doubt Magma ever sold enough albums for its members to upgrade from a subsistence diet). But somewhere out in the world, there’s gotta be someone sane who recognizes the genius of the lead bass, right? Please, enlighten me, humans.