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JB's Top Five Bass Players - #3
June 23, 2009

Before I get started on the list please let me explain this is not a measure of technical ability or record sales or anything. This is just lists about musicians I like that play my favorite instrument - The Bass. I do have to give a massive shout out to Geezer, he's not on the list, but we all have to talk about the influence. On with the show:

My #3 favorite bass player is none other then thrash metal godfather Lemmy!

So the question is why? Well to start what do you call a 65-year-old bass player, that has massive facial warts, muttonchops, slept with over 2000 women, and loves LSD? Well you call him a Lemmy. That should be enough explanation shouldn't it.

In all seriousness, Lemmy isn't really talked about much when your talking Bass Players. What Lemmy does get talked about is his influence on the Metal scene. With the resurgence of heavy music Lemmy and Motorhead are getting the due they deserve. Lemmy will never refer to Motorhead as Metal as he prefers to call them Rock & Roll, but lets face the facts. I've see this band live twice and both times I lost a few years off my hearing. They are the loudest band I have ever heard.

Also hearing other bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Ozzy, even punk bands like Greenday talk about the influence Lemmy has had on their music is amazing. Lemmy can call it what he wants, but he truly is the godfather of thrash metal and without him we wouldn't have the brand of music we love so much.

Lemmy has appeared on a lot of TV/Radio media, even having Triple H of WWE fame wear the mutton chops in homage to his musical hero. Coming up is a Lemmy rockumentary that will be a must see for all fans. I guess Lemmy's not on my list for his bass playing, but for paving the way for the musicians I love today and for playing some kick ass music.

Show your horns,

JB Martell