LA Weekly just named the 20 best bassists of all-time — and while Paul McCartney might not think he belongs way down at #9, Sir Paul knows he won’t win any four string wars against the late Who bassist John Entwistle. Number 3 in the rankings, Entwistle made the rock bass a contender — bring it on, guitar heroes. Only the inimitable Bootsy Collins, #2, and the utterly unique Carol Kaye, #1, rank above Entwistle on the LA Weekly list.
You’ve also gotta love the selection of the great Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth at #5, too, even if Sir Paul might again cry foul. Here is a cool video that isolates John Entwistle’s bass playing on the great Who song “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” You’ll miss Townsend and Moon at first — then you just might forget all about them.