The best BILLY GOULD bass lines voted for by you (2019).
Happy 56th birthday to Bill Gould. He is a founding member of Faith No More, an extraordinary bass player, producer and song writer and the backbone of the band.
"When I first started playing bass in this band, all I had was a cheap little amp and a terrible old bass, and it had this warped tone that I had to work with. But somehow, I found a way to make that tone strong, and it became part of my sound. I still have that approach toward my tone, and it all stemmed from having terrible gear." - Bill 2015
Since the early 80's his distinctive bass tones, which he describes as a 'grunting sound', have been an essential part of the unique FNM sound. His influence on other musicians can be widely heard within the rock/metal genre.
His influences include: Sex Pistols, Metallica, Sade, Killing Joke, David Bowie and much more. For the most part of his musical career Bill has played with a Zon guitar.
"It [bass tone] sounds like the instrument is grunting. People do it with guitars, but you don’t hear it with bass much. Bass manufacturers traditionally go for a pure, low-end to high-end balance, but to me, that’s not really rock n roll. Even if I lose a little balance with it, that’s fine as long as it has the bite. When my bass is growling and grunting, it feels like I am expressing myself through it." - Bill 2015
You can read about Bill's history with Faith No More in detail here. We asked you to let us know your favourite bass lines from Bill's musical catalog so here in a handy Spotify playlist are the results....