What is it about chick bass players that is so hot? For that matter, I find women musicians in general to be attractive (not just in a physical way). For me it's because the bass guitar is a formidable opponent in stature. As much as the lead guitar is considered a phallic symbol; the bass is a raging monster cock. A woman's hands manipulating said instrument is a joyous sight. There's also something mighty about the bass. It is felt as much as heard. A powerful and heavy tool in the arsenal of sonic craftsmanship. Thus the woman that wields this four stringed beast typifies for me the strong woman/tough chick persona. Hail \,,/
Here are some of my faves...
- Paz Lenchantin
Paz Lenchantin – Most famous for her work with A Perfect Circle on their first record. The shot of her in the video for “Judith” in the mini skirt and heels, putting her hair in a pony tail at the 01:55 mark, getting the pick out of her mouth, and getting right back into the song is ultra-hot.
- Nicole Fiorentino
Nicole Fiorentino – The latest cutie in a long line of female bass players for The Smashing Pumpkins. Just before The Pumpkins, she was a member of the post-Nina Gordon era Veruca Salt. I saw her with Veruca Salt at The Engine Room and couldn’t take my eyes off of her. She’s gorgeous.
- Nadja Peulen
Nadja Peulen – She replaced Rayna Foss Rose as the bass player for the now defunct Coal Chamber. In my humble opinion, Nadja is way sexier than Rayna. She has her own t-shirt company and is currently a member of Vera Mesmer.
- Melissa Auf Der Maur
Melissa Auf D er Maur – Easily the coolest and most talented of this bunch. She’s played with Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins. Her solo debut record was an absolute masterpiece. A great performer. I saw her twice at SXSW on two different occasions.
- Tal Wilkenfeld
Tal Wilkenfeld – The youngest (24) bunny on my list and probably the most accomplished as a musicians musician. She has played with practically everybody. Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Chick Corea, Vinnie Colaiuta, Herbie Hancock, and many many more. She’s absolutely adorable with her long spiral curls. My friend, Kathy, told me “just wait until you see the girl playing with Jeff Beck” when we were watching the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Legends video. Man, she wasn’t kidding.