I am curious about something, and hopefully the rest of you can help me with this.
I am a bass player of only 2 years, and because I had already known Crowded House music before I ever started, I wasn't used to thinking about Nick's basslines. Now that I've had some time to absorb the music, I want to know what he does and what he adds to the band.
The most confusing thing for me is that there are a lot of people out there and here on Frenz who act like Nick is a bad musician. I simply don't hear that at all. His parts fit Crowded House, and they never took me out of the music or the moment. I just don't hear how he can be "bad" even with the razzing that he's gotten from Neil.
Off the top of my head, my favorite bass part would be "Nails in my Feet" because what he's done there particularly in the introductory measures before the voice comes in adds to the overall quality of the song. Other than that, he hasn't to my ears sounded like a showy player playing just for self-gratification and attention, but one who is part of the texture of things serving the song as a competent bass player is supposed to do.
So... is he good or bad or what is he as a musician? Yeah, he's better than *me*, but that's not really saying much. If you have examples that would be great so I could go hear just what you mean no matter what point you're making.
PS It must be something Freudian because I always want to typo the name of the song as "Neils in my Feet."