Thanks to Pandora we have several thematic internet radio stations that play around the household when we’re around. It offers, by random chance, the opportunity to discern interesting sound production work or instrument choices. I happened to catch the wonderful track by New Order “Regret” by chance. Listen to the prominent bass work by bass pioneer Peter “Hooky” Hook. The first 30 seconds are sufficient to get the sound in your head.
Hear the hollow tone, but the crisp dynamics? I’m fairly sure that’s a Yamaha bass (any New Order gurus read this?). By chance The Cure’s “In Between Days” played next:
I love that hollow sounding English bass. Even during New Order’s Joy Divison incarnation Hook really pushed forward with how a bass could melodically carry a song. The Cure’s Simon Gallup seems to have been influenced by that. That bass sound immediately captures a whole world of music just by a certain tone.