Back in the sixties, when everyone and their dog were playing harmony on a P or a Höfner, a teenager working in the guitar department of a Boosey & Hawkes shop in Regent Street, London fed the bridge element of his newly-acquired Rickenbacker 4001 into a guitar amp, quite often through some effects, purposely used string buzz as a sound, making it sound way too dirty (and badass) for the time… and on top of that, played MELODY on a bass, thus carving out a new path for many, many bassists after him.
He later said he couldn’t get gigs because nobody liked what he did, so he ended up playing in a band with some folks who dug it.
His opening notes of their debut album set the stage for things to come. It blew me away, and it may have sown the seeds of the low end in me.
Chris Squire was a phenomenon, and hugely influential. His name should be mentioned here.
My work here is done.