I’m with you 100%.
Bass players love to listen to bass players doing amazing, unbelievable, acrobatic and tappy slappy things…
But the true test is when you put on your bass-records for your non-bass playing friends.
I’ll never forget putting on Portrait of Tracy in the car with my friends in high school. I thought it was one of the most beautiful, musical pieces I had ever heard. They got through 0:45 seconds and begggggged me to turn it off. They thought it was awful; annoying; plinky.
Years later, I can completely understand where they were coming from just listening objectively: the solo bass sound is an acquired taste for sure.
Slap/Pop/Tap - it’s amazing… but not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea.