Tee hee. 1. Chris "Warwick Bassmonkey" Barker. Seriously. Not just cos he's one of my oldest friends - he is a properly amazing musician. Extremely inventive too, and a bit of a perfectionist. 4 String, 5-string, fretted or fretless, fingers or thumbs - he's the master of them all, and undoubtedly deserves to be in the number one spot. He even does impressions. Mick Karn? Pino Palladino? Mark King? Bernard Edwards? He does the lot with considerable panache. If he fucks like he plays, I'll warrant his missus keeps an oxygen mask beside the marital bed. Strangely though, he's physically incapable of going "Dum dum dum dumba dum" with a plectrum... 2. Norman Watt-Roy. From Ian Dury and the Blockheads. So good he makes me want to cry. "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" anybody? "Clevor Trever"? "Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n Roll"? Fuck a duck...! 3. Horace Panter. [Sir Horace Gentleman] From The Specials. Check out "Friday Night, Saturday Morning" from the b-side of "Ghost Town". Or "Ghost Town" itself. In fact, everything he ever played on. 4. Robbie Shakespeare Uh! No words. 5. Bernard Edwards From Chic. Not so much what he played as what he didn't play. The gaps between the notes. Sublime. 6. Mark King. Level 42. Yeah I know. But ignore the wimbly White-boy cod-funk soul and listen to what he's actually doing. Nobody ever got near him with the thumb stuff. 7. Mark "Bedders" Bedford. Madness. Love em or hate em - go get your big brother's Madness records out of the loft and check out whats going on down the bottom end. Listen to "Bed and Breakfast Man" or "Baggy Trousers". Bloody miraculous. Sorely underrated. 8. Aston "Family Man" Barrett Bob Marley and the Wailers. Smooth, economical and effortlessly musical. Just everything. 9. Errol "Flabba" Holt Roots Radics Band legend. Never ventured above the 5th fret and rattled a million window-frames the world over. Made King Tubby's and Scientist's careers possible. 10. Bootsy Collins. Stunning bass player, obviously, but had the shoes and sunglasses to go with it. Say no more.