Scott Thunes (pronounced “too-nis”) (born January 20, 1960) is a bass player, formerly with Frank Zappa, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Andy Prieboy, Mike Keneally, Fear, The Waterboys, Big Bang Beat, and others.
Thunes was raised in San Anselmo, California.
He played with Zappa’s band from 1981 to 1988, and plays on such albums as The Man From Utopia, Them or Us, Broadway the Hard Way, You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Does Humor Belong In Music?, The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life, Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention, Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch, Make a Jazz Noise Here, and Guitar, a double-album compilation of Zappa’s live guitar solos. Thunes, currently bassist with Californian band The Mother Hips, lives in Northern California with his wife Georgia, and his children Hazle Nova and Virgil Mars. In February 2012, Thunes performed in California with Dweezil Zappa and the “Zappa Plays Zappa” band.
Author Tomas Wictor included an expanded interview with Thunes that had first appeared in Bass Player magazine, in his book In Cold Sweat: Interviews With Really Scary Musicians (ISBN 0-87910-956-4), in which Thunes talks of his career.