It all begins with The Magnum P.I.s: a tv and movie-theme song cover band Ace played in during college. By his own admission, the band was not very good, so they had to depend on gimmicks—costumes, videos, fake blood. At one show the band decided they’d have Ace slide over from keyboard to bass guitar during a song. The lead singer, Matt Coors, said, “Ace on bass,” and nodded to the instruments. It rhymed. It rang. It stuck. “Ace on bass” quickly became “Ace on Base,” and soon people were asking, “you on your base today, Ace?”
Ace has been on base ever since.
With absolutely no relation or reference to the seminal 90’s Swedish adult contemporary techno-pop band Ace of Base, “Ace on Base” has confused and endeared an entire generation of fans and friends.