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2012-06-18 09:44:44 PM  
 
kth
2012-06-18 09:45:05 PM  

frostus: The Cure - Fascination Street


That is a fine bass line.

as is this one.

I didn't realize until I was an adult how good Duran Duran actually was.
 
2012-06-18 09:45:53 PM  
Wow, no mention yet of "Groove is in the Heart" by Dee-lite?
 
2012-06-18 09:46:28 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:48:00 PM  

Cyno01: "Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."

Fail.


Whew. I thought I might the only one seeing that.

(don't people even test a farking webpage before making it live? anyone?)
 
2012-06-18 09:48:45 PM  

FloydA: NutznGum: No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.



PRIMUS SUCKS!


Yess, yes they do.
 
2012-06-18 09:49:13 PM  

FloydA: NutznGum: No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.



PRIMUS SUCKS!


NO, THEY DON'T
 
2012-06-18 09:49:46 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:49:54 PM  
Is it just me, or do about half of the songs in TFA not even have a prominent bassline?

That said, the list clearly fails without I Want You Back
 
2012-06-18 09:52:14 PM  

Surool: TheHopeDiamond: I closed the article up after the first sentence.

"Ah, the bassist: the member of the band that no one ever wants to interview (unless it's Flea)."

Or Paul McCartney.
Or Geddy Lee.

And that's off the top of my head.

This is what passes for NME writing these days?

Sting used to get f*ckloads of interviews... more than the other members of The Police ever did.

No one interviewing bass players.... durrr!


Flea is Flea, and everyone else mentioned was also the front man. Kipp Farking Winger was getting interviews left and right in the late 80's, just because he was the lead singer. I've noticed that the guy with the least strings is usually the guy that knows the most about what's going on. Be it onstage, with the crowd, and usually with the over-all structure of the music itself. Most of them are intelligent and really nice, or they're a lead singer that wants to play rhythm but can only concentrate on one string at a time.


//they're also usually the one's holding the drugs
 
2012-06-18 09:52:22 PM  
Some Random Song ~ by ~ Your Favorite Band Sucks.
 
2012-06-18 09:52:30 PM  
James Jamerson would biatch slap everyone on this list with everyone on this list.

And yes, it IS rock n roll cuz there would be none without Motown.
 
2012-06-18 09:53:05 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:53:12 PM  

chibimateo: Is it just me, or do about half of the songs in TFA not even have a prominent bassline?

That said, the list clearly fails without I Want You Back


No, you're right.
 
2012-06-18 09:53:37 PM  
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?
 
2012-06-18 09:54:50 PM  

bighairyguy: And I dare anyone to say they don't get out their air bass for this:

The cracks between the paving stones
Look like rivers of flowing veins.
Strange people who know me
Peeping from behind every window pane.

The girl I used to love
Lives in this yellow house.
Yesterday she passed me by,
She doesn't want to know me now.

/Come on, I dare ya!


THIS. The TFA's list is so lame I wasn't even going to bother commenting, but this post deserved a "this."
/this
 
2012-06-18 09:54:50 PM  

Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly


How the hell young ARE you people anyway?


Let's not confuse bass lines with riffs.
 
2012-06-18 09:54:52 PM  
No Jumpin Jack Flash? I mean, c'mon!
 
2012-06-18 09:55:57 PM  
Various songs by the following should be on the list:

The Fall (Middlemass, I Feel Voxish, Look Know, and Words of Expectation for starters)
The Minutemen (too many)
Gang of Four (too many)
Any Joy Division song EXCEPT the one they picked. Digital being the epitome.
 
2012-06-18 09:56:02 PM  

Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?


AC/DC has bass?
 
2012-06-18 09:57:29 PM  
I see my fellow Farkers have been doing their part to slap some got-damn sense into these NME twats; let me add a few personal faves.

First, a short-lived band from Raleigh, NC called Johnny Quest... saw them at the Boathouse back in 1989 or 1990 as an opening band for Dread Zeppelin, and was absolutely floored to find my personal favorite of theirs, "Irresponsibility", on Youtube.

Second, what the fark, no James Brown? Really?!

And now, allow me to present two examples of Polish reggae. No, I am not making this up. First, Marika - Sobotnie Lajla Lajla. She could be singing a friggin' cookie recipe, who cares, this song has a bad-ass groove. And to follow up, here's Paprika Korps - Crowd. Awesome band, wish they'd come to the US east coast at some point.

Keep the good stuff comin' folks...
 
2012-06-18 09:58:28 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:58:50 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Leaving this song off makes me mad enough to smash me guitar.

Also List is incomplete without:

Black Sabbath- N.I.B. (I'd even settle for the Ugly Kid Joe cover)
Metallica- Anesthesia
Black Flag-Six Pack
 
2012-06-18 09:59:04 PM  

John Paul Jones: wat


I too am dazed and confused.
 
2012-06-18 09:59:22 PM  
i2.photobucket.com

Oh and

Ball of Confusion

List seems a bit too recently weighted...
 
2012-06-18 10:00:07 PM  

SilentStrider: Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?

AC/DC has bass?


Yes, it looks like this:

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Just like Judas Priest basslines
 
2012-06-18 10:01:15 PM  

Bhasayate: Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?

Let's not confuse bass lines with riffs.


Yeah, you're right. Sunshine of Your Love from Cream should qualify though.
 
2012-06-18 10:01:29 PM  
Not a single "Who" song. Not one.

No one has failed more than that article writer just failed.
 
2012-06-18 10:01:45 PM  

Surool: Sting used to get f*ckloads of interviews... more than the other members of The Police ever did.

No one interviewing bass players.... durrr!


Not exactly a fair example, since Sting was also the frontman. Guys like him, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, a big part of the attention they get is not their talent with the bass -- though that certainly helps -- it's that they are the face and voice of their bands, and in many cases the primary creative force behind their band's music.
 
2012-06-18 10:01:54 PM  

NutznGum: FloydA: NutznGum: No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.



PRIMUS SUCKS!

NO, THEY DON'T


i105.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-18 10:02:59 PM  

Liverboy: Bhasayate: Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?

Let's not confuse bass lines with riffs.

Yeah, you're right. Sunshine of Your Love from Cream should qualify though.


Agree. =D
 
2012-06-18 10:03:01 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:03:34 PM  
Superstition

that is all.
 
2012-06-18 10:03:36 PM  

ZMugg: No love for King Crimson?


Balderdash!
 
2012-06-18 10:03:50 PM  
I'll throw in some Black Sabbath tunes:

Children of the Grave
Heaven and Hell
The Mob Rules
 
2012-06-18 10:04:23 PM  
s14.postimage.org

whelp... I see Primus and Tool have both been covered. I guess I shall retire for the night, gents.
 
2012-06-18 10:05:41 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:05:58 PM  
Eminence Front by the Who, Isolated Bass

Starts slow, then shiat gets crazy.
 
2012-06-18 10:06:11 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:06:40 PM  
The ommission of Entwistle from that list tells me this list is totally pants-on-the-head-retarded.

Nothing beats the bass lines in "My Generation." You can add his sound on Baba O'Reilly, Real Me, Bargain, Behind Blue Eyes, Goin Mobile and most other Who songs while you're at it.

The scarce mention of him here tells me that there's something rotten in the land of Fark.

Also add me to the chrous saying Comfortably Numb, Money, One of These Days, Another Brick in the Wall and Hey You by Pink Floyd all deserve significant mention.

Also also add Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta and Spirit of Radio by Rush.

Also also also add Hey Bulldog, Day Tripper and Taxman by the Beatles. All excellent hooks.
 
2012-06-18 10:06:50 PM  
It's My Life -Talk Talk
Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney
Starship Trooper - Yes
Move On - Fashion
Something About You - Level 42

Just a partial list, didn't see these songs mentioned yet.
 
2012-06-18 10:07:14 PM  
I always dug the bass line in the Elvis Costello version of (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding. I think the bass player is Bruce Thomas.
 
2012-06-18 10:07:39 PM  

GAT_00: SilentStrider: GAT_00: SilentStrider: Headlong Flight

Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple pass line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.

i've listened beginning to end a a couple times so far. Biggest thing I've noticed is that there's a ferocity to their playing that I don't think I've ever heard before. I really like what the producer is bringing out in them.

IMO, best songs: Clockwork Angels, The Anarchist, The Wreckers, The Garden. Hmm, those titles sound uninventive that way.

I also realized listening a few times it's a steampunk rewrite of 2112.


So what you are saying is: I should buy the new Rush album...I'm glad i wandered into this thread.

Flappyhead: Unsound by the Headstones is a favorite. Nothing really fancy, but simple and clean.

Link


.....And welcome to my favourites list.
 
2012-06-18 10:07:57 PM  
The Magnificent Seven.
 
2012-06-18 10:08:03 PM  
Late to this and will not read the thread. There is only 1 greatest bass line in rock. The entire 'Rattus Norvegicus' album from the Stranglers. Especially 'Peaches'.

But the rest of the other suggestions are pretty good too.
 
2012-06-18 10:08:13 PM  
Couldn't do a CTRL+F on my phone, so maybe someone already covered this, but...no 'Waiting Room' by Fugazi? Really??
 
2012-06-18 10:08:42 PM  
Ya well I approve of most of the stuff on this list. NME seems to be shilling for whothehellknowsorcares. Even if they are "new" oriented it's difficult to dismiss what has been laid down by the old guard.

Honorable mention for Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" (not on list), but that's for the solo (and fadeout). Aside from thrusting, there isn't much of a base "line" in it.

Now if we're going to talk about newer mind-blowing bass lines, you'll have to play with some jazz and avant.
 
2012-06-18 10:09:01 PM  
Sheesh, there are so many great bass lines, but one that hasn't been mentioned and has always stood out to me was from Ministry's "So What". There's nothing technically amazing about it at all, but It's as near a perfect anchor for a song as any I've heard.
 
2012-06-18 10:09:30 PM  
static.nme.com
hahahahe, I only used and owned an iPod for awesome music, but have cool tattoos and piercings!
 
2012-06-18 10:10:23 PM  
Liverboy

Sunshine of Your Love. You misspelled Badge.

But I agree with you anyway.
 
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