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2012-06-18 11:32:17 PM

Benjamin Orr: No Bootsy Collins

No John Paul Jones

No Cliff Burton

No Nathan Watts

Complete and utter fail


No Victor Wooten? NO VICTOR WOOTEN?!?!

That daft bint actually picked some decent songs with OK bass lines (most of them are very simple, but catchy), but any list that doesn't include Victor.... that's just dumb.
 
2012-06-18 11:37:05 PM

Usurper4: For you John Paul Jones fans out there, I wonder how many of you have picked up or heard him do Zooma

(takes about 45 seconds to really kick in, but damn, first time I heard that groove, I just smiled)


Yeah, he has that ability to just grab you. Totally understands the groove. I always liked his collaboration with Diamanda Galas on "Skotoseme". It's like banshee vs bass.
 
2012-06-18 11:38:03 PM
Hey-The Pixies
Ain't No Right-Jane's Addiction
Open Letter to a Landlord-Living Colour
The Tracks of My Tears-Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

And

The Trooper-Iron Maiden
/Steve Harris' triplets FTW
 
2012-06-18 11:38:53 PM

Benjamin Orr: No Bootsy Collins

No John Paul Jones

No Cliff Burton

No Nathan Watts

Complete and utter fail


Noel Redding,
Geddy Lee...

and on and on...
 
2012-06-18 11:39:17 PM

Craptastic: No Victor Wooten? NO VICTOR WOOTEN?!?!

That daft bint actually picked some decent songs with OK bass lines (most of them are very simple, but catchy), but any list that doesn't include Victor.... that's just dumb.


While Wooten is an amazing technical bassist... I never really find myself grooving to anything he actually plays during a song.
 
2012-06-18 11:39:55 PM
calm down, kids. it's just an article of someone's musical opinion.

"seven nation army" was the first thing to come to mind.
 
2012-06-18 11:40:57 PM
Um guys- 2 words:

"Steve Harris".

Run to the Hills, though overplayed, is an ICONIC bass line and 'Arry is the MAN.

Put me in the haven't-been-able-to-stop-listening-to-Clockwork-Angels-group.

The Wreckers FTW!
 
2012-06-18 11:41:26 PM
Oh.... I forgot James Jamerson

/doh
 
2012-06-18 11:42:20 PM
Your list is bad and you should feel bad
 
2012-06-18 11:42:35 PM

darch: Um guys- 2 words:

"Steve Harris".

Run to the Hills, though overplayed, is an ICONIC bass line and 'Arry is the MAN.

Put me in the haven't-been-able-to-stop-listening-to-Clockwork-Angels-group.

The Wreckers FTW!


The cut of your gib, I like it.
 
2012-06-18 11:43:47 PM

cherrydog: calm down, kids. it's just an article of someone's musical opinion.

"seven nation army" was the first thing to come to mind.


There is no bass on that song... or pretty much any White Stripes song
 
2012-06-18 11:43:48 PM

cherrydog: calm down, kids. it's just an article of someone's musical opinion.

"seven nation army" was the first thing to come to mind.


Yeah, that's definitely a 1 or 2 note "Name That Tune" bass line.
 
2012-06-18 11:47:39 PM
Yes, there's a difference between bass line and bass performance.

Hate to do the linky-list thing again, but if you compare the (extensive) bass line list I mentioned earlier with this performance list (from the same damn site, which I've never heard of before tonight) you can get a sense (and also see a lot of other tracks that have been vouched for here.

W.C.fields forever: runcible spork: Have always liked Kenny Gradney's line in Little Feat's "Spanish Moon." With Clayton's congas, they set the mood.

And there is my favorite Little feat tune.

/good call



Thanks, mister! Not my favorite Little Feat tune (there's so much to love), but definitely a memorable one.
 
2012-06-18 11:47:46 PM
oh and Rutherford's bass line in "Fountain of S....." is kickass for 1971.
 
2012-06-18 11:47:49 PM

Benjamin Orr: cherrydog: calm down, kids. it's just an article of someone's musical opinion.

"seven nation army" was the first thing to come to mind.

There is no bass on that song... or pretty much any White Stripes song


And yet that is still a bass line if there ever was one.
 
2012-06-18 11:50:51 PM

vrax: Benjamin Orr: cherrydog: calm down, kids. it's just an article of someone's musical opinion.

"seven nation army" was the first thing to come to mind.

There is no bass on that song... or pretty much any White Stripes song

And yet that is still a bass line if there ever was one.


I suppose we are going to have to agree to disagree. But it is a very recognizable riff for sure.
 
2012-06-18 11:52:32 PM
Okay, not a bass line per se, but I just feel like sharing this one. Time and place, I guess. Bassist Brian Bromberg covers "Come Together," unaccompanied. Brilliant. Give it a spin.
 
2012-06-18 11:54:18 PM
In a word: JACO! Soopah Funky Link
 
2012-06-18 11:54:24 PM
Seinfeld Theme.

/thread
 
2012-06-18 11:54:51 PM

rickycal78: Metallica Anesthesia


Gunderson: Metallica- Anesthesia


Glad to see Fark does not disappoint

/Cliff approves
 
2012-06-18 11:54:52 PM
oh yea
Mark King too
but not even a little in the same league as the other two I previously mentioned..
 
2012-06-19 12:04:39 AM

One Bad Apple: MensRea: No "Peace Sells"?

/fail

Beat me to it

Instead I will nominate Infectious Grooves "Punk It Up"


I love you.
 
2012-06-19 12:05:22 AM
I agree that the list has good bass lines in every song mentioned, but it's not "The Greatest!!!!"
 
2012-06-19 12:05:38 AM
www.lindsayjoyhamilton.com
 
2012-06-19 12:06:23 AM
First thing I see is Flea, and I think "Okay, this has potential. I don't know if I'd put any of his work in my top 10 baselines list, but no question he's got tons of great stuff." Then I scroll a little:
#10) Daft Punk - Around the World
weknowmemes.com
 
2012-06-19 12:09:56 AM
I'm sad I pretty much missed this thread but it looks like it's all been covered. The hardest time I had was distinguishing whether or not the basslines were actually great because of the bassline or the bassline and a linear guitar riff or some other non-bass reason.
I don't know what the greatest is, but for some reason I have Jerry was a Racecar Driver in my head.
 
2012-06-19 12:16:06 AM
Victor Wooten, because everyone else is sharing.
 
2012-06-19 12:16:33 AM
 
2012-06-19 12:19:12 AM
Pawn Shop by Sublime.

Only 12 notes but you try playing it for 6 minutes.
 
2012-06-19 12:23:46 AM

WaveOBabies: Pawn Shop by Sublime.

Only 12 notes but you try playing it for 6 minutes.


First song my "band" learned in high school, so I can agree with that. shiat hurts your hands after the first 16 bars or so.
 
2012-06-19 12:33:46 AM
"Transmission" is a much more pummelly powerful Joy Division bassline...nailed the Nancy Sinatra, though...

others:
"Rema Rema" by Rema Rema
"Il Duce" by Big Black
"Totally Wired" by The Fall
"Salad Days" by Minor Threat
"Very Friendly" by Throbbing Gristle
 
2012-06-19 12:33:51 AM

WhackingDay: you might as well include Gorillaz, they've got some kickass bass lines.


Sometimes some kickass Double Bass lines.
 
2012-06-19 12:34:20 AM
Oh, and I have to include The Longest Day by Iron Maiden. Amazing bass work on that song.

Also, Anthrax's cover of Got The Time.
 
2012-06-19 12:34:53 AM

Third_Uncle_Eno: basically the bass in the following two entire songs:

"Lucky Seven" by Chris Squire (Squire on bass)

"The Real Me" by The Who (Entwhistle on bass)
(legend has it John didn't know they were recording, thought he was just practicing to a playback track, but the rest of the Who LOVED his performance in it. Did it in just one take!)


fish out of water rules, and is $5.99 on iTunes, I paid $27 for the import CD in 1992
 
2012-06-19 12:36:25 AM

SilentStrider: Oh, and I have to include The Longest Day by Iron Maiden. Amazing bass work on that song.

the intro on "for the greater good of god" was going through my head while reading these posts
 
2012-06-19 12:43:17 AM
"London Calling" by The Clash.
 
2012-06-19 12:46:49 AM

Archimedes' Principal: Why no 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' by A Taste of Honey ?

 
2012-06-19 12:47:21 AM
NME needs an NMA.

This article is shiate.
 
2012-06-19 12:49:41 AM

Benjamin Orr: While Wooten is an amazing technical bassist... I never really find myself grooving to anything he actually plays during a song.


His tone is mostly fret noise. Distinctive, skilled, yes; not what I'd strive for if I were a bassist, though.
 
2012-06-19 12:51:32 AM

Godscrack: Sober by Tool. Their first bass player, Paul D'Amor contributed some wicked chops to their first couple records.


D D / D D /
Eb Eb / Eb Eb (x124)

Wicked chops indeed.
 
2012-06-19 12:54:05 AM
Any list of great bass lines that does not include Nilsson's "Jump Into the Fire" is a worthless list of great bass lines. They do get points for Herbie Flowers' other great bass line ("Walk on the Wild Side"), though.
 
2012-06-19 12:56:03 AM

shoegaze99: 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.


It's a perfectly fair example. Don't make excuses for the dumbass writer's gross generalization.
 
2012-06-19 12:57:46 AM
two lone swordsmen - brootle
proceed with caution
 
2012-06-19 01:02:49 AM
No love for "Little Green Bag?"
 
2012-06-19 01:05:26 AM
Breeders' Cannonball was the first thing I thought of when I saw the headline, so I'm glad to see it on the list.
 
2012-06-19 01:06:30 AM
Herbie Hancock - Chameleon is always a good one
 
2012-06-19 01:10:44 AM
Wait a second...

No Rush.

No Primus.

No Orion, or anything else by the Cliff Burton era Metallica.

WHAT.THE.FARK.

This list is so bad, I wouldn't even wipe my ass with it.
 
2012-06-19 01:12:31 AM

Bhasayate: How about Jeremy?


I remember back when that song came out, some guitar magazine had the transcription for that song, the person who did the transcription thought the intro was a 12 string guitar, played through an octave pedal. Even back then music journalists were farking stupid.

Oh, and just to add to the list, mother farking Buena. And of course Watt gettin' down with the bass is always a joy.
 
2012-06-19 01:12:41 AM

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!


Came here to post this - leaving satisfied.
 
2012-06-19 01:15:33 AM

American Decency Association: two lone swordsmen - brootle
proceed with caution



Sounds like an electronic didgeridoo. And not in a good way.
 
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