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2012-06-19 03:45:50 AM  

Born to Die: Going back a bit further:
[www.all-music-sheets.com image 500x658]

YouTube


This is a bookmark so I can try that out on my modern five string bass when I have the time. Fortunately, my roommate is a professional keyboardist and an expert organ player so he can handle the other part.
 
2012-06-19 03:49:10 AM  
I am sure it has been mentioned so forgive me but ummm Higher Ground??? NME you fail
 
2012-06-19 03:54:32 AM  
also if you wanted to include an EDM track I would have gone with Roni Size Brown Paper Bag. Saw him in DC way back in the day, unlike your typical EDM artist dude used actual drums and an upright base for his performance.

Link
 
2012-06-19 03:56:07 AM  

Erbo: List is FAIL without The Smithereens' "Blood and Roses."


The Smithereens only wrote one song.
 
2012-06-19 04:03:26 AM  

Ishkur: How can you have a list about basslines and not include one single funk track!?

What the fark is wrong with you?


white people
 
2012-06-19 04:07:22 AM  
 
2012-06-19 04:09:39 AM  

Bhasayate: The Police "Mosaka Tanga"


Holy crap, THIS. I have stopped mentioning this song to people, because I generally get blank stares. So much to love about this song, including, of course, the bass line.
 
2012-06-19 04:13:06 AM  
Siouxsie - Arabian Knights
Cure - Other Voices
Zeppelin - Lemon Song

Woot.
 
2012-06-19 04:29:59 AM  

Equilibrist: acefox1: 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.

Alright, I read the thread a bit. Next time you get a chance, play Quadrophenia and ignore Roger. You will hear the most amazing bass lines. I give a copy of this album to aspiring bass players I run across. 2 so far


I can't decide if that's an incredibly good gift -- or an incredibly cruel gift. Fantastic album and bass work, obviously, but it's like giving a Segovia album to a fledgling guitarist. (Just listened to "The Real Me" again for the first time in ages -- holy crap, what a bass line.)
 
2012-06-19 04:37:16 AM  
Okay, I recant...

...

Alf theme song:

Link

Eat it kab.

:0

:)

:D
 
2012-06-19 04:48:51 AM  

bwilson27: Stayin Alive, the BeeGees.


a ripoff of Herbie Manns' "Hijack"
 
2012-06-19 04:55:35 AM  
late to the party:
Curtis Mayfields "Pusherman"
Eddie Harris "That is why you're overweight"
Beatles "I saw her standing there".

/listing 10 greatest basslines is like listing 10 greatest grains of sand at the beach.
 
2012-06-19 04:55:42 AM  
Between the Buried and Me - Obfuscation (that groove in the slow section is amazing for how simple it is for one of Dan's lines)
Dream Theater - The Test that Stumped them All (No love for John?! He is amazing and vastly under-rated)
The Human Abstract's bassist Henry is under rated as well. His technique is so smooth and quick.
Praxis - Interworld and the New Innocence
Primus - The Last Super-Power
Protest the Hero - Bloodmeat
Scale the Summit has interesting and under-rated bass as well.
Sikth - Skies of the Millennium Night
Wooten and Bailey - Chick from Corea
 
2012-06-19 05:51:10 AM  
 
2012-06-19 05:56:49 AM  
 
2012-06-19 06:53:05 AM  
 
2012-06-19 07:20:59 AM  
Fugazi- Waiting Room
 
2012-06-19 07:25:21 AM  
Nice thread, discovered some songs I didn't know. Here are a few that were missed

Faith No More - Epic Makes the song.
Billy Idol - Flesh for Fantasy Bass and guitar are so 80s. I love it.
Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot Nobody mentioned this?
Morris Day and the Time - Jungle Love Insert Jay and Silent Bob quote
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love A clear melody that perfectly underlines the lead and vocals.
 
2012-06-19 07:25:34 AM  

MensRea: No "Peace Sells"?

/fail


i26.photobucket.com
Approves

/That's me holding David's bass. My friend owns it now. He loaned it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their metal display
 
2012-06-19 07:36:11 AM  

CalamitousCrasher: Ugly Baby Judges You: Couldn't do a CTRL+F on my phone, so maybe someone already covered this, but...no 'Waiting Room' by Fugazi? Really??

LOL a big ole THIS


One more this
 
2012-06-19 07:46:35 AM  

LarryDan43: CalamitousCrasher: Ugly Baby Judges You: Couldn't do a CTRL+F on my phone, so maybe someone already covered this, but...no 'Waiting Room' by Fugazi? Really??

LOL a big ole THIS

One more this


Scroll up a couple of posts
 
2012-06-19 08:17:51 AM  

Born to Die: Going back a bit further:
[www.all-music-sheets.com image 500x658]

YouTube


And let's not forget Paquelbel's "Canon". The whole peice is one big bass line, harmonised, layered and repeated.
 
2012-06-19 08:20:28 AM  
Also missing: almost every single Morphine song, but I would have accepted "Buena."
 
2012-06-19 08:22:32 AM  
Never was a single - but John Hiatt's "Cross My Fingers" has a great bass line. John Mayer's "Who Did You Think I Was" was is just plain awesome. (Well Pino Palladino is super awesome).

From their list, there were a couple god ones - I'd forgotten about Cannonball, and Come As You Are has a pretty good groove.
 
2012-06-19 08:31:59 AM  
It's been posted several times already but deserves to be mentioned again:

"The Real Me" -- John Entwistle -- essentially playing lead guitar on the bass
 
2012-06-19 08:33:40 AM  

weiner dog: One of the Millions - XTC, written by Colin Moulding. Moulding was fantastic at marrying melodic lines with supportive grooves. King for a Day would be another good example.


This? Colin is very underrated IMHO.

And speaking of Colins; how about P-Tree's Colin Edwin and .3 from In Abstentia?
 
2012-06-19 08:35:26 AM  
 
2012-06-19 08:36:15 AM  
Steve Wonder - I Wish.
 
2012-06-19 08:40:49 AM  
for the most part when i listen to a song i like the bass in the background seems as an afterthought.
mildly keeping up with the beat, nothing special.
then along came The Who and the Ox.
listen to almost any who song and you won't believe the magic this mas used to create.
god i miss him.
 
2012-06-19 08:41:04 AM  
I saw Oteil Burbridge with Tedeschi-Trucks last month and he is now my new Bass hero (it used to be Duck Dunn). He can go from an Allman Brothers to Jaco territory in no time flat, and go right back to the pocet again.

Link

Stu Hamm is pretty farkin good too

Link
 
2012-06-19 08:47:36 AM  
Late to the party, so I'll throw in Poison - Unskinny Bop

Simplest. Bassline. Ever.
 
2012-06-19 08:48:58 AM  
WAY WAY late to the thread, but...

kth: 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.


This was true for me as well.

Manism582:
Kipp Farking Winger was getting interviews left and right in the late 80's, just because he was the lead singer.

"Kip farking Winger" is an excellent musician and one of the best 'session guys' in the business.

PC LOAD LETTER:
AC/DC has bass?

Yes, it looks like this:

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Just like Judas Priest basslines



And its FARKING AWESOME, AINT IT???

Benjamin Orr:
You deserve a pat on the back too, dude, you aint no slouch!


As far as my own favorites, hell there really are too many to mention, but I'll try to keep it to people who havent been mentioned yet (though Harris needs more recognition than he's getting here, you asses)

Terribly underrated.

Just pick one.

Hell with it, Either of Link if nothing else other than the bridges.
 
2012-06-19 08:51:01 AM  

Madbassist1: Hell with it, Either of Link if nothing else other than the bridges.


These...either of these.
 
2012-06-19 08:55:31 AM  
No Humpty Dance? This list sucks!
 
2012-06-19 08:58:44 AM  
the short but sweet cover of 'master of puppets' that primus did at woodstock '94 was pretty awesome.

primus sucks
 
2012-06-19 09:04:36 AM  

stupiddream: weiner dog: One of the Millions - XTC, written by Colin Moulding. Moulding was fantastic at marrying melodic lines with supportive grooves. King for a Day would be another good example.

This? Colin is very underrated IMHO.

And speaking of Colins; how about P-Tree's Colin Edwin and .3 from In Abstentia?


Moulding's work was consistently excellent and contributed to Andy's success as a songwriter - try to imagine "The Mayor of Simpleton" without that bass line.

And Edwin is astonishing live. Hit YouTube for the live version of "Strip the Soul - .3" from Tilburg. Of course, he has the advantage of working with Gavin Harrison and that's the most potent backbeat team working today.

As for TFA, I was amazed that NME would publish someone with such a limited knowledge of music. I kept thinking "No James Jamerson? No Carole Kay? No Jaco Pastorious? No Rocco Prestia, the king of the 16th note?"
 
2012-06-19 09:04:50 AM  
That list is full of ass fark
 
2012-06-19 09:08:09 AM  
 
2012-06-19 09:28:25 AM  

Godscrack: Not rock, but listen worthy

Everybody Dance (intro) - Chic. Bass by Bernard Edwards
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly and the Family Stone
Bernadette The Four Tops. Bass by Carol Kaye


Bernadette - Four Tops. That would be James Jamerson.
 
2012-06-19 09:29:56 AM  
I mentioned it upthread but I am SHOCKED by the lack of Steve Harris in both the "article" and in this thread.
 
2012-06-19 09:30:48 AM  
The theme from Night Court had a better bass line than that list ...
 
2012-06-19 09:33:41 AM  
As long as people are throwing out single tune recommendations, here's my contribution ...

Just Another Story by Jamiroquai

Hands down, the funkiest bass groove I've heard in a long, long time. I honestly thought Stevie Wonder wrote that tune from a Songs In the Key of Life lost track or something. Check it out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWdw3Sm_vUo
 
2012-06-19 09:35:31 AM  
Young Man Blues- The Who Live at Leeds. That one kills it everytime.
 
2012-06-19 09:37:10 AM  
Horrible...Horrible list
Gang of Four- Ether
Led Zeppelin- Ramble On
CCR- Down On the Corner
The Clash- This Is Radio Clash
Tones On Tail- Go!
Ministry- Cannibal Song
Stereolab- Metronomic Underground
Blue Oyster Cult- Shooting Shark
Tuxedomoon- 59 to 1
Joy Division- Disorder
Soul Coughing- Super Bon Bon
Primus- Jerry Was A Racecar Driver
Miles Davis- Right off
Devo- Mongoloid
The Lounge Lizards- Birds Near Her House
Can- Yoo Doo Right
The Smithereens- Blood and Roses
 
2012-06-19 09:44:28 AM  
No Geddy Lee???

Or even Primus????

Son, I am dissapoint.
 
2012-06-19 09:45:26 AM  
if they haven't already been mentioned, i would like to vote for Bela Lugosi's Dead and the Twin Peaks theme.
 
2012-06-19 09:53:03 AM  
I would go with "Please Do Not Go" by Violent Femmes.
 
2012-06-19 09:55:57 AM  

fruitloop: Late to the party, so I'll throw in Poison - Unskinny Bop

Simplest. Bassline. Ever.


Simple? Michael Anthony stares off into space, scratches his head, unable to grasp the intricate nuances by Mr. Rocket(t?) and opts for "Runnin' with the Devil."
 
2012-06-19 10:01:12 AM  
Desert Rose - Sting

/ducks
 
2012-06-19 10:01:54 AM  

MagicBus: It's been posted several times already but deserves to be mentioned again:

"The Real Me" -- John Entwistle -- essentially playing lead guitar on the bass


THIS. True story: Entwistle was just "fooling around" (his words) when they recorded this take. The other band members liked it so much they kept it in.
 
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