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2012-06-19 10:04:37 AM
Entwistle's 2nd greatest bass line is all of "Live at Leeds."
 
2012-06-19 10:09:21 AM
Can someone please explain to me what made the bass guitar played on the Violent Femmes first album sound so unique/odd?
 
2012-06-19 10:09:43 AM
 
2012-06-19 10:15:12 AM
Love & Pride -- King
 
2012-06-19 10:16:55 AM

Heineken Skywalker


Weekapaug

*clicks link*

....and I'm sharing in a Weekapaug groove

nice.
 
2012-06-19 10:19:33 AM

qsblues: Just Another Story by Jamiroquai


Yes

JoePiscopoJr.: Soul Coughing- Super Bon Bon


Yes

EyeballKid: 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."


He's a better bass player than people give him credit for, and fit in that band really well. If you listen to what got played on the radio only, then you have a point. If you listened to the other stuff on the DLR era albums, you'd rethink that.

And yeah it's two "t's" in Rockett.
 
2012-06-19 10:22:49 AM
www.thewho.net
 
2012-06-19 10:25:30 AM
another Helmet song:

biscuits for smut
 
2012-06-19 10:26:41 AM
List fails without RUSH!!!!!
" " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " "
 
2012-06-19 10:34:29 AM

JoePiscopoJr.:
Soul Coughing- Super Bon Bon


Farkin' A right. Here's a live version off the Stern show that's been floating around for a while. I'm always amazed at Steinberg's ability to make an upright groan like a man who's just discovered there's nothing but seeds and stems left.

/let the man go through
 
2012-06-19 10:34:51 AM

tartie_pants: Higher Ground


I'll second that mention for one of the best. Still one of my favorite openings to a RHCP song.

It's been mentioned before (I think), but it needs to be brought up again. The biggest red flag that should have been raised was when you see that there's a pic of Flea at the beginning of the article but not one RCHP song in her list. Epic fail...

While I may like a some of those songs on the list I wouldn't go so far as to say they had the "Mightiest Bass Lines." I think she would have been better served with a title of "My Favorite Bass Lines for the Hipster Wannabe."
Under Pressure is still my all time favorite (Another One Bites the Dust is #2 from Queen for me).
/don't play bass, just know what I like
 
2012-06-19 10:35:15 AM
Three Days by Janes Addiction and Sour Girl by STP.
 
2012-06-19 10:37:42 AM
How 'bout "Another One Bites the Dust"? And, "My Generation"?
 
2012-06-19 10:42:28 AM
Doobie Brothers - Listen to the Music
 
2012-06-19 10:44:56 AM
Another fantastic soul coughing bass groove...almost all of them have good ones, but this is one of my favorites:

how many cans?

/you know that but you go on
//you know but that you go on
 
2012-06-19 10:47:48 AM
This list farking fails without Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". I don't care if it's rock, pop, country, metal -- that is one of the greatest, if not, THE GREATEST bass line in all of rock. Then the list ruins it by being pretentious and putting the most over-rated band in rock n' roll history at #1 with the Pixies. Ultimate troll list.
 
2012-06-19 10:48:26 AM
No love for Stanley Clarke? How sad.
 
2012-06-19 10:57:21 AM

Thats_Not_My_Baby: Can someone please explain to me what made the bass guitar played on the Violent Femmes first album sound so unique/odd?


My brother in law saw them play in Toronto years before they got mainstream airplay. Their bass was a washtub, literally. Don't know if that's what they used on the record.
 
2012-06-19 10:58:41 AM
4 more:

Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction How the hell has this not been mentioned yet? At least Peace Sells was listed earlier.

KoЯn - Good God NSFW Language

KoЯn - Clown NSFW Language

Prong - Close The Door
 
2012-06-19 11:00:40 AM

RexTalionis: What, no Under Pressure?


EXACTLY. wtf.
 
2012-06-19 11:02:49 AM
I'm very late to the party, but... "Rock On" by David Essex. Super old. Super groovy.

Link

/you will listen
//you will LOVE it
 
2012-06-19 11:03:27 AM
Rio - Duran Duran
Schism - Tool
 
2012-06-19 11:06:49 AM
I am a patient boy
I WAIT I WAIT I WAIT
 
2012-06-19 11:07:56 AM

busy chillin': Another fantastic soul coughing bass groove...almost all of them have good ones, but this is one of my favorites:


Sebastian Steinberg made me think of the great Jim Hughart, who played for Tom Waits, Shelley Manne, and a host of other West Coast jazz greats.
 
2012-06-19 11:13:08 AM
Shiat, forgot to mention that Hughart played on the Barney Miller theme.
 
2012-06-19 11:14:30 AM
If I had to make a list it would be something like this (no particular order):

The Who - The Real Me
Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion
Michael Jackson - (Either Billie Jean OR I want You Back)
Primus - Jerry Was A Racecar Driver
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
Bill Withers - Use Me
James Brown - Get Up (Sax Machine)
Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
Commodores - Brick House
 
2012-06-19 11:17:46 AM
OldManDownDRoad


Sebastian Steinberg made me think of the great Jim Hughart, who played for Tom Waits, Shelley Manne, and a host of other West Coast jazz greats.


I hear that for sure.

That song(?) was super cool. I've heard a few, but I need to listen to more Tom Waits...
 
2012-06-19 11:17:48 AM

Your Average Witty Fark User: 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.


Good thing, because then you'd have to disinfect your computer monitor.
 
2012-06-19 11:18:13 AM
Know that is kinda law to hate anything from Metallica post "And Justice for All", but always loved the bass on "Until It Sleeps".

Also "Phantom of the Opera" by Iron Maiden
"Lounge Act" by Nirvana
"Ace of Spades" by Motorhead
 
2012-06-19 11:22:46 AM

JoePiscopoJr.: 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



I love Queen of All Ears. I can't play it when my fiance's around because it makes her go mad! On the other hand, when I want her to go mad I just have to hit play...
 
2012-06-19 11:23:16 AM
Kim Mitchell's Go For Soda

Link
 
2012-06-19 11:24:22 AM
Toe Jam and Earl has some of the funkiest bass ever to bless video games.
 
2012-06-19 11:32:13 AM
This thread has 432 replies, and not one single mention of "Sympathy for the Devil"?

God. Damn.
 
2012-06-19 11:34:02 AM

Mr_Fabulous: This thread has 432 replies, and not one single mention of "Sympathy for the Devil"?

God. Damn.


doesn't count, the stones stole that from guns n roses.
 
2012-06-19 11:35:32 AM
Top 10 basslines by indie hipster bands that we've heard of.

Love Will Tear Us Apart isn't even Peter Hook's best bassline. I'd go with Transmission for that.

But how the hell do you not have Good Times by Chic? Listen to Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight (that lifted it) and the whole damn thing is that bassline. Farking heresy.
 
2012-06-19 11:43:33 AM

Thats_Not_My_Baby: Can someone please explain to me what made the bass guitar played on the Violent Femmes first album sound so unique/odd?


It was an acoustic bass.
 
2012-06-19 11:47:31 AM
i88.photobucket.com

Glad to see James was mentioned in the thread. I came in here for this.

A good example of his work (new window)
 
2012-06-19 11:51:18 AM

bighairyguy: Blood & Roses, that is all.


CSB, I got to sing this with Pat Dinizio once. GREAT bassline
 
2012-06-19 11:51:34 AM
Millionaires Waltz by Queen
Mr. Pink (live) by Level 42
The Star Spangled Banner by Stu Hamm

Yeah, the list fails miserably.

$.02
 
2012-06-19 11:53:54 AM

farkeruk: But how the hell do you not have Good Times by Chic? Listen to Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight (that lifted it) and the whole damn thing is that bassline. Farking heresy.


Not to mention all the other other musicians who did their versions of that Niles Rogers bassline sound after that hit (Queen's Another One Bites the Dust, Blondie's Rapture, etc). Bowie went straight to the source and hired Rogers to co-produce the Let's Dance album.
 
2012-06-19 11:56:53 AM

Deadwing: Kim Mitchell's Go For Soda

Link


Great hook attached forever to the worst music video ever made.
 
2012-06-19 11:59:27 AM

miltonbabbitt: Cake "Wheels"

LINK


Probably throw their "popular" songs in there too

The Distance

Short Skirt, Long Jacket

/God I wish I could play that well.
 
2012-06-19 12:00:59 PM
 
2012-06-19 12:02:23 PM
The only reason Murderface isn't on the list is because Toki keeps pushing him to the back of the mix.
 
2012-06-19 12:16:39 PM

RexTalionis: What, no Under Pressure?


No kidding. That was the bass line for two of the ten greatest songs of the since the Classical music era.
 
2012-06-19 12:19:25 PM
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Seriously, Bernard Edwards out-basses any of Krist Novoselic's bass lines even while on his last breath.
 
2012-06-19 12:25:34 PM
"If i ever lose my faith in you" by Sting
 
2012-06-19 12:33:09 PM
There's a difference between great basslines and "the greatest" basslines.
 
2012-06-19 12:39:31 PM

Night Night Cream Puff: tartie_pants: Higher Ground

I'll second that mention for one of the best. Still one of my favorite openings to a RHCP song.

It's been mentioned before (I think), but it needs to be brought up again. The biggest red flag that should have been raised was when you see that there's a pic of Flea at the beginning of the article but not one RCHP song in her list. Epic fail...

While I may like a some of those songs on the list I wouldn't go so far as to say they had the "Mightiest Bass Lines." I think she would have been better served with a title of "My Favorite Bass Lines for the Hipster Wannabe."
Under Pressure is still my all time favorite (Another One Bites the Dust is #2 from Queen for me).
/don't play bass, just know what I like


If I'm going to pick a Queen song, it would have to be Dragon Attack
 
2012-06-19 12:40:04 PM

Handsome B. Wonderful: no Muse "Hysteria" = no care


I have to say, I stopped listening to Muse once every song of theirs became a generic protest ballad that could simultaneously be used in any Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party rally, but on their first three albums pretty every other song had a damn good baseline behind it.
 
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