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2012-06-19 12:41:02 PM
Cannonball and Boots are about the only two on there that I would consider.

"Alright Now" by Free is a great bass line too.
"NIB" has been mentioned, but really, anything done by Geezer.
"Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys, while simple, is extremely effective.

SO MANY TO LIST!
This was a horrible list. Probably only posted to piss us off!

Also, yes, the new Rush album is quite good.
 
2012-06-19 12:41:25 PM

Killer Cars: pretty MUCH every other song...


FTFM
 
2012-06-19 12:55:22 PM
Number one, that list sucked.

Number two, in case no one's posted it to remind everyone, Come As You Are is highway robbery in action.
 
2012-06-19 12:58:09 PM
Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight
 
2012-06-19 01:01:57 PM
Came in to see if, in nearly 500 comments, anyone showed some love to Peter Steele. Leaving disappointed...
 
2012-06-19 01:02:57 PM

OldManDownDRoad: 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?"


More great Edwin work during "Hate Song" on the "Arriving Somewhere but not Here" live Porcupine Tree DVD. "Halo" too for that matter.

I also love him on "Idiot Prayer" from "Signify"

Excellent bassist!
 
2012-06-19 01:04:19 PM

Sandinista81: Come As You Are?!

What a sad excuse for a music journalist.


KILLING JOKE DID IT FIRST




God Dammit THIS!!!!!

Also, list fail for no King Crimson or Helmet.
 
2012-06-19 01:07:43 PM
Paul McCartney had some pretty rocking bass lines back in the day - Paperback Writer comes to mind immediately.
 
2012-06-19 01:12:57 PM

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?


Its an acoustic. When I say that, I do not mean stand-up, I mean acoustic. two different things. That's why it has the sound it has.

NOT THIS:

upload.wikimedia.org

THIS

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-06-19 01:15:38 PM

rcf1105: Paul McCartney had some pretty rocking bass lines back in the day - Paperback Writer comes to mind immediately.


Link Hey Bulldog
 
2012-06-19 01:21:17 PM
Longview, by Green Day....
Yes, I would nominate it.
 
2012-06-19 01:24:16 PM

Crewmannumber6: Link Hey Bulldog


Oh yeah, that's great as well. Here's the isolated bass track.
 
2012-06-19 01:29:09 PM
Theme from Peter Gunn.
 
2012-06-19 01:32:56 PM
+1 on Peter Steele.
 
2012-06-19 01:33:20 PM
No Rime of the Ancient Mariner yet? Oh for shame Fark, for shame.
 
2012-06-19 01:36:20 PM
John Entwistle rules!
/and he don't need no failtastic lists to do it, either
 
2012-06-19 01:39:27 PM
*clicks list*

*no Queen whatsoever*

:|
 
2012-06-19 01:49:05 PM
 
2012-06-19 01:53:44 PM
First thing's first: Deaf people should not write music blogs.
There is no other possible excuse for the trainwreck that list was.
It may well be the most offensive thing I have seen on Fark that wasn't on the Politics tab.

So... Top 10... Let's go one per band, no particular order:

The Obvious:
Rush: Red Barchetta (Or really anything at all)
Maiden: Number of the Beast (Or Phantom of the Opera, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Aces High, Powerslave, or anything else...)
Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused
Cream: Badge (Sunshine of Your Love and White Room, both perfectly acceptable as well.)
Tool: Sober
Yes: Roundabout
RHPC: Higher Ground (My particular favorite - so many others as good)
Pink Floyd: Pigs (3 Different Ones), Meddle (Gilmour is so good people forget Waters plays the fark out of the bass)

And a couple Non Obvious
The Cure - Hot Hot Hot
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
Infectious Grooves - The whole first album, really, but Do the Sinister and Therapy in particular.

And some Spares:
Queen - Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust (Not terribly complex, but so Iconic)
Zappa - Keep it Greasy
Aerosmith - Walk this Way, Sweet Emotion, Dream On, Back in the Saddle
The Beatles - Taxman, Come Together, Paperback Writer, She Came in Through The Bathroom Window. (Sir Paul? Shut up and lay down a bassline, sir. It's what you really do best.)
Duran Duran - Rio (John Taylor is HUGELY underappreciated because of that poof band.)
Cake - Love You Madly (All the dishes rattle in the cupboard when the elephants arrive, indeed)
BOC - Godzilla
Parliament - ALL OF IT
 
2012-06-19 02:12:06 PM
Know the Ledge by Eric B. and Rakim and Lucifer by Jay-Z both have amazing basslines, but I wouldn't expect NME to acknowledge that hip hop exists.

In terms of Rock I quite like Gardenia by Kyuss.

I really like the bassline in Unchained by VH but it's extremely simple.
 
2012-06-19 02:20:38 PM
I keep coming back to this thread and it's so good it hurts my heart. There couldn't possibly be a top 10 list in all of this. This is nearly 500 posts of awesome.
 
2012-06-19 02:33:29 PM

Click Click D'oh: No Rime of the Ancient Mariner yet? Oh for shame Fark, for shame.


Ya gotta click the links to get to the sweet gooey surprises...It's up there...
 
2012-06-19 02:35:48 PM

TypoFlyspray: The Obvious:
Rush: Red Barchetta (Or really anything at all)
Maiden: Number of the Beast (Or Phantom of the Opera, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Aces High, Powerslave, or anything else...)
Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused
Cream: Badge (Sunshine of Your Love and White Room, both perfectly acceptable as well.)
Tool: Sober the Pot
Yes: Roundabout
RHPC: Higher Ground (My particular favorite - so many others as good)
Pink Floyd: Pigs (3 Different Ones), Meddle (Gilmour is so good people forget Waters plays the fark out of the bass)


FTFA
 
2012-06-19 02:45:18 PM
no james jamerson lines?
no bob babbit?

no jaco pastorius, larry graham or stanley clarke?

not even a FLEA line?!


FAIL FAIL FAAAAIL


big +1 to ALL of the posters on this thread a lot of good stuff
 
2012-06-19 02:49:32 PM
This thread is coming close to restoring my faith in humanity. Not just great bass selections, but some EPIC music that crosses almost ALL musical boundries.

Cheers Farkers!
 
2012-06-19 02:50:42 PM

DisplacedTexan: Came in to see if, in nearly 500 comments, anyone showed some love to Peter Steele. Leaving disappointed...


Is your World Coming Down?
 
2012-06-19 02:51:09 PM
Jonas Hellborg is amused...

/ Interpol still sucks...
 
2012-06-19 02:56:53 PM
Upright bass kills it on Diana Krall's cover of Tom Waits' Temptation (pops)
 
2012-06-19 02:58:50 PM
Sister Sledge "We are Family".
 
2012-06-19 03:01:56 PM

IwasKloot: Upright bass kills it on Diana Krall's cover of Tom Waits' Temptation (pops)


Woah, dude, don't forget the NSFW tag . . .

I think I remember that as being Christian McBride on the upright. It's been a while since I had that CD on the system, though.

Too bad she didn't do that for the Paris DVD, that's an outstanding concert. Check out Maybe You'll Be There and at 5:15 you can just glimpse a tear rolling down the violinist's cheek.
 
2012-06-19 03:02:18 PM

dfacto: Nice thread, discovered some songs I didn't know.

Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot Nobody mentioned this?



This.
 
2012-06-19 03:11:39 PM

IwasKloot: Upright bass kills it on Diana Krall's cover of Tom Waits' Temptation (pops)


I will see that and raise you Imelda May's Johnny Got a Boom Boom
Link

/any excuse for some rockabilly bodhran
 
2012-06-19 03:12:30 PM
Apologies to afficionados of bluegrass, country, jazz, hip hop, and funk. I am not familiar enough with any of them to make a diagnosis of outstanding bass work in those genres, for the most part. I do recognize the artistry, though, when shown. Good call, for instance, on Chic - Good Times, as has been noted above.

Also, Steely Dan - Reelin' in the Years (and others, but that one's nice and rollicking.)

JoePiscopoJr.: Blue Oyster Cult- Shooting Shark
......
Devo- Mongoloid


Wow, total fail on my part for forgetting Shooting Shark. Sole example of Slap in the BOC opus, so far as I can recall. Good pull.
Great call on the Devo too.

For the rest, not familiar enough to comment on some, disagree with some, but all is evidence of fine taste.
 
2012-06-19 03:29:00 PM

NutznGum: No theme song from Barney Miller?


Travesty.
 
2012-06-19 03:33:16 PM

dg41: NutznGum: No theme song from Barney Miller?

Travesty.


Sanford and Son...Listen to it...that bass farking KILLS!!

/also night court
 
2012-06-19 03:55:44 PM

Heineken Skywalker: Weekapaug


YES!!!!
 
2012-06-19 04:11:12 PM
Maybe it was mentioned already, but Mötley Crue's Dr. Feelgood has an infectious baseline.

And the iPhone auto corrects motley Crüe with heavy metal umlauts. \m/
 
2012-06-19 04:26:13 PM
The typical Farker on bassists and basslines: Blah, blah, blah... Jaco Pastorius; blah, blah, blah.

/your favorite band/bassist/musical genius sucks
//mine doesn't
///slashies
 
2012-06-19 04:33:13 PM
you forgot Drive My Car
 
2012-06-19 04:53:22 PM

Heineken Skywalker: Weekapaug


Thank you.. That took too long.
 
2012-06-19 04:55:08 PM

coffee fiend: The typical Farker on bassists and basslines: Blah, blah, blah... Jaco Pastorius; blah, blah, blah.

/your favorite band/bassist/musical genius sucks
//mine doesn't
///slashies


I don't know about anyone else but for the most part I'm seeing a fairly civil discussion with a pretty eclectic group offering suggestions the rest of us may appreciate. You might just be projecting your dickishness onto the group.
 
2012-06-19 04:58:31 PM
 
2012-06-19 04:59:11 PM

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


What he said.

/Ditto "Jimmy" and "Prison Sex"/
 
2012-06-19 05:14:29 PM

TypoFlyspray: The Beatles - Taxman, Come Together, Paperback Writer, She Came in Through The Bathroom Window. (Sir Paul? Shut up and lay down a bassline, sir. It's what you really do best.)



Nice, but if we're giving Sir Paul the props he derserves, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" must be mentioned.
 
2012-06-19 05:53:12 PM

EyeballKid: 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."


Michael Anthony may have got lazy later on (1984 and on) - but on the first few albums he had some very cool bass lines like Beautiful Girls and on the "simple" ones he played the bass lines that fit the song. Nothing wrong with that.
 
2012-06-19 06:11:09 PM

jso2897: Charlie Mingus Tonight at Noon


Right on. Any list of "best bass" that doesn't include Mingus is just plain wrong.

Haitian Fight Song (II B.S.)
 
2012-06-19 06:51:35 PM
Respect - Aretha Franklin's version
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight's version
Taxman - Beatles
No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne seconded
Smoke From A Distant Fire - Stanford Townsend Band
What Is Hip - Tower Of Power so seconded
Groovin - George Benson
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone (yeah, it's scales, but it's done so freakin well)
Shy Boy - nearly any version since Billy Sheehan plays on all of them.

And I saw Stu Hamm with Joe Satriani in 1988. -mindblown-
Until I saw Steve Vai with Billy Sheehan.

Jamerson, Kane, McCartney, and Dunn got some love here, but no Bob Babbit? The white guy from Pittsburgh who had the stones to sit in Jameson's seat at Motown in the later Detroit years? AND Babbit only took the gig after he got off the road with Stevie Wonder?
 
2012-06-19 07:02:24 PM

darch: This thread is coming close to restoring my faith in humanity. Not just great bass selections, but some EPIC music that crosses almost ALL musical boundries.

Cheers Farkers!


THIS! The armored truck that you see pulled up in front of the iTunes® store is mine...
 
2012-06-19 07:02:31 PM
Nothing by Yes? Son, I am disappoint.
 
2012-06-19 07:20:06 PM
List fails without Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom"
 
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