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2012-06-19 07:21:21 PM

runcible spork: 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.

At least that's slightly more reasonable. Slightly.
 
2012-06-19 07:34:41 PM

OldManDownDRoad: XTC


Andy actually wrote the bassline. By O&L, he was coming in with nearly complete song demos.

" ... Colin had to work very hard to get that bass line. It's very precise. It took me a long time to work it out, because I wanted to get into the J.S. Bach mode of each note being the perfect counterpoint to where the chords are and where the melody is. The bass is the third part in the puzzle."

(It's a MS link, yeah, but that's where the interview is.)
Link

Even so, Moulding's written so many incredible songs - Generals and Majors, Fly on the Wall, Smokeless Zone, Vanishing Girl, Making Plans for Nigel, Ball and Chain - it doesn't really matter. I'm just being a stickler for facts (as I'm a fairly new XTC fan, I'm still in that super-keen omgdidjaknow? phase, and for that, I apologize. Give me another 2 years and I'll have mellowed.)

Glad to see there's more CM/XTC fans out there. :o)
 
2012-06-19 07:55:37 PM
Just stumbled across this on iTunes..

You Me Bullets Love

Catchy
 
2012-06-19 08:08:19 PM

PainfulItching: Respect - Aretha Franklin's version


What you want from Aretha is the bass line on "Rock Steady".

And in the Song With A Great Bass Line You Never Knew Was There Until You Listened: "No Reply At All" - Genesis.
 
2012-06-19 09:26:17 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: No Humpty Dance? This list sucks!


This! A doooooooaaaaa reeeear dooooooaaa reeee. A doooooooaaaaa reeeear dooooooaaa reeee.
 
2012-06-19 09:41:11 PM
List fails without Life During Wartime by Talking Heads.

And that's on top of everything else posted above here... good job Fark of slapping this ignorant coont down.

Anna Conrad, you fail. Feel free to berate her on Twitter. I did.

https://twitter.com/Anna__Conrad
 
2012-06-19 09:56:06 PM

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

/fail

Beat me to it

Instead I will nominate Infectious Grooves "Punk It Up"


Suicidal and their related bands are really under-rated in this world. Had no idea there were Infectious Grooves videos. Everything on their first album is just farking awesome.
 
2012-06-19 10:06:42 PM
How is "Only in Dreams" by Weezer not on this list???
 
2012-06-19 10:06:58 PM
Mary Huff of SCOTS does a great version of These Boots Are Made For Walkin. That gal can sing and play!

www.rangefinderforum.com
 
2012-06-19 10:14:06 PM
somebody mentioned XTC,
and i should've immediately thought of "mayor of simpleton". i love that bass line! so busy and hopping! it should've been louder in the mix.
 
2012-06-19 10:43:27 PM

MAYORBOB: 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.


Riiiiight, because I couldn't in theory print the farker out first.

/shiat list is shiat
 
2012-06-19 10:44:24 PM

Earguy: I was thinking more along the lines of The Ox doing The Real Me or Won't Ge Fooled Again.


Perfect answer.
 
2012-06-19 10:59:27 PM
Liked the New Order - Joy Division ones - but Ceremony by both was one of the first that came to mind.
 
2012-06-20 12:10:10 AM

markie_farkie: Your blog sucks, and I'll just leave this here:

Green Onions live in Norway


Fark me, Donald ''duck'' Dunn just died last month..
in his sleep on tour..
after finishing his 5th double show in Tokyo..


24.media.tumblr.com

for those of you who know him only as the Blues Brothers bass player with the pipe and the perm, check him out, he was some serious awesome with a great career:

Duck Dunn 2 Minute History
 
2012-06-20 12:15:14 AM

strutin: Fark me, Donald ''duck'' Dunn just died last month..
in his sleep on tour..
after finishing his 5th double show in Tokyo..


Yeah a real shame. He and the rest of the MGs along with Booker T were the heart and soul of a great rhythm and blues band.
 
2012-06-20 12:46:33 AM
Over five hundred posts and no mention of the Dr.

F**k wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')

/Song starts at :43
 
2012-06-20 01:17:52 AM

jmonty: Radar Love - Golden Earing
Roundabout - Yes
Back in the Saddle - Aerosmith
One of These Nights - Eagles
Something - Beatles
The Real Me - The Who (seconded Earguy)
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
Slowride - Foghat
Hey You - Pink Floyd
Driven to Tears - The Police


You included Roundabout. I no longer have to read this thread. Thank you sir.
 
2012-06-20 01:40:22 AM
Has "the Trooper" by Iron Maiden been mentioned, yet?
 
2012-06-20 08:09:29 AM
'Tonight' off Diary of a Madman.
 
2012-06-20 08:31:33 AM

weiner dog: OldManDownDRoad: XTC

Andy actually wrote the bassline. By O&L, he was coming in with nearly complete song demos.

" ... Colin had to work very hard to get that bass line. It's very precise. It took me a long time to work it out, because I wanted to get into the J.S. Bach mode of each note being the perfect counterpoint to where the chords are and where the melody is. The bass is the third part in the puzzle."

(It's a MS link, yeah, but that's where the interview is.)
Link

Even so, Moulding's written so many incredible songs - Generals and Majors, Fly on the Wall, Smokeless Zone, Vanishing Girl, Making Plans for Nigel, Ball and Chain - it doesn't really matter. I'm just being a stickler for facts (as I'm a fairly new XTC fan, I'm still in that super-keen omgdidjaknow? phase, and for that, I apologize. Give me another 2 years and I'll have mellowed.)

Glad to see there's more CM/XTC fans out there. :o)


Interesting - and, wow, MS has really gone downhill. But, still a nice interview.

But nothing beats the one he gave to the Beeb ages ago about their career: "We thought we'd get rich, meet girls and drink a lot of beer. Well, we've drunk a lot of beer . . . "

/criminal they never got beyond cult status
 
2012-06-20 08:32:00 AM

weiner dog: OldManDownDRoad: XTC

Andy actually wrote the bassline. By O&L, he was coming in with nearly complete song demos.

" ... Colin had to work very hard to get that bass line. It's very precise. It took me a long time to work it out, because I wanted to get into the J.S. Bach mode of each note being the perfect counterpoint to where the chords are and where the melody is. The bass is the third part in the puzzle."

(It's a MS link, yeah, but that's where the interview is.)
Link

Even so, Moulding's written so many incredible songs - Generals and Majors, Fly on the Wall, Smokeless Zone, Vanishing Girl, Making Plans for Nigel, Ball and Chain - it doesn't really matter. I'm just being a stickler for facts (as I'm a fairly new XTC fan, I'm still in that super-keen omgdidjaknow? phase, and for that, I apologize. Give me another 2 years and I'll have mellowed.)

Glad to see there's more CM/XTC fans out there. :o)


XTC is in my top 5 bands =] So many great songs. Also check out Dukes of the Stratosphere (heheh)
 
2012-06-20 01:37:30 PM
"Walking on the Moon" by The Police.
 
2012-06-20 02:03:16 PM

radiovox: "Walking on the Moon" by The Police.


Sting has never played a good bassline...ever.
 
2012-06-20 02:03:31 PM
Rush - The Camera Eye (almost anything back in the Rickenbacker days)
Primus - almost anything, Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver comes to mind immediately
The Who - Eminence Front, My Generation
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Deep Kick (Dave Navarro's guitar is also spectacular in this one)
Me'Shell Ndegeocello (a lot of stuff, as far as mainstream I always liked her duet with J. Mellencamp on Wild Night)
Greg Lake (anything but 21st Century Schizoid Man with King Crimson - just try to play it, I dare you)

I could go on and on.
 
2012-06-20 02:08:51 PM

The_Philosopher_King: [i88.photobucket.com image 329x332]

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

A good example of his work (new window)


Amen Brother ! That list was shiat. No Jamerson, no Jaco (Havona, Teen Town, Black Market?), no Paul Chambers on "So What".
 
2012-06-20 02:14:12 PM
Madbassist1

radiovox: "Walking on the Moon" by The Police.

Sting has never played a good bassline...ever.


this post + your handle = way to easy
 
2012-06-20 02:51:39 PM
"Old Days" by Chicago and "Dragon Attack" by Queen have some kick ass bass lines.
 
2012-06-20 03:41:45 PM
The 1984 live version of psycho killer beats the hell out of the studio version. And the live version doesn't have the base. Heck, all of the 1984 live songs they did were better than the studio versions.
 
2012-06-20 04:16:54 PM

busy chillin': Madbassist1

radiovox: "Walking on the Moon" by The Police.

Sting has never played a good bassline...ever.

this post + your handle = way to easy


There's a bit of hyperbole there but not too much. Seriously. And I like The Police. He's just not all that, is all.
 
2012-06-20 04:42:22 PM

Mr. Lickalickalicka: "Dragon Attack"


Yet another reason John Deacon is the most underrated person in that band.
 
2012-06-20 05:42:49 PM
I would also argue that Red Red Wine by UB40 has a good bass line, albeit a bit simple. Still a really good song.
 
2012-06-20 05:50:55 PM

grumman94: I would also argue that Red Red Wine by UB40 has a good bass line, albeit a bit simple. Still a really good song.


Doesn't have to be complex to be awesome, as Walking on the Moon proves.
 
2012-06-20 10:20:25 PM

spacebar: Lame list needs to Tighten Up.


Aw, yeah!
 
2012-06-20 10:54:07 PM
No Who - Boris the spider?
No Fleetwood Mac - The Chain?

At least they got New Order - Blue Monday on the list, that is an iconic bassline for sure.
 
2012-06-21 12:09:10 AM
The Wailers - Burnin' and Lootin'
 
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