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2012-06-18 05:17:01 PM  
Blood & Roses, that is all.
 
2012-06-18 05:18:07 PM  
What, no Under Pressure?
 
2012-06-18 05:20:27 PM  

RexTalionis: What, no Under Pressure?


Exactly. Nirvana's on there for some reason, but not Queen. What the hell.
 
2012-06-18 05:29:01 PM  
I'm A Man - Chicago
 
2012-06-18 05:30:54 PM  
pretenders - my city was gone.
 
2012-06-18 05:32:32 PM  
Your blog sucks, and I'll just leave this here:

Green Onions live in Norway
 
2012-06-18 05:36:13 PM  
10 Daft Punk - 'Around The World'

Aaaand I'm done with this fail.
 
2012-06-18 05:59:48 PM  
Valley Girl - Frank Zappa

Paperbag Writer by Radiohead. Not the best, but seedy and weird.
 
2012-06-18 06:10:38 PM  
Live With Me, Rolling Stones. Yeah, the audio sucks. Pffft. Live versions tend to be guitar heavy, and I couldn't find a video of the studio version that sounded good.
 
2012-06-18 06:13:36 PM  

Godscrack: Valley Girl - Frank Zappa


I forgot about that one!

Feel Good, Inc. it awesome too.
 
2012-06-18 06:13:37 PM  
Just A Singer (in a rock & roll band) - Moody Blues
 
2012-06-18 06:19:17 PM  
Rush- pick a song. YYZ, Tom Sawyer, Headlong Flight. All deserve consideration.
Queensrÿche- Jet City Woman
Primus- My Name Is Mud
Alice in Chains- Would?, and Heaven Beside You
Metallica- pick a song with Cliff. i'd go with For Whom The Bell Tolls, personally.
Megadeth- Peace Sells

And thats just off the top of my head.
 
2012-06-18 06:19:41 PM  
wat
 
2012-06-18 06:24:30 PM  

SilentStrider: Headlong Flight


Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple pass line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.
 
2012-06-18 06:24:47 PM  
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
 
2012-06-18 06:25:30 PM  

GAT_00: SilentStrider: Headlong Flight

Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple BASS line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.


That's a little disconcerting. I switch b, p, and d like that when writing a lot but almost never when typing.
 
2012-06-18 06:35:12 PM  
Meh. It's the NME. They have proven time and again they don't know shiat about music.
 
2012-06-18 06:46:00 PM  
No Squarepusher!?
 
2012-06-18 06:47:46 PM  
Sober by Tool. Their first bass player, Paul D'Amor contributed some wicked chops to their first couple records.
 
2012-06-18 07:04:53 PM  

GAT_00: SilentStrider: Headlong Flight

Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple pass line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.


i've listened beginning to end a a couple times so far. Biggest thing I've noticed is that there's a ferocity to their playing that I don't think I've ever heard before. I really like what the producer is bringing out in them.
 
2012-06-18 07:32:12 PM  

bighairyguy: Godscrack: Valley Girl - Frank Zappa

I forgot about that one!
Feel Good, Inc. it awesome too.


Ya I likes me some Gorillaz
 
2012-06-18 07:34:58 PM  

SilentStrider: GAT_00: SilentStrider: Headlong Flight

Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple pass line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.

i've listened beginning to end a a couple times so far. Biggest thing I've noticed is that there's a ferocity to their playing that I don't think I've ever heard before. I really like what the producer is bringing out in them.


IMO, best songs: Clockwork Angels, The Anarchist, The Wreckers, The Garden. Hmm, those titles sound uninventive that way.

I also realized listening a few times it's a steampunk rewrite of 2112.
 
2012-06-18 07:36:03 PM  

GAT_00: I also realized listening a few times it's a steampunk rewrite of 2112.


it shares some themes with 2112, but I wouldn't call it a re-write. The protagonist in this case has an entirely different fate.
 
2012-06-18 07:38:52 PM  

Secret Agent X23: Live With Me, Rolling Stones. Yeah, the audio sucks. Pffft. Live versions tend to be guitar heavy, and I couldn't find a video of the studio version that sounded good.


good 'un!
 
2012-06-18 07:50:00 PM  
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!
 
2012-06-18 07:58:06 PM  

bighairyguy: And I dare anyone to say they don't get out their air bass for this:


I had to google it to find out the song, but after checking it out on youtube, I must find myself in agreement.
 
2012-06-18 08:04:55 PM  
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Always thought the theme had a killer bassline.
 
2012-06-18 08:13:36 PM  
I was thinking more along the lines of The Ox doing The Real Me or Won't Ge Fooled Again.
 
2012-06-18 08:31:11 PM  

RexTalionis: What, no Under Pressure?


Not hipster enough.

/If it was good enough for Vanilla Ice to blatantly steal, it's good enough to be one of the greatest basslines in music history.
 
2012-06-18 08:39:06 PM  
 
2012-06-18 08:42:49 PM  
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
 
2012-06-18 08:51:36 PM  

The English Major: Nirvana's on there for some reason, but not Queen. What the hell.


Especially considering that was a ripoff of Killing Joke.

Oh, and list fails w/o Claypool
 
2012-06-18 08:52:12 PM  
I have faith in the folks who posted "The Real Me," by Big Johnnie Twinkle, Thunderfingers, The Ox etc...

I was going to post that earlier but thought "fark it," this list sucks anyway.

Good on those who recognize true greatness.
 
2012-06-18 08:58:03 PM  
Any list without Good Times by Chic fails right off the bat.
 
2012-06-18 09:07:41 PM  
Also just to make sure it gets some justified love, Jethro Tull's Living in the Past
 
2012-06-18 09:09:51 PM  
Call of Cthulu was pretty badass too.
 
2012-06-18 09:10:32 PM  
No "Peace Sells"?

/fail
 
2012-06-18 09:11:37 PM  

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


I think Money has a better bass line.
 
2012-06-18 09:12:01 PM  
I'm not one of those "whar Rush whar" posters, but even though I like those bands I thought that was a lame list.
 
2012-06-18 09:13:42 PM  
Going back a bit further:
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YouTube
 
2012-06-18 09:14:16 PM  
I closed the article up after the first sentence.

"Ah, the bassist: the member of the band that no one ever wants to interview (unless it's Flea)."

Or Paul McCartney.
Or Geddy Lee.

And that's off the top of my head.

This is what passes for NME writing these days?
 
2012-06-18 09:15:36 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:17:04 PM  
Dazed and Confused?
 
2012-06-18 09:18:29 PM  

bighairyguy: And I dare anyone to say they don't get out their air bass for this:


The Ox!

/Also the best French Horn player in rock and roll

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2012-06-18 09:18:52 PM  
That list completely farking sucks, hands down.

Where the fark is making plans for Nigel and Senses Working Over time by XTC? How about Paperback Writer? How about Sweet Emotion?

How about The Police, just about any song from the first two albums kicks the crap out of most of the songs on the list.

How about Jeremy?

shiat, most of the songs on just about any Blur album are better: that dude is an underrated bass player.

A picture of Flea, but no songs by him?

That list sucks so hard, holy farking shiat. Anna Conrad, you give new meaning to the word LIST FAIL
 
2012-06-18 09:20:11 PM  
The Cure - Fascination Street
 
2012-06-18 09:20:23 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:20:50 PM  

ThrnPhl: No Squarepusher!?


I like your style. And Squarepusher's.
 
2012-06-18 09:21:25 PM  

TheHopeDiamond: I closed the article up after the first sentence.

"Ah, the bassist: the member of the band that no one ever wants to interview (unless it's Flea)."

Or Paul McCartney.
Or Geddy Lee.

And that's off the top of my head.

This is what passes for NME writing these days?


Sting used to get f*ckloads of interviews... more than the other members of The Police ever did.

No one interviewing bass players.... durrr!
 
2012-06-18 09:21:40 PM  
No theme song from Barney Miller? No Gratitude by the Beastie Boys? No Lemon Song by Led Zeppelin? Under Pressure, Queen? Worm Mountain, the Flaming Lips? Once In A Lifetime, Talking Heads? No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.
 
2012-06-18 09:21:46 PM  
Well, that was just awful. List fails without Der Komissar.
 
2012-06-18 09:22:08 PM  

SilentStrider: Primus- My Name Is Mud


Yessiree bob.

Also, how could they fail to include Sir Psycho Sexy on that list?!?
 
2012-06-18 09:22:14 PM  
One of These Days by Pink Floyd.
 
2012-06-18 09:23:06 PM  
I know it's not a "line" but it's my favorite solo ever. about a minute into it. Rancid's Maxwell Murder
 
2012-06-18 09:23:32 PM  
WHIPPING POST

that is all
 
2012-06-18 09:23:42 PM  
Listen to Running With The Devil with headphones. So good.
 
2012-06-18 09:23:56 PM  

RexTalionis: What, no Under Pressure?


The only valid reason for leaving this off the list is if they say up front that all non-morons agree it's the greatest, and what follows is a list that goes from 2 - 11.
 
2012-06-18 09:24:14 PM  

John Paul Jones: wat


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2012-06-18 09:24:25 PM  
Dance to the Music
Mr. Tambourine Man (Byrds)
Boris the Spider
 
2012-06-18 09:24:29 PM  
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."

Fail.
 
2012-06-18 09:24:59 PM  
No Ace of Spades = Fail!
 
2012-06-18 09:25:48 PM  

Stile4aly: RexTalionis: What, no Under Pressure?

The only valid reason for leaving this off the list is if they say up front that all non-morons agree it's the greatest, and what follows is a list that goes from 2 - 11.


it's more like random crap, compared to songs with really good bass lines in them. not a single one of those songs should be on that list.
 
2012-06-18 09:26:10 PM  
Lame list needs to Tighten Up.
 
2012-06-18 09:26:11 PM  
SEVEN NATION ARMY

/ducks, covers
 
2012-06-18 09:26:56 PM  
NIB
 
2012-06-18 09:27:30 PM  

rocinante721: SEVEN NATION ARMY

/ducks, covers


I have to agree, even if it wasn't played on a bass.
 
2012-06-18 09:29:27 PM  

BroVinny: rocinante721: SEVEN NATION ARMY

/ducks, covers

I have to agree, even if it wasn't played on a bass.


The bass that is not on that song is better than the bass that is on most of the songs on that shiat list.
 
2012-06-18 09:30:01 PM  
No Bootsy???
 
2012-06-18 09:30:04 PM  

SilentStrider: GAT_00: I also realized listening a few times it's a steampunk rewrite of 2112.

it shares some themes with 2112, but I wouldn't call it a re-write. The protagonist in this case has an entirely different fate.


This is turning in to a Rush hijack thread.

/yes, I have been listening to the album non-stop, too.
 
2012-06-18 09:30:25 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:30:48 PM  
Unsound by the Headstones is a favorite. Nothing really fancy, but simple and clean.

Link
 
2012-06-18 09:30:54 PM  

Queen - Under Pressure


Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby.
 
2012-06-18 09:31:00 PM  
Sugarloaf - Green Eyed Lady

Practically the whole song is based on that killer riff...
 
2012-06-18 09:31:13 PM  
Roundabout?

Link
 
2012-06-18 09:31:39 PM  
Paul Weller laughs at this lame list.
 
2012-06-18 09:31:47 PM  
Lounge Act > Come As You Are.

/fo reals
//where's Michael Jackson - Billie Jean?
 
2012-06-18 09:32:33 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:32:39 PM  

Stile4aly: RexTalionis: What, no Under Pressure?

The only valid reason for leaving this off the list is if they say up front that all non-morons agree it's the greatest, and what follows is a list that goes from 2 - 11.



Another One Bites the Dust is even more iconic, and actually goes somewhere from the initial riff.
 
2012-06-18 09:33:07 PM  
Money - Pink Floyd
NIB - Ozzy/Primus
Lateralus - TOOL
Hail, Hail - Pearl Jam
Blood Sugar Sex Magik - R.H.C.P.
 
2012-06-18 09:33:43 PM  

HI-FYE: The Smiths - This Night Has Opened My Eyes


Barbarism Begins at Home is nice.
 
2012-06-18 09:35:44 PM  

DiscoSuperfly: SilentStrider: GAT_00: I also realized listening a few times it's a steampunk rewrite of 2112.

it shares some themes with 2112, but I wouldn't call it a re-write. The protagonist in this case has an entirely different fate.

This is turning in to a Rush hijack thread.

/yes, I have been listening to the album non-stop, too.


I have THE ANARCHIST and HEADLONG FLIGHT on a constant loop in my head.

IT WON'T STOP !!!
 
2012-06-18 09:38:22 PM  
TOOL - 46&2 is hands down the greatest bass line ever. EVAR!
 
2012-06-18 09:38:23 PM  
Wtf? No "My name is Mud", "Whynona's big brown beaver" or "Tommy the cat" ? Not one primus song? WTF!?

(also - no Super Freak or Chameleon)
 
2012-06-18 09:38:33 PM  

MensRea: No "Peace Sells"?

/fail


Beat me to it

Instead I will nominate Infectious Grooves "Punk It Up"
 
2012-06-18 09:38:54 PM  
I always thought the bass line from "Some Days Are Better Than Others" off of U2's Zooropa is some of Adam Clayton's finest work. "With or Without You" is more instantly recognizable, but "Some Days" has a sort of comical groove to it that resonates with me.
 
2012-06-18 09:39:07 PM  
How about Brick House? EVERYONE knows that one is legit.

Also haven't seen Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" mentioned.
 
2012-06-18 09:39:57 PM  
I see Yes has been covered here, but there is no Grand Funk on that list. List fails.
 
2012-06-18 09:40:33 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:40:48 PM  

BroVinny: I always thought the bass line from "Some Days Are Better Than Others" off of U2's Zooropa is some of Adam Clayton's finest work. "With or Without You" is more instantly recognizable, but "Some Days" has a sort of comical groove to it that resonates with me.


I agree with this post.
 
2012-06-18 09:41:39 PM  

Barry D'Allyve: How about Brick House? EVERYONE knows that one is legit.

Also haven't seen Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" mentioned.


You missed my earlier post.
 
2012-06-18 09:41:41 PM  
In no particular order:

Superfreak- Rick James
Guns of Brixton- The Clash
My Generation- The Who
Brick House- The Commodores
Under Presure- Queen/Bowie
What's Goin' On- Marvin Gaye
Low Rider- War
Superstition- Stevie Wonder
Another One Bites the Dust- Queen
Green Onions- Booker T % the MGs
I Shot the Sheriff- Bob Marley and the Wailers
Play That Funky Music- Wild Cherry
Folsom Prison Blues- Johnny Cash
Rebel Rebel- David Bowie
Africa- Toto
Blister in the Sun- Violent Femmes
Give Up the Funk- Parliament

These aren't all great songs, but they are all excellent bass lines.
 
2012-06-18 09:41:54 PM  

TheHopeDiamond: Or Paul McCartney.


And to top it off, today is his 70th birthday.

Methinks the author be trollin'.~
 
2012-06-18 09:42:00 PM  

Skwishmitten: TOOL - 46&2 is hands down the greatest bass line ever. EVAR!


Forgot about that one....INDEED!
 
2012-06-18 09:42:41 PM  
No love for Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix??
 
2012-06-18 09:42:49 PM  
Stayin Alive, the BeeGees.
 
2012-06-18 09:43:17 PM  
Violent Femmes - Please Do Not Go

Link
 
2012-06-18 09:43:44 PM  

rickycal78: Barry D'Allyve: How about Brick House? EVERYONE knows that one is legit.

Also haven't seen Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" mentioned.

You missed my earlier post.


LOL It wasn't there when I started typing. The link for Brick House slowed me down.
 
2012-06-18 09:43:59 PM  
Also, 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago.
 
2012-06-18 09:44:01 PM  

NutznGum: No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.


PRIMUS SUCKS!

 
2012-06-18 09:44:05 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:44:44 PM  
 
kth
2012-06-18 09:45:05 PM  

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.
 
2012-06-18 09:45:53 PM  
Wow, no mention yet of "Groove is in the Heart" by Dee-lite?
 
2012-06-18 09:46:28 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:48:00 PM  

Cyno01: "Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."
"Video player is too small."

Fail.


Whew. I thought I might the only one seeing that.

(don't people even test a farking webpage before making it live? anyone?)
 
2012-06-18 09:48:45 PM  

FloydA: NutznGum: No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.

PRIMUS SUCKS!


Yess, yes they do.
 
2012-06-18 09:49:13 PM  

FloydA: NutznGum: No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.

PRIMUS SUCKS!



NO, THEY DON'T

 
2012-06-18 09:49:46 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:49:54 PM  
Is it just me, or do about half of the songs in TFA not even have a prominent bassline?

That said, the list clearly fails without I Want You Back
 
2012-06-18 09:52:14 PM  

Surool: TheHopeDiamond: I closed the article up after the first sentence.

"Ah, the bassist: the member of the band that no one ever wants to interview (unless it's Flea)."

Or Paul McCartney.
Or Geddy Lee.

And that's off the top of my head.

This is what passes for NME writing these days?

Sting used to get f*ckloads of interviews... more than the other members of The Police ever did.

No one interviewing bass players.... durrr!


Flea is Flea, and everyone else mentioned was also the front man. Kipp Farking Winger was getting interviews left and right in the late 80's, just because he was the lead singer. I've noticed that the guy with the least strings is usually the guy that knows the most about what's going on. Be it onstage, with the crowd, and usually with the over-all structure of the music itself. Most of them are intelligent and really nice, or they're a lead singer that wants to play rhythm but can only concentrate on one string at a time.


//they're also usually the one's holding the drugs
 
2012-06-18 09:52:22 PM  
Some Random Song ~ by ~ Your Favorite Band Sucks.
 
2012-06-18 09:52:30 PM  
James Jamerson would biatch slap everyone on this list with everyone on this list.

And yes, it IS rock n roll cuz there would be none without Motown.
 
2012-06-18 09:53:05 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:53:12 PM  

chibimateo: Is it just me, or do about half of the songs in TFA not even have a prominent bassline?

That said, the list clearly fails without I Want You Back


No, you're right.
 
2012-06-18 09:53:37 PM  
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?
 
2012-06-18 09:54:50 PM  

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!


THIS. The TFA's list is so lame I wasn't even going to bother commenting, but this post deserved a "this."
/this
 
2012-06-18 09:54:50 PM  

Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly


How the hell young ARE you people anyway?


Let's not confuse bass lines with riffs.
 
2012-06-18 09:54:52 PM  
No Jumpin Jack Flash? I mean, c'mon!
 
2012-06-18 09:55:57 PM  
Various songs by the following should be on the list:

The Fall (Middlemass, I Feel Voxish, Look Know, and Words of Expectation for starters)
The Minutemen (too many)
Gang of Four (too many)
Any Joy Division song EXCEPT the one they picked. Digital being the epitome.
 
2012-06-18 09:56:02 PM  

Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?


AC/DC has bass?
 
2012-06-18 09:57:29 PM  
I see my fellow Farkers have been doing their part to slap some got-damn sense into these NME twats; let me add a few personal faves.

First, a short-lived band from Raleigh, NC called Johnny Quest... saw them at the Boathouse back in 1989 or 1990 as an opening band for Dread Zeppelin, and was absolutely floored to find my personal favorite of theirs, "Irresponsibility", on Youtube.

Second, what the fark, no James Brown? Really?!

And now, allow me to present two examples of Polish reggae. No, I am not making this up. First, Marika - Sobotnie Lajla Lajla. She could be singing a friggin' cookie recipe, who cares, this song has a bad-ass groove. And to follow up, here's Paprika Korps - Crowd. Awesome band, wish they'd come to the US east coast at some point.

Keep the good stuff comin' folks...
 
2012-06-18 09:58:28 PM  
 
2012-06-18 09:58:50 PM  
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Leaving this song off makes me mad enough to smash me guitar.

Also List is incomplete without:

Black Sabbath- N.I.B. (I'd even settle for the Ugly Kid Joe cover)
Metallica- Anesthesia
Black Flag-Six Pack
 
2012-06-18 09:59:04 PM  

John Paul Jones: wat


I too am dazed and confused.
 
2012-06-18 09:59:22 PM  
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Oh and

Ball of Confusion

List seems a bit too recently weighted...
 
2012-06-18 10:00:07 PM  

SilentStrider: Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?

AC/DC has bass?


Yes, it looks like this:

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Just like Judas Priest basslines
 
2012-06-18 10:01:15 PM  

Bhasayate: Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?

Let's not confuse bass lines with riffs.


Yeah, you're right. Sunshine of Your Love from Cream should qualify though.
 
2012-06-18 10:01:29 PM  
Not a single "Who" song. Not one.

No one has failed more than that article writer just failed.
 
2012-06-18 10:01:45 PM  

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.
 
2012-06-18 10:01:54 PM  

NutznGum: FloydA: NutznGum: No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.

PRIMUS SUCKS!

NO, THEY DON'T


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2012-06-18 10:02:59 PM  

Liverboy: Bhasayate: Liverboy: Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Back in Black - AC/DC
Ina Godda da Vida - Iron Butterfly

How the hell young ARE you people anyway?

Let's not confuse bass lines with riffs.

Yeah, you're right. Sunshine of Your Love from Cream should qualify though.


Agree. =D
 
2012-06-18 10:03:01 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:03:34 PM  
Superstition

that is all.
 
2012-06-18 10:03:36 PM  

ZMugg: No love for King Crimson?


Balderdash!
 
2012-06-18 10:03:50 PM  
I'll throw in some Black Sabbath tunes:

Children of the Grave
Heaven and Hell
The Mob Rules
 
2012-06-18 10:04:23 PM  
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whelp... I see Primus and Tool have both been covered. I guess I shall retire for the night, gents.
 
2012-06-18 10:05:41 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:05:58 PM  
Eminence Front by the Who, Isolated Bass

Starts slow, then shiat gets crazy.
 
2012-06-18 10:06:11 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:06:40 PM  
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.

The scarce mention of him here tells me that there's something rotten in the land of Fark.

Also add me to the chrous saying Comfortably Numb, Money, One of These Days, Another Brick in the Wall and Hey You by Pink Floyd all deserve significant mention.

Also also add Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta and Spirit of Radio by Rush.

Also also also add Hey Bulldog, Day Tripper and Taxman by the Beatles. All excellent hooks.
 
2012-06-18 10:06:50 PM  
It's My Life -Talk Talk
Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney
Starship Trooper - Yes
Move On - Fashion
Something About You - Level 42

Just a partial list, didn't see these songs mentioned yet.
 
2012-06-18 10:07:14 PM  
I always dug the bass line in the Elvis Costello version of (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding. I think the bass player is Bruce Thomas.
 
2012-06-18 10:07:39 PM  

GAT_00: SilentStrider: GAT_00: SilentStrider: Headlong Flight

Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple pass line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.

i've listened beginning to end a a couple times so far. Biggest thing I've noticed is that there's a ferocity to their playing that I don't think I've ever heard before. I really like what the producer is bringing out in them.

IMO, best songs: Clockwork Angels, The Anarchist, The Wreckers, The Garden. Hmm, those titles sound uninventive that way.

I also realized listening a few times it's a steampunk rewrite of 2112.


So what you are saying is: I should buy the new Rush album...I'm glad i wandered into this thread.

Flappyhead: Unsound by the Headstones is a favorite. Nothing really fancy, but simple and clean.

Link


.....And welcome to my favourites list.
 
2012-06-18 10:07:57 PM  
The Magnificent Seven.
 
2012-06-18 10:08:03 PM  
Late to this and will not read the thread. There is only 1 greatest bass line in rock. The entire 'Rattus Norvegicus' album from the Stranglers. Especially 'Peaches'.

But the rest of the other suggestions are pretty good too.
 
2012-06-18 10:08:13 PM  
Couldn't do a CTRL+F on my phone, so maybe someone already covered this, but...no 'Waiting Room' by Fugazi? Really??
 
2012-06-18 10:08:42 PM  
Ya well I approve of most of the stuff on this list. NME seems to be shilling for whothehellknowsorcares. Even if they are "new" oriented it's difficult to dismiss what has been laid down by the old guard.

Honorable mention for Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" (not on list), but that's for the solo (and fadeout). Aside from thrusting, there isn't much of a base "line" in it.

Now if we're going to talk about newer mind-blowing bass lines, you'll have to play with some jazz and avant.
 
2012-06-18 10:09:01 PM  
Sheesh, there are so many great bass lines, but one that hasn't been mentioned and has always stood out to me was from Ministry's "So What". There's nothing technically amazing about it at all, but It's as near a perfect anchor for a song as any I've heard.
 
2012-06-18 10:09:30 PM  
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hahahahe, I only used and owned an iPod for awesome music, but have cool tattoos and piercings!
 
2012-06-18 10:10:23 PM  
Liverboy

Sunshine of Your Love. You misspelled Badge.

But I agree with you anyway.
 
2012-06-18 10:10:23 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:10:31 PM  
Anything by Morphine.
 
2012-06-18 10:10:53 PM  
Shake Your Body Down to the Ground - The Jacksons.

THAT is all.
 
2012-06-18 10:12:01 PM  

expobill: ZMugg: No love for King Crimson?

Balderdash!


Indeed, however I can't disagree with anyone brought up in this thread.

Reason #3785 of 'Why I love Fark': Diversity.
 
2012-06-18 10:12:08 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:12:46 PM  
Oh Christ, I'll go, but only rock, and no particular order and with no unreadable yammering.

Dazed and confused - zeppelin
No more tears - ozzy
Would - AIC
Walking on down the road - RHCP
Faciniation Street - Cure
Squealer - AC/DC
Runnin with the Devil - VH
Milquetoast - Helmet
My name is Mud - Primus
Jerry was a Race Car Driver - Primus
 
2012-06-18 10:12:47 PM  

Flappyhead: Unsound by the Headstones is a favorite. Nothing really fancy, but simple and clean.


Yes!!
 
2012-06-18 10:13:08 PM  

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??


+1.

And I'm the first to mention "Would?"
 
2012-06-18 10:13:12 PM  
One more from the wayback machine - "We Gotta Get Outta This Place" by the Animals.
 
2012-06-18 10:14:22 PM  

Lorelle: No love for Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix??


Okay that took entirely to long for some Noel Redding love...
 
2012-06-18 10:14:51 PM  

RexTalionis: What, no Under PressureIce Ice Baby?

 
2012-06-18 10:15:11 PM  

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
 
2012-06-18 10:15:39 PM  

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
 
2012-06-18 10:16:17 PM  

one0nine: Second, what the fark, no James Brown? Really?!


I saw a Bootsy mention earlier in this thread, but that's what I'm talkin' about. This is another of my faves -
Soulpower!
 
2012-06-18 10:16:32 PM  
Farking login failed.
 
2012-06-18 10:17:01 PM  

Wasn't Looking at his Neck: And I'm the first to mention "Would?"


The third.
 
2012-06-18 10:17:19 PM  
Shaft
 
2012-06-18 10:17:45 PM  
Freewill by Rush has a pretty good bass solo.
 
2012-06-18 10:18:12 PM  

FloydA: NutznGum: FloydA: NutznGum: No ANYTHING from Primus?!?!? Fark off.

PRIMUS SUCKS!

NO, THEY DON'T

[i105.photobucket.com image 500x375]


I can't believe I missed that. I feel shame.
 
2012-06-18 10:18:23 PM  
All the lyrics of transexuality, drugs, jiglos are kind of overshadowed by Herbie Flowers' use of two, yes that's right two, interlocking basslines.

Who the hell wrote this article? There's just so much wrong with this sentence, it's hurts my eyes.

As for the list, any article about basslines that doesn't mention James Jamerson is a failure.
 
2012-06-18 10:18:32 PM  
Here's an oddball one for you guys...Slipknot - Confessions, from their 1996 album. The rest of the song sucks something awful but the bass line was slick.
 
2012-06-18 10:18:51 PM  
Oh, come on... no Hysteria by Muse? There aren't many modern basslines that deserve to be mentioned with some of the great names in this thread, but that's one of them.
 
2012-06-18 10:19:11 PM  
Owner of a lonely heart is great
but The Fish is better as far a bass lines.
Everything Chris Squire did was incredible!
 
2012-06-18 10:19:52 PM  
I have always enjoyed Kyuss Thumb
 
2012-06-18 10:21:38 PM  
This list gave me cancer.
 
2012-06-18 10:22:20 PM  
The Pixies?

GTFO.

The simple fact that the writer doesn't include 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'
shows she doesn't know her bass lines OR her music.
 
2012-06-18 10:22:48 PM  

Omahawg: "Damn, you just can't argue with Omahawg. Ain't no denying that he ain't lying," Archie Bell said.


You Sir have been correct all night long
+1 to you
 
2012-06-18 10:22:58 PM  

Fark You I'm Drunk: All the lyrics of transexuality, drugs, jiglos are kind of overshadowed by Herbie Flowers' use of two, yes that's right two, interlocking basslines.

Who the hell wrote this article? There's just so much wrong with this sentence, it's hurts my eyes.

As for the list, any article about basslines that doesn't mention James Jamerson is a failure.


And the best songs with two bass players in them are by Ned's Atomic Dustbin:

Observe: Ned's "Intact"
 
2012-06-18 10:23:41 PM  
One of the most tear jecking basslines ever?

The author of this article shouldn't be allowed to write anything ever again.
 
2012-06-18 10:24:03 PM  

NutznGum:

I can't believe I missed that. I feel shame.


No worries; I'm just old. ;-)
 
2012-06-18 10:25:25 PM  
Whoever wrote that article should diversify their musical tastes because it missed a bunch of obvious choices. Even if this was actually the best basslines in alternative/indie/hipster rock, the writer STILL had a shiatty list.
 
2012-06-18 10:25:31 PM  

Fark You I'm Drunk: One of the most tear jecking basslines ever?

The author of this article shouldn't be allowed to write anything ever again.


The whole list was tear jenkem, really.
 
2012-06-18 10:27:40 PM  

douchebag/hater: The Pixies?

GTFO.

The simple fact that the writer doesn't include 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'
shows she doesn't know her bass lines OR her music.


Which version, though?
 
2012-06-18 10:27:58 PM  
Radiohead has had some great ones...

Where I End and You Begin
Electioneering

Muse also...

Hysteria
Uno
Darkshines
 
2012-06-18 10:29:56 PM  

H31N0US: Oh Christ, I'll go, but only rock, and no particular order and with no unreadable yammering.

Dazed and confused - zeppelin
No more tears - ozzy
Would - AIC
Walking on down the road - RHCP
Faciniation Street - Cure
Squealer - AC/DC
Runnin with the Devil - VH
Milquetoast - Helmet
My name is Mud - Primus
Jerry was a Race Car Driver - Primus


I would put damn near anything off of Meantime up there as well. Link
 
2012-06-18 10:30:07 PM  
Er... um.. I don't even... Daft Punk? Whaaaaat? I mean, they're cool and all, but I'm pretty sure they don't employ an actual "bassist" you know. As in someone who plays the bass? I mean, if you're going to include Daft Punk, you might as well include Gorillaz, they've got some kickass bass lines.

But seriously, the list is complete fail without at least one Rush song. Even if you hate Rush, as many do, you can't discount the skill of Geddy Lee.
 
2012-06-18 10:30:12 PM  
These aren't even the best bass lines by white people. Sorry if someone's beat me to it, but:

If You Want Me To Stay
 
2012-06-18 10:32:02 PM  

WhackingDay: Er... um.. I don't even... Daft Punk? Whaaaaat? I mean, they're cool and all, but I'm pretty sure they don't employ an actual "bassist" you know. As in someone who plays the bass? I mean, if you're going to include Daft Punk, you might as well include Gorillaz, they've got some kickass bass lines.

But seriously, the list is complete fail without at least one Rush song. Even if you hate Rush, as many do, you can't discount the skill of Geddy Lee.


It's been mentioned, yet should be mentioned several times: "Feel Good" has an awesome bass line.
 
2012-06-18 10:32:41 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: Anything by Morphine.


I can't believe that took so long. I'd like to point out that a lot of country music has really perfect, groovy, yet subtle basslines
 
2012-06-18 10:33:22 PM  

qsblues: James Jamerson would biatch slap everyone on this list with everyone on this list.

And yes, it IS rock n roll cuz there would be none without Motown.


Is he not on there? Guess I won't be wasting my time by looking at the list, knowing already that it fails.
 
2012-06-18 10:33:36 PM  

GAT_00: SilentStrider: Headlong Flight

Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple pass line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.


im afraid to listen to that recording too
 
2012-06-18 10:34:23 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: I have faith in the folks who posted "The Real Me," by Big Johnnie Twinkle, Thunderfingers, The Ox etc...

I was going to post that earlier but thought "fark it," this list sucks anyway.

Good on those who recognize true greatness.


I could not agree more. The Ox's bass kicks in on that tune and hair stands on end.
 
2012-06-18 10:35:06 PM  
Really awesome bassline:

Link
 
2012-06-18 10:35:26 PM  

H31N0US: Runnin with the Devil - VH


Root chord bass and one note chorus is good? I never heard a catchy bass line from them.
 
2012-06-18 10:35:37 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:35:42 PM  
No one is actually clicking on your links... I hope you know that.
 
2012-06-18 10:36:26 PM  

FloydA: NutznGum:

I can't believe I missed that. I feel shame.

No worries; I'm just old. ;-)


I'm really just a casual fan. I have two albums (Punchbowl and Pork Soda) and I did see them live once, it was in '91 or '92 so I'm not so young myself. I just know if you're talking about the bass and you don't mention Les Claypool then you're talking out of your arse.
 
2012-06-18 10:38:16 PM  
Every song off of "Nothing's Schocking"
 
2012-06-18 10:38:27 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:38:43 PM  

OOBE Juan Kenobi: No one is actually clicking on your links... I hope you know that.


That's just posting failure on my part.
 
2012-06-18 10:40:54 PM  
Since the term is 'bass-line' - I suppose some really, really famous ones are missing.

Such as Pachabel's Cannon.
 
2012-06-18 10:41:23 PM  
 
2012-06-18 10:41:30 PM  

Skwishmitten: TOOL - 46&2 is hands down the greatest bass line ever. EVAR!


First thing I thought of.
 
2012-06-18 10:42:06 PM  

Phaeon: Really awesome bassline:

Link


i definitely hear the Rickenbacker with Roundwound Nickel Bass 95511 strings
 
2012-06-18 10:46:54 PM  
I'm the Man, by Joe Jackson . Graham Maby (Got the Time as well)

What is Hip,Tower of Power. Francis Rocco Prestia

You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon. Bakithi Kumalo

Slip Sliding Away, Paul Simon. Anthony Jackson.

Dragon Attack, Queen. John Deacon.

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon. Anthony Jackson

I'm The Only One - Melissa Etheridge. Pino Palladino

Mountain Song - Janes Addiction. Eric A.

List is sh*t.
 
2012-06-18 10:47:09 PM  
Minutemen - The Red and The Black

Watt does a farking great job on this Blue Öyster Cult cover
 
2012-06-18 10:48:01 PM  

Pope Larry II: GAT_00: SilentStrider: GAT_00: SilentStrider: Headlong Flight

Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple pass line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.

i've listened beginning to end a a couple times so far. Biggest thing I've noticed is that there's a ferocity to their playing that I don't think I've ever heard before. I really like what the producer is bringing out in them.

IMO, best songs: Clockwork Angels, The Anarchist, The Wreckers, The Garden. Hmm, those titles sound uninventive that way.

I also realized listening a few times it's a steampunk rewrite of 2112.

So what you are saying is: I should buy the new Rush album...I'm glad i wandered into this thread.

Flappyhead: Unsound by the Headstones is a favorite. Nothing really fancy, but simple and clean.

Link

.....And welcome to my favourites list.


If you liked Snakes and Arrows, thought Spindrift was one of the best songs on the album and want a good old fashioned concept album, I guarantee you'll enjoy it.
 
2012-06-18 10:48:37 PM  

SilentStrider: Rush- pick a song. YYZ,


2112.netView Full Size



I'm going to go a little out there, and go for some good old dirty south basslines:

"Dynamic Duo", by Magic Mike


"Cars that Go Boom"
 
2012-06-18 10:49:10 PM  
Oh, and the obvious anything by Mike Watt, Sting and James Jamerson.
 
2012-06-18 10:49:52 PM  
Primus sucks.
 
2012-06-18 10:50:28 PM  
>cntl-f "ramble on"
>no results

What is wrong with you?
 
2012-06-18 10:50:58 PM  

Whatthefark: I'll throw in some Black Sabbath tunes:

Children of the Grave
Heaven and Hell
The Mob Rules


My favorite Sabbath bassline by a mile is "Hole In the Sky." What a groove.
 
2012-06-18 10:53:31 PM  

Gonad the Ballbarian: Ball of Confusion


God the GF used to listen to Love and Rockets and wants to play their cover of that song all the the time, its an abomination of a cover and that band should be ashamed of farking up a great song.
 
2012-06-18 10:54:05 PM  
No "Crazy Train"? No "Under Pressure"?

Your blog sucks.
 
2012-06-18 10:54:25 PM  
Cake "Wheels"

LINK
 
2012-06-18 10:56:16 PM  

The_Sponge: Primus sucks.


Indeed brotha. Indeed...
 
2012-06-18 10:57:28 PM  
no Muse "Hysteria" = no care
 
2012-06-18 10:58:37 PM  
Have always liked Kenny Gradney's line in Little Feat's "Spanish Moon." With Clayton's congas, they set the mood.
 
2012-06-18 10:58:42 PM  
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!)
 
2012-06-18 11:01:40 PM  
OK. No one cares, but here's my list:

Emotions in Motion - Billy Squier
Look Sharp! - Joe Jackson
The Magnificent Seven - Clash
Come Together - Beatles
Found a Job - Talking Heads
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Demolition Man - Police
Heart Attack - Olivia Newton John

And to choose some Rush Songs
The Body Electric
Marathon
 
2012-06-18 11:02:01 PM  
Only one bassline per song? Pffft. Amateurs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qDgCmzh5ao
 
2012-06-18 11:02:42 PM  
You guys forgot White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

/Tool has already been mentioned cause they're awesome.
 
2012-06-18 11:02:44 PM  
I don't think the writer is aware black people exist.
 
2012-06-18 11:02:47 PM  
worthless without all my loving
 
2012-06-18 11:05:41 PM  
I know it's already been said, but...
NO CLAYPOOL!?
 
2012-06-18 11:06:02 PM  

Fano: I don't think the writer is aware black people exist.


I doubt the author knows what a bass line is.
 
2012-06-18 11:06:12 PM  
No Jane's Addiction? I am dissapoint.
 
2012-06-18 11:06:24 PM  
Reach Out by the Four Tops
 
2012-06-18 11:09:14 PM  

Fano: I don't think the writer is aware black people exist.


Hey, I tried. I may be white, but where I grew up, I was the minority.

Something newer:

"Microhard" by CeeLo

"Birthday Cake" by Rhianna
 
2012-06-18 11:09:30 PM  

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


I like the way you think.
 
2012-06-18 11:10:23 PM  

SilentStrider: Rush- pick a song. YYZ, Tom Sawyer, Headlong Flight. All deserve consideration.
Queensrÿche- Jet City Woman
Primus- My Name Is Mud
Alice in Chains- Would?, and Heaven Beside You
Metallica- pick a song with Cliff. i'd go with For Whom The Bell Tolls, personally.
Megadeth- Peace Sells

And thats just off the top of my head.


Came for Clockwork Angels, the baseline for which is un-freaking-believable.

Leaving sorta satisfied.
 
2012-06-18 11:10:25 PM  
So two people are responsible for 40% of all great basslines? Not that I have any problems with any of those being on the list, it's just a dumb list anyway, what with an incalculable number of rock songs all ripping each other off here and there. It'd be just as easy to make an entirely parallel genre-neutral list but with David J in place of Peter Hook, Janes in place of Nirvana, etc. It would probably be super easy to do just as "solid" a list if you do "bands that toured with these bands".
 
2012-06-18 11:10:58 PM  

GAT_00: SilentStrider: Headlong Flight

Clockwork Angels has some insane bass on it, but nothing that really qualifies as a simple pass line. I haven't stopped listening to the album since it came out.


This!
 
2012-06-18 11:14:49 PM  
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)
 
2012-06-18 11:14:58 PM  

Harry_Seldon: Well, that was just awful. List fails without Der Komissar.


Der Komissar has the bassline of a great song. And that song is "Superfreak".
 
2012-06-18 11:17:47 PM  

Chameleon: Harry_Seldon: Well, that was just awful. List fails without Der Komissar.

Der Komissar has the bassline of a great song. And that song is "Superfreak".


List fails without Rick Jame's "Superfreak." Yeow!
 
2012-06-18 11:19:09 PM  
Rapper's Delight bassline, so I guess the Le Chic bassline.
 
2012-06-18 11:19:21 PM  
Not the biggest reggae fan but Stir It Up is as great a baseline as you can get. Beautiful in its simplicity and good enough to carry the whole tune,
 
2012-06-18 11:20:38 PM  
No Bootsy Collins

No John Paul Jones

No Cliff Burton

No Nathan Watts

Complete and utter fail
 
2012-06-18 11:20:52 PM  

TheJoe03: Rapper's Delight bassline, so I guess the Le Chic bassline.


Have you ever went over a friend's house to eat. And the food just ain't no good?
 
2012-06-18 11:21:30 PM  
 
2012-06-18 11:26:15 PM  
No love for Geddy Lee or Stuart Hamm, apparently.

Also -- Peg by Steely Dan is one of my favorite non-pyrotechnic basslines ever.
 
2012-06-18 11:26:39 PM  

steamingpile: Gonad


YOU sir, have taste...

your gf, not so much...

But that's O..K..!

/is she hot?

:)
 
2012-06-18 11:28:50 PM  
Why no 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' by A Taste of Honey ?
 
2012-06-18 11:29:38 PM  
238 posts and no Billy Gould or Trevor Dunn?

Faith No More: The Real Thing
Mr. Bungle: Mr Nice Guy or Dead Goon
 
2012-06-18 11:29:50 PM  

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??


This
 
2012-06-18 11:29:54 PM  
 
2012-06-18 11:30:57 PM  
Just to throw out something completely different - Cage by Dir en Grey
 
2012-06-18 11:31:26 PM  

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
 
2012-06-18 11:31:35 PM  

Kraftwerk Orange: SilentStrider: Rush- pick a song. YYZ,

[www.2112.net image 640x360]


I'm going to go a little out there, and go for some good old dirty south basslines:

"Dynamic Duo", by Magic Mike


"Cars that Go Boom"


d00d,

GUITAR bass-lines....

But if you wanna go 808...

Posse on Broadway

/It's FRESH! wooooorrrrrd....
 
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  
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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
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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.
 
2012-06-19 01:16:39 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


I'm pretty sure the bassline for Bernadette was played by the mighty James Jamerson of Motown Records.
 
2012-06-19 01:17:40 AM  

Riotboy: Lounge Act > Come As You Are.

/fo reals
//where's Michael Jackson - Billie Jean?


He's pining for the fjords...beautiful plumage.
 
kab
2012-06-19 01:19:41 AM  
Music's mightiest basslines, hmm? Quincy Jones 'The Streetbeater' not found anywhere. But of course, as with all lists since the 90's Nirvana is present. For something that's actually played on guitar.

List, like all others, sucks, but gets a bonus point for extra derp.
 
2012-06-19 01:23:03 AM  
Any list of great basslines just sucks rotting donkey cocks without mention of Sweet Emotion, as well as just about anything from Soul Coughing.
 
kab
2012-06-19 01:23:15 AM  

Benjamin Stone: Seinfeld Theme.

/thread


Not a bass.

/thread continues
 
2012-06-19 01:25:53 AM  

kab: Music's mightiest basslines, hmm? Quincy Jones 'The Streetbeater' not found anywhere. But of course, as with all lists since the 90's Nirvana is present. For something that's actually played on guitar.

List, like all others, sucks, but gets a bonus point for extra derp.


I don't see...

Yes "Roundabout"
The Who "My Generation"
Rush "YYZ"
 
2012-06-19 01:27:08 AM  
Elvis (really!) on 'You're so Square(baby I don't care)"

and of course Keef on many of the Stones greatest
 
2012-06-19 01:29:43 AM  
Oh, forgot to mention Dirt.
 
2012-06-19 01:31:45 AM  
What a bass hook might look like:

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2012-06-19 01:32:47 AM  
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/Or so I have read
 
2012-06-19 01:40:18 AM  
pretty much the entire album...

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2012-06-19 01:41:30 AM  
Bass solo take one.......
 
2012-06-19 01:43:42 AM  
 
2012-06-19 01:44:38 AM  

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

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


oldmanyellsatcloud.jpg

you do need a high end system to not distort the bassline, otherwise... oh who am i kidding
 
2012-06-19 01:49:59 AM  

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

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

oldmanyellsatcloud.jpg

you do need a high end system to not distort the bassline, otherwise... oh who am i kidding



<mylawncanbeatupyourlawn.png>

Not to worry. We're just talking here.
 
2012-06-19 01:53:06 AM  
Interpol is horrible.
 
2012-06-19 02:02:09 AM  

Funbags: Its My Life (by Talk Talk, covered by No Doubt)
Another One Bites The Dust
Soul To Squeeze

That is all.


if you are going to post "It's My life", please post this insteadLink
 
2012-06-19 02:09:06 AM  

lanmac: Funbags: Its My Life (by Talk Talk, covered by No Doubt)
Another One Bites The Dust
Soul To Squeeze

That is all.

if you are going to post "It's My life", please post this insteadLink


No kidding! No Doubt made no contribution to that bass line. They shouldn't get any credit.
 
2012-06-19 02:10:48 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.


It gave me cancer. Even with Nancy Sinatra's nice cans
 
2012-06-19 02:10:50 AM  

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

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

oldmanyellsatcloud.jpg

you do need a high end system to not distort the bassline, otherwise... oh who am i kidding

<mylawncanbeatupyourlawn.png>

Not to worry. We're just talking here.


yeah im kidding, im older than you any way
 
2012-06-19 02:15:27 AM  

LectertheChef: Any list of great basslines just sucks rotting donkey cocks without mention of Sweet Emotion, as well as just about anything from Soul Coughing.


Granted, that is a HOOK, which music experts in this thread have seperated from a bassline, but I also have been waiting for in the thread, and surprised it took so long to mention.

And I am now walking round in circles.
 
2012-06-19 02:18:35 AM  

Fano: LectertheChef: Any list of great basslines just sucks rotting donkey cocks without mention of Sweet Emotion, as well as just about anything from Soul Coughing.

Granted, that is a HOOK, which music experts in this thread have seperated from a bassline, but I also have been waiting for in the thread, and surprised it took so long to mention.

And I am now walking round in circles.


But at least its a bass hook.
 
2012-06-19 02:19:12 AM  
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2012-06-19 02:20:52 AM  
No Chris Squire, No Geddy Lee, No John Entwistle, No Jaco, No Wooten......... List is epic fail
 
2012-06-19 02:23:36 AM  

Surool: lanmac: Funbags: Its My Life (by Talk Talk, covered by No Doubt)
Another One Bites The Dust
Soul To Squeeze

That is all.

if you are going to post "It's My life", please post this insteadLink

No kidding! No Doubt made no contribution to that bass line. They shouldn't get any credit.


Nor should a armature bass player who does a cover of shiatty version of a great song
 
2012-06-19 02:23:41 AM  
No Les Claypool? I can't remember names for shiat, but that's a name I won't forget in correlation with the bass.

My Name is Mud

Tommy the Cat

Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
 
2012-06-19 02:27:26 AM  

Bhasayate: Fano: LectertheChef: Any list of great basslines just sucks rotting donkey cocks without mention of Sweet Emotion, as well as just about anything from Soul Coughing.

Granted, that is a HOOK, which music experts in this thread have seperated from a bassline, but I also have been waiting for in the thread, and surprised it took so long to mention.

And I am now walking round in circles.

But at least its a bass hook.


I'm no musicologist, but I was surprised it wasn't #1 in the original list of MIGHTIEST BASELINES of all time. So I assumed there must have been a good reason.
 
2012-06-19 02:30:33 AM  
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.
 
2012-06-19 02:31:00 AM  

Fano: Bhasayate: Fano: LectertheChef: Any list of great basslines just sucks rotting donkey cocks without mention of Sweet Emotion, as well as just about anything from Soul Coughing.

Granted, that is a HOOK, which music experts in this thread have seperated from a bassline, but I also have been waiting for in the thread, and surprised it took so long to mention.

And I am now walking round in circles.

But at least its a bass hook.

I'm no musicologist, but I was surprised it wasn't #1 in the original list of MIGHTIEST BASELINES of all time. So I assumed there must have been a good reason.


And, yes, it kicks major ass.
 
2012-06-19 02:32:49 AM  
Live version of The Cure's "A forest" and Primus "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" deserve a nod
 
2012-06-19 02:35:45 AM  

RexTalionis: What, no Under Pressure?


that's not even the right Queen song
 
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