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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
i.ytimg.com
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:
www.all-music-sheets.com

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

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
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


iseewhatyoudidthere.jpg
 
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
upload.wikimedia.org

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
i2.photobucket.com

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


i105.photobucket.com
 
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
s14.postimage.org

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
static.nme.com
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,


www.2112.net


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
www.lindsayjoyhamilton.com
 
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
weknowmemes.com
 
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:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-19 01:32:47 AM
content7.flixster.com

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

s13.postimage.org
 
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
[tb303.jpg]
 
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
 
2012-06-19 02:40:32 AM
Come As You Are?!

What a sad excuse for a music journalist.


KILLING JOKE DID IT FIRST
 
2012-06-19 02:43:09 AM
 
2012-06-19 02:45:44 AM
Just reading along here, watching the detectives looking for basslines, shaking my head slowly...
 
2012-06-19 02:47:25 AM
Every good (non-Who) bassline is just a cheap imitation of John Entwistle.
 
2012-06-19 02:52:39 AM
That list was obviously penned by someone born in the nineties.
 
2012-06-19 02:53:34 AM
/in before Vaniila Ice

/runs like a bat out of hell.
 
2012-06-19 02:59:50 AM

grimlock1972: /in before Vaniila Ice

/runs like a bat out of hell.


Nah nah see that bassline WAS original. It had that extra "dun" in it...
 
2012-06-19 03:00:13 AM

W.C.fields forever: The Magnificent Seven.


Yup.
 
2012-06-19 03:01:22 AM
 
2012-06-19 03:06:27 AM

Bhasayate: The Police "Mosaka Tanga"


yes.probably the best song they did.
 
2012-06-19 03:20:09 AM
Just from some of the bands she picked in TFA. I find these better/more enjoyable to me.
Interpol - PDA (especially the end)
Breeders - Fortunately Gone or London Song
Nirvana - Lounge Act, Sliver
Pixies - Gigantic, Hey, Here Comes Your Man,......hell a lot of them come to mind before Debaser.
 
2012-06-19 03:21:24 AM
List is FAIL without The Smithereens' "Blood and Roses."
 
2012-06-19 03:22:02 AM
 
2012-06-19 03:24:58 AM
Maybe not an all time great but the bass in Angel by Fleetwood Mac always has me moving.
 
2012-06-19 03:26:09 AM
Check out this bass line-

ahBLIDITYBEDOdoddoODBEPPADOODLYBOmomomoMBELIEETTYEDITY!!!!

you like it?
 
2012-06-19 03:27:38 AM
 
2012-06-19 03:35:02 AM

kab: Benjamin Stone: Seinfeld Theme.

/thread

Not a bass.

/thread continues


Yet still a bassline.

/thread
 
2012-06-19 03:37:54 AM
 
2012-06-19 03:38:36 AM
How can you have a list about basslines and not include one single funk track!?

What the fark is wrong with you?
 
2012-06-19 03:45:50 AM

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

YouTube


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

Link
 
2012-06-19 03:56:07 AM

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


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

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

What the fark is wrong with you?


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

Bhasayate: The Police "Mosaka Tanga"


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

Woot.
 
2012-06-19 04:29:59 AM

Equilibrist: acefox1: The ommission of Entwistle from that list tells me this list is totally pants-on-the-head-retarded.

Nothing beats the bass lines in "My Generation." You can add his sound on Baba O'Reilly, Real Me, Bargain, Behind Blue Eyes, Goin Mobile and most other Who songs while you're at it.

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


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

...

Alf theme song:

Link

Eat it kab.

:0

:)

:D
 
2012-06-19 04:48:51 AM

bwilson27: Stayin Alive, the BeeGees.


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

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

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

MensRea: No "Peace Sells"?

/fail


i26.photobucket.com
Approves

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

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

LOL a big ole THIS


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

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

LOL a big ole THIS

One more this


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

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

YouTube


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

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

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

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


This? Colin is very underrated IMHO.

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

Link

Stu Hamm is pretty farkin good too

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

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

kth: frostus: The Cure - Fascination Street

That is a fine bass line.

as is this one.

I didn't realize until I was an adult how good Duran Duran actually was.


This was true for me as well.

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

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

PC LOAD LETTER:
AC/DC has bass?

Yes, it looks like this:

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Just like Judas Priest basslines



And its FARKING AWESOME, AINT IT???

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


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

Terribly underrated.

Just pick one.

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

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


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

primus sucks
 
2012-06-19 09:04:36 AM

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

This? Colin is very underrated IMHO.

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


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

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

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

Godscrack: Not rock, but listen worthy

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


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

Just Another Story by Jamiroquai

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

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

Or even Primus????

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

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

Simplest. Bassline. Ever.


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

/ducks
 
2012-06-19 10:01:54 AM

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

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


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

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.
 
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"
 
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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