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2012-06-18 08:04:55 PM
16 votes:
i.ytimg.com
Always thought the theme had a killer bassline.
2012-06-18 08:42:49 PM
10 votes:
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 08:13:36 PM
8 votes:
I was thinking more along the lines of The Ox doing The Real Me or Won't Ge Fooled Again.
2012-06-18 09:24:29 PM
5 votes:
"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 09:13:42 PM
5 votes:
Going back a bit further:
www.all-music-sheets.com

YouTube
2012-06-18 05:30:54 PM
5 votes:
pretenders - my city was gone.
2012-06-18 11:20:38 PM
4 votes:
No Bootsy Collins

No John Paul Jones

No Cliff Burton

No Nathan Watts

Complete and utter fail
2012-06-18 09:18:29 PM
4 votes:

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 07:50:00 PM
4 votes:
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 06:24:47 PM
4 votes:
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 06:19:17 PM
4 votes:
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.
2012-06-19 10:22:49 AM
3 votes:
www.thewho.net
2012-06-19 12:54:05 AM
3 votes:
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.
2012-06-18 10:35:37 PM
3 votes:
2012-06-18 10:06:50 PM
3 votes:
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 10:06:40 PM
3 votes:
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 09:52:30 PM
3 votes:
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 09:41:41 PM
3 votes:
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 09:39:07 PM
3 votes:
How about Brick House? EVERYONE knows that one is legit.

Also haven't seen Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" mentioned.
2012-06-18 09:31:13 PM
3 votes:
Roundabout?

Link
2012-06-18 09:29:27 PM
3 votes:

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 09:26:10 PM
3 votes:
Lame list needs to Tighten Up.
2012-06-18 09:23:32 PM
3 votes:
WHIPPING POST

that is all
2012-06-18 09:11:37 PM
3 votes:

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 08:58:03 PM
3 votes:
Any list without Good Times by Chic fails right off the bat.
2012-06-18 08:52:12 PM
3 votes:
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 08:39:06 PM
3 votes:
2012-06-18 06:24:30 PM
3 votes:

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 05:32:32 PM
3 votes:
Your blog sucks, and I'll just leave this here:

Green Onions live in Norway
2012-06-20 12:10:10 AM
2 votes:

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
2012-06-19 07:20:06 PM
2 votes:
List fails without Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom"
2012-06-19 02:49:32 PM
2 votes:
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 02:45:18 PM
2 votes:
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 09:37:10 AM
2 votes:
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 08:40:49 AM
2 votes:
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 08:20:28 AM
2 votes:
Also missing: almost every single Morphine song, but I would have accepted "Buena."
2012-06-19 01:43:42 AM
2 votes:
2012-06-18 11:54:52 PM
2 votes:
oh yea
Mark King too
but not even a little in the same league as the other two I previously mentioned..
2012-06-18 11:28:50 PM
2 votes:
Why no 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' by A Taste of Honey ?
2012-06-18 10:58:42 PM
2 votes:
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 10:30:12 PM
2 votes:
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 10:19:11 PM
2 votes:
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 10:18:23 PM
2 votes:
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 10:12:08 PM
2 votes:
2012-06-18 10:10:31 PM
2 votes:
Anything by Morphine.
2012-06-18 10:08:13 PM
2 votes:
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 10:08:03 PM
2 votes:
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 10:05:58 PM
2 votes:
Eminence Front by the Who, Isolated Bass

Starts slow, then shiat gets crazy.
2012-06-18 10:01:54 PM
2 votes:

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



PRIMUS SUCKS!

NO, THEY DON'T


i105.photobucket.com
2012-06-18 10:01:29 PM
2 votes:
Not a single "Who" song. Not one.

No one has failed more than that article writer just failed.
2012-06-18 09:49:54 PM
2 votes:
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 09:38:22 PM
2 votes:
TOOL - 46&2 is hands down the greatest bass line ever. EVAR!
2012-06-18 09:30:01 PM
2 votes:
No Bootsy???
2012-06-18 09:26:11 PM
2 votes:
SEVEN NATION ARMY

/ducks, covers
2012-06-18 09:18:52 PM
2 votes:
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 09:17:04 PM
2 votes:
Dazed and Confused?
2012-06-18 09:12:01 PM
2 votes:
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 09:07:41 PM
2 votes:
Also just to make sure it gets some justified love, Jethro Tull's Living in the Past
2012-06-18 07:04:53 PM
2 votes:

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 06:13:37 PM
2 votes:
Just A Singer (in a rock & roll band) - Moody Blues
2012-06-18 06:10:38 PM
2 votes:
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 05:18:07 PM
2 votes:
What, no Under Pressure?
2012-06-20 10:20:25 PM
1 votes:

spacebar: Lame list needs to Tighten Up.


Aw, yeah!
2012-06-20 04:42:22 PM
1 votes:

Mr. Lickalickalicka: "Dragon Attack"


Yet another reason John Deacon is the most underrated person in that band.
2012-06-20 02:51:39 PM
1 votes:
"Old Days" by Chicago and "Dragon Attack" by Queen have some kick ass bass lines.
2012-06-20 02:03:16 PM
1 votes:

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


Sting has never played a good bassline...ever.
2012-06-19 09:26:17 PM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: No Humpty Dance? This list sucks!


This! A doooooooaaaaa reeeear dooooooaaa reeee. A doooooooaaaaa reeeear dooooooaaa reeee.
2012-06-19 08:08:19 PM
1 votes:

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 06:11:09 PM
1 votes:

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 05:14:29 PM
1 votes:

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 04:55:08 PM
1 votes:

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 04:33:13 PM
1 votes:
you forgot Drive My Car
2012-06-19 03:33:16 PM
1 votes:

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 02:56:53 PM
1 votes:
Upright bass kills it on Diana Krall's cover of Tom Waits' Temptation (pops)
2012-06-19 01:53:44 PM
1 votes:
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 01:29:09 PM
1 votes:
Theme from Peter Gunn.
2012-06-19 01:15:38 PM
1 votes:

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 01:07:43 PM
1 votes:
Paul McCartney had some pretty rocking bass lines back in the day - Paperback Writer comes to mind immediately.
2012-06-19 01:04:19 PM
1 votes:

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 12:41:02 PM
1 votes:
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 11:51:34 AM
1 votes:
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 11:14:30 AM
1 votes:
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 10:48:26 AM
1 votes:
No love for Stanley Clarke? How sad.
2012-06-19 10:47:48 AM
1 votes:
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 10:04:37 AM
1 votes:
Entwistle's 2nd greatest bass line is all of "Live at Leeds."
2012-06-19 10:01:54 AM
1 votes:

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 09:30:48 AM
1 votes:
The theme from Night Court had a better bass line than that list ...
2012-06-19 09:04:36 AM
1 votes:

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 08:55:31 AM
1 votes:
No Humpty Dance? This list sucks!
2012-06-19 08:35:26 AM
1 votes:
2012-06-19 08:33:40 AM
1 votes:

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 08:31:59 AM
1 votes:
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 04:07:22 AM
1 votes:
2012-06-19 02:47:25 AM
1 votes:
Every good (non-Who) bassline is just a cheap imitation of John Entwistle.
2012-06-19 02:45:44 AM
1 votes:
Just reading along here, watching the detectives looking for basslines, shaking my head slowly...
2012-06-19 02:30:33 AM
1 votes:
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 02:20:52 AM
1 votes:
No Chris Squire, No Geddy Lee, No John Entwistle, No Jaco, No Wooten......... List is epic fail
2012-06-19 02:09:06 AM
1 votes:

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 01:32:47 AM
1 votes:
content7.flixster.com

/Or so I have read
2012-06-19 01:16:39 AM
1 votes:

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 01:10:44 AM
1 votes:
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 12:43:17 AM
1 votes:
"London Calling" by The Clash.
2012-06-18 11:54:24 PM
1 votes:
Seinfeld Theme.

/thread
2012-06-18 11:47:46 PM
1 votes:
oh and Rutherford's bass line in "Fountain of S....." is kickass for 1971.
2012-06-18 11:38:03 PM
1 votes:
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 11:37:05 PM
1 votes:

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 11:32:17 PM
1 votes:

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 11:31:35 PM
1 votes:

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 11:31:26 PM
1 votes:

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 11:26:15 PM
1 votes:
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 11:06:24 PM
1 votes:
Reach Out by the Four Tops
2012-06-18 11:06:02 PM
1 votes:

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 11:02:47 PM
1 votes:
worthless without all my loving
2012-06-18 11:01:40 PM
1 votes:
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 10:58:37 PM
1 votes:
Have always liked Kenny Gradney's line in Little Feat's "Spanish Moon." With Clayton's congas, they set the mood.
2012-06-18 10:46:54 PM
1 votes:
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 10:41:30 PM
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Skwishmitten: TOOL - 46&2 is hands down the greatest bass line ever. EVAR!


First thing I thought of.
2012-06-18 10:41:23 PM
1 votes:
2012-06-18 10:38:16 PM
1 votes:
Every song off of "Nothing's Schocking"
2012-06-18 10:35:42 PM
1 votes:
No one is actually clicking on your links... I hope you know that.
2012-06-18 10:32:41 PM
1 votes:

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 10:27:58 PM
1 votes:
Radiohead has had some great ones...

Where I End and You Begin
Electioneering

Muse also...

Hysteria
Uno
Darkshines
2012-06-18 10:23:41 PM
1 votes:
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 10:22:48 PM
1 votes:

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 10:22:20 PM
1 votes:
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 10:18:51 PM
1 votes:
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 10:17:45 PM
1 votes:
Freewill by Rush has a pretty good bass solo.
2012-06-18 10:17:19 PM
1 votes:
Shaft
2012-06-18 10:15:11 PM
1 votes:

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 10:14:22 PM
1 votes:

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


Okay that took entirely to long for some Noel Redding love...
2012-06-18 10:13:12 PM
1 votes:
One more from the wayback machine - "We Gotta Get Outta This Place" by the Animals.
2012-06-18 10:13:08 PM
1 votes:

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 10:12:46 PM
1 votes:
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 10:10:23 PM
1 votes:
2012-06-18 10:10:23 PM
1 votes:
Liverboy

Sunshine of Your Love. You misspelled Badge.

But I agree with you anyway.
2012-06-18 10:06:11 PM
1 votes:
2012-06-18 10:05:41 PM
1 votes:
2012-06-18 10:03:50 PM
1 votes:
I'll throw in some Black Sabbath tunes:

Children of the Grave
Heaven and Hell
The Mob Rules
2012-06-18 10:03:34 PM
1 votes:
Superstition

that is all.
2012-06-18 10:03:01 PM
1 votes:
2012-06-18 10:00:07 PM
1 votes:

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 09:56:02 PM
1 votes:

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 09:54:52 PM
1 votes:
No Jumpin Jack Flash? I mean, c'mon!
2012-06-18 09:54:50 PM
1 votes:

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 09:54:50 PM
1 votes:

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 09:53:37 PM
1 votes:
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 09:53:12 PM
1 votes:

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 09:45:53 PM
1 votes:
Wow, no mention yet of "Groove is in the Heart" by Dee-lite?
2012-06-18 09:43:59 PM
1 votes:
Also, 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago.
2012-06-18 09:40:33 PM
1 votes:
2012-06-18 09:39:57 PM
1 votes:
I see Yes has been covered here, but there is no Grand Funk on that list. List fails.
2012-06-18 09:38:54 PM
1 votes:
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 09:38:23 PM
1 votes:
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 09:35:44 PM
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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 09:33:07 PM
1 votes:
Money - Pink Floyd
NIB - Ozzy/Primus
Lateralus - TOOL
Hail, Hail - Pearl Jam
Blood Sugar Sex Magik - R.H.C.P.
2012-06-18 09:32:39 PM
1 votes:

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 09:31:47 PM
1 votes:
Lounge Act > Come As You Are.

/fo reals
//where's Michael Jackson - Billie Jean?
2012-06-18 09:30:54 PM
1 votes:

Queen - Under Pressure


Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby.
2012-06-18 09:30:48 PM
1 votes:
Unsound by the Headstones is a favorite. Nothing really fancy, but simple and clean.

Link
2012-06-18 09:27:30 PM
1 votes:

rocinante721: SEVEN NATION ARMY

/ducks, covers


I have to agree, even if it wasn't played on a bass.
2012-06-18 09:23:06 PM
1 votes:
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 09:22:14 PM
1 votes:
One of These Days by Pink Floyd.
2012-06-18 09:21:40 PM
1 votes:
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 09:20:11 PM
1 votes:
The Cure - Fascination Street
2012-06-18 08:51:36 PM
1 votes:

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 07:58:06 PM
1 votes:

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 06:47:46 PM
1 votes:
Sober by Tool. Their first bass player, Paul D'Amor contributed some wicked chops to their first couple records.
2012-06-18 06:35:12 PM
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Meh. It's the NME. They have proven time and again they don't know shiat about music.
2012-06-18 05:29:01 PM
1 votes:
I'm A Man - Chicago
2012-06-18 05:17:01 PM
1 votes:
Blood & Roses, that is all.
 
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