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Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Cygnus, Apr 29, 2008.
I agree with all these & will add:
"Roundabout"- Chris Squier &
everything Jaco did.
Sir Paul on "Penny Lane" - starting at the very top and ending up in the bass-ment!
One of the first tunes I tried to learn on bass was the - don't laugh now -
the theme song to "Barney Miller" the cop sit-com. I loved it!
The Clash - Guns of Brixton
Television - Marquee Moon
Gang of Four - Tourist
Weezer - Only in Dreams
Sade - Paradise
Don't know who the bassist is, but totally groovy bassline.
Yeah, that's one of the simpliest, yet greatest basslines ever! I kinda keep discovering lately that 90% of my favorite basslines is really simple.
The reamining 10% is by RHCP... And it wouldn't be too hard to learn, too.
Thats THE secret for all greatest hits ... keep it simple !
Take a walk on the wild side. Lou Reed.
So many of my favorite "bass" songs already listed. The all time best IMO is "Pump It Up."
Here's one that's simple, but it sounds so great. If bass can have twang this it:
Some other favorites:
Camper Van Beethoven "One of these Days"
The Who "Slip Kid." Not the usual Entwistle pyrotechnics, but my ear stays with the bass the whole time.
Just got paid -ZZ Top (love the simple lines by Dusty Hill)
Trooper - Iron Maden
Suck my kiss - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Use Me by Bill Withers has an awesome bass line. We just started playing that one in the band I'm in. Great fun song...
The Lemon Song (Zeppelin)
Ain't to Mountain High Enough (Gaye/Terrell)
Sex Machine (James Brown)
Talking Loud and Saying Nothing (James Brown)
Let The Sunshine In (5th Dimension)
Taxman (the Beatles)
Come Together (the Beatles)
Lounge Act (Nirvana)
Love Buzz (Nirvana version)
Spiderwebs by No Doubt, Tony Kanal on bass was what concinced me to start playing bass.
Although I was third or forth answering this thread, but I forgot about one (and quickly checked the last 3 years replies, no one else voted -or I didn't see it- for the probably most influential bass line of all times, wich is still used without reference all over the map, and was played by the late great Bernard Edwards, and goes a little something like this:
In its original form:
Sampled to create a new genre:
Just used for good measure:
i like the bassline in
Gary Moore/Phil Lynott - Don't Believe A Word (the slow version)
geddy lee, flea (micheal balzary), john entwistle, john pall jones, geezer butler, jack freakin' BRUCE, jack cassady (hot tuna), captain sensible (damned)...... i could go on and on. But I aint gonna leave out a real special one WILLIE DIXON. when i heard him as a lad it stuck up in my head like glue'
i just realized this was favorite BASSLINES not BASSISTS.... so I'll go again- this is a toughie but favorite alltime? man....... uggghhhh...... man I am gonna go with Jack Cassidy pretty much anything he did with Hot Tuna. The whole damn original 1970 self-tittled record. Start to Finish.
I don't know if anyone else posted this amongst the many replies, but if you will listen (and not doubt many of you have), just about every one of the U2 songs that went on to be their bigger sellers...the common thread...I believe was that haunting bass line courtesy of Adam Clayton. I do not believe that it was ever terribly complicated, but an unmistakable thumping, haunting presence that drove the song.
For example, the bass lines from "Beautiful day" and "With or Without You"
glad you mentioned it because I read through 4 pages and was planning on posting it because last year I learned it and played it for this.....
I also love what he did on Penny Lane.
At one time I learned what Jack Bruce did on Crossroads from Wheels of Fire. That was fun!
Ditto on the Jaco / Joni stuff. Just beautiful fretless stuff.
Chris Squire - many moments... but Sound Chaser is exceptional. Perpetual Change is also exceptional and I don't think has been mentioned.
And now... one that I don't think anyone here has ever mentioned.....
Dean Peer - anything from his album Ucross. a solo electric bass album. Just a wonderful recording and brilliant playing.