Smokin' bass lines from the 80's

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  1. Tim Cole

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    In talking to Gard, we were talking of some of the great basslines, or lack thereof in the 80's. One he mentioned was "too shy" by kajagoogoo. Man, he was right....smokin' bass line!

    Any others you guys can think of? I'm not talking the obvious ones, but rather some forgotten ones, that got lumped into the big ball of cheese the 80's for the most part was.
     
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    Almost a cheat... Loopsy Lou by Stanley Clarke
    Johnson Bros... In a minute
    Mcfadden & Whitehead ...Ain't no Stoppin Us Now
     
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    'too shy' was one of the first slap lines I took to learning in the 80s.

    1986's "Ragin full-on" by our own TB pro Mike Watt while thumpin thru with fIREHOSE is the singularly most important piece of work to my playing! It changed my life! "If'n" and "Flying the Flannel" are favorites too.

    I always loved jamming early Duran Duran. 'Rio' and 'Save a prayer' are great lines
     
  4. Tim Cole

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    Speddng, funny you should mention Duran Duran, that was the start of the whole conversation, in talking of talented 80's/underrated bassers.

    My band is going to cover "hungry like the wolf"
     
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    cool deal! I backed a freaky haired new wave / pop singer key guy for a bit in the 80s... great stuff from DD, Fixx, Kajagoogoo, U2, Echo & the bunnymen, REM, etc etc etc etc

    here are some more Gems:

    Right or wrong - Joe Jackson
    Sunday Papers - Joe Jackson
    watching the detectives - Elvis Costello
    pump it up - Elvis Costello
    Accidents will happen - Elvis Costello
    Elegance - Connells
    Pawns - Connells
    (actually all of 'Boylan Heights' from the Connells)
    Abacab - Genesis
    No Reply at All - Genesis :cool: taught me bass solo & popular can work!
    Spirits in the material world - Police
    Can't stand losing you - Police
    Driven to Tears - Police
    Walking on the Moon - Police
    1,000,000 - REM
    So. Central Rain -REM
    I Believe - REM
    These Days - REM
    Auctioneer (another engine) - REM
    Driver 8 - REM
    Lightnin' Hopkins - REM
    Kiss off - Violent Femmes
    Add it up - Violent Femmes
    Gimme the Car - Violent Femmes

    :bassist: :meh: at least it got me the college chicks :D
     
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    It's amazing to look back now, at all of the great music I overlooked in the 80's. I was big into the hair bands, and didn't pay much attention to the really good stuff....a couple more decades of taste, and the sudden realization of you I was missing comes into play. 80's Era Police definitely had some great stuff! Sting is IMO one of the greatest performers of our time.
     
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    PS, looking back, duran duran's keyboard player sure liked that damn arpeggiator.
     
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    "Almost a cheat"? Almost?
    "Lopsy Lu" was from the '70s(hadda be...I was in high school when I bought that LP).
    The Brothers Johnson's 'best' stuff was also from the mid-late '70s.
    McFadden & Whitehead's album was from '79
    (I'll let you slide on that one).
    ;)

    I did play in a Top-40 cover band back in the '80s...I recall having fun playing the basslines, though, honestly, a lot are totally forgettable.

    The Police stuff was cool; Duran Duran, too("Rio", of course + "Girls On Film" & "Save A Prayer").
    Men At Work had a couple of nice intro bass things happenin'...like "High Wire", "Overkill", "It's A Mistake".

    The Crusaders' "Spiral" was from the '80s.

    I also like Missing Person's "Give" & most of The Producers' material(e.g. "I Love Lucy").
     
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    John Taylor was the man. I'm going to see the original line up next week at Webster Hall (The Ritz) in NYC.

    I think there were plenty of great basslines in the 80's, just maybe not stuff that was popular.

    Kajagoogoo had Nick Beggs on bass, he was a slap master extraordinare. As well as Too Shy there was Big Apple and Ooh to be A (neither of which were great songs but they had great basslines).

    As mentioned before, a bunch of Duran stuff (Rio, Save A Prayer)
    Anything Mike Watt did. Ever.
    Paul Young with Pino Palladino. Wherever I Lay My Hat, Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down.
    Talk Talk. It's my life.
    Japan with Mick Karn. Pretty much anything they did
    Simple Minds with Derek Forbes. Their early 80's stuff : Theme For Great Cities, Someone somewhere in summertime, Glittering prize, New Gold Dream etc. Most people only remember them from their dull stadium rock phase, prior to that they were one of the most innovative bands around and mixing dance and rock before just about everyone.
    Level 42, Mark King. Hot Water, Chinese Way, Sun Goes Down, Mr Pink and a whole lot more
    Go West with Pino Palladino on bass. Call Me.
     
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    That ought to be a great show, killer rhythm section!
     
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    Rio's bassline sounds like a funkified geddy lee!
     
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    See, there you go again! Stirring up memories! That was one of the best basslines back then. And I even learned that bass solo note for note! I still have that LP!
     
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    Hell Yeahs! Time to go cassette digging,I know I've got that one somewhere!

    Simply Red had some cool grooves too.
     
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    Yeah, I guess "Wherever I lay my hat" is cool rather than smoking, but "playhouse" has a killer bassline - especially the end section where he goes into all 16ths.
     
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    Then we should probably mention Pino's work with Pete Townsend, like "Face To Face".

    And, although done on a synth, the line from Thomas Dolby's "Hyperactive" was great.

    Don't forget all the cool stuff Tony Levin dropped behind Peter Gabriel.
     
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    Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
     
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    Yeah Level 42. Say what you will about the music, but King's bassplaying is the shiznit.
     
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    Most people think of him as a slap player, and that was definitely his big thing in the '80s. But his finger playing is great too, listen to Chinese Way, Sun Goes Down, Children Say (more tasteful than flashy, a cool bassline nonetheless).
     
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    Definitely early Duran Duran - I love playing along to "Rio".

    What about XTC's "The Mayor of Simpleton", and "Merely a Man" - two smokin Wal-powered bass lines!

    And 80's Rush! "The Big Money" - "Grand Designs"...okay, EVERY track on PoW, and a lot off HYF - paticularly "Force Ten", "Open Secrets", and "High Water". I love that bassline under the second bridge in "High Water". Mmm!

    Joe Jackson's 1984 album _Body and Soul_ has "You Can't Get What You Want ('Til You Know What You Want)"... Graham Maby kicks out a nice slap line for that one...

    There's lots more!

    Awesome thread.

    --jeff
     
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    OK, this one was done in 76,, so its pre-80's,, but is still one of my fav bass lines...

    Boston - Foreplay
     

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