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Another list: Song-defining bass lines

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Raman, May 25, 2018.


  1. JustJoe

    JustJoe

    May 10, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    “I will posses your heart” - Death Cab for Cutie

    I find myself singing the bass line all the time.
     
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  2. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Thanks, I didn't know them more than by name.
     
  3. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Very interesting picks! Very far from my usual tastes; but true to the description in the OP. :)
     
  4. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    I have to add this. I must.
    Anybody who truly understands Jefferson Airplane understands bass. It's a must.

     
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  5. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc


     
  6. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Actually, that makes a lot of sense to me. I've always contended that if you're aware of the bass line in a Stones tune, it's probably not Bill Wyman playing. (And "Miss You" doesn't count because Billy Preston came up with the line first.)


    I would contend that "Superstition" is defined by a great clavinet line, and that most folks don't even know what the bassline to that tune is.
     
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  7. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Cool song, the bass is relentless; creepy lyrics, though.
     
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  8. Wyman is a terrific bass player, but his taste was never to flashy lines. He kept to a supporting role and did it very well.

    Yes. The bass in "Superstition" is good but it's in the background. The clavinet is what you notice. The RHCP version, though, is definitely bass-driven.
     
  9. Badwater

    Badwater

    Jan 12, 2017
     
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  10. DrummerwStrings

    DrummerwStrings

    Mar 27, 2015
    Philly
    None
    Aka, strong ostinatos - here's some:

    Ravel's Bolero;
    Holst's Mars, the Bringer of War;
    Sisters of Mercy's Dominion;
    KMFDM Light;
    Sly & the Family Stone's Hot Fun in the Summertime;
    Style Council's Long Hot Summer
    The Jam's Town Called Malice;
    Teena Marie's Square Biz, Portuguese Lover;
    Kraftwerk, esp. Numbers
    Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy;
    Art of Noise's Moments in Love, Beat Box

    & a whole lot of dance music - could just say House (start with Inner City) and Drum & Bass genres. Give me more time & I can come up with more.

    EDIT: told ya - Soul Coughing's Super Bon Bon
     
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  11. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
     
  12. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    I'm on the fence with this one. I thought of adding it to my original list in the op, but I'm not sure that people in general listen to the bass as much as the flute. I know I, and certainly all bassists, nay all musicians!, know that the bass is the pillar of the song. But maybe not common non-musician peasants.
     
  13. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Thanks for signalling Roy Budd. I'M listening to it right now. :cool:

    As for the 2 others, how could I forget them?
    Peaches! I mean...

    And for some reason, I was reminded of the Peter Gun theme.
    Or this version : B52's Planet Claire.



    I know: No bassist. But it's still a bass part. See here :)
     
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  14. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    :)

     
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  15. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    The Breeders - Little Fury
     
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  16. Corbusier

    Corbusier

    Feb 21, 2018
    Mississippi
    The Low Spark of High Heel Boys
    Traffic
     
  17. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
     
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  18. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    "Superstition" as recorded by Stevie Wonder- are you talking the electric bass part or the clavinet line?

    I'll add "Thank You (Falletine Me Be Mice Elf, Again)" by Sly & The Family Stone, likely the first time slapped bass was on the radio- Larry Graham

    "Hey Bulldog" by The Beatles- Paul McCartney

    "I'll Take You There" by The Staple Singers- David Hood

    "Gimme Some Lovin'" by Spencer Davis Group- Muff Winwood
     
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  19. DrummerwStrings

    DrummerwStrings

    Mar 27, 2015
    Philly
    None
    The Pixies' Gigantic
     
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  20. Corbusier

    Corbusier

    Feb 21, 2018
    Mississippi
    Suite Judy Blue Eyes
    Crosby, Stills and Nash
     
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