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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Raman, May 25, 2018.
“I will posses your heart” - Death Cab for Cutie
I find myself singing the bass line all the time.
Thanks, I didn't know them more than by name.
Very interesting picks! Very far from my usual tastes; but true to the description in the OP.
I have to add this. I must.
Anybody who truly understands Jefferson Airplane understands bass. It's a must.
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.
Cool song, the bass is relentless; creepy lyrics, though.
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.
Aka, strong ostinatos - here's some:
Holst's Mars, the Bringer of War;
Sisters of Mercy's Dominion;
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
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.
Thanks for signalling Roy Budd. I'M listening to it right now.
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
The Breeders - Little Fury
The Low Spark of High Heel Boys
"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
The Pixies' Gigantic
Suite Judy Blue Eyes
Crosby, Stills and Nash