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As fun as Sir Duke?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by 3bolt, May 11, 2010.

  1. 3bolt


    May 11, 2010

    Long time listener, first time caller.

    After listening to it for 100 years I finally sat down yesterday and spent twenty minutes to learn Sir Duke.

    What fun to play. I was bobbing my head like a teenager again.

    What songs immediately come to mind that are as much fun to play as Sir Duke?

    Here are some of mine:

    Jackson 5: ABC-123
    James Brown: Funky President
    Jamiroquai: Whatever It Is, I Just Can't Stop (can get repetitive though...)

    Which of your favorite tunes are as much fun to play as Sir Duke?

    Need some ideas. Thanks.
  2. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I keep meaning to learn Sir Duke... That horn run sounds fun...

    Odd that my current fav song to play is also a Stevie song - "I wish" - - what fun that is!
  3. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Here's a great one,
    Stevie Wonder - Do I Do, with a fun bassline and unison line.
    Then learn Donnie Hathaway - This Christmas

    Good stuff!
  4. spywebco

    spywebco Supporting Member

    May 14, 2009
    North Ft. Myers, FL
    I wish... Fun Song. How about Brick House? Shake a Tail Feather, Down to the Nightclub, Shakey Ground. I play those every gig. Makes me glad I play bass. Ahhh life is good.
  5. spywebco

    spywebco Supporting Member

    May 14, 2009
    North Ft. Myers, FL
    There was just the whole transcription to that in BP this month. I am about halfway through. It kicks major butt.
  6. 3bolt


    May 11, 2010
    I was lucky it was easy for me to pick up... I guess it's burned into my subconscious after all these years.

    Go for it... it's not as hard as you think.

    And that F - G# - C in the chorus just makes me smile every time it comes around. So counterintuitive, but sounds so good.
  7. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Sir Duke was a blast! I always got a grin from playing 'This Time it's Real' by Tower of Power and 'Peg' Steely Dan
  8. 3bolt


    May 11, 2010
    Hadn't thought about Peg... that sounds like fun.

    Here's another...

    Brother's Johnson: Stomp!

    Keep 'em coming. I think I need to join a project where I can get my 70's funk/disco on.
  9. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    I love playing "What's Going On....a classic Jamerson line. Shining Star is a good time, September is fun to mess around with, but "I Wish" and "Do I Do" are a REALLY good time. Nate Watts wrote the most fun bass lines. Listen to "Funkin For Jamaica" sometime too.
  10. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    "Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushen is fun (and can be a challenge to play cleanly).
    "Joyous" by Pleasure
    "Just A Touch Of Love" by Slave
    "Square Biz" by Teena Marie
    "In The Stone" by Earth, Wind & Fire
    "Space Cowboy" by Jamiroquai
    "Master Blaster" and "As If You Read My Mind" by Stevie
    "Give The People What They Want" by The O'Jays
  11. fu22ba55

    fu22ba55 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    Maybe "Cities" by Talking Heads?
  12. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    +1 as long as it is the album version with Mr. X's bassline.

    Another one from Jamiroquai is "Just Another Story".
  13. itswac


    Nov 24, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Endorsing Artist/Product Line Manager: Source Audio Effects
    Aeroplane by the Red Hot Chili Peppers...thumping slap verse...full neck chorus...first position bass solo. I love playing that one.
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  14. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    "What is Hip" or..... just about any Tower Of Power.
  15. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I'm assuming you mean the album version as opposed to the single version (both are "studio versions"). I think they're both good but I do prefer Mr. X's album take. ;)
  16. Warfender


    Oct 25, 2009
    Sir Duke and I wish used to be on my list but I got them mastered recently and DAMN they are fun to play.
  17. I would say The Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love. Simple but effective. Also, it is hypnotic, and straight out funky.
  18. Simple but what a groove - Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.

    "Don't wan't you no more"/"Not my Cross to bear" from The Allman Brothers Band's first album. While Not my cross to bear is basic blues, Don't want you no more is a tour de force of southern blues rock.
  19. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    Sorry, got confused.
  20. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Nathan Watts is a monster player and of course Stevie Wonder's left hand is one of the best bassplayers in the biz! :D

    Other fun songs to play;

    Chameleon - Paul Jackson (Headhunters)
    Green Earrings & FM - Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan)
    Sinister Minister - Victor Wooton (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones)
    Makin' Flippy Floppy & Swamp - Tina Weymouth (The Talking Heads)
    Cisco Kid & Low Rider - B.B. Dickerson (War)
    Cissy Strut - George Porter Jr. (The Meters)
    Thorazine Shuffle - Allen Woody (Govt Mule)

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