Basslines Non Bassists Love

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Matt Till, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I'm really tired (not stoned, tired) right now and I have half assembled an idea for a thread. In my experience, non bassists favorite basslines tend to be really simple, but with great tone... this is just in my experience. Here's an example, you know the breakdown to "twilight zone" by golden earring? My roomate heard that and was like, "Wow, that sounds tricky, can you play that Matt?" 1 minute and 3 notes later, I'm playing it.

    Now this isn't such a bad thing, I'm thinking these are the basslines that we classify as simple but good, but regardless... topic discussion...

    What are some basslines that non bassist think are great/complicated basslines?

    ... I'm tired.
  2. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Lowrider (War)
    Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder and RHCP)
    Bombtrack (RATM)
    All Mixed Up (311)

    ...more to come when I'm not tired...
  3. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    I'd guess a lot of sublime stuff.

    The thing though, is whether they know what is actually the bass playing or not. I'm talking non-musicians here, not just non-bassists. Sometimes it's brutally obvious, sometimes not.
  4. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    Billy Jean
    James Brown's Cold Sweat
    That Song By Gary Glitter they play at football games
    Parliment's Atomic Dog
    War's Cisco Kidd
    Pink Floyd's Money
  5. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    "Ice, Ice, Baby" - I'm serious.
  6. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    For Reference: Ice Ice Baby's bassline is sampled off of "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie.
  7. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    ...but not exactly the same. Who can spot the difference?

    I would say "Another One Bites The Dust", "Sunshine Of Your Love", and "Walking On The Moon" are all very recognizable/well liked by non-bassists.
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The Knack - My Sherona
  9. erm

    all amerian rejects - swing swing
    nofx - please play this on the radio

    both use the same simple bass line most people like , based around 4 notes lol [easy ot play if u got to sing :p]

    Trapt - headstrong

    VERY easy to play and boring but peple reckon it sound good , i don't. :)
  10. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    walking on the moon

    -the police

    You can call me Al

    -Paul Simon
  11. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.

    Also along the same lines:
    Turn Me Loose - Loverboy
  12. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Pink Floyd - Money as Ibanks has already said...

    For the Love of Money, (or is it 'The Color of Money'??) - Anthony Jackson on Bass

    How Many More Times - Led Zeppelin

  13. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    "If You Want Me to Stay" - Sly and the Family Stone
    "Good Times" - Chic
  14. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    I still despise that man for forever ruining Under Pressure. whenever I play it, everyone boo's me because they think it Ice Ice Baby.

    Basslines non bassists like:

    Rappers Delight
    My Girl

    PhatBasstard, the difference is the first note of the second measure of the phrase. :smug:
  15. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
  16. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    *snickers* I've been there.

    To add to golden earring, "Radar Love".
  17. Out of the races and onto the tracks by the rapture, is loved by my friends.
  18. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Rage against the machine - calm like a bomb

    maybe Metallica - for whom the bell tolls

    also maybe led zeppelin - the lemon song.