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Looking for MELODIC bass lines

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by T Drake, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. T Drake

    T Drake

    Aug 23, 2005
    John Paul Jones... in "Ramble On" and "What is and should never be"
    has nice melodic sounding lines.
    Who are other bassists that create fine melodic lines ?
    Any opinions ?
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Silly Love Songs is always the first song to pop into my head when someone says melodic basslines. I love McCartneys playing. Penny Lane is another of my favs. He's got lots of great stuff.

    There's lotsa other guys too, I'm too lazy and tired to think right now though. :)
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Andy Rourke (The Smiths)
    Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan)
    Colin Moulding (XTC)
    James Jamerson (Motown)
  4. The verse line from Under Pressure, while only two notes, is one of the most hummable bass lines ever, and it's quite possibly more recognizable than the melody sung by Freddie M.

    You're My Best Friend has good melodic movement as well, IMHO.

    John Deacon came up with some pretty good stuff.
  5. The girl from the Magic Numbers plays some inspiringly simple yet naggingly hummable basslines, I think she's one to watch.
    Don't like the band much tho. :bag:
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Flea's "Soul To Squeeze".
  8. Eric Judy from Modest Mouse, they wrote many songs on the bass, and many of their songs center around a simple, melodic bassline
  9. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Gene Simmons (Kiss) on "Going Blind", "Deuce", "Strutter", "Sure know something"

    Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) on "on a Plain", "Lounge act", "Lithium" from the "Nevermind" album and on "La vida" from his "Sweet 75" album Novoselic is a great melodic bassplayer.

    Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) on "Even flow"
  10. I'm on this total Penny Lane kick. That song is so badass.
  11. Orion by metallica. got to be one of the most melodic.

    DUH!!! y does no one metion this
  12. marty1966


    Sep 24, 2004
    Good call..

    Nice melodic lines...simple ,yet she stands out from the crowd....very refreshing :bassist:
  13. PeaceFrog


    Aug 25, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    Paul McCartney & Wings -- Silly Love Songs
  14. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    Peter Cetera on anything from the 'Chicago' 1970's back catalogue... :bassist:

    Also 'Tiran Porter' of 'The Doobie Brothers'.... :bassist:
  15. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    On songs where the bass line drives the whole shebang it's almost always a strong melody.

    Goodnight Tonight and Silly Love Songs by Wings (Paul McCartney)
    Walking on the Moon by The Police (Sting)
    Is She Really Going Out With Him By Joe Jackson Band (Graham Maby)
    Peaches by The Stranglers (JJ Burnel)
    Cars by Gary Numan
    Low Rider by War

    jump to mind.....
  16. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Jean Luc Ponty-"A taste for Passion" any track but especially "dreamy Eyes" and "A taste for Passion"-Bass by Ralphe Armstrong

    Meshell N'degeocello-anything on "Cookie; The Anthropomorphic Mixtape"-Bass by Meshell

    Mr.Mister-"Go On" any track but mostly "where the healing waters flow"- Bass by Richard Paige
  17. Just heard Violent Femmes on the radio. Very clever melodic bass lines. Any song.
  18. Stuart Zender esp. "if I like it I do it", "return of the space cowboy", etc...

    Andy Rourke of the Smiths

    James Jamerson of Motown

    Jon Evans of Tori Amos (albums: the beekeeper, scarlet's walk)

    Chris Kent ckbass.com

    These cats including JPJ of Led Zeppelin are by far my favorites!
  19. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Pretty much anything by Joy Divison and The Cure.

    I'm so 80s New Wave Goth sometimes...

  20. One word......Disintegration!