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Name a song with a bad bass line

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by IGotGas, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Have you ever been listening to a song, and thought "Hey, I would have played (written) a completely different bass line!" Maybe the bass line is just too weak and boring...or simply overwrought / over played / the groove doesn't fit the song.

    I'm NOT speaking to poor recording as much as I'm talking about bad composition relative to the song. And, if possible, can you think of songs that are popular or semi popular? What might YOU have done differently?
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    The bridge of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!


    I like giving it a half-time feel.
  3. frisbieinstein


    Dec 29, 2007
    Anything by Primus.
  5. Poison - Unskinny Bop.
  6. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Under My Thumb -bridge
  7. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Another one Bites the Dust - Inspired by Good Times by Chic (Bernard Edwards on Bass) aka rappers delight recorded by Doug Wimbish with Sugar hill Gang.

    46&2 by Tool played by Justin Chancellor

    For whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica - Cliff Burton

    Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder - Nathan Watts

    Ladies Night - Kool and the Gang

    Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai - Stuart Zender

    Super Mario Bros Theme - just figure it out everybody digs it.
  8. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA

    Did you misread the thread title?
  9. I think he did...
  10. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    does this belong in 'Basses' ??
  11. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    The Killers - Jenny was a Friend of Mine

    There are these ascending noodles on the three-and-four of the first two bars of each verse that sound arbitrary and just plain wrong to my ears. The first time I heard it, I thought that I could imagine having tried it, but I'd have rejected it and tried something else, probably without even needing to hear playback.

    But that's just me.
  12. Blasphemy! :rolleyes:
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Does this thread belong, at all? :meh:
  14. Sometimes bad really means bad .
  15. Squeezebox. Not one of the Ox's better lines.
  16. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA

    read bad with bass after it my mind smushed it together as badass bass line.
  17. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
  18. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    "Rapper's Delight" was recorded before Doug began playing for Sugar Hill Records. The bassist on that session was Chip Shearin.
  19. thumpslap


    Jun 6, 2012
    I don't remember songs with bad bass lines
  20. The original version of Van Morrison's Moondance, has probably the worst sounding/feeling walking line ever.