Quintessential P song? Jazz? MM?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SIFJiggy, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    So - I guess I am tone deaf - I always think I'm hearing a P - it's a J - then I think I hear MM and it's a P.

    Name your "signature" P, J, or MM tune.

  2. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    Two faves of mine for each...

    "What's Going On"
    "Party Girl" (Elvis Costello)

    "Good Times"
    "I Want Your Love"
  3. Osztertag2112


    Jan 27, 2013
    She caught the katy- blues brothers -p bass
    animate rush-jazz
  4. p- most classic motown / jamerson stuff. i personally grew up on the temptations, so there you go.

    J- jaco.. marcus miller.. a million others

    MM early chili peppers.
  5. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    Just off the top of my head...

    P BASS

    Fingerstyle: 'Midnight train to Georgia' - Gladys Knight and the Pips. Bassist Bob Babbit

    Pick: 'London calling' - The Clash. Bassist Paul Simonon

    Slap/thump: 'Forget me nots' - Patrice Rushen. Bassist Freddie Washington

    Fretless : 'Show me the way'- Peter Frampton. Bassist Stan Sheldon


    Fingerstyle (a) Both pickups on full: 'Chuck E's in love' - Ricky lee Jones. Bassist Willie Weeks

    Fingerstyle (b) Neck pickup: 'Lemon song' - Led Zeppelin. Bassist John Paul Jones

    Fingerstyle (c) Rear pickup: 'In France they kiss on main street' - Joni Mitchell (shadows and light version) Bassist Jaco Pastorius (stellar j bass tone IMO)

    Pick: 'Roxanne' - The Police. Bassist Gordon Sumner aka 'Sting'

    Slap/Thump: 'Pow' - Graham Central Station. Bassist Larry Graham.

    Fretless: 'Continuum'-Jaco Pastorius

    J BASS (stack knob)

    Any thing by (a) Dee Murray with Elton John (1970-1980) or (b) Timothy B Schmit with the Eagles on 'the Long Run' Album (1979)

    MM SR (H)

    Fingerstyle (a) Flatwound strings: 'Everybody dance ' or 'Happy man' - Chic. Bassist Bernard Edwards

    Pick (H) : 'Lets go' - The Cars. Bassist Ben Orr

    Slap/thump: 'Get on the floor' - Michael Jackson (off the wall). Bassist Louis Johnson

    Fretless: 'Every time you go away'- Paul Young. Bassist Pino Paladino

    I hope this helps you refine your ears. All the best
  6. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    GREAT list!
  7. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    you're welcome
  8. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004
    Quintessential P song? Mellow Yellow.
  9. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011

    Had no idea Gladys Knights bassist was Bob Babbitt - that's a cool comprehensive list right there!
  10. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    THE Jazz song is The Lemon Song, if you ask me. Or Tom Sawyer. Can it be both?

    THE Stingray song, to me, is Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer.
  11. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008

    I hate to be "that" guy, but Tony Levin has said in interviews Sledgehammer was recorded with a de-fretted MusicMan Cutlass II (which is just a Sabre with a Modulus graphite neck).
  12. mojomike001

    mojomike001 Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    On P bass: One of the first major pop songs ever to prominently feature the P bass is "Your so Square" by Elvis in 1957. Essentially, the first ten seconds of the song is all bass.
  13. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    FYI, Babbit was also the bassist on that other great R&B soul hit by Freda Payne: 'Band of Gold'

    A lot of people confuse him with Jamerson (in terms of who played what) because they were colleagues at Hitsville. Babbit's style though (IMO) was a little less syncopated and more straight ahead, but he still grooved like crazy.
  14. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    PS. For MM SR fans (like myself) I always urge cats to check out the guy from Kajagoogoo: Nick Beggs.

    That stuff is a little passe' these days and back in the early eighties was the typical synth-pop, new romantic, new wave stuff that was de rigeur on the music charts at the time. It did however feature a twist: The virtuoso bass playing of Beggs on a 2 band MM SR. Listen to "ooh to be ahh' (the bass part is right up-front) if you want to be convinced how good an old 2 band MM SR can sound.
  15. MethodsofDance


    Nov 19, 2013
    Fully agree with you, "Too Shy" features some brilliant playing, Beggs is a top player. So many of those new romantic/synthpop bands had amazing musicianship especially in the bass department. John Taylor immediately springs to mind of course...another really good underrated one is Classix Nouveaux "Is It A Dream". Shockingly good bass.
  16. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
  17. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I'm not picking on you. I just think it's funny how well known Flea is for playing a Stingray, yet I think the only albums actually recorded with a Stingray are Freaky Styley and certain songs on BSSM.
  18. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    A couple of Music Man Stingray tunes...

    "Get Off" - Foxy (the late 70s, early 80s)

    We are Family - Sister Sledge (Bernard Edwards, I believe)

    For the Jazz bass...

    "The Chicago song" - Dave Sanborn (Marcus Miller) (But you'll hear awesome-sounding Jazz bass on anything Marcus plays)

    Geri O
  19. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    This has actually been a really eye opening thing for me... I went to youtube to get links for songs with my conceptions of what kind of bass was used, only to see something else. Now, it's entirely possible that what was used in the studio is not what was used in the video, but still.

    Anyways - I would list the following:

    Vintage P:
    Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil -
  20. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Oh. Well then.