SIMPLE bass lines that make the song...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by fretlessman71, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    La Charanga
  2. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    STOP! In The Name of Love. Jamerson classic line.

    STOP! The Jerry Ragavoy tune as played by Kooper/Bloomfield
    with Harvey Brooks on bass and James Gang Yer Album with Tom Kriss on bass.

    Woman from James Gang Rides Again, Dale Peters on bass (and one helluva bassist he is!).
  3. EnderZ13


    Feb 19, 2007
    Utopia, Jersey
    Plush and Interstate love song by Stone Temple Pilots
    Iron Man-- Black Sabbath:D
  4. tmart937


    Jan 20, 2006
    Creep- Radiohead
  5. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    I would say any bass line of "Nothing's Shocking" by Jane's Addiction, Eric Avery. In my opinion one of the greatest and most under rated bass player in rock and roll.
  6. gre107


    Dec 25, 2005
    Money - Pink Floyd
  7. If you list this one, then you have to also include "Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean. Very similar (in fact, I used to switch them around for fun sometimes!)

    argh...someone else beat me to Dragon Attack

    How 'bout:
    Black Licorice - Grand Funk
    The Fish - Yes (OK, it's really all bass on the studio cut)
    Nothing Can Come Between Us - Sade

    and who could forget
    Brick House - Rick James
    Fire - Ohio Players (or Skin Tight, for that matter)
    Cut the Cake - AWB

    (egads, my high school disco band history is showing :bag: )
  8. psycholalia


    Nov 29, 2007
    Seattle WA
    Psycho Killer- Talking heads. Gooo Tina!
  9. Twnty1inRF


    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
    Dixie Chicken - Little Feat
  10. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Whoa! A huge response fast - thanks ladies and gentlemen!

    Let's not forget that one of the criteria is that it's got to be SIMPLE. And simple by anyone's definition. (The Fish is a great song, but simple? Uhhhh....)

    Looking for bass lines that are impressive not because they're difficult to play, but because they're so stinkin' cool that you just can't stand it. :)

    And isn't Dragon Attack the epitome of "riff rock"?

    Which reminds me... how about "Everybody Wants You" by Billy Squier (which sounds a fair amount like Dragon Attack!)?
  11. LumpyGravy

    LumpyGravy Guest

    May 8, 2002
    Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
    Sunshine of Your Love Cream
    Rain by The Beatles
  12. sb69coupe


    Aug 9, 2004
    Raleigh NC
    New Years Day - U2
  13. amandolin


    Mar 16, 2008
    Lancaster, PA
    "Close to Me" and "The Figurehead" The Cure... they have lots of good examples though.
  14. Fly By Night
  15. mokkat


    Jan 22, 2008
    Indeep - last night a dj saved my life
  16. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Geddy Lee is the reason I became a bass player... but "simple" is not a word I'd use to describe his bass playing.... ya know? ;)
  17. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  18. BillyRay


    Jan 20, 2008
    My Girl - James Jamerson
    Soul Man - Duck Dunn's playing with the Blues Brothers is especially tasty
    Baba O'Rilley - The Who (John keeping it dead simple from point A to point B)
  19. LumpyGravy

    LumpyGravy Guest

    May 8, 2002
    In A Gadda DiVida Iron Butterfly
  20. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Green Onions - Booker T & the M.G.'s

    Hold On, I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave

    Black Magic Woman - Santana (Although I admit that Carlos' lead guitar is at least as impressive as the bassline! :D But I do love that bassline!)
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