SIMPLE bass lines that make the song...

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

  1. Rossington


    Apr 20, 2012
    Thin Lizzy - Waiting for an Alibi. If the first few notes were played on a guitar the song just wouldn't be the same. For me anyway.
  2. jtsjc1


    May 10, 2009
    Just A Touch Of Love- Slave
  3. JWP


    Aug 19, 2012
    Message in a bottle...
    The Weight
  4. smither12


    Aug 16, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    Time by Pink Floyd
    National Anthem by Radiohead
    Chameleon by Herbie Hancock
  5. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Time Is Tight - Booker T. & the MGs
  6. Batz


    Aug 22, 2012
    Orange County, CA
    Guns of Brixton- Clash
    White Man in Hammersmith- Clash
    Passenger- Iggy Pop
    Love Song- Damned
    Wait for the Blackout- Damned
    Dark Asteroid- Damned
    Wait and See- Stiff Little Fingers
    Down in the Tube Station- Jam
  7. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Season of the Witch
  8. Duke21


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    Sting is the master of tasty simple baselines!
  9. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    How Long (Has This Been Going On)
  10. lowsideonacurve


    Feb 24, 2011
    Another simple, but great song;
  11. Super Freak-Rick James
    Misty Mountain Hop-Led Zeppelin
    Suck My Kiss-RHCP
    Mountain Song-Jane's Addiction
    Tears Of A Clown-Smokey Robinson(English Beat version)
    Just Like Heaven-The Cure
  12. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Don't know if anyone's mentioned this one yet, but

    "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" - Temps
  13. Feel Good Hit of the Summer by Queens of the Stone Age.
  14. 808jones


    Jul 23, 2012
    Chicago (Pilsen)
    Money and Come Together are classics. Love those lines!
    Here are 3 of my favorites: (that I haven't seen listed)
    Hang Me Out to Dry-Cold War Kids
    Sweet Emotion-Aerosmith
    Waiting Room-Fugazi
  15. 808jones


    Jul 23, 2012
    Chicago (Pilsen)
    Gratitude-Beastie Boys
    Black History Month- Death From Above1979 (may not be well known, but the bass is simple and carries the song!)!
  16. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Dave Brubeck-Watusi Drums - 5 repeating notes of awesomeness
  17. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    some people here suggested Motown and Stax numbers or stuff like Brown Eyed Girl, while these may seem simple I doubt a young player can really nail down the feel of these.
    I'd go with stuff like that:
    Queen - Crazy little thing called love
    Chic - Good Times, I need your love
    Sister Sledge - we are family
    Jamiroquai - Runaway
    the Police - Roxanne, Message in a bottle

    I know you said no RHCP but I love Soul to Squeeze - a very melodic no nonsense approach to bass line writing and the bass pretty much holds the song together. some of their recent songs are also good examples of serving the song with no pyrotechnics involved.
    another hischool bassists' favorite would be RATM's Bullet in the head. helped me a lot as a teen to learn about keeping time, developing stamina and consistency of playing dynamics.
  18. The Impostor

    The Impostor

    Jul 8, 2011
    Cure - Disintegration, woah!
  19. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Just My Imagination - Temptations
  20. "Jesus Came from Chicago" by ZZ Top.

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