SIMPLE bass lines that make the song...

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

  1. JKT


    Apr 30, 2007
    Buffalo NY
    Endorsing Artist: Barker Basses
    "What does it Take" Junior Walker and his All Stars

    "Expressway to Your Heart"

    "LaGrange" ZZ Top

    "Black Magic Woman" Santana

    "Put it Where you Want it" Crusaders
  2. T-MOST


    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
    "Low Down" Bozz Scaggs. Understated, funky & Cool.
  3. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    Yep - the bass was a real lead instrument throughout the Joy Division catalog.
  4. aikakone


    Jan 27, 2008
    No song to suggest, but I'm sure glad to see all the Paul S. Denman love on this thread. He's one of my favorite bassists!
  5. rutty24


    May 20, 2007
    portrait of tracy - jaco pastorius

    o wait it doesn't statify the first criteria :crying:
  6. Dreaming of you - The Coral
  7. Elrend


    Feb 24, 2008
    Rappers Delight

    Sir Duke and Mothership Connection (Star Child) :bassist:
  8. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Papa was a Rolling Stone - Temptations
    Oye Como Va (sp?) - Santana
  9. shriekback


    Nov 25, 2007
    Eugene, OR

    Weymouth's line on the Heads' version of "Take Me To The River" is also quite remarkable for its simplicity and definition. Hell, can you imagine the Heads with another player on bass, especially the early material? I can't. Her work stands as final testimony that imagination and taste will outweigh pure chops every time (not that she didn't achieve the latter eventually, too).
  10. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    My City Was Gone (Ohio) - The Pretenders.

    My drummer and I jam on this sometimes at rehearsal while the guitar players are trying to figure out where to plug in their cables. :)
  11. Jay Corwin

    Jay Corwin Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    HA - I had that song in my head as I was trolling through this thread.
  12. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City

    The entire Let's Dance album is an unsung goldmine of killer basslines, performed by Mr. Rojas (and, in one wonderful case, Bernard Edwards). Tunes like "Richochet", "Without You", "China Girl" et al are chock full of fantastically funky, quirky, angular lines that just squiggle and ooze mojo.

    Not sure any of them qualify as "SIMPLE", but they definitely are cool...
  13. Yep. It's really the golden age of bass lines -- wish that came back, maybe soon! --Kent
  14. Co.


    Sep 10, 2006
    Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
    Miles Davis - All Blues
  15. sleepy


    Jun 29, 2005
    Caught In A Mosh-Anthrax
    Rikki Don't Lose That Number-Steely Dan
  16. Hans Gruber

    Hans Gruber

    Jun 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Maybe I missed this, but GIVE TO ME BABY! Rick James BIATCH!!!
  17. jsirish


    Aug 18, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    No More Tears- Ozzy
    Sure Know Somethin'- Kiss
    That is Why- J-Fish
  18. Twiggy Jr.

    Twiggy Jr.

    Nov 17, 2005
    seeing how you were talking about your students, i'll try to name some songs that are more current, or if they are older they'll atleast be able to be heard on rock stations that play newer songs, too

    longview - greenday
    dance, dance - fallout boy
    rearranged - limpbizkit
    only - nine inch nails
    that nirvana song from the nevermind album that starts with a slide on the "e" string from the 3rd to 7th fret...lounge act maybe?

    and some old songs i haven't seen mentioned

    you can't touch this/brickhouse
    another one bites the dust
    hmm....mind went blank, but there ya go
  19. King Biscuit

    King Biscuit

    Apr 27, 2008
    How bout Thin Lizzy, "The boys of summer", AKA "The boys are back in town"?

  20. Sublime- What I Got
    Santana-Soul Sacrafice
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