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Simple Basslines that are incredibly important

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Matt Till, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I never really thought about it until I had to play it, but the bassline to Highway to Hell makes that song. The song would sound like crap without THAT bassline. Anything less (more) would be uncivilized. I was listening to the other parts to the song then I thought, "Man, if I stopped playing right now, this song would fall apart." Thought tempted, I didn't. :p
  2. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Simple Man
    Walking on the Moon
    What is and never should be
    Hey Man Nice Shot
    Another Brick In the Wall Pt 2
  3. Day Tripper.
    Blood And Roses.
    Happy Jack.

    and others.
  4. Kavorka


    Mar 28, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    While not a classic, like the songs above, I love the simple and vital bass line for the Black Eyed Peas, Let's Get Retarded.
  5. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    All very good calls. Simple man's bassline is fairly complex though... sorta.
  6. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    devo - mongoloid
  7. josh_m


    May 5, 2004
    Davie, Fl
    Two obvious ones:
    Another one bites the dust
    Under Pressure

    My Girl
    Me and Mrs. Jones

    theres more but not coming to mind right this second.
  8. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Running with the Devil
  9. HiFi


    Apr 20, 2002
    Anaheim, CA
    If You Want Me to Stay
  10. dirtgroove


    Jan 10, 2003
    Taipei, Taiwan
    No man- you gotta play it with some swing to it. Confuse the hell out of everyone, cause a communal moment of embarrassment as everyone realises the devil they've just given into. Turn it into a dub version. :bag:
  11. Da_Niet


    Jan 23, 2003
    How about Bob Marley's, "I Shot the Sheriff"?

    I also have to add, "Paperback Writer", by the Fab Four.

    "So What", by Miles Davis.

    "Black Market", by Weather Report.

    "Running Free", by Iron Maiden.

    "Lullaby", by The Cure.

    I know there are countless others, sure to be added to this list, but these are what I came up with this instant.
  12. how about

    Dazed and Confused
    Mercy Mercy Me
    anything by ELO
  13. Exactly what I was gonna say.
  14. Can't beat that. Simple but effective.
  15. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    "Guns of Brixton" - The Clash
  16. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    One of these Days - Pink Floyd
    Children of the Grave - Sabbath
  17. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    'Everyday People' - Sly & The Family Stone... One note, but what a groove! Go Mr. Graham!!

    'I'll Take You There' - Staple Singers... David Hood, baby!

    Like the man said, I'm sure that there are countless others...

  18. AllegroNonMolto


    May 15, 2004
    Just about any song on U2's The Joshua Tree.
  19. SuperSluggard


    Jan 2, 2004
    Alot of ska/reggae songs. A ska/reggae bassline that is VERY important to the song is the bassline in Mango Man by the Strangways. Its the same thing over and over again. With small changes.
    Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
    Float On by Modest Mouse

    Edit: I had to take some songs out because I realized they had to be simple basslines.
  20. Fascination Street by The Cure. Fun, simple, and without a doubt crucial to the feel of the whole song.