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Simply the best basslines

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Jan 21, 2002.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    My current bout with insomnia has me up at 3AM learning songs off of every cassette tape in my house. This morning I broke out a Paul McCartney tape and learned Silly Love Songs. I was amazed at how simple, how memorable, how great that bassline is. When people think about that song they think about the bassline - at least bassplayers do....

    What other songs have really simple, yet great, catchy, memorable basslines in them. Or what songs do you think became popular because of their basslines?
  2. jblake


    Aug 30, 2001
    Gray, ME
    Walking on the Moon by the Police. Totally simple but absolutely PERFECT for the song. That was one of the first bass lines I learned.

    Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. That song is ALL about the bassline.

    Good luck with the insomnia. Try not to let it get to the halucination stage!
  3. Chic- good times (influenced "another one bites the dust")

    The Cure- Fascination street, Lovesong

    Patrice Rushen- forget-me-nots

    The Stranglers- Peaches, Nice n' sleazy

    The Clash- London Calling, The Magnificent seven
  4. Warning - Green Day???

  5. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    One of the ones I'm hooked on right now is "La Dolly Vita" by Smashing Pumpkins.
  6. anything greenday
    primus is very catchy and most are surprisingly easy to play
  7. supergreg


    Jan 20, 2002
    tom sayer is great and pretty easy. Aeroplanes slap and pop lines are great.
  8. supergreg


    Jan 20, 2002
    oops i forgot seeman by rammestein
  9. Funk Warts

    Funk Warts

    Jun 13, 2001
    London, UK
    Joe#1 by Fugazi off 'Repeater + 3 Songs'. Very cool indeed, as are all Fugazi's lines. Joe Lally - the best bassline writer at the moment: I think so.

    As far as simple cool basslines go, I have to agree with Walking On The Moon, and maybe Roxanne? Or how about Enter Sandman, that fits the song perfectly too, although I feel it was too obviously written by a guitarist (Hetfield to Newsted: "Yeah, just play E there while I show off").
  10. Fire on the Bayou by the METERS.
  11. warwickbass


    Dec 8, 2001
    Just about anything by Tool
  12. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Off the top of my head:

    "Come Together"
    "For the Love of Money"
    "Lady in Red"
    "Manic Depression"
    "Mothership Connection"
    "New Year's Day"
    "Save a Prayer"
    "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
    "Superstition" (Not a real bass, but everyoneknows the line.)
    "What Is Hip?"
  13. istaticl


    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    Most of Sublime's songs
  14. Dazed and Confused
  15. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" has a bassline that just makes the song. Stevie Wonder and Nathan Watts really did some great basslines.

    Also, most of James Jamerson's lines carried the song...
  16. Julien


    Dec 29, 2001
    Is primus really easy to play??(response to a post up here)??
  17. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    How about Money by Pink Floyd?
  18. deadpool


    Aug 8, 2001
    Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour. so simple but so catchy, everything a bassline should be.
  19. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    most of The O. C. Supertones songs


    Adam Clayton deserved songwriting credit for that one. He came up with the very catchy bassline, I love humming along to that. Larry Mullen came up with an almost equally good drum beat. And The Edge's slide guitar makes it a killer song.

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