Songs for bassist to sing and play?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Winfred, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    I play in a Soul/RB band. So far I've picked up two songs I can sing and play fairly well. Soul Man, and Brown Eyed Girl (yeah, I know... sigh...)

    We have a great lead singer, so I'm just doing a few songs to fill and give her a break.

    Any suggestions for more songs in that vein? I don't have a great voice, so any song that can be sung with a "limited range" would be better.

  2. A few that I used to sing lead vocals and play:

    Eve 6 -Inside Out

    The Knack - My Sharona

    Green Day - When I come Around

    ... I miss every minute of it :meh:
  3. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    Thanks man! Yeah, I hear ya. I'm enjoying it for the first time ever. I've always sung harmony (simple parts), but singing lead is a whole other world.
  4. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    A couple that I do are

    expressway to your heart- soul survivors pretty easy to play and sing
    mercy mercy mercy - the buckinghams again, not to hard
    now that I've found you-the foundations not bad but vocal is up there a ways
  5. tomnomnom91


    Dec 23, 2012
    I've been known to do a couple.

    Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)
    The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
    Green Day - American Idiot

    But really, do whatever you want! I must say I'm impressed by you being able to sing and play Soul Man at the same time.
  6. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    'Boogaloo Down Broadway' by Fantanstic Johnny C; the vocal melody range is fairly narrow; under the vocal, the tune vamps over just I and IV(for the most part--AND the turnaround under the solo, while featuring quite a few chords, is still pretty simple); it's a sure-fire get 'em on the dance floor tune, but it's a kinda forgotten song. How about 'Nobody But Me'? Even though it was originally an Isley Bros tune, the Human Beinz's rocked out version was a big hit, and it's a lot of root notes or simple riffing. Plus you can get all the drunk girls in the audience to do the 'no-no' singalong.
  7. sm49341


    May 12, 2013
    Not sure if its in your musical style but The Other Side - Red Hot Chilli peppers. Easy to sing and play, kind of an easy range to sing. Reognizable bass line, the bassist should sing this!
    another - Cheap trick Surrender.
  8. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    How about ZZ Top>Rough Boy, Sharp dressed man, Stages.
  9. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    All great suggestions, folks! Keep'em coming. I'm researching some of these songs now. If I have to change keys, that's cool too. The guitarist and sax player are always fine with that.
  10. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    My band lets me sing Knocking On Heavens Door, House of the Rising Sun and Creep! All very easy bass lines to sing over...
  11. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Inactive

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Of all the songs I am 'allowed' to sing, Superstition is one that I can comfortably nail. It's a cracking good tune for a bass player to sing.
  12. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
    My brain likes to "sing" rhythm patterns so it's hard to ignore that for a competing vocal for me, but I found Karma Police fairly easy as well as some originals. Also C'mon C'mon (Von Bondies).
  13. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    It all depends how far out of the Soul/R&B realm you want to go too. Here are a few other ideas.

    I Thank You - ZZ Top's cover
    Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
    Waitin' For The Bus - ZZ Top
    The Break Up Song - The Greg Kihn Band
    Mustang Sally - Any version
    Take The Money And Run - The Steve Miller Band
    The Authority Song - John Mellencamp
    Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon
  14. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    I'd suggest ANYTHING by U2, but their stuff lacks soul and is not R&B.

  15. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Like you, I have a limited range. Two that I get away with:

    Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign"
    Taj Mahal's "She Caught The Katy"
  16. jonas_24112


    Jul 11, 2011
    Lets Get it On is in that genre with easy bass line and pretty easy to sing. A real lady pleaser too.
  17. Stand By Me ?
  18. eb3mike


    Nov 5, 2010
    Wonderfull Tonight
    Cheap Sunglasses
    Wild Horses
    I Smell Smoke/Johnny Winter
  19. Perc44


    Jan 12, 2013
    Lean On Me
  20. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
    Use Me - Bill Withers