Songs with slap only, no popping

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Snarf, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. Snarf

    Snarf Suspended

    Jan 23, 2005
    Hello Talkbass Hivemind,

    I'm on a little bit of an academic hunt at the moment, searching for examples of songs that utilize slapping technique but NO popping. Anyone have suggestions?

  2. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    A poster put up a The Jamaica Boys track a few days back with Marcus on bass. It sounded like the whole line was on the thumb. Basically mimicking what a synth would do. I can't remember the title of the track though.
  3. 30calbass


    Jan 6, 2010
    Lessons in love by level 42 , good for rhythm.
  4. You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon.
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  5. LowFactor


    Jul 6, 2018
    Slapped silly - Billy Sheehan off the first Niacin record.
  6. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    Mostly on the thumb, a nice tempo, harder than you think to stay in the swing:

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  7. Snarf

    Snarf Suspended

    Jan 23, 2005
    Thanks for the replies all. Looking particularly for easy examples, things that someone brand new to the style could play along to given some practice. I've been writing my own examples, but nothing beats playing along to a song.
  8. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Doesn't sound like slapping with thumb only to me. There is much more happening.
  9. idi0tf0wl


    May 30, 2020
    "Take the Power Back" by Rage Against the Machine's main hook is all slap, no pop, and pretty easy on top of sounding cool.
  10. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    There are some pops in there too.
  11. idi0tf0wl


    May 30, 2020
    Just listened to it again and you're right.
  12. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    :) ok no problem. Nice song anyway!! There are not so many slap songs with thumb only. Maybe the beginning of My Name is Mud (not easy though). lessons in Love is a good one, also not easy to play it in that speed.
  13. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    louis johnson is what you're looking for.
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  14. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    I recorder this song more than 10 years ago. The part from 0:24 and on is all thumb. Recorded on a Gibson G-3 Grabber.

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  15. stigbeve


    Sep 24, 2014
    Freak On A Leash? :)
  16. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    There are a few level 42 songs that fit. Another is "Eyes Waterfalling" - he gets into some pops eventually but they are ornamental and not crucial to the identity of the bassline or song.

    Be warned, there's a rather long into on this song; it doesn't get started until about 1:30. But once it does it's quite a ride, more so when you consider Mark King is also singing.

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  17. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Yes Mark is the King of thumb! great song...
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  18. who


    Apr 20, 2007
    Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone.
  19. SunByrne

    SunByrne trained monkey Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    I believe the slap parts in Young MC's "Bust a Move" (performed by Flea) are just slaps, no pops.