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TLC "Waterfalls" bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by MacheteJames, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. Who laid down the bass line on this song? I've heard it a million times but I never really paid attention to the bass. It totally makes the song, though. I thought the parts that feature a wah-pedal sound were guitar, but now I'm pretty sure they are bass. It sounds like the line was improvised, as it doesn't really repeat itself at any point except for the overall theme. Man, this guy (or girl?) can PLAY, whoever it is....
  2. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
  3. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    i take it back, it only shows four people, bummer....
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Marq "Remarqable" Jefferson. He's in my motorcycle club. He played his "best ho'" on that song. That's what he calls his white Sadowsky 4, because "she brings in the money". He's one of the greatest guys you'd ever meet. He also co-wrote the tedious "Yeah" song by Usher. BTW, "Waterfalls" was improvised. Good ear! ;)
    LiquidMidnight likes this.

  5. You're the man... I knew someone here would know who it was. What other stuff has he played on, besides that and with Usher?
  6. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I don't know but I COULD tell you who played bass on Weird Al's version.

    brad cook
  7. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I really dug Bill Murray's version.
  8. Improvised??? That kind of talent makes me weak in the stomach. I've always loved that line but I always assumed the Mr. Remarqable sat down and worked it out for a while before recording.

    Great stuff !!
  9. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    One of my favorites bass lines, he also played on most of Outkast and Society of soul (both from the dungeon family).

    There's some very funky player's from Hotlanta, including Woodchuck from what i hear.
  10. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    You're TOO kind! Thanks. He also played on a project called Sleepy's Theme. He and Preston "P Groover" Crump. Atlanta has some bassists here that will make you quit!
  11. Now that I recall that song, I remember the bassline. That song was one of my favorites when I was like 10. Cool song - nice to know that I noticed the bassline back then!
  12. i know this thread is almost 10 years old but...didn't Debra Killings play bass for TLC
  13. Well since this thread is back....

    I thought I read that Lamarquis cut that tune with a Ken Smith 6 string and not a Sadowsky. It doesn't really matter though because he played such a great line.
  14. Jamiebassface


    Mar 5, 2016
  15. Jamiebassface


    Mar 5, 2016
    Stretchcat is correct. You can clearly hear the Ken Smith tone. There was an article about Jefferson in Bp magazine a while back where he stated that he used that bass on the recording. He calls it the "waterfalls bass". The whole track is righteous. I won't get into the bass playing because it's obvious. His entire bassline from this song, including the envelope filter parts are essential learning material for aspiring bassist. You can't get any better.
  16. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk

    Oct 10, 2001
    So he either played his “Best Ho” or his “Waterfall Bass”. Can anybody actually confirm which it was?
  17. Yvette1971


    Dec 23, 2017
    Watch The Art of Organized Noize on Netflix. He does his own interview about it and shows the actual bass he used to create the sound!
  18. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Such a great album. Even the non-single cuts are great, especially the Prince tune and Case of the Fake People.