Underrated bass lines

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BassAgent, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    We all know them: those songs that many people seem to dislike, but have those great bass lines or little moments of brilliance in them.

    For me there's a couple.

    First up, one I discovered only a few days ago. What a great fretless performance by Roger McLachlan.

    Second, a song by Belgian trio K3. They make kid's music. Now, if I was a producer, I'd have a guy program a bass line, make it as simple and cheap as possible and that would be that. Not the producer of this song. He hired fantastic bass player Vincent Pierins and he did this. Special attention to the lick at 3:11.

    Last one (for now): Adele - Set Fire To The Rain. Fairly simple but check out that slide towards the chorus. Great.

    Post yours! So no famous Jamerson licks, Pastorius solos and McCartney genius, but only well known (or less known) songs that have little bass gems inside.
  2. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    Really? No more?
  3. Dude, it's a great thread. I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with something special to contribute. All I've got is that singular moment when Stefan Lessard plays the slide down and the dirty, greasy, floppy, I-wish-I-had-that-kind-of-timing SPLAT in "Ants Marching" at 4:04 -
    I've been talking about that note for YEARS.
  4. FA108208usat2

    FA108208usat2 Guest

    Mar 24, 2014

    The basslines in some of The Association song is underrated, Brian Cole is a great bassist, but I haven't seen his name mentioned.
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  5. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Pretty much anything Meshell Ndegeocello does, here's a start:

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  6. Mike Brown

    Mike Brown Guest

    Sep 1, 2014
    So I know this may not be the original bass line, but this guy's cover of "Toxic" really rocks

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  7. ChefKen

    ChefKen Guest

    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    Here is a lost classic.....The Jam. Funky and catchy!

  8. Hues


    Nov 27, 2012
    Much as I hate saying it...Most anything I've heard by ABBA.....

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  9. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I like the bassline from "Time After Time".
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  10. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    Good example! I love Abba's lines :)

    Oh boy, would I love to teach this guy. Such an inefficient technique, he lacks so much tone control in my view...
  11. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung Humankind: be both. Inactive

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    Please, listen to Graham Maby's playing on "Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive"...Nuff Said... :)
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  12. Davbassdude


    Mar 16, 2012
    I would say just about anything Graham Maby played on the albums "Look Sharp" and "I'm The Man". Especially his bass solo on "Baby Stick Around" and the staccato picking on "Time". Also, just about anything Randy Jo Hobbs played on Johnny Winter's "Still Alive and Well" and "Johnny Winter And-Live" albums. Just listen to what he does during Johnny's guitar solo on "Still Alive and Well" and the end runs on the live track of "Jumping Jack Flash" . There are many gems such as the Pretenders tunes "Kid" (sounds like that old classic "More"). Also the song "Precious" (in the middle of that song he does a cool run from A to C) and "The Wait". Simple yet perfect.
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  13. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung Humankind: be both. Inactive

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    I know I could look it up, but is your man the same bassist that played on Johnny Winter's "Hey, Where's your Brother At"? That stuff is the poopiee! Graham Maby is the only bassist I want to invite to my 60th birthday party...in June...
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  14. Davbassdude


    Mar 16, 2012
    I believe the bass player on that 1992 album was Jeff Ganz. I'm not sure if he ever played with Johnny. However, Tommy Shannon did some great work, especially on "Be Careful With A Fool". As previously stated, all of these guys played some noteworthy stuff. Especially since most bass lines those cats played were largely their own creations inspired by the great musicians with whom they were playing.
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  15. Davbassdude


    Mar 16, 2012
    And...you're right. I'd really dig seeing him at any of my birthdays. The next one is the double-nickle. On a side note: That looks like a Fireglo 4001 from the 60's you're using for your avatar? Nice!!!
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  16. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung Humankind: be both. Inactive

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    In fact, my Ric is a 1973 4001, in 'Oxblood'...I was told that I got it so cheap because it had been hanging on the wall for a year, waiting for me... :) The salesman told me that there were only 300 in the world...imagine that? I was the first guy who was 'willing to live with' the color.
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  17. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I am enamoured with theses guys. All horn tones & uptown structures. These are a challenge to pick apart but gratifying to solve. The bassist is an ace. In some videos, he's sporting a black Precision with a matching headstock. Hope you all enjoy this:
  18. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
    Bill Church from Montrose. Love his tone and clean playing.

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  19. richopp


    Dec 8, 2016
    South Florida
    OK, not a "greatest" bass line, but as a newbie, I am trying to pick fairly easy songs that I love to learn from and it IS a good tune, so please give me a little leeway. I discovered this comment on a BASS TAB, which are very helpful to us non-musicians, and wondered if it was recognized to be true by all real bass musicians (I am clearly not one but have always wanted to be!):

    Tommy Shannon plays 99% of any SRV song
    TUNED 1/2 STEP DOWN! .. I emphisise this because every other
    SRV Bass tab I've seen .. doesn't seem to have a clue.
    Hell I bought my second Bass just to play SRV so I wouldn't
    have to keep re-tuning. So remember, although the other SRV
    tabs in the BTA are mostly right .. TUNE 1/2 STEP DOWN.

    P.S. The one and only song I've seen that Tommy tunes normal
    on is "Pipeline." Play on and have fun.

    I would guess someone from this forum probably wrote it, of course...I apologize for quoting your work without permission.



    RIP, Stevie and Jeff...
  20. 58kites

    58kites Save a life....adopt a Pitbull Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Austin Texas
    Great song all the way around....has held up very well.
    We bought Cyndi Lauper's first album when it came out and my daughter was 2... and by 3 or 4 years old she would ask us to put it on...A LOT.
    My daughter is now 35 and still likes Cyndi Lauper's music.
    She put out a record singing some blues tunes a few years ago.
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