What are 5 Classic Rock Songs....

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Aceman, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Aceman


    May 1, 2020
    Tampa Bay
    That you think as a bass player I
    a) Ought to know and
    b) Make a statement of "Yes - he can play bass"

    Think 70's/80's - or 60's if at least a rocking rocker. Sort of 5 distinctively bass tunes that everyone also knows and loves. Things that would typically be in the band reptoire where they would want to be sure the bass player could do it.

    Possible Example: All Right Now by Free - cool bass breakdown you might expect a bass player to know.
    Non-Example: Roundabout by Yes - not looking for the virtuoso tunes yet!

    what are some "must know" Bass "Basics"
  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I’d throw We’re An American Band by GFR out there
  3. Pink Floyd - Money
    Eagles - Hotel California
    Aerosmith - Dream On
    GFR - Closer to Home
    Toto - Hold the Line
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  4. Peace Sells - Megadeth
    N.I.B. - Black Sabbath
    Gates of Babylon - Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow
    Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden
    100,000 Years - Kiss
  5. proverbs10_4

    proverbs10_4 Inactive

    Jul 16, 2020
    Most classic rock bassists we’re/are hacks so it’s going to be difficult to pick 5 songs that meet your criteria. Even Quincy Jones is quoted as saying McCartney is the worst bass player he ever heard. The only mainstream bassists who really knew their instrument were Jack Bruce and John Paul Jones. Everyone else you could name had decent technical ability but no real musical knowledge. Rock music doesn’t really lend itself to that stuff anyway.
  6. HearNoStevil

    HearNoStevil Inactive

    Jul 17, 2020
    Yeah, that Geddy Lee and Chris Squire sure were hacks. Same goes for Joe Osborn and Jerry Scheff and Bob Daisley. Hacks, I tell ya. HACKS!
  7. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Perfect. Just what a Classic Rock thread needs. A Jazz elitist sowing seeds of jealousy and discontent.
  8. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Agree completely. I depends on what you call classic rock, but the late 60's through mid 70's or so saw some of the best playing ever. Not that there aren't some good players now, but you go back and listen to Yes, Rush, Deep Purple, The Faces, Zeppelin, GFR, Black Sabbath and a ton of other bands, you'll hear some great playing.
  9. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I disagree with the premise. I wouldn't care what the bass player (or guitarist or drummer or keys player) ought to know. It's what can they learn by next week's rehearsal.
  10. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    The Real Me - Who
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  11. Eli_Kyiv


    Apr 7, 2020
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
    James Brown - I Feel Good
    Pink Floyd - Money
    Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
    The Trammps - Disco Inferno

    I know 2 and 5 aren't exactly rock songs, but nevertheless.
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  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    My Dog Sam Eats Purple Flowers
  13. squarepeg


    Dec 21, 2010
    "Dazed and Confused"
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  14. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Whatever tickles your fancy- Led Zeppelin
    Whatever blows your dress up- Rolling Stones
    Any top five listed- Free / Bad Company
    Throw a dart at any album- Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Any top five listed- Steely Dan, Thin Lizzy, Grand Funk Railroad, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Humble Pie,,,,,,,,,

    So much out there and more than I'll ever catalog in my repertoire.
  15. Hummergeist

    Hummergeist Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2020
    Ableton Live tutorials and product reviews for Computer Music magazine.
    Sweet Emotion
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  16. Gimme 3 Steps
    Keep Your Hands to Yourself
    Knocking on Heavens Door
    Born to be .......
    I`m sorry. I thought you wanted the 5 songs in the Midwest that EVERY cover band plays.:vomit:
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  17. Aceman


    May 1, 2020
    Tampa Bay
    I see a surprising amount of Aerosmith popping up. See - never really paid attention to this...

    Explain - is their bass that cool/awesome? I really tend to listen to Whitford/Perry more....but I may be missing something.

    I remember when I was told to really listen to Steve Smith's drumming w/ Journey.
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  18. Aceman


    May 1, 2020
    Tampa Bay
    Hahahahaha - never played any of those on bass. Pretty sure I got them though before I even pick it up!
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  19. Aceman


    May 1, 2020
    Tampa Bay
    Disco Inferno is [email protected]$$ - I'll take it.
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  20. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Songs I've often seen on set lists:

    Come Together
    Mustang Sally
    Go Your Own Way
    Hotel California
    Mustang Sally
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