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What is your Favorite 80's song for bass?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by ThumbyAche, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. ThumbyAche

    ThumbyAche Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2005
    Pacific NW
    I have been on an 80's kick the past few days and have been listening to some killer bass lines. One of my fav's is The Fixx "One Thing Leads To Another". Anybody have a favorite 80's tune to play? Sting had some great basslines too, like "Spirits in the Material World".
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  2. PhR


    Dec 13, 2005
    Utopia's "Utopia" (1982) is full of great lines and playing by Kasim Sulton. Punchy bass sound too. Other Rundgren -produced albums from that era like Cheap Trick's "Next Position Please" and Psychedelic Furs' "Forever Now" had a similar bass tone so maybe it's not down to Kasim but still. :)
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  3. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    The Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star", Trevor Horn (I think) plays a great, growly, fretless line and it's mixed WAY up front...Very Cool.

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  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Saved By Zero" & "Stand Or Fall" are other 'fun' tunes by The Fixx.
    Other '80s tunes I liked playing-
    "Promises, Promises"- Naked Eyes
    "Rio" & "Save A Prayer"- Duran Duran
    "Give"- Missing Persons
    "I Feel For You"- Chaka Khan (mostly synth...translates well onto EB).

    ...and "Bombs Away" & "Canary In A Coal Mine".
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  5. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    When I saw this thread, Talk Talk's "It's my life" came to my mind, the bass line is amazingly catchy.
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  6. Girls on Film - Duran Duran
    Rocket from a Bottle - XTC
  7. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    How 'bout:

    • Too Shy by Kajagoogoo (I think that's their name)
    • "Things Can Only Get Better" by Howard Jones
    • "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" by ?
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  8. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Spin Doctors.
  9. day am!
  10. talk talk is super amazing. concept albums to the max
  11. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    +1 Too Shy
    +1 Girls On Film

    You guys beat me to it.
  12. I've been jamming to Dio's Holy Diver lately.
    "Rainbow in the Dark" kicks ass!
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  13. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    "Blood & Roses"-The Smithereens
    Fun to play and sing lead.
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  14. PhR


    Dec 13, 2005
    Andy Rourke played some interesting lines with The Smiths, for example in
    "This Charming Man"
    "The Headmaster Ritual"
    "The Queen is Dead"

    Other similar (at least to me) pick player is REM's Mike Mills.
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  15. JPatnaude


    Mar 26, 2016
    Oingo Boingo "Let's Take the Whole Day off."
    Roxy Music "Love Is The Drug"
    The Mighty Boston's "The Impression That I get"
    XTC "Outside World"

    They aren't particularly hard, but just love the music.
    Is it just me, or did 80's music just have better bass players?
  16. JPatnaude


    Mar 26, 2016
    If you guys haven't heard any of these (sorry- you probably have)
    here's an isolated bass track of John Taylor from "Rio"

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  17. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Bakithi Kumalo on Paul Simon's Graceland, "You Can Call Me Al", the exact moment...

    Other than that, Mick Karn on Japan's "Sons Of Pioneers"...

    So many runners up, Fernando Saunders, Colin Moulding, Dave Allen, Peter Hook, Derek Forbes, Sara Lee, Jonas Hellborg...
  18. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    YYZ - Rush
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  19. That rocks!!!!
  20. Any number of Fishbone songs.
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