What's the most famous bass line that gets mistaken for a guitar riff?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Julian Delphiki, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. Julian Delphiki

    Julian Delphiki

    Jan 24, 2019
    ...And why do you think it gets confused with guitar?

    Bonus points: Which is your favorite bass-confused-for-guitar-riff? Sound off!
  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Limb from Limb - Motörhead

    Many MH songs for that matter, since Lemmy's bass sounds more like a baritone rhythm guitar.
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  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Sunshine of Your Love. Although the guitar does sync up here and there.
  4. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    "Pinball Wizard" by The Who
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  5. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    Not the most famous, maybe, but ... any Billy Sheehan solo that I've ever put on for non-musician friends, lol.
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  6. foal30


    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    What's the hit from White Stripes, Elephant or something like that. Minor descending line

    Audioslave Cochesie
    Quite a bit from Peter Hook
  7. Newbilong


    Aug 14, 2018
    Sweet Child o Mine - Guns n Roses
    Lasso - Phoenix
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  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Smoke On The Water"

    ...even Blackmore got it wrong.
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  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Which part?
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  10. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Blue Monday by New Order
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  11. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Crazy train by Ozzy

    P with flats going through EVH's modified Marshall in a parking lot.
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  12. Hmmm. Page and Jones played a bunch of them together. Black Dog comes to mind. It's a guitar riff, it's a bass riff, it's two riffs in one!

  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    JPJ came up with that riff...IIRC.
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  14. Wouldn't surprise me. He was a force behind a lot of what they did.
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  15. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    "Good Vibrations" intro, there's a video of the Beach Boys live where Carl plays it on guitar (a Telecaster with a Bigsby, btw).
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  16. TerenceE

    TerenceE Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2015
    Sweet emotion
    Lots of StP tunes
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  17. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    The intro after the acoustic guitar starts but before the vocal enters.
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  18. chanson

    chanson Supporting Member

    Maybe the lead intro on For Whom The Bell Tolls or the bass solo on Orion (Metallica)
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  19. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in that video, if it’s the one from the Ed Sullivan show. It’s one of those live vocals over prerecorded backing track appearances. Taped at least two years after that song was a hit, I doubt that it informed anyone as to who was playing what; the band at that time were fading from prominence. They just stood there with some sort of instrument to look like they were a band(and, course, it was CK and Crew playing on the record). Bassist(at the time)Bruce Johnston is faking it at the organ, as the instrument is prominently featured on the recording. Mike Love is daftly fake playing a lap steel to simulate the theremin.
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  20. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    “She’s Lost Control” is probably the best example.
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