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which songs do you sing while playing bass (covers)?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by hervetlse, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. hervetlse


    Jan 25, 2002
    france toulouse
    can you tell me the songs you sing in your group(s) while playing your sweet bass, cause i want to sing covers in my group?
    Let say you have to choose five songs to sing, which ones would it be?
    warm up your keyboards guys :hyper:
    thank you for your replies :bassist:
  2. Vysous


    Mar 29, 2005
    I sing Hey Joe, and sometimes Voodoo Child...
  3. hervetlse


    Jan 25, 2002
    france toulouse
    jimi hendrix !!! very good choices, i love just about every song that he wrote, there 's so diversity in his compositions. I had a group where me and the guitarist were fan of hendrix, so we played many of his songs, but at this time i wasn't enough confident in playing bass and singing all together except for my own stuff. I think that people like him or SRV and many others has shown us the way to go : play, develop and sing your own stuff and covers your prefered songs of others artists (no necessity to cover note by note, the cover songs must integrate your own style and not the opposite).
    others songs? made by bassists like paul mc cartney, sting, les claypool, jack bruce, phil lynott? i have heard that Sheryl crow plays (ed?) bass, do you know some songs she sang when playing bass if any :bassist: ?
  4. bonscottvocals


    Feb 10, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Take it on the Run
    Give me All Your Lovin
    Mony Mony
    Another Brick in the Wall Part II
    Hard to Handle
    Radar Love
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    The Breakup Song
    Roadhouse Blues
    Old Time Rock and Roll
    Lunatic Fringe
    I Saw Her Standing There
    Stacey's Mom
    I Want You to Want Me
    Play that Funky Music
    Brown-Eyed Girl
    Bad Case of Loving You
    Love Shack
    Gimme Some Lovin
    Super Freak...

    And some others.
  5. hervetlse


    Jan 25, 2002
    france toulouse
    thank you Bonscottvocals for the list of songs. I know the group/bassist that play some of them but for some songs i don't know, can you add the group/artist of the songs you named, please? (money and another brick from Pink floyd/roger waters must have been covers by other groups and some must be better than others, so give me the version you prefer in this case please, i suppose it's roger waters in these cases but for others...?)
    Thank you in advance.
    oh i forgotten, do you know if is it possible to play some of SRV's songs, as i like his stuff very much? peraphs without playing the same walking bass as his bassist?
    Anybody covers SRV (singing and playing bass)? :hyper:
  6. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    Wind Cries Mary
    New York Groove
    Sultans of Swing
  7. ok... my five are very simple songs but singing and playing them at the same time is easy...

    Heart-shaped Box ~ Nirvana
    Sweet Dreams ~ Marilyn Manson
    Down With the Sickness ~ Disturbed (hell if you can't lock you fingers in with drums on that one...)
    Smells Like Teen Spirit ~ Nirvana
    Anna's Song ~ Silverchair

    It'd be cool if you could learn to sing and play Freak ~ Silverchair at the same time, the bass line and the vocal melody are fairly different and from there keep working your way up.
  8. Vysous


    Mar 29, 2005

    I love people who like Hendrix as composer, not only as guitarist!... And Stevie Ray Vaughan? Who loves Hendrix must love Stevie Ray Vaughan... I love these two guys and everything what they made! Best song is Jimi's Little Wing performed by SRV!

    Yeah, Hendrix is our band's hero, our big guru!

    See http://tieband.wz.cz, there are some recordings, but really bad recordings...

  9. hervetlse


    Jan 25, 2002
    france toulouse
    Vysous you are so right, i would even say that Hendrix is no less than beethoven, bach and so on... a very great composer. Eh what about come on (part2) performed by SRV---> A diamond!!!
    I'll take a look at your site brother,peace :hyper: ;) :bassist:
  10. Vysous


    Mar 29, 2005

    Yeah, I also love Hendrix compositions played by somebody else, for example Gil Evans Band plays music of Jimi Hendrix - such a great album! I love it... Especially Voodoo Child intro played on sax... yeah Hendrix is great performed by ANYBODY (exepts exist of course, for example our band :) )....
  11. All_¥our_Bass


    Dec 26, 2004
    'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun'
    'What Shall We Do Now?'
    'High Hopes'
    'Hey You'
    'Astronomy Domine'

    'Du Hast' by Rammstein
    'No Quarter' by Led Zeppelin

    Black Sabbath:
    'Black Sabbath'
  12. bonscottvocals


    Feb 10, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Take it on the Run - REO Speedwagon
    Give me All Your Lovin - ZZ Top (they have the easiest lines to play and sing, IMO)
    Mony Mony - Billy Idol
    Another Brick in the Wall Part II - Pink Floyd
    Hard to Handle - Black Crowes
    Radar Love - Golden Earring
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
    The Breakup Song - Greg Khin Band
    Roadhouse Blues - Doors
    Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
    Lunatic Fringe - Red Rider
    I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
    Stacey's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
    1985 - Bowling for Soup
    I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
    Play that Funky Music - Wild Cherry
    Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    Bad Case of Loving You - Robert Palmer
    Footloose - Kenny Loggins
    Heatwave - Can't remember
    Love Shack - B52's
    Gimme Some Lovin - (Stevie Winwood's first band. He was a teen when he recorded that, btw.)
    Super Freak - Rick James
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T (back up vocals) - Aretha Franklin...
    among others.

    Hope that helped. I work on my bass lines first. I sing the male part in "Time After Time" from Cyndi Lauper, and I'm playing the two off-timed arpeggios over the chorus at the same time. I just think about the vocals and let the fingers do the walking from the other side of the brain.
  13. hervetlse


    Jan 25, 2002
    france toulouse
    thank you so much Bonscottvocals to share these songs with us and let us know how you manage to sing and play bass alltogether. I'm happy that you added the groups who play these songs cause it may be obvious for american's people but for a frenchy like me it's not so obvious, so thanks again.
    If this thread could be a good source for bassists to sing covers, it would be very usefull so please continue sharing your own list :hyper: :bassist:
  14. oldfclefer

    oldfclefer low ended

    May 5, 2005
    Southern Ohio
    Roadhouse Blues - Doors
    Sympathy for the Devil - Stones
    I won't back Down - Tom Petty
    Red House - Hendrix
    Waitin' for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago - ZZTop
  15. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    - Eight Days a Week (The Beatles)
    - I Want You To Want Me (Cheap Trick)
    - Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)

    I sing backup vocals on many others as well.
  16. AcousticBass


    May 28, 2005
    Well im not in a band but my brothers a drummer, and the only song we play its seven nation army really, and i sing it. and at the end i might bust a sweet vocal solo like LA LA LAAAAAAAAAAAA! :cool:
  17. When I was in my last band I sang :

    The Song Remains the Same
    When the Levee Breaks

    As you might guess Im a tenor. :D
  18. leftybassist


    Nov 30, 2006
    I sing these songs in my band while holding down the bottom end. They seem pretty easy to me.

    Only in Dreams - Weezer
    Invisible Sun - The Police
    Breathe/ Time - Pink Floyd
    Where I End and You Begin - Radiohead
    Talk - Coldplay
  19. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Message in a bottle
    Can't stand loosing you
    Dancin' in the moonlight
    Highway Star
    Wait for sleep
    Somebody put something in my drink
    Don't be cruel (Cheap trick version)
    Frozen (Talisman)
    I will survive
    Breaking the law

    to name a few
  20. need4mospd


    Dec 22, 2005
    Early In The Morning
    Lonley No More
    She's a Bad Mama Jama

    I'm working on more, this is the first band I've done this so I'm tackling them one at a time. Most of the songs I sing on I'm playing keys.

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