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your ONE mostest favoritest bass line of all time!

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Dec 15, 2006.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Who wrote that bassline???
  2. I know Flea did not write it. Stevie Wonder did and it was on a keyboard. Unless I'm missing something and it was always a bass line... Flea is the one that translated it to bass, right? It sounds freakin' awesome the way he plays it.
  3. Foamy


    Jun 26, 2006
    Sac Area
    Wow! I did not know that. I just love the way it flows! I wonder if that (the fact that it is on stick rather than bass) is why it is so dang hard to play on bass??!! I still can't get it right!!

  4. Stevie Wonder plays a funky part on his wurlitzer on the original, and Flea's line is an adaptation of that line. The original bass line has less movement and stays on the root a bit more, but is equally funky.
  5. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    The Trees - Rush
    School Daze - Stanley Clarke
    Birdland - Weather Report W/ Jaco

    No matter where I am, or what I'm doing......these 3 always make me stop and listen intently
  6. speaking of Stevie...

    "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder has a great line.
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    As does "Sir Duke". Particularly the long bridge run.
  8. That would've been my other choice - I sat down and learned that instrumental line the other day, good stuff.

    Boogie on Reggae Woman is also up there, although it's a keyboard bass line. Syncopations galore! :bassist:
  9. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    +1. That song is the reason I started playing fretless.
  10. I hope I don't get punched for this, but how about 'Train In Vain' by The Clash? We cover that song and its my favorite to play :)
  11. studentaccount1


    Nov 14, 2006
    Carol Kaye:bag:
  12. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Add a third person on the Jackson 5 "I Want You Back" bandwagon.

    That is easily my favorite bassline of all time and one of my favorite songs of all time. I can never get tired of that song and I never get tired of playing along to it.

    And the bass tone on the original recording is awesome.

    My #2 favorite is "Horse with No Name" by America. I adore that song and I play along with that one a bit less than "I Want You Back" but I play along with it a lot.

    That bassline is really simple, but it captures that whole desert desolation vibe beautifully.

    My #3 favorite is "Hella Good" by No Doubt. It's only 2-4 notes, but it's wonderful. It shows how 2 notes can say as much, if not more, than 2 million.
  13. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    Fav bass lines (at least this week)

    10 Tax Man - Beatles
    9 I'm Your Captain - Grand Funk
    8 SynchronicityII - Police
    7 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
    6 Give it Away - RHCP
    5 Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
    4 Dark Eyed Cajun Woman - The Doobie Bros
    3 Moving in Stereo - The Cars
    2 Turn to Stone - Joe Walsh
    1 Too Rolling Stoned - Robin Trower
  14. Tortuga


    Dec 28, 2006
    East Bay Area
    man in a suitcase- the police


    sir duke- stevie wonder

    definitely 2 of my all time favorites
  15. 905


    Jul 23, 2006
    I gave up trying to name the ONE bass line I like the most;

    I really dig the intro to "Who Are You" by the Who
    also the intro to "My Friend of Misery" by Metallica
    "The Pot" by Tool - I LOVE it when JC starts playing the intro riff on the low D (well, when I play it, hehe)
    I don't need a reason to dig... "L.A. Woman" by the Doors
  16. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    "Chinese Way"- Mark King. :)
  17. Carltone


    Jul 20, 2006
    You are correct sir. If anybody ever heard that bass line, they would agree.:eyebrow:

    Ovbiously, no one here has pulled out their Purple Rain cd and looked up who gets the credit for that paricular moment of genius...:ninja:

  18. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    If I'm being honest, it's "Ramble On". JPJ put together a masterpiece on that track.

    I have always loved that bassline. To me, it's really what makes the song. Certainly not Robert Plant's horrible, hobbit-inspired lyrices.

    But since that one has already been mentioned, I'll go with what I'm playing right now which is "Sheep Go to Heaven" by Cake.
  19. mrwink


    Apr 30, 2000
    Los Angeles area
    Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Great Song... great bass line!
  20. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I, too love "I want you back", it was one of the first bass lines I noticed and seems to have influenced my overall playing a lot.

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