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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #100 on: 28 May 2009, 08:47 »

You also forgot Beat It.
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« Reply #101 on: 28 May 2009, 08:48 »

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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #102 on: 28 May 2009, 09:05 »

It's Ian Curtis (of Joy Division) dancing as only Ian Curtis could (or would).
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« Reply #103 on: 28 May 2009, 09:07 »

It's amusing to listen to Ministry and watch his dancing to it.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #104 on: 28 May 2009, 13:56 »

It's Ian Curtis (of Joy Division) dancing as only Ian Curtis could (or would).
Is it actually Ian Curtis, or is it Sam Riley?
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #105 on: 28 May 2009, 13:59 »

I think it's Curtis but it's hard to tell. That looks like a TV appearance  they did.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #106 on: 02 Jun 2009, 05:28 »

Hey, I just discovered this entire section of the forums.

I'm not really a drums & bass guy, but the bass in this song has always made me freeze in my tracks:
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #107 on: 02 Jun 2009, 21:03 »

Could just as easily sit in the Summer Songs thread, ne. 

Round that time was Alex Reese's 'Pulp Fiction' also doing great mellow things with bass in a drum'n'bass context, plus similarly slinky sampled bassline action in La Funk Mob's remix of Bomb The Bass's 'Bug Powder Dust'.  Both so summery too.

Absolutely love the bassline from 'Ike's Rap III' by Isaac Hayes, as sampled in an average song by Portishead ('Glory Box') and an absolutely incredible song by Tricky ('Hell's Around The Corner').
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #108 on: 04 Jun 2009, 05:48 »

Absolutely love the bassline from 'Ike's Rap III' by Isaac Hayes, as sampled in an average song by Portishead ('Glory Box') and an absolutely incredible song by Tricky ('Hell's Around The Corner').

Good stuff.

I do love that Isaac Hayes bassline... didn't know where that was from (I just knew the Portishead song, but agreed, the rest of the song isn't their best).  What's with the slow descending basslines being summery?  Echoes of The Kinks' Sunny Afternoon and Lovin' Spoonful's Summer in the City (to go back in time a bit).

Here's some more lazy bass favs of mine from my Deezer playlists:
  Bonobo - Dinosaurs (plus the Intro track from Dinosaur Magic)
  Get Misunderstood - Troublemakers

Other, um, songs I like that rely on good basslines that I kinda want to throw in here:
  Que Onda Quera - Beck
  Que n'ai-je - Keren Ann  (do Deezer links work around the world?  Couldn't find the orig on youtube)
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #109 on: 04 Jun 2009, 06:45 »

It's not exactly a great bass 'line' but if you were driving around in your car with your sick subwoofah making a lot of noise, you could probably do a lot worse for yourself than listening to this tasty track

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« Reply #110 on: 04 Jun 2009, 16:31 »

I've kind of gone off the actual song lately, but I love that bass at the start of Three Days by Jane's Addiction
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #111 on: 05 Jun 2009, 05:09 »

Great Bass line?

Jefferson Airplane: "White Rabbit". Absolute Bass-Classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TS0dUrF6mQ

Same for Pink Floyd - "Money"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXQg7Oir1Bg

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« Reply #112 on: 05 Jun 2009, 19:07 »

Every Bob Marley album ever recorded.

There are no exceptions.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #113 on: 17 Jul 2009, 13:00 »

Intronaut- The Reptilian Brain. I really like the bass in that song.  :-)
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #114 on: 17 Jul 2009, 13:19 »

Every Death From Above 1979 song ever.
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« Reply #115 on: 17 Jul 2009, 13:36 »

Red Hot Chili Peppers - So much i
It's probably one of my favorite base lines.
Happen to be listening to it right now.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #116 on: 19 Jul 2009, 18:59 »

UGggggggh. Can there be one conversation about bass that doesn't bring up fucking Chris Squire or fucking Geddy Lee. When I first started playing those two were almost enough to make me stop right there, fucking wankers. WANKERS!!! Next everyone will be sucking off Jaco Pastorious (who, by the way, has a tone like the grown-ups in Peanuts having a seizure, it is NOT something to aspire to have).

The great thing about Peter Hook is that he didn't fuck around. He didn't need a lot of flash for New Order's (and Joy Division some too) songs, four notes, perfectly arrange and mixed to the front, were just fine for him. In this is the most important lesson you can learn playing bass: Keep it simple, don't be a wanker. People are not impressed by that.

Funny.  Geddy Lee and Chris Squire (and Tony Levin) got me into playing bass in the first place (just started a few months ago).  Yeah there are plenty of good bassists that aren't the most technically proficient and can certainly hold an awesome groove without their fingers flying all over the place, and I enjoy listening to that too.  For me, though, there's something really special about Geddy's playing that I'm really impressed by.  Sometimes I just ignore Alex and listen to the godly rhythm section. 

I have no idea who this Jaco guy is, but seeing as you hate him I just might like him  :-D
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« Reply #118 on: 22 Jul 2009, 12:47 »

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He was the bass player in Weather Report from '76 (Black Market album) through '82, and is considered by many the best electric bass player ever. Died at age 46 in '87 after being beaten up by a club bouncer. Other than WR he also played on some Joni Mitchell albums, and with several jazz artists like Pat Metheny, Al Di Meola, Herbie Hancock etc.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #119 on: 22 Jul 2009, 12:50 »

How about some Credence Clearwater Revisited?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZe9OtFNt_8
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #120 on: 25 Jul 2009, 17:51 »

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He was the bass player in Weather Report from '76 (Black Market album) through '82, and is considered by many the best electric bass player ever. Died at age 46 in '87 after being beaten up by a club bouncer. Other than WR he also played on some Joni Mitchell albums, and with several jazz artists like Pat Metheny, Al Di Meola, Herbie Hancock etc.

Ah, that sounds familiar.  Might have to check out some Weather Report.  I'm not too big into jazz (some Return to Forever, Coltrane, and Davis mostly).

Also, that Les Claypool song is awesome.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #121 on: 27 Jul 2009, 19:01 »

Symphony X has some serious bass parts.  Sea of Lies is just an example.  If it weren't for the fact that they're really laid back about their music, though, their lyrics would make them look retarded.

For the record, I have seen them live.  They're nothing like Studioforce.  They're also all like 45+ years old.  It's intense.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #122 on: 28 Jul 2009, 11:48 »

I imagine this might be pretty unpopular but I uh... I think the bass line to Jenny Was a Friend of Mine is pretty neat.

I'm generally a fan of pretty simple but pronounced bass, though, I think. I love Devil's Dance, for example, even though that's ridiculously simple.

Bassists I'm generally in awe of are usually a part of bands with very talented musicians and, bass being bass, it just seems to get lost behind the rest of everything. I think Coheed and Cambria's Mic Todd is awesome but it's rare you actually get to hear anything he's playing, just the occassional bar here and there.

Edit: I just remembered Puscifer's Vagina Mine (Deflowering Remix) which I think is also pretty cool!
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #123 on: 28 Jul 2009, 17:20 »

Symphony X has some serious bass parts.  Sea of Lies is just an example.  If it weren't for the fact that they're really laid back about their music, though, their lyrics would make them look retarded.

For the record, I have seen them live.  They're nothing like Studioforce.  They're also all like 45+ years old.  It's intense.

I actually saw Dragonforce live and they weren't as bad as the Youtube videos from the last tour might lead you to believe.  Maybe they just practiced some more.  Yeah there was some cheating during solos, but it wasn't completely messy.  Symphony X is kind of boring to me though.  I bought Paradise Lost when it came out and just didn't find much I really enjoyed. *shrug*
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #124 on: 28 Jul 2009, 18:44 »

Paradise Lost is awful.  The Odyssey and The Divine Wings of Salvation are infinitely better albums, tbh.
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« Reply #125 on: 28 Jul 2009, 18:48 »

Just postin' about how I am listening to Funkin' For Fun right now by Parliament and it is awesome I have been sort of bobbing around to the bassline like a very confused bird kind of like Bootsy is dressed like on the cover of the album
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #126 on: 29 Jul 2009, 13:51 »

Lou Reed - The Gun

Love the bass line in that song!
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #127 on: 29 Jul 2009, 14:47 »

Nobody's mentioned "Gigantic" by The Pixies?
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #128 on: 30 Jul 2009, 03:58 »

Panic Attack by Dream Theater
Hysteria by Muse
Myxomatosis by Radiohead

These were the three things that shot into my head when I read in the first post.
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« Reply #129 on: 30 Jul 2009, 13:46 »

Speaking of Radiohead - 'Dollars and Cents' and 'National Anthem' both have awesome basslines.
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« Reply #130 on: 31 Jul 2009, 13:58 »

Every Bob Marley album ever recorded.

There are no exceptions.

Law of the universe: All reggae has the best bass.

Always.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #131 on: 01 Aug 2009, 17:20 »

Quarantine- At the Drive-In

Totally fun.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #132 on: 19 Aug 2009, 09:09 »

How Could I

Not a huge Cynic fan, to be honest.  My best friend loves them, but I've just never felt like they put out something that made me feel anything but bored.

Tower of Power, James Brown

I met Rocco recently and was a fawning fanboy.  Somewhat embarrassing, but I don't care.  I would also like to add Sam & Dave to the pile.

Soulive

I am morally obligated to dislike Soulive's "bass" parts because they're not played by a real bassist, but by that same token, I should hate Chris Potter's "Underground," and I so don't.

UGggggggh. Can there be one conversation about bass that doesn't bring up fucking Chris Squire or fucking Geddy Lee.

They were pretty decent bassists who are well-known because they actually played some interesting lines.  I'm quite surprised Flea hasn't come up.  Maybe it's still not cool to mention Flea.  I'm fine with that, because all he did was make the bass more visible.

Next everyone will be sucking off Jaco Pastorious (who, by the way, has a tone like the grown-ups in Peanuts having a seizure, it is NOT something to aspire to have).

Yeah, but Jaco was so fucking musical I don't care.  I don't care that he played "too much," because all of it fit.  Now, I've not heard anyone else who could make it work like him, but Jaco just had a great sense of music.


In this is the most important lesson you can learn playing bass: Keep it simple, don't be a wanker. People are not impressed by that.

Let's be honest here, some people are impressed by that, unfortunately.  I'm not automatically repulsed by bass lines that are a bit busy, but I am if they're TOO busy.  Sometimes a song needs a bit of a bass kick.  I was always getting yelled at for doing too little when I was playing for a living, which is probably why I don't like playing rock music to this day.  I always think it should be really simple, and no one else agrees with me.  I know what to do in jazz, but not rock.

Now, I'm going to throw in that I think pretty much all bass lines that Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus) has played are fantastic, and have such fantastic tone.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #133 on: 19 Aug 2009, 10:32 »

I must say, I'm not really down with Chili Peppers hate in general. I don't see myself buying their cds any time soon and I think Under the Bridge is ridiculously played out, but there is a definite "It's not cool to cite Flea" vibe that goes around these days that I don't really think is warranted.*



*I mean this as a general statement, not one about the forums specifically. Hating RHCP suddenly became really common around here irl and I always find synchronized backlashes sort of mystifying, particularly since it didn't coincide with any album releases that I'm aware of.
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« Reply #134 on: 19 Aug 2009, 10:59 »

"Fuck This Band" - Mclusky
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« Reply #135 on: 27 Aug 2009, 23:03 »

ONE OF THESE DAYS
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Basically anything by Tool
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« Reply #136 on: 29 Aug 2009, 12:15 »

Melt Me by BMSR. It is growly and perfect.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #137 on: 29 Aug 2009, 19:31 »

I'll just assume 'Totally Wired' has already been mentioned.
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« Reply #138 on: 01 Sep 2009, 08:36 »

So the bassline on Bron-Y-Aur Stomp is really basic, but it's all kinds of groovy.
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« Reply #139 on: 01 Sep 2009, 20:26 »

Has everyone forgotten John Entwistle? Won't Get Fooled Again is a prime example. Furthermore, Rika MM from Melt Banana is also an astonishing bass player.
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« Reply #140 on: 02 Sep 2009, 11:34 »

"Leave Them All Behind" - Ride
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« Reply #142 on: 02 Sep 2009, 23:37 »

Speaking of Radiohead - 'Dollars and Cents' and 'National Anthem' both have awesome basslines.

Most of Radiohead's bass lines are top quality, but what really makes them is the goofy faces Colin Greenwood makes when he plays them.



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« Reply #143 on: 02 Sep 2009, 23:40 »

whoooooosh (only really starts at 3:00)

He's actually just released an album of solo electric bass. It's supposed to be mighty impressive. He's a good fretless player.
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« Reply #144 on: 03 Sep 2009, 01:10 »

I'm surprised we've gone this far without a mention of Matt Freeman.

You by Atmosphere has a pretty catchy bass line.


By the way for those who said Cynic, you might want to check out Exivious. Features Tymon and Zielhorst from Cynic, and Stef Brooks from Textures.
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« Reply #145 on: 03 Sep 2009, 06:05 »

Matt Freeman just seems to play really fast in a punk band.  I don't find his bass lines particularly good, just impressive for a punk band.
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Re: Bass Lines!
« Reply #146 on: 03 Sep 2009, 13:42 »

Didn't say Freeman was good either, just noticed he hadn't been mentioned yet.


Also, forgot to put Dub Trio in my last post.
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« Reply #147 on: 04 Sep 2009, 13:24 »

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« Reply #148 on: 04 Sep 2009, 18:08 »

seems like matt freeman just plays root notes that the guitars are doing, but makes sure he hits every note between them on the way from one to the next.  the guy's speed is ridiculous and some of his lines are really catchy, but he really overdoes it a bit, and he's not much of a technical player.
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« Reply #149 on: 05 Sep 2009, 16:35 »

If anyone gets a chance to listen to Penny Whiskey, take a listen to their version of "White Hare of Howden". Very nice bass playing.
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