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Just curious what some of your favorite bass lines in a song are? Some of mine are; Give it away- Red hot Chilli Peps, Mystery Achievement- The Pretenders, Low Rider- War, Walking On THe Moon- The Police, Eminence Front- The Who, Red Barchetta- Rush. To Me, a great bass line can make a song

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I love the Brothers Johnson's "Stomp", I also love Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom", Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" and "Into the Void". The Bee Gee's had lots of good bass lines as did much of Michael Jackson's music. Duran Duran had some innovative ones such as "Rio".

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The Beatles' "Paperback Writer"/"Rain" single.
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Although there are many fine bassists around, I've always liked Sting's minimalist approach with The Police. A nice example is the minimalism evident in his bass lines in "Roxanne." The bass drives the song, in my opinion, even more so than the outstanding lyrics and vocals.

Adam Clayton's early and middle work with U2 employs a minimalist ethic as well, albeit with a style different from Sting's. It was a very integral part of U2's early sound in the early and mid-80s.
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The first song that pops into my head when think of a bass line that defines a song is "Smoke on the Water".

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Well I liked subway to Venus from red hot chilli peppers, actually the whole mothers milk album. Being an ex bass player billy sheehan in Mr big was also good.

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You must like Niacin then, Franin. Great stuff!!



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You must like Niacin then, Franin. Great stuff!!



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Thats was great Larry Its been awhile seeing Billy in action. They love him in Japan I remember having the bass tab book of mr big album and trying to learn "addicted to that rush" which was hard. I still have James jamerson the greatest motown bassist bass lines.

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Brick House - Commodores
Roundabout and Tempus Fugit - Yes
Cygnus X-1 - RUSH
Shining Star - Earth Wind and Fire

I agree that some of Sting's bass lines are the best.

Best Synth Bas Line: "More Bounce To The Ounce" from Roger Troutman's Zapp. It's the standard barer for synth base/rythm section funk. Never been surpassed.

Best Bass Jazz/Fusion: Continuum - Jaco Pastorius (or, hell, anything he did).
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Brick House - Commodores
Roundabout and Tempus Fugit - Yes
Cygnus X-1 - RUSH
Shining Star - Earth Wind and Fire

I agree that some of Sting's bass lines are the best.

Best Synth Bas Line: "More Bounce To The Ounce" from Roger Troutman's Zapp. It's the standard barer for synth base/rythm section funk. Never been surpassed.

Best Bass Jazz/Fusion: Continuum - Jaco Pastorius (or, hell, anything he did).

I agree with Jaco pastorius I used be able to play portrait of tracy. I'm going back to the good ole days when I was 17+

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When The Music's Over - THE DOORS
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When The Music's Over - THE DOORS

Well now you have me trying to remember if The Doors had a bass player sit in on that song or if it was Manzarek using bass pedals like he often used.
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..., Red Barchetta- Rush. ...

So you went with Red Barchetta instead of YYZ from the same album?

I can understand liking Red Barchetta better than YYZ from an overall "it's a better song" standpoint, but for just the bass, Lee actually carries and/or mimics the melody for large parts of YYZ.

Come to think of it, the bass pedal issue raises it's head for Rush too. Lee and Lifeson both use bass pedals in various places especially when Lee is handling the keyboard parts.
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Best Bass Jazz/Fusion: Continuum - Jaco Pastorius (or, hell, anything he did).


+1000 also add "Teen Town" on WR's Heavy Weather album. What a shame he died so young.

Oh and of course Queen's "Under Pressure". (no Vanilla Ice jokes please)

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All of my first choices have pretty much been mentioned already, The Who, Rush, Yes, et al, so I'll throw out some secondary choices.

Because of the solo bass lines at the start of these songs, I use them to audition speakers to make sure the bass is not "one note" and to make sure the speaker isn't adding any coloration:

Teo - Miles Davis (w/ John Coltrane)
Three Days - Jane's Addiction

I won't call any of these "great bass lines" but they're pretty good and the bass line carries the song:

Junior's Eyes - Black Sabbath
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
Rock On - David Essex
Love Rears Its Ugly Head - Living Colour
Caramel - Suzanne Vega
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longview - green day

also quite overlooked is mccartney's bass on lucy in the sky

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Invaders, etc. - Iron Maiden
Roundabout - Yes
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (iconic pop bass)
Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
Make it Funky - James Brown
You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette (bass by Flea)
most songs by Boston, Allman Brothers, Rush, SRV, etc.
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Just seen this group on a PBS special:

The Animals "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place".

Also: "Lonely Too Long" by The Young Rascals.. good thread

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Invaders, etc. - Iron Maiden

OK - this post is more about PLAYERS, not tunes...but....

Kinda hard to pick just one great Steve Harris bass part, isn't it? When it comes to metal, I list Harris as my personal fave "traditional" bassist, Lemmy as my "plays bass like a freakin' guitar" fave. Geezer Butler falls in the mix, too.

Catching Iron Maiden this August on their summer US tour - looking forward to what should be a pretty cool "classic Maiden" set.

Before Rush fans pipe in, I do not consider Rush "metal" - Geddy Lee was/is pretty amazing - and a great bass tone to boot. Chris Squire (Yes) is another prog fave of mine in terms of what he plays, despite my generally not digging his recorded tone in most cases. Les Claypool is a monster, but sometimes the monster should just lay back & groove.

For all around melodic playing, still hard to top McCartney's contributions to the Beatles rhythm section. And for me, take McCartney's melodic style & inject it with copious amounts of HGH and you get John Entwistle.

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Kinda hard to pick just one great Steve Harris bass part, isn't it?
Catching Iron Maiden this August on their summer US tour - looking forward to what should be a pretty cool "classic Maiden" set.
Agreed. I saw them last year on tour with Dream Theater... great stuff. I prefer the faster pace of their live music versus the album version of the songs.
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"You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon. The bassist essentially plays the lead guitar role.

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"You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon. The bassist essentially plays the lead guitar role.

Same could be said for just about any Motorhead track, despite the slight difference in genre.biggrin.gif Lemmy sits somewhere between bass & a heavy rhythm guitar.
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Duran Duran had some innovative ones such as "Rio".

John Taylor is definitely one of the most underrated bassists in pop music. VERY funky for a skinny Brit.

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