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Songs you remember because of the bass line

Discussion in 'music' started by VanceB, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. bernie_frank

    bernie_frank not so flat member

    by daniel lanois on the album "acadie" or "vodoo" by the neville brothers on the album "yellow moon" to name a few...
  2. Sid and Coke

    Sid and Coke and so the rebuild continues..

    Clash - Bankrobber & Bankrobber Dub
    UK Subs- Warhead
    UB40- King
  3. domfjbrown

    domfjbrown pfm Member

    Yep - I used to be a bassist (want to be again - anyone got a cheap Aria Pro 2 going - I miss mine) and I've always maintained bass and drums ARE the band - the lead guitarist is the ego and dick waver of the band and the bassist and drummer actually do the work - you can live without rhythm guitar but not bass/drums on a full rock band I reckon :)

    I used to be in a band, and I wasn't particularly brilliant on bass, but used to give it all that on stage (once I'd got into it - after about 5 minutes) and I'd be the only one jigging about the stage etc... We were looking for this new singer once, and she said at the end: "you lot are crap, but you've got a mean bassist" - I nearly died of shock!

    I like the fact that a bass can make a building rattle as well - can a guitar do that? Not without pitchshifting - plus bassists have to be hardcore to be able to handle the extra size of their instrument - guitar is harder to play IMHO but bass is cooler...

    AND - the piece de resistance - guitarists are 3000000 a penny - bassists are rarer and even if you're shoddy, you're normally in demand :)

    Oh yeah - more basslines:
    Happy Man/I want your love/Le Freak - Chic (most of their basslines kick arse)
    Do the du - A Certain Ratio
    Fools gold - Stone Roses
  4. Mick Seymour

    Mick Seymour Member

    Can we include classical here? There's almost nothing better than a 32" pipe with air blowing over it to make the blood curdle.

    Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 "Organ".


    Actually, I meant 32' pipe.
  5. VanceB

    VanceB Member

    I used to have one of those, a cool black 5 string. Was a nice bass though, slim(ish) neck and easy to play.

    Got a Dean 5 string now, along with a Fender jazz, and an Ovation acoustic. Would love to have a Rickenbacker, just can't justify that kind of expense :mad: I play these through either a Laney or Trace Elliot combo.

    As to guitarists, well you don't really need 2 in a band to sound good, any decent guitarist should be able to double up as lead and rythmn, but as you say, you can do without the rythmn guitar anyway. And if the Drummer and Bassist don't lay down the foundations you don't need either :D
  6. space cadet

    space cadet dronefed and floating

    Another ex-bass player signing in, couldn't play for toffee though!
    Pixies – Gigantic
    Joy Division – Ceremony
    Red Krayola – Transparent Radiation
    Salvatore – Easy
    Mekanik Kommando – Picnic in the Castle Garden
    Field Mice – Sensitive
    Psychic Warriors of Gaia – Obsidian
  7. prowla

    prowla pfm Member

    Used to have an Aria Pro II.
    Still got two Ricky 4001's.
    Would really like a nice 5 string, like a Warwick or a Status.
  8. pm1961

    pm1961 pfm Member

    Oh.......... Nirvana!!!!!!!!!

    This thread forced me into a marathon listening session..........

    Faves already mentioned; (most of the above really......)

    Seal - Killer
    Deelite - Groove is in the heart

    Not mentioned (unless I missed them...)

    Herbie Hancock - Rockit and Future Shock - Album Future Shock

    Stanley Clarke - Play the Bass!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    - Are you Ready?
    - Speedball...............

    Oh the whole bloody album!..... Time Exposure

    Try it........... and believe......

  9. domfjbrown

    domfjbrown pfm Member

    Yeah - my Aria Pro 2 was the normal 4 string with Maple (?) neck and black body - it was lush and only cost £230 so I was loving it! I only had some feeble 100w Carlsbro bass amp though. The dodgy practice rooms we used to use had Hi-watt and Laney bass amps but I'd love a Trace Elliot - my mate Vince has one (with a Yamaha bass) and the combo rocks...

    Got another bass line - track 2 off of The Vapors' "New clear days" - quite funky. Not forgetting Aeroplane by Red Hot Chili Peppers :)
  10. JohnG

    JohnG pfm Member

    "Jealous Words" Danny Thompson on Richard Thompson's "The Old Kit Bag" - only problem I heard it live and had to upgrade system because it's inadequacies were so obvious.

    "Timeslip" Jack Bruce from "Out of the Storm", Chris Spedding on guitar was none to shabby, but for me settles the "do you need a lead guitarist" debate.

    Albatross -simple but perfect underpinning

    "Solid Air" Danny Thompson (again) - best of all on the Norma Waterson's version on "The Very Though of You"

    oh and pretty much anything by the Who, I never thought they would recover after losing Keith Moon, but now...

    well that took a while to write, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
  11. redcogs

    redcogs Harbethian Popular Front

    Cor - just remembered a beaut' - Lou Reed and Wild Side!

    redcogs, greying junior mamba..:)
  12. Dave J

    Dave J Übermember

    'Short Stories' off Perfect Crime - Ray Obiedo
    'Crosstown Kids' from Larry & Lee - Larry Carlton & Lee Ritenour
    'Chuck E's in Love' - Ricky Lee Jones - used to be one of my LP12 set up tracks
    'On the Corner' - John Patitucci
    'Refuge of the Roads' - Hejira, Joni Mitchell. One of several Jaco Pastorius tracks
    'Parabola' off Lateralus, Tool
    'Night in Tunisia' - What Cha Gonna Do for Me, Chaka Khan
    'Just Right for Me' - Twennynine, Lenny White
    'Summertime Blues' - Live at Leeds, The Who
  13. RustyB

    RustyB Registered Ginga

  14. smegger68

    smegger68 Mango Enthusiast

    My Spine (Is The Bassline) by Shriekback
    Tommy The Cat by Primus
    Blood Money by Nitzer Ebb
    Sensoria by Caberet Voltaire
    Notice Me by New Model Army
    She Brings The Rain by Can
    Copped It by The Fall

    .... oh I could go on for ages :D
  15. RustyB

    RustyB Registered Ginga

    Which NMA album features Notice Me?
  16. smegger68

    smegger68 Mango Enthusiast

    Their first album, Vengeance. Released on Abstract records in 1984. Has been issued on CD as 'The Independent Story' with a few singles from that period. See this AMG review HERE
  17. prowla

    prowla pfm Member

    Here's three terrible songs with great bass workouts:
    Duran Duran - Rio
    Rod Stewart - If You Think I'm Sexy
    Grease soundtrack - You're The One That I Want.
  18. P

    P Banned


    How about

    Heatwave - Boogie Nights

  19. Mick Seymour

    Mick Seymour Member

    I thought this was songs you remembered not songs you'd hope to forget!

  20. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    <strikes a quasimodo pose and shrieks> "the Bells, the BellS!"

    well for starters, anyway

    The Police - hole in my life (particularly the live version from Police Live)

    Talking Heads - Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) from Remain in light

    The Cure - Play for Today from Seventeen Seconds

    Shriekback - well, basically all of it!

    Jah Wobble's Invaders of the heart - pretty much all of that too!

    Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Suck my kiss from Blood Sugar Sex Magik

    Prince - Kiss from Parade

    Caberet Voltaire - Sensoria from Microphonies

    The Cure - primary from Faith

    need to wake up a bit more to unearth some more.

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