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Postby areopagite on Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:06 am

as a guitar player who started on bass and as a member of a bassless band for the past five years or so, a great bass line just tickles my soul. anybody care to nominate a few of the best?

first on my mind because i'm listening to the record right now:
come - "weak as the moon" from near life experience
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Postby SchnappM on Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:48 am

Pink Floyd - Money
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Postby tmidgett on Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:15 am

pretty much anything by chic

i would choose 'rebels are we' and '26' off the top of my head

'albatross' and 'theme' and most other PiL with jah wobble

i could list a million things but i'll stop there for now
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Postby MattPeterson on Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:31 am

Fugazi - "Long Division"
Shellac - "Didn't We Deserve..."
Ben E King - "Stand By Me"
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Postby ironyengine on Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:42 am

Probably no one here has heard them, but the now-sort-of-defunct DC band Maginot Line had some really kickass basslines. Particularly on the songs "Enemy Accent" and "Hospital Corners."

I'm also a big fan of most of Entwhistle's work.
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Postby LIAM on Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:55 am

Dead Red Eyes by Archers Of Loaf
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Postby run joe, run on Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:48 am

'Livewire' by AC/DC
'Dear Prudence' by The Beatles
'The Old Man's Back Again' by Scott Walker
Anything off 'Melody Nelson'
Anything off 'At Action Park'
'Everlasting Love' by The Love Affair
'Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)' by The Beach Boys
'Underground' by Scratch Perry

I second Chic.

These are ones I can think of right now. They are mostly old ones.
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Postby shagboy on Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:27 am

michael jackson - billie jean
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Postby felicito on Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:35 am

MONKEY TRICK - JESUS LIZARD GOAT

end of topic

actually, no. anything david sims played bass on. one evening and, well yeah, all of them. rapemen too. best bassist ever. you might disagree but you would be wrong. sorry.
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Postby Cranius on Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:36 am

run joe, run wrote:'The Old Man's Back Again' by Scott Walker


That song is fantastic in so many ways.


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Postby toomanyhelicopters on Wed Nov 24, 2004 6:42 am

i dunno which one it is, but the song with the best bassline has to be something by Yes circa ~1970. it pretty much has to.

"jungle boogie" by those guys with the name, that one has a great bassline.

"tell me something good" as per the poll in C/NC right now, that one slays.

"groove is in the heart" is pretty cool.

"green eyed lady" is certainly well up there.

what about that one song by Dianogah, y'know, the one with the bassline?
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Postby shagboy on Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:11 am

toomanyhelicopters wrote:i dunno which one it is, but the song with the best bassline has to be something by Yes circa ~1970. it pretty much has to.


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Postby evolu on Wed Nov 24, 2004 7:37 am

In no particular order -

The Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
The Breeders - When I Was A Painter
Diana Ross & The Supremes - My World is Empty Without You
Mercury Rev - Young Man's Stride
Slint - Glenn

There are far too many to choose from..!!!
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Postby ginandtacos.com on Wed Nov 24, 2004 8:19 am

nirvana - "lounge act"
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Postby jim primate on Wed Nov 24, 2004 8:47 am

"moby dick," "the ocean, "black dog"- "what're you sayin' little man, you don't like zep?"

"peaches"- the stranglers

lots of things by new order/joy division

lots of things by the jesus lizard

lots of things by the birthday party
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Postby GypsumFantastic on Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:23 am

Some of my favourites have already been listed, here are some others I like.

Big Black - Deep Six , Its that bass line that made me buy my first musical instrument (bass guitar)

Bl'ast - In my Blood

Gary bartz - Celestial Blues

Johnny Clarke - Come Back To Me



christ on a bike I forgot to mention the behomoth Wingwalker




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Postby olivier on Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:37 am

anything by yes ( chris squire ) especially "roundabout" ( is it this one too many helicopters ? )
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Postby El Protoolio on Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:38 am

Taxman - The Beatles

What You Give Is What You Get - The Jam

and many, many more classic hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's
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Postby TheMilford on Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:53 am

Duran Duran "Rio"

Rush "Digital Man"

The Police " Spirits in the Material Morld"

Hoover "electrolux"
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Postby placeholder on Wed Nov 24, 2004 10:11 am

As previously mentioned, just about anything by Peter Hook gets my vote. At least the Joy Division and New Order stuff. Revenge and Monaco, not so much (though "What Do You Want From Me?" by Monaco is a great song). Hump that bass, Peter Hook!

Same goes for Jah Wobble in his PIL days (I haven't really investigated his post-PIL stuff, though I'm sure some of it is worthwhile), especially "Poptones".

Bruce Thomas from the Attractions did some neat stuff, as did Tina Weymouth.

It's too hard to decide, and I'm forgetting a bunch of stuff.
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