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Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 4:02:07 PM   
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After feeling physically sick reading that list by Musicradar.com stating that Muse's 2003 hit Hysteria is the greatest bass riff of all time, I decided to just make a thread all about the greatest tunes ever played out by the most underrated of musical instruments.

Link for that list : http://www.musicradar.com/news/bass/the-25-best-basslines-of-all-time-509265#!25

Don't get me wrong: I like Muse. Their early stuff is fantastic an they  have an huge amount of musical talent at their disposal as well as one of the most unique voices in recent music history. However saying that one of their more forgettable songs of 2003 contains a better bass riff than any other song, ever, is frankly regoddamnediculous. Shame on you musicradar voters. It's not even the best Muse bass riff...

So what are your favourite riffs played on the bass? Off the top of my head:

Cannonball, The Breeders
 
Money, Pink Floyd
 
Under Pressure/Another one bites the Dust, Queen
 
Jerry was a Racecar Driver, Primus
 
Roundabout, Yes
 
YYZ, Rush
 
One nation under a groover, Funkadelic
 
and have to include at least one Entwhistle.... The Real Me, The Who
 
 
 
So what do you all think? Is Hysteria the best bassline???? No ...so what it?
 



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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 4:33:07 PM   
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Great thread. I'd say I'm an ex-bassist, but perhaps you never stop, I don't know.
I have a 1978 Fender Precision at home, it has travelled the country, played some decent festivals and got me laid a few times.
Good call on Primus, I don't think Les Claypool can be bettered myself although I always wanted to be Flea.

Just a few off the top of my head:-

One Better - Les Claypool (Of Whales and Woe) Incredible bass playing, absolutely bonkers as you would expect

Aint no Doubt - Jimmy Nail. OK, it popped into my head. As a youth, I worked behind the bar in a pub. This was on the juke box quite a bit, and although the tune was pretty puke-inducing, I fell in love with the funky cool bass line.

You Outta Know - Alannis Morrissette. Heard this a few times and loved the bass line, and didn't find out till much later it was Flea.

Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers. Originally off The Conehads soundtrack, but also a B-side I think to Under The Bridge. Flea goes soulful but pretty off the scale. His bass playing on this makes my heart melt.

Take the Power Back - Rage Against The Machine. Again, I loved this bassline. So simple but very powerful. Same with Bullet In The Head.

None of them qualify for best bass rifts by any stretch, just ones that I think are cool. If I rack my brains I could come up with any number of Level 42, Police, Infectious Grooves, Faith No More, Primus, Alice In Chains songs with a driving bass line to make my knob twitch.
I'll leave thatfor Sharky, he'll be here in a minute with a list as long as your arm.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 4:39:01 PM   
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I always thought Graceland by Paul Simon had a pretty funky bassline.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 4:41:24 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 4:58:17 PM   
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Not a huge fan of Muse but that choice seems strange...I can barely remember any bass on that tune! I really like Muscle Museum though...pretty simple but quite prominent bass in that, which is good.

When I was in a band many, many years ago, we always made sure the bass really came through in our songs. My mate Lee was a fucking demon on it too! Don't ask me what we were called though...

I love Magic Bus by The Who...not particularly technical, but the bass is fucking loud! Bombtrack by Rage Against the Machine is another classic for me. It's very similar to the guitar riff but that's a killer riff!

Have to mention The Chain by Fleetwood Mac too...genius.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 5:37:16 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 6:22:59 PM   
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No Chilli Peppers here!! Naked in the Rain is funky as fuck

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 9:00:02 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 9:49:17 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 10:23:08 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 10:50:36 PM   
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Cracking Thread In no particular order, off the top off my head and far from definitive...............

Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Norman Watt-Roy
Abba - Gimme Gimme Gimme - Rutger Gunnarsson
Weather Report - Teen Town - Jaco Pastorius
Metallica - Orion - Cliff Burton
Iron Maiden - The Trooper - Steve Harris
Marcus Miller - Power of Soul - Marcus Miller (Hendrix Cover) *EDIT* I Just listened to this, first time in ages. Hell Yeah !
Marcus Miller - Come Together - Marcus Miller (Beatles Cover) *EDIT* Ditto.
Level 42 - Lessons In Love - Mark King
Level 42 - Hot Water - Mark King
Infectious Grooves - Punk It Up - Robert Trujillo
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean - Louis Johnson
Was (Not Was) - Walk The Dinosaur - I don't know
The Clash - Bankrobber - Paul Simonon
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored - Gary Mounfield
The Stranglers - Peaches - Jean Jacques Burnel
YYZ - Rush - Geddy Lee
Jamiroquai - Deeper Underground - Paul Turner (I think)

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/7/2012 11:38:10 PM   
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quote:

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No Chilli Peppers here!! Naked in the Rain is funky as fuck

I kinda avoided the Chili Peppers because it's hard to choose one...but this is good!

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 12:13:46 AM   
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Ask me tomorrow and it'll be completely different.
I'm including basslines not necessarily played on a bass because I'm a heretic.

Simple Minds - Premonition
Gary Numan - Music for Chameleons (difficult to hear without seeing Alan Partridge, though)
Big Country - Flame of the West
Cabaret Voltaire - Searchin'
Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea
Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm
Groove Armada - Whatever, Whenever
James - On Top of the World
P.I.L. - Public Image
Leftfield - Space Shanty
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Morphine - Scratch
New Fast Automatic Daffodils - Big
Paul Simon - The Boy in the Bubble
Senser - Peace
S'Express - Special & Golden
The Shamen - Human NRG
Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
The The - Giant
The Verve - Gravity Grave

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 12:42:41 AM   
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quote:

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The Stranglers - Peaches - Jean Jacques Burnel


Completely forgot about Peaches, great pick.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 7:32:19 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Fluke Skywalker

No Chilli Peppers here!! Naked in the Rain is funky as fuck

I kinda avoided the Chili Peppers because it's hard to choose one...but this is good!


Yeah, I mentioned Soul to Squeeze above. Too many Flea riffs mentoon though, still love the whole vibe on Knock Me Down though.

And I'll 3rd (or 4th) NIB

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 8:59:54 AM   
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I know I'm not being specific, but I'm such a sucker for a punk or hardcore song where it starts just with bass. You know the sort that I mean - where the riff starts and you know you're going to want to smash something in a few seconds.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 9:08:10 AM   
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where the riff starts and you know you're going to want to smash something in a few seconds.


Yeah, I know what you mean. That song from Titanic makes me feel like that



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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 10:36:20 AM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 11:00:00 AM   
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how about

The Stranglers - Walk on by

Beastie Boys - Sabotage

The Breeders - Cannonball

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 1:32:24 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 1:44:41 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 2:03:07 PM   
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Pretty much any 80's-era R.E.M. song. Mike Mills is a fucking brilliant bassist.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 3:53:44 PM   
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quote:

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None of them qualify for best bass rifts by any stretch, just ones that I think are cool. If I rack my brains I could come up with any number of Level 42, Police, Infectious Grooves, Faith No More, Primus, Alice In Chains songs with a driving bass line to make my knob twitch.
I'll leave thatfor Sharky, he'll be here in a minute with a list as long as your arm.


You called?

I'm actually rather happy to see some mainstream pop in the lists, some of the session guys laid down basslines that were, frankly, often wasted on the song. Check out some of Deon Estus's work with Wham if you don't believe me - amazing musicianship! When I started playing bass as an impressionable 14-yr old, it was John Paul Jones and John Entwhistle that were probably my 2 biggest influences. So you can bet they're gonna feature somewhere! Then my influences really widened.

Anyway, a little list of some current favourites, in no particular order of preference:

Squarepusher - Solo Electric Bass 1 (album). Normally known for his very abrasive electronic tunes, he's also a pretty phenomenal bassist too. Check out what he can do with a 6-string - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4YdmXwotyQ

John Paul Jones - The Lemon Song: Hard to beat this improv bassline in the solos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbnKzRvNTD8

Pino Palladino - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down: Pino's very distictive fretless technique really made Paul Young's soul covers soar. His beautiful intro to Wherever I Lay My Hat maybe his most recognised line, but it's this one that really blew me away when I first heard it - just check out the playing at the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psYvtaNAQiY&feature=related

Noman Watt-Roy - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick: Watt-Roy was simply one of the best bassists this country has ever produced and this is still his masterpiece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WGVgfjnLqc

JJ Burnel - Nice'n'Sleazy: Jean Jacques really made his bass growl, and while this may not be as in your face as the wonderful Peaches, it is a much better line IMO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYqllpnyWrY

Tony Levin - Sledgehammer: Levin is just amazing, whether on a bass or Chapman Stick. I love his work with Peter Gabriel on the So album, and this is a fine example of his work (still love this video too!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1tTN-b5KHg

Mike Starr - Would?: AIC's contribution to the Singles Sountrack was the highlight of the CD, and here's why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1tTN-b5KHg

Herbie Flowers - Walk On The Wild Side: Bit of cheating here, as it's actually 2 basslines superimposed on each other; one upright bass and one fretless bass. The result is beautiful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wNknGIKkoA

Peter Hook - Ceremony: Surely one of the most distinctive styles and sounds to emerge from the punk/new wave scene, this is still my favourite and a stunning debut from New Order: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pr6SxJb-Dw&feature=related

Flea - Scar Tissue: So many that I could choose from, but I love the simplicity of the playing in this one, especially in his solos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzJj5-lubeM

John Entwhistle - My Generation: What a way to announce your presence - the bass solo in this still blows me away every time I hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xZOrWK6d4g

Paul Simonon - Guns of Brixton: Simonon's finest track, this dub-style line was later heard sampled in many a dance tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiQoq-wqZxg

Bruce Thomas - Pump It Up: Elvis Costello knew how to write a killer tune and Bruce Thomas could drop a driving bassline better than anyone. This is a great example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opIL3Yt0Un8

That'll do for now I think, no doubt I'll add more as I think of them. Oh, and for the record, I think Hysteria has a phenomenal bassline

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 10:29:15 PM   
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quote:

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The Stranglers - Peaches - Jean Jacques Burnel


Completely forgot about Peaches, great pick.


So is Peace Sells. You have just inspired me to reaquaint myself with that whole album. Epic stuff. I feel 15 again (my wife is not so keen)

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 10:40:14 PM   
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I Wanna Be Adored is the obvious Stone Roses choice but I'm also very fond of Waterfall, Daybreak and the bass-led segue into the instrumental finale of I Am The Resurrection.

Other choices for me:

(Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine - James Brown
All For Self - Fun Lovin' Criminals
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 10:46:30 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 12/7/2012 11:40:41 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 13/7/2012 7:50:26 AM   
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Bernard Edwards was an incredible funk/disco player.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 13/7/2012 1:58:24 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 15/7/2012 1:10:30 AM   
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