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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 9:08:20 AM   
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I was so glad that Clowny mentioned another one bites the dust! I thought the world had gone mad for a second!

I would also like to throw in Under Pressure to the mix which has one of the most recognisable base lines ever!

And a personal fav of mine is "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 10:48:40 AM   
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Some more songs I have been listening to recently and thought: By Gosh, this song has a nift bassline!

-Music for Chameleons: Gary Numan. Ok so Alan Partridge has made the song impossible not to air bass to, as well as taking it seriously...but the riff on this song is seriously catchy. I also love the slow build at the start, just like the one in......


-Moving in Stereo, The Cars.  Again a song that has been slightly tainted by it's association to a certain sequence in a film. Regardless the riff in this is incredibly powreful despite the simplicity. Impossible not to dance/air bass to.


Not so much of a riff thoughout but the bass playing in Run to the Hills  by Iron Maiden  is bloody fantastic. Seriously quick in parts and a driving heartbeat to an all time classic.



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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 11:04:33 AM   
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I was feeling quite smug that no one had suggested Seven Nation Army yet, but then found out that it was just a very low-tuned guitar and that was probably the reason why.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 11:09:14 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Larry of Arabia

I was feeling quite smug that no one had suggested Seven Nation Army yet, but then found out that it was just a very low-tuned guitar and that was probably the reason why.


After the euros everyone's sick to their back teeth of it anyway.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 12:14:05 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Sledge Hammer

I was so glad that Clowny mentioned another one bites the dust! I thought the world had gone mad for a second!

I would also like to throw in Under Pressure to the mix which has one of the most recognisable base lines ever!

And a personal fav of mine is "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age


Well, given that Another One Bites The Dust shamelessly rips off the great Bernard Edwards more masterful riff from Chic's Good Times, I'd have been more than happy for nobody to mention it (sorry Gimli!).  Even the Sugarhill Gang made better use of it than John Deacon.

Good call on QOTSA - used to enjoy playing that one in the band but the hassle of drop-C tuning eventually led to it being shelved in favour of The Sky Is Fallin', which has some more sterling work from Nick Oliveri to master.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 12:19:50 PM   
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quote:

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-Moving in Stereo, The Cars.  Again a song that has been slightly tainted by it's association to a certain sequence in a film.




You say that like it's a bad thing.

Personally I would be honoured to have my song accompany a scene of Phoebe Cates showing off her exquisite tits.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 12:39:02 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sharkboy

quote:

ORIGINAL: Sledge Hammer

I was so glad that Clowny mentioned another one bites the dust! I thought the world had gone mad for a second!

I would also like to throw in Under Pressure to the mix which has one of the most recognisable base lines ever!

And a personal fav of mine is "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age


Well, given that Another One Bites The Dust shamelessly rips off the great Bernard Edwards more masterful riff from Chic's Good Times, I'd have been more than happy for nobody to mention it (sorry Gimli!).  Even the Sugarhill Gang made better use of it than John Deacon.

Good call on QOTSA - used to enjoy playing that one in the band but the hassle of drop-C tuning eventually led to it being shelved in favour of The Sky Is Fallin', which has some more sterling work from Nick Oliveri to master.


Quite possibly the most perfect song (in a career littered with perfect songs) the mighty Queens ever did.
Some amazing bass-lines from the Oliveri-era, the aforementioned Give The Mule What He Wants, You Can't Quit Me Baby, Auto-Pilot and In The Fade are particular stand-outs.
One of my best live memories of them was at Manchester in 2003 when Nick seamlessly segued the Day In The Life-esque bass bit in the middle of No One Knows into Feel Good Hit Of The Summer which they then played in its entirety before fading out and mutating back into No One Knows. Awesome stuff.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 1:48:31 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sharkboy

quote:

ORIGINAL: Sledge Hammer

I was so glad that Clowny mentioned another one bites the dust! I thought the world had gone mad for a second!

I would also like to throw in Under Pressure to the mix which has one of the most recognisable base lines ever!

And a personal fav of mine is "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age


Well, given that Another One Bites The Dust shamelessly rips off the great Bernard Edwards more masterful riff from Chic's Good Times, I'd have been more than happy for nobody to mention it (sorry Gimli!).  Even the Sugarhill Gang made better use of it than John Deacon.


I like Good Times and Rapper's Delight and the similarity is obvious, but my ear for music is so useless I never once connected them to Dust, even though I knew Deacon was inspired by the Chic song. I still can't make out any noticeable connection.

Liar would be my pick of a Queen song for some good bass.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 2:19:24 PM   
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All these posts, and NO ONE has mentioned THIS classic bit of bass-playing?

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 2:39:14 PM   
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I would say that quite few songs with Peter Hook on bass has some cool riffs.

Transmission, Shadowplay, True Faith and Regret spring to mind.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 2:57:42 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Qwerty Norris

All these posts, and NO ONE has mentioned THIS classic bit of bass-playing?


But I did! I DID!!!!!


(Look a few posts up)

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 3:02:19 PM   
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Just reminded of another all time great bassline from another thread here.


Inca Roads, FZ and the Mothers of Invention. Seriously awesome. That's all I can say about it!

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 17/7/2012 11:02:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: st3veebee

quote:

ORIGINAL: Qwerty Norris

All these posts, and NO ONE has mentioned THIS classic bit of bass-playing?


But I did! I DID!!!!!


(Look a few posts up)


Indeed you did.

My mistake!

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 24/7/2012 8:37:46 PM   
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My standout current favourite bassline: Keep It Greasy by Frank Zappa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly79mkffp7M

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 13/8/2012 1:01:58 PM   
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How about a more modern song?:

Pumped up kicks by Foster the People has a brilliantly catchy bassline, even if I find the rest of the song after the great intro a little dull.


I'm also getting back into Primus again, Claypool was/is a genius on the bass .

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 14/8/2012 3:41:13 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: st3veebee

I'm also getting back into Primus again, Claypool was/is a genius on the bass .


He surpases genius. Check out his bass on Ebay he's selling for charity (you can see it on his FB page).
I think it's up to $50k now. I want.




Primus's new album - Green Naughahyde is rather good as well

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 11/9/2012 1:12:11 PM   
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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 18/9/2012 12:42:41 PM   
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The best thing about No Doubt is Gwen's flat stomach.

Good bass riffs are great, good bass solos are shit. Is that a paradox?


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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 18/9/2012 12:45:35 PM   
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quote:

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good bass solos are shit. Is that a paradox?



I wouldn't know - I've never heard a good bass solo.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 21/9/2012 2:04:52 PM   
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I can't believe no one's mentioned I Want You Back by The Jackson Five.

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 21/9/2012 2:33:57 PM   
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Good bass riffs are great, good bass solos are shit. Is that a paradox?



Reminds me of a cartoon our guitarist sent me a few days ago- two cops in an interrogation room, one with an upright bass.  Perp being questioned.  First cop - "it's no use sarge, he'll never talk." Sarge - "He will soon, everyone talks during a bass solo!"

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 21/9/2012 3:06:42 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sharkboy

quote:

ORIGINAL: Toby Monroe


Good bass riffs are great, good bass solos are shit. Is that a paradox?



Reminds me of a cartoon our guitarist sent me a few days ago- two cops in an interrogation room, one with an upright bass.  Perp being questioned.  First cop - "it's no use sarge, he'll never talk." Sarge - "He will soon, everyone talks during a bass solo!"


too true, tried one myself once - only once

Talking of which - I am a fan of Geezer Butler's Basssically, the intro to N.I.B (off Black Sabbath's debut album)

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RE: Greatest Bass Riffs of all Time. - 21/9/2012 3:25:50 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Larry of Arabia

I was feeling quite smug that no one had suggested Seven Nation Army yet, but then found out that it was just a very low-tuned guitar and that was probably the reason why.


Pure Octave Pedal witchery.

Naysayers of Bass solos need some Vic Wooten in their lives.

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