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Awesome/Filthy Basslines

Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
edited October 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
Lately I have been struck by a yearning for basslines that will rock my face. Primarily I'm looking for funk tunes with superb bass parts (think: Jungle Boogie, to some extent Rapper's Delight) although I won't turn down a song just because it isn't straight funk. Filthy lines are also good: the type where you listen and go oh man that is just nasty but it is so good all the same. I'm afraid I can't really be more precise (the specifics of funk are lost on me) but go wild.

And if a single person recommends anything involving Cliff Burton, death is the result.

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    KamiKami Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Billy Sheehan may fit the bill, even though he doesn't do much funk or R&B, he plays with Steve Vai, and does some pretty funky jazz-infused magic.

    Also, Les Claypool (of self-titled, and Primus fame) can lay down some nasty buisness. Check out "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver" by Primus, for instance.

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    JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting Defense Place at the tableRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I really like the bassline of the Gorrillaz Feel Good Inc, and it's easy.

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    VulpineVulpine Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Not a band particularly associated with funk, but the bassline to "Barbarism Begins At Home" by The Smiths is sublime.

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    Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Kami wrote: »
    Billy Sheehan may fit the bill, even though he doesn't do much funk or R&B, he plays with Steve Vai, and does some pretty funky jazz-infused magic.

    I have to confess, I've always felt Sheehan couldn't lay down a groove to save his life. If you could link me to a tune where he actually lays down a solid line I'd really appreciate it (genuinely).

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    ManonvonSuperockManonvonSuperock Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
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    necroSYSnecroSYS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Frank Zappa - Over-Nite Sensation (esp. Dirty Love and Zombie Woof) and Zoot Allures

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    MuragoMurago Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I'm gonna recommend a couple, being a fellow bassist myself. (geddy lee jazz bass ftw).

    Anyway

    Check out "Jenny was a Friend of Mine" by The Killers, from their album Hot Fuss awesome bass riff, and quite simple.

    "Hysteria" by Muse, from Absolution. need to be fast

    "Around the World" RHCP, from californicaton? I dunno, fun intro and awesome groove to it.

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    ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Les Claypool had a unique style.

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    Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    yup, if you want to listen to some bass riffs you'll never be able to replicate

    go listen to some Primus

    damn Claypool and his Rainbow Bass.

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    gneGnegneGne Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Raekwon - Glaciers of Ice

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    necroSYSnecroSYS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    All of you clowns recommending Les Claypool didn't read the OP. He's looking for jazz/funk basslines, not Les' type of stuff.

    Recommend Victor Wooten or Jack Bruce basslines, not Les.

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I guess no one has mentioned Sabotage yet because we all figured it was pretty much a given?

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    Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    just recommend him RHCP before they went pop-rock. early RHCP is funkilicious.

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    whuppinswhuppins Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Murago wrote: »
    "Around the World" RHCP, from californicaton? I dunno, fun intro and awesome groove to it.

    I'll see your RHCP Around the World and raise you the Daft Punk Around the World.

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    Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    necroSYS wrote: »
    All of you clowns recommending Les Claypool didn't read the OP. He's looking for jazz/funk basslines, not Les' type of stuff.

    Recommend Victor Wooten or Jack Bruce basslines, not Les.

    I didn't want to mention this (for fear of coming across as the grumpy bugger I am) but yeah, I'm really not looking for Les Claypool or Billy Sheehan style bass playing. To be honest, I'm not really into bass-players'-bass-players either: Wooten's always gotten on my nerves, I must confess. As for "basslines you'll never be able to replicate", who cares how difficult a line is to play? Not me, I'm afraid.

    I just want accessible, groovy, dancable (probably not a real word) basslines, preferably ones that sit at the centre of the tune. I really wish I could think of more examples than Jungle Boogie and Rappers' Delight, but my brain's coming up blank.

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    Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Pre-pop RHCP I already have plenty of, and it is indeed brilliant. Daft Punk's Around the World was another great suggestion (although the tune could do without the vocal line, to be frank).

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    necroSYSnecroSYS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    necroSYS wrote: »
    All of you clowns recommending Les Claypool didn't read the OP. He's looking for jazz/funk basslines, not Les' type of stuff.

    Recommend Victor Wooten or Jack Bruce basslines, not Les.

    I didn't want to mention this (for fear of coming across as the grumpy bugger I am) but yeah, I'm really not looking for Les Claypool or Billy Sheehan style bass playing. To be honest, I'm not really into bass-players'-bass-players either: Wooten's always gotten on my nerves, I must confess. As for "basslines you'll never be able to replicate", who cares how difficult a line is to play? Not me, I'm afraid.

    I just want accessible, groovy, dancable (probably not a real word) basslines, preferably ones that sit at the centre of the tune. I really wish I could think of more examples than Jungle Boogie and Rappers' Delight, but my brain's coming up blank.

    Seriously, check out the Bruce basslines in the Zappa album I recommended.

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Not sure if it's your cup of tea, but Fun Lovin' Criminals?

    http://www.last.fm/music/Fun+Lovin%27+Criminals/_/King+of+New+York for a 30sec clip.

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    shutzshutz Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Before I read the OP's replies, I almost seconded the Primus.

    But I still second Frank Zappa's Overnite Sensation, and raise you one Apostrophe', and one "One Size Fits All". Also try to sample any of his stuff from the 70's and 80's, you might find more stuff

    Again, might not be funky enough, but Yes' "Roundabout" has some really funky bass going on, but you don't seem to be looking for prog rock, so it might not rock your boat.

    Does Radiohead's "The National Anthem" count? Really simple, almost dissonant.

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    IriahIriah Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    whuppins wrote: »
    Murago wrote: »
    "Around the World" RHCP, from californicaton? I dunno, fun intro and awesome groove to it.

    I'll see your RHCP Around the World and raise you the Daft Punk Around the World.

    I'll your DPAtW and raise you with another Chili's - Throw Away Your Television. It's pretty much the perfect answer to the OP.

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    dangerdoomdangerdangerdoomdanger Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Squarepusher. Oh wait you said physically possible. Hm. Les Claypool isn't as hard as one would think. Look up Tommy the Cat by the way. That's a filthy bassline.

    Here, let me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn3uiLZY9Jg


    Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmoFNya6P4Q

    I'm not sure if you mind trying synthesized basslines. They're possible.

    Oh yeah, and the Isley Brothers:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCBTR7583P4
    D D# E so funky.

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    CptKemzikCptKemzik Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Check out some songs from bands that were better known for their guitarists:

    Fire (Jimi Hendrix Experience)- The bassline is phat, simple, and glues together mitch's crazy fills and Jimi's solo.

    What Is And What Never Should Be (led zep)- JPJ's line during the verse IS the verse.

    Moutain Song (Jane's Addiction) - simple and absolutley hypnotic

    Also check out:

    Anything Parliament-Funkadelic, George Clinton, or Bootsy Collins related.

    Stanley Clarke's self-titled debut

    If You Want Me To Stay (Sly and The Family Stone) - just get it EXACTLY what you are asking for

    Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf (SATFS) - same as above, the line that brought slap and pop into the foray

    I laughed at the Billy Sheenan suggestion.

    Edited for clarification.

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    FishMistFishMist Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Another One Bites The Dust by Queen has a pretty prominent base line.

    How about Badge by Cream?

    Or Piggy by Nine Inch Nails?

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    dangerdoomdangerdangerdoomdanger Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    That's funny that Stanley Clarke's self titled debut is better known for the guitarist. Also funny that the bassline is considered doable. Never listened to the album but...

    ... tried learning Silly Putty once. Didn't work out too well.

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    KamiKami Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    This one's a gimme, but I'll say the entire album of Thriller by Michael Jackson.

    Some lines are complex, some are very easy, but all of them are absolutely hypnotic.

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    CptKemzikCptKemzik Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Considering people around here are throwing out Billy Sheenan, Jack Bruce, Les Claypool and Victor Wooten, i figured i'd throw in a guy who, while one of those crazy "bassist-bassists" has frequently put out do-able (even simple) groovy lines. Clarke is a genuine funky and jazzy player.

    Also last i checked Bob (a guitarist) is simply looking for some suggestions to listen to, he didnt explicity say he wanted to learn all of them.

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    Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Nope, never suggested I wanted to play them. I just love digging the fat grooves.

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    DemerdarDemerdar Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Led Zeppelin - What is and should never be, a classic.

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    NrthstarNrthstar Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    for a bit of a different pace, try MxPx's "Theme Fiasco". it's punk and not funk, but it's an instrumental with a bassline I've always loved. Herrera does an awesome job and it was one of the first "difficult" bass lines I've ever learned to play.

    Since Wooten and Claypool are out, I don't know what else to recommend really since I'm a bass player. There's always Flea's stuff, but everyone in the world has heard that for years. Although if you can track down his interview tape, it was supposed to be an instructional video but Flea and River Phoenix are FAR too high to give any solid advice except for Flea's explanation "A good bass line is just like a cow that can fly and roars into outer space and straight into the sun and then morphs into a...." or something like that, I gotta pop the old VHS back in sometime soon to watch it again. But the lines he lays down during the interview are absolutely insane and you can feel his pure love for the sound in every note he plays.

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    gobassgogobassgo Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    The Philadelphia Experiment has excellent bass playing by Christian Mcbride.
    Uri Caine, Questlove, and McBride. The pockets are deep and the grooves are fresh.


    Check out some Soulive. They are an organ trio so they don't have a bassist, but the keys/organ player (Neal Evans) has a ridiculously nasty left hand and he brings out some incredible funky grooves with it. He's pretty much grooves the bass on his keys better than a lot of actual bassists.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dwTFvAPjs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u2CxrYIgY0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plWq4EBXUnU

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    cheesecakecheesecake Registered User new member
    edited October 2007
    No CAKE yet? Victor Damiani (until 1997) and Gabe Nelson are awesome. Very funky and very danceable.

    Try:

    The Distance
    Hem of your Garment
    I Will Survive
    Never There
    Meanwhile, Rick James...

    You won't regret it, trust me. This is the band you want for fun basslines. And I'm not even really a big fan.

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    Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    gobassgo wrote: »
    The pockets are deep and the grooves are fresh.

    now someone's speaking my language

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    ChopperDaveChopperDave Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    "Waiting Room" by Fugazi is pretty easy, but is also one of my favorite basslines in a punk song ever.

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    xThanatoSxxThanatoSx Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Another one bites the dust - Queen
    Under Pressure - Queen

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    SoulburnerSoulburner Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Check out some of the Betty Davis tunes on youtube. Betty Davis made the best funk I've ever heard. Here's an example: http://youtube.com/watch?v=oNcohPUr1PI

    Might find what you're looking for.

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    LiveWireLiveWire Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    For my money nothing tops the funk bass of Jamiroqui. Take a listen: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gJmX1z1NY2c

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    InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I believe the title speaks for itself:

    Humming the Bassline

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    Bryse EayoBryse Eayo Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Mkay randomly found on my playlist:

    Kyoto Jazz Massive's Spirit of the Sun. The entire album is pure gold groove.
    All of The Cinematic Orchestra
    A couple Medeski Martin and Wood songs: Bubblehouse, Where Have You Been along others
    Bonobo - Pick Up. I actually think you'd like his entire album: It Came from the Sea
    Alot of Amon Tobin's stuff


    And if you want a really dirty, awful, and admittedly nothing to do with what you're looking for but still great bassline find the Stars song "The Night Starts Here"

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    GithzeraiGithzerai Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Perhaps it just goes without saying, but why has no-one mentioned Larry Graham?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1IuD6F3R5I

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