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PitaPita
03-29-2007, 10:27 PM
So what are some Bands, or songs, with stellar hella cool bass tracks?

Sloopy
03-29-2007, 10:28 PM
Graham Central Station

beastiebeatles
03-29-2007, 10:29 PM
Iron Maiden, RHCP, Metallica, The Cure, RATM, Bob Marley, Sublime...

Contraband
03-29-2007, 10:30 PM
Not that you'll listen, but Atheist and Cynic.

glasscock
03-29-2007, 10:31 PM
Necrophagist

voodoochilli499
03-29-2007, 10:31 PM
linkin park






















.... or rush

PitaPita
03-29-2007, 10:32 PM
Not that you'll listen, but Atheist and Cynic.


ill listen to anything man

Kid_Thorazine
03-29-2007, 10:32 PM
Bauhaus, Joy Division.

Belsius
03-29-2007, 10:33 PM
Primus, Primus, Primus

KickOutTheJamsX
03-29-2007, 10:33 PM
rancid and operation ivy

RHCP182
03-29-2007, 10:33 PM
Red Hot Chili Peppers, anything off Blood Sugar Sex Magic has funky-ass bass.

ncbaseball
03-29-2007, 10:34 PM
-> Breaking Benjamin

zoltanman
03-29-2007, 10:36 PM
Primus and Rush

Stop Messin'
03-29-2007, 10:36 PM
Led Zeppelin.....The Lemon Song. John Paul shines like a star on it.

Rush
ZZ Top
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Motorhead
Bon Scott era AC/DC
alot of 3-piece blues/rock bands

Freaky_Styley
03-29-2007, 10:36 PM
Primus and The Red Hot Chili Peppers,have phenominal bass lines

Iluvpowerchords
03-29-2007, 10:37 PM
You need some funk in your life.

Listen to James Brown....NOW!

Embodiment
03-29-2007, 10:38 PM
Not that you'll listen, but Atheist and Cynic.
+1
*waits for half the users to say RHCP*

rancidbass220
03-29-2007, 10:39 PM
reggae and ska have some pretty kick ass bass lines.

Reggae: Westbound Train, The Slackers
Ska: Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The Specials

Mongoose87
03-29-2007, 10:39 PM
Dig: The Who. John Entwsilte is a god. Listen to their live material.

mercedesisbenz
03-29-2007, 10:42 PM
Catch 22/Streetlight Manifesto, Medeski Martin and Wood, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Phish, Jaco Pastaurius, Bootsie Collins, Stanley Clarke, Michael Manring.

I may have butchered the spelling on the last few names.

[the]whorocks
03-29-2007, 10:45 PM
The Who: John Entwistle, the best bassist ever, imo. good songs: well, any from Tommy or Quadrophenia, you can hear the bass in all of them.

John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was the bass guitar player for The Who, as well as secondary songwriter, singer, and horn player. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rock bassists of all time,[1] creating an aggressive lead sound that helped influence contemporary and later bassists such as Les Claypool, Steve Harris, Lemmy Kilmister, Geddy Lee, Phil Lesh, Noel Redding, Billy Sheehan, Chris Squire and Mike Watt.


Rush: Geddy Lee- managed to pull off some amazing bass while singing lead. mad props to geddy.

Tool: whether it was Paul D'Amour or Justin Chancellor, you can almost always hear the bass and it just sounds great.

Yes: Chris Squire- no comment but Amazing.

obviously im more influenced by classic rock, but i play bass myself so i can tell a good bassist when i hear one, and those are ones that have stuck out.

Atomic_gerbil
03-29-2007, 10:55 PM
Primus

DC EP
03-29-2007, 10:57 PM
Jamiroquia, especially there early stuff with Stu Zender on bass

"Tele" Steve
03-29-2007, 10:59 PM
Parliament

jiminizzle
03-29-2007, 11:10 PM
whorocks']
Yes: Chris Squire- no comment but Amazing.



I was going to say that too. He is so underrated it's ridddddiculous

Roundabout (by Yes) has a funky line thats pretty catchy and is fairly accessible

punk_isntemo12
03-29-2007, 11:13 PM
-> Breaking Benjamin

hell yes :peace:

The Used, Metallica, Senses Fail. :p:
EDIT: FOB have some pretty catchy basslines, too...........

StratRat13
03-29-2007, 11:19 PM
John Entwistle revolutionized bass like no one else has.

phobos
03-29-2007, 11:23 PM
Bon Scott era AC/DC

yeah boooy. the entire Bon Scott era was amazing.

and check out Death from Above 1979. basically the entire sound consists of a fat distorted bass, a raw drum sound, and occasionally some great distorted synth. slightly appeals to the alternative-dancy scene, but good shit nonetheless. i highly recommend Black History Month or Little Girl.

FLrhcpEA
03-29-2007, 11:49 PM
John Entwistle revolutionized bass like no one else has.

:haha You've clearly never heard of Jaco Pastorius. I'm just going to assume you're a guitar player. Anyway, Weather Report, James Brown, Graham Central Station, The Brothers Johnson, Sly and the Family Stone, and many many more.

Saintsatan
03-30-2007, 12:08 AM
Dream Theater.

Daedelus
03-30-2007, 12:17 AM
DFA 1979
The Rapture
Gang of Four
etc.

and here's an idea, if someone before you has already made the cliche name drops (RHCP, Led Zeppelin, etc.) why post if that's all you got?

not to anyone particular, just amazing that people think there's only a few good bass players in the world so we should saturate the thread with primus and all that.

Quintessence153
03-30-2007, 12:24 AM
As the Symphony X fanboy I am, I must bring up Thomas Miller and Michael Lepond. Thomas Miller would grace songs with brief bass interludes from time to time, like on "The Damnation Game" and "In the Dragon's Den." Michael Lepond doesn't put in the shreddy interludes like Thomas did, but his bass parts are still pretty good. He doesn't always double the guitar part or play root notes like a "conventional" bassist.

JustRooster
03-30-2007, 12:25 AM
Graham Central Station


Yes............

CodeMonk
03-30-2007, 12:27 AM
Rush, RHCP
One song in particular that really gets me is Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin. Incredible bass work in that one.

Anyone else are just wannabes
/thread

Rock'N'Soul
03-30-2007, 12:32 AM
Victor Wooten anyone?

And RHCP and Primus.

Altered_Carbon
03-30-2007, 12:48 AM
Iron Maiden, The Smiths, The Police, Joy Division, Rush, Yes, Genesis, and Symphony X all have cool bass.

Schmietty
03-30-2007, 12:50 AM
What Contraband said, + Primus and Necrophagist.

Oh and Death in "Trapped In a Corner"

MakinLattes
03-30-2007, 12:53 AM
The Sick, but their bassist died...

Godly Moose
03-30-2007, 12:55 AM
Victor Wooten + Greg Howe = Win and god

br&nizzle
03-30-2007, 12:59 AM
Les Claypool...

c'mon guys...your slackin

some_guy
03-30-2007, 01:01 AM
Muse, awesome bass lines.

TimmyPage06
03-30-2007, 01:05 AM
Rush,
Atheist
Cynic
Opeth
Beatles (seriously catchy basslines)

stevie-ray
03-30-2007, 02:32 AM
Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Hops44
03-30-2007, 02:36 AM
Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion

Leonheart
03-30-2007, 02:41 AM
Ratm inspired me to learn a song or two on bass. They're not hard, just really nice sounding.

IfUr555Im666
03-30-2007, 02:49 AM
Wooten. Tool. Burton/...And Justice Metallica. Primus. RUSH!!!

oh, and.....


Les Claypool...

c'mon guys...your slackin

Dude, like half the people here have said Primus. Les Claypool would be in Primus.

AK Guitarist
03-30-2007, 03:03 AM
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rush
Primus (Weird bunch of guys)
Opeth
Psychostick
Turbid North
Tool

Most old funk bands are worth looking into. Heck, even a lot of disco had some smokin' basslines.

SuperBlob
03-30-2007, 04:49 AM
Death From Above 1979. Pull Out is a particularly fun song.

Morning_Star53
03-30-2007, 05:06 AM
rush, rhcp, the cure (not difficult but still very good bass), racer x, distortion felix, big sir and the mars volta (im a big juan alderete fan...hes one of the very few bassists who are awesome on a fretted bass, but treats the fretless like a whole new instrument and really knows how to make it sing)

nick dixon
03-30-2007, 05:44 AM
Deffintly John Entwhistle. He made his own bass guitar, and then changed the way people played it in R and B. there's videos on youtube somwhere. But he talks about how he went from using his index finger to all 4. Listen yo songs like "Won't get fooled again" and you can really hear how he fills out all the parts. He was a cool guy too, so he gets my vote.

Daitrying
03-30-2007, 05:51 AM
Cream, mostly easy, totally awesome.

Alter-Bridge
03-30-2007, 06:28 AM
Black Sabbath, Cream.

ctb
03-30-2007, 06:50 AM
The Strokes, Opeth, Muse, Necrophagist, Old Metallica.

FunkasPuck
03-30-2007, 10:15 AM
bela fleck and the flecktones. victor wooten is a bass machine.

llama_guitarist
03-30-2007, 10:21 AM
well everything i've thought of has been mentioned, but i'd like to emphasize a couple. Primus, Muse, The Strokes, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush and Victor Wooten

llama_edit:
and Tool and Cake

Welsh Guitar
03-30-2007, 10:25 AM
Bela Fleck + the Flecktones, Tool, FUGAZI, Rush, Green Day (Seriously, check out Dookie), Sunyn Day Real Estate.

walkinbazooka
03-30-2007, 10:28 AM
Pink Floyd
Dream Theater
Opeth
Symphony X
Alan Parsons Project
King Crimson
Genesis

yeah, prog is great


also...
Talking Heads
Steely Dan
The Beatles

scottishmob
01-21-2008, 02:15 PM
Graham Central Station

Thank you so much. That made my week!

PUNKfromNORWAY
01-21-2008, 02:28 PM
Wild Side by Mötley Crüe, like Tommy said "it's like an big machine gah gah gah gah"

PUNKfromNORWAY
01-21-2008, 02:29 PM
Ok, that was wrong i thought u meant song, sorry

break-me-in
01-21-2008, 02:33 PM
Rancid, Rage Against The Machine, Dream Theater, Alice In Chains, Reel Big Fish, Pearl Jam, Muse, Primus, etc, etc.

Old Metallica (Cliff's days) had good bass too. Actually, all Metallica that doesn't feature Newstead had good bass.

14shadesofblue
01-21-2008, 02:33 PM
Morphine is the best for bass

EDIT: why the hell did somebody revive this thread lol the TS prob doesnt go to UG anymore

TheReFiller
01-21-2008, 02:34 PM
Rush. Period.

Ledhead82048
01-21-2008, 02:38 PM
Led Zepplin for some complex blues basslines
Rush for complex progressive sounding basslines
Primus for HOLY SHIZ OMGWTF IS HE DOING basslines

slashVR
01-21-2008, 02:39 PM
Wild Side by Mötley Crüe, like Tommy said "it's like an big machine gah gah gah gah"

Yeuh, The Crue! Another good one by them for the bass is "Afraid".

I think The Killers have some fun basslines, like "When You Were Young".

And give Cheap Trick a listen, Tom Peterson is a pretty good bassist.

The Spoon
01-21-2008, 02:39 PM
Listen to Viridian by Between the Buried and Me
also, the fall of troy and protest the hero

ctb
01-21-2008, 02:42 PM
The Strokes

Ledhead82048
01-21-2008, 02:43 PM
Listen to Viridian by Between the Buried and Me
also, the fall of troy and protest the hero

oh definitely fall of troy, the guy was great, they got rid of him though :[

so anything off of doppleganger or manipulator

The Spoon
01-21-2008, 02:45 PM
oh definitely fall of troy, the guy was great, they got rid of him though :[

so anything off of doppleganger or manipulator
Thomas said Tim never wrote any of the basslines though....but idk what to believe. The new bassist is pretty cool too, but i like tim better

SonataFanica
01-21-2008, 02:46 PM
Watch this whole video, it explains the who is the best bassist, and how he became the best bass player.

THE FUNKIEST BASS PLAYER EVER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJb3x4ylCLc)

mr freezy
01-21-2008, 02:48 PM
Weather Report, Iron Maiden, RHCP, Primus, Necrophagist, and some early Metallica.

Baronvon
01-21-2008, 02:49 PM
The Stranglers...particularly their early stuff.

fallenangel20
01-21-2008, 02:55 PM
TOAST MACHINE

'nuff said.

You've always got the usuals like Primus and Mr. Bungle and Victor Wooten and whatnot, but very few people know of the amazing quality of Toast Machine.

Giovanni Bendetti should be the New Millenium's standard for bass quality. :)

Pat McRotch
01-21-2008, 02:55 PM
Bootsy Collins....hands down best funk/soul player...

mr freezy
01-21-2008, 02:57 PM
Bootsy Collins....hands down best funk/soul player...
What band is he in?

I_am_spartacus
01-21-2008, 02:59 PM
^ Parliament.

Ataxia
01-21-2008, 03:00 PM
What band is he in?

He was in James Brown's band. Kicked out after an LSD hallucination onstage.
Parliament.
Funkadelic.
Bootsy's Rubber Band ... and more spin-offs.

All of them are ****ing funking awesome.

APillowofWinds
01-21-2008, 03:01 PM
Rush of course and Incubus.

Wratheh
01-21-2008, 03:03 PM
Muse, RatM.

Drkxero13
01-21-2008, 03:05 PM
Death From Above 1979!!!

SonataFanica
01-21-2008, 03:12 PM
Bootsy Collins....hands down best funk/soul player...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJb3x4ylCLc


It may look unrelated at first, bot Bootsy is in there.

Loserlnsm
01-21-2008, 03:15 PM
Bela Fleck's band, the Flecktones, have an awesome bass player in Victor Wooten, who's arguably the best alive.

Racer X and Mr. Big both tend to have good bass players.

Rush...

Broken_Drum
01-21-2008, 03:21 PM
Death From Above 1979!!!
+1. Also try Kyuss.

MartiniKiss7
01-21-2008, 03:22 PM
Primus, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten, RHCP

neo_evil
01-21-2008, 03:24 PM
Dream Theater? Symphony X??

MustangMan311
01-21-2008, 03:25 PM
Necrophagist, Between the Buried and Me, Death, a lottttt of death metal bands have great bassists.

Trabo
01-21-2008, 03:25 PM
Tooooooool

Flying Couch
01-21-2008, 03:28 PM
I like Ross Valory from Journey, purely because of his odd string setup.

Stu Hamm (Satchs touring bassist) is a god.

Geddy Lee - find one of the recent live videos and you'll know what I mean. Vocals, Bass, and keyboard... all at once.

Honorable mentions:
John Paul Jones
CHRIS ****ING SQUIRE :headbang:
Cliff Burton
Jaco Pastorius
Tom Hamilton

Limaj_daas
01-21-2008, 03:30 PM
Tool... Dream Theater... Old Metallica... Symphony X... Racer X... Some of Satch's Stuff has prty amazing bass... RHCP... Breakin' Benjamin...

rtbsmgsmf
01-21-2008, 03:30 PM
rancid-axiom
rancid-maxwell murder
^^^very sick bass solos

gonzaw
01-21-2008, 04:26 PM
Check my stuff ;)

Eggmond
01-21-2008, 04:28 PM
mr.big

Remonster
01-21-2008, 04:41 PM
For me, bands that are heavily bass driven would equal Rush and Primus.

Other than that bands who I like who also have really good bassists I like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

PUNKfromNORWAY
01-21-2008, 06:09 PM
Less Than Jake

Kid Fisto
01-21-2008, 06:22 PM
Red hot chili peppers, opeth, Children of Bodom.

tool.

Small Print
01-21-2008, 06:46 PM
They may be 80's Pop, but Mark King of Level 42 is a ****ing awesome bassist.

SupremeACL
01-21-2008, 06:52 PM
Big Bottom by Spinal Tap.

poopsmith666
01-21-2008, 07:09 PM
Necrophagist, Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theatre, Liquid Tension Experiment (Practically Dream Theatre), Beneath the Massacre, Job for a Cowboy, Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RUSH, Soulfly, Tool

just off the top o' me head lol

Slipping_Away
01-21-2008, 07:15 PM
Probably already been said, but Queens of the Stone Age and Death From Above 1979...

ray_von
01-21-2008, 07:18 PM
defo death from above... Beatles have some cool bass lines.

JunkAboutFunk
01-21-2008, 07:51 PM
Fingersmoran, hands down.

Deek_13
01-21-2008, 07:56 PM
rancid and operation ivy

This guy knows what he's talking about! :p:

Diamond Dave
01-21-2008, 07:57 PM
Rush, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Dream Theater

human panda
01-21-2008, 07:59 PM
Rage Against The Machine

shredmeiser101
01-21-2008, 09:33 PM
tool

ghettohobbit4
01-21-2008, 09:34 PM
Death From Above 1979

mase flea
01-26-2008, 09:58 AM
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have the best bass guitar ever, when FLEA slap's his bass i freek out man. Look Get up and Jump you will see what I mean

bearded_monkey
01-26-2008, 10:21 AM
Interpol.

dantheguitarist
01-26-2008, 10:44 AM
Tommy the Cat, American Life, and The Toys Go Winding Down by Primus have really cool bass lines. I second all the people that say The Who, Rush, Led Zep, Iron Maiden and RHCP.

chrisatgrace
01-26-2008, 10:46 AM
sly and the family stone!

metaladdict123
01-26-2008, 10:56 AM
red hot chilli peppers rely heavily on flea to create that funky sound

urik
01-26-2008, 01:50 PM
How's Iron Maiden a bass band? Most of what Steve Harris does is 16th root notes :|

And my favorite band is Iron Maiden. I'm not bashing them.

As for bass bands.
RHCP
The Jacksons
Victor Wooten
James Brown

Ledhead82048
01-26-2008, 01:55 PM
How's Iron Maiden a bass band? Most of what Steve Harris does is 16th root notes :|

And my favorite band is Iron Maiden. I'm not bashing them.

As for bass bands.
RHCP
The Jacksons
Victor Wooten
James Brown

because of his right hand technique

chrismetal86
01-26-2008, 01:55 PM
Definately rancid, listen to the song maxwell murder

bass1991guitar
02-03-2008, 05:43 PM
Police, Level 42

korinaflyingv
02-03-2008, 05:44 PM
so what by miles davis has an awesome bassline

slashVR
02-03-2008, 05:57 PM
I like Ross Valory from Journey, purely because of his odd string setup.

Stu Hamm (Satchs touring bassist) is a god.

Geddy Lee - find one of the recent live videos and you'll know what I mean. Vocals, Bass, and keyboard... all at once.

Honorable mentions:
John Paul Jones
CHRIS ****ING SQUIRE :headbang:
Cliff Burton
Jaco Pastorius
Tom Hamilton

Geddy is one of my favorite bass players and he is amazing, but singing, plaiyng bass and keyboards is impossible all at once.

Flying Couch
02-03-2008, 05:58 PM
Geddy is one of my favorite bass players and he is amazing, but singing, plaiyng bass and keyboards is impossible all at once.Wrong. He does it with his feet.

EDIT: I should clarify - it's not a normal keyboard. It has large, spaced-out keys, and I personally suspect each key is rigged to play an entire chord. I haven't throroughly researched Geddy's gear the way I have Alex's, so I'm not sure if it does that.

Wardster
02-03-2008, 06:00 PM
Korn

convictionless
02-03-2008, 06:09 PM
zombies ate my neighbours, you cant exactly hear it in there music but live there bassit is insane
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L4i808ceiY

thats them live.

guitarmaniac17
02-03-2008, 06:15 PM
Best bass band ever

- Toast Machine -

They're a local drum and bass band who are absolutely amazing. Best shows ever

myspace.com/toastmachine

bass1991guitar
02-05-2008, 05:30 AM
so what by miles davis has an awesome bassline


Not a bassline. It's true musicianship improvising.