Ah, the bassist: the member of the band that no one ever wants to interview (unless it's Flea). The're definitely the unappreciated middle child of the music world.
So today, let's right that wrong. Forget the guitar solo, because we're here to celebrate all that is great about those basslines which are so bloody good they can ramp an average song up to colossal, foot-stomping heights. Here are Top 5 by NME but, more importantly, what are yours?
5. New Order "Blue Monday"
No greatest bassline list would be complete without Hooky, so logically he had to be on it twice. "Blue Monday"'s 7 minute hammering bassline is the stuff that has us staying in dingy indie clubs till closing time.
4. Lou Reed - "Walk On The Wild Side"
All the lyrics of transexuality, drugs, jiglos are kind of overshadowed by Herbie Flowers' use of two, yes that's right two, interlocking basslines. The double bass and fretless bass guitar that are meshed together make one of the most memorable walking bassline there is.
3. Talking Heads "Psycho Killer"
The bass kicks in relentlessly stabbing away like a... well a "Pyscho Killer". All credit to Tina Weymouth's full-bodied bassline, which has provided rhythm for those who are about as able to bust a move as Screech from "Saved By The Bell".
2. Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Yeah, Ian Curtis' lyrics are the kind of thing we all scrawled across our desks at school, but what about the post-punk bass that drives the whole tour de force of emotion together? One of the most tear jecking basslines ever? We think so.
1. The Pixies "Debaser"
"Debaser" has the bassline that sends 20 minute guitar solos sobbing in the corner over their inadequacy. It's a formidable, propulsive bassline that's kind of on a par with trying your first Dib-Dab, just a pure sugar-rush.