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I'm looking for a band where the bass is always moving. Like, eighth notes, except they're going crazily around the scale rather than playing the same note. Right now I cannot do that to songs, adding stuff on myself, and I figure learning from someone else would be the best approach. Any suggestions for bands to listen to?

EDIT: I'm already into RHCP. So no need to suggest them.
#2
Highway Star by Deep Purple. Your perfect blend of root-note pumping and 8th note insane runs.
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#3
Tower of Power, any Motown tune with Jamerson on it. Most funk and R n B would fit the bill nicely.
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Reel Big Fish
Coheed and Cambria (especially The Second Stage Turbine Blade and No World For Tomorow albums)
Cartel's current bassist has some awesome fills if that's what you're after.
Goldfinger's latest album has some insane bass fills as well (Hello Destiny).

Also, listen to:

Showbiz - Muse
Lies For The Liars - The Used
Evil Empire - Rage Against The Machine

That should start you off quite well.
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listen to Primus. Seriously, Les Claypool is simply a genius!
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#8
listen to Anesthisia(pulling teeth) by metallica
its a bass solo by Cliff burton
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i think that hysteria by muse is pretty cool on bass but I don't know if it's what you're searching for
#11
Try Rancid.
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mat freeman's bass lines are usually all over the place

basically anything ska-ish has good bass lines

reel big fish
catch 22
less than jake
fishbone
they all have great lines too
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Yes and the Minutemen.
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Yes and the Minutemen.


Can't mention the Minutemen without mentioning fIREHOSE. And Dead Kennedys--alot of Klaus' basslines fit the bill.
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Can't mention the Minutemen without mentioning fIREHOSE. And Dead Kennedys--alot of Klaus' basslines fit the bill.


YES! Klaus is a beast.

Try some Black Flag and Bad Bad Brains. From what I've heard both bass players were fairly creative.
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Can't mention the Minutemen without mentioning fIREHOSE. And Dead Kennedys--alot of Klaus' basslines fit the bill.

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#23
how about walking basslines in jazz?
that should keep you occupied!

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#24
Jamiroquai
Any James Jamerson motown records
Tower of Power
Chic


Try and play what is in your head. I know you've got some mad lines playing in your head havent you? Record yourself singing the basslines you wanna play, and then try and figure it out on your bass.
#25
Ska/2tone is great for this.
In addition to the groups mentioned, I suggest checking out No Doubt, Madness, the Specials and the Skatalites.


Also Tower of Power have, as many said before, great, busy basslines. They're great for your right hand stamina as well.
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#26
Gordian Knot, some stuff by The Ocean, Riverside, Atheist, Cynic, and Sleep Terror. Definately look up Atheist, Cynic, and Gordian Knot if you want to hear some bass madness.
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Coheed & Cambria
Rage Against the Machine
Jamiroquai
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Without a doubt earlier Co&Ca.
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Symphony X. Lots of quick unison guitar/bass tapping runs and fills. Check out Sea of Lies for starters.

Dream Theater. Crazy time-signatures and lightning quick fingers needed. The bass solos in Ytse Jam and The Dance of Eternity are good.

Between the Buried and Me. Yes, it is metalcore, but I can't deny Dan Briggs's chops. The bass solo in Viridian is a perfect example.

Cynic. Sean Malone is a beast. A six-string fretless is reccomended for his stuff. The song Textures has a great jazzy solo.

Steve Digiorgio stuff in general. He's played with tons of people. Check out the Quo Vadis song Silence Calls the Storm. A great fretless bassline.

Atheist. Roger Patterson (and Tony Choy, too) was/is a phenomenal bassist. Mother Man has a pretty crazy bass part.

Blotted Science. Although Alex's stuff with CC is great, his basslines are definitely more prominent here. Synaptic Plasticity is a favorite of mine.

Good stuff, good stuff.