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What bands have bass that you can actually hear, with independent melodies (not just playing the root of the note etc.)? Apart from the obvious few, like RHCP, Muse, Green Day and Blink-182.
#5
Victor Wooten is all about the bass and you can look up Les Claypool's band, aka Primus.
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#10
Rush
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The Who
Yes (Chris Squire ftw)
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Bands I've seen live:

Def Leppard
Journey
Tool
Testament
Megadeth
Slayer
Mastodon
Deftones
Alice in Chains
Foo Fighters
Rodrigo y Gabriela
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Anathema
Black Sabbath
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#13
Them Crooked Vultures. John Paul Jones is a beast!
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#14
A lot more bands than you think once you start listening to music through good speakers.
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A lot more bands than you think once you start listening to music through good speakers.


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#16
Primus. Elvis Costello and the Attractions. And just about anything that came out of Stax, Motown or the Atlantic R&B catalog
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A lot more bands than you think once you start listening to music through good speakers.


This is very true, and also most good bands have easily recognized bass, because being good come's usually from knowing bass needs to be heard . Most run of the mill single of the week pop punk bands, and over the top metal bands where everyone's so drop tuned it sounds like a wall of mud are where you find it hard to pin point the bass.
#18
The Funk Brothers!

They were the house band for motown back in the detroit days, their bassist James Jamerson, defined the motown sound. Jamerson had a gift where he could hold down a rock solid groove, but also play a counter melody at the same time. Here are a few examples, of his work... definetly worth a few min searching for them on youtube

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This is very true, and also most good bands have easily recognized bass, because being good come's usually from knowing bass needs to be heard . Most run of the mill single of the week pop punk bands, and over the top metal bands where everyone's so drop tuned it sounds like a wall of mud are where you find it hard to pin point the bass.


This is just not true.

Good bass presence and responce on CDs is mostly in the mixing and mastering.

And being well known does not equal good.

Also for down-tuned bass not being heard, please listen to this:

http://www.google.com.au/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DL0VPVawpN8E&sa=X&ei=RyLlTd6KK4XKvQPt06nuBg&ved=0CCEQuAIwAA&usg=AFQjCNEpgKthNMY-B9ljgZnKYRmazxUwJA
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#22
rancid, disturbed, black sabbath, 311, rush, megadeth, limp bizkit, madness, earth wind fire. just a general look throuhg my mp3 player
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#23
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This is just not true.

Good bass presence and responce on CDs is mostly in the mixing and mastering.

And being well known does not equal good.

Also for down-tuned bass not being heard, please listen to this:

http://www.google.com.au/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DL0VPVawpN8E&sa=X&ei=RyLlTd6KK4XKvQPt06nuBg&ved=0CCEQuAIwAA&usg=AFQjCNEpgKthNMY-B9ljgZnKYRmazxUwJA


I never even said well known equals good. I'm saying most bands we consider quality (especially here in the bass forum), have a present bass in live and recorded mix I'm not saying it spontaneously happened cause they are famous, I am merely suggesting they are good (which I guess helped some get famous), and know what they are doing, and subsequently let the bass be mixed in much more than some generic pop band. And I didn't say down tuned bass, I meant like bands where the guitarists use extended range guitars and down tune and everyone steps on each others toes, It's not bad music, it's just harder to articulate where the bass begins and ends for me usually. I have a friend who plays in a christian harcore band I don't personally like the music or the fact they got rid of their bass player, but I have to admit they sound the same for better or worse. Sorry to have ruffled your feathers
#24
The Minutemen (Mike Watt's name doesn't get dropped enough on this forum--for shame! He's like the godfather of everything that was good about the American music scene from the '80s on.)

The Stooges' Fun House has some really awesome bass jams. They're all pretty simple, but really groovy & Dave Alexander throws in all sorts of sweet fills.
#25
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A lot more bands than you think once you start listening to music through good speakers.



LOL this is sooo true. I blame the Ipod and radio (compression) for ruining the basslines prominence in music. It either has to be cranked up so loud everything else is redundant (hip hop) or its just not heard.

It is pretty cool cranking out a proper bassline and everybody grooving out like its the first time they've ever really heard the song, sadly it probably is.

This is the best answer, it may sound witty but it is just plain correct.

Moving on though, its easier to go by song than band since often bands will have a few songs where bass is prominent and very cool then the rest not. I dont have any bands to add (someone mentioned Red Hot Chili Peppers right??) but many others have individual cool tunes.
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Audioslave
Rage Against the Machine
Alien Ant Farm
Earlier Black Sabbath

Any good Ska band.
Any good funk/soul/RnB.
#27
Tool! APC, Jamiroquoi!
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#29
They've probably all been mentioned but I'll for it too.

Jamiroquai
RHCP
Rush
Yes
Dream Theater
Green Day
Incubus

There are also guys like; Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, and Les Claypool where their bands/solo acts are based almost completely around bass.
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#32
Ones that haven't been mentioned so far:
Coldplay
Nickelback- SHUT UP! I don't care if you hate them.
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#33
Iron fuking Maiden!, Tool, Faith No More, early Led Zeppelin, Bad Brains' reggae
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#35
rise against
reel big fish
rancid
the libertines
muse
killers (jenny was a friend of mine)
clash
bob marley
guns n roses

tried not to include the usual clichés, bit of a mixture for you there
#36
Cannibal Corpse
Korn
Type O Negative
Bassist/Vocalist-Visceral Violation
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#38
Limp bizkit
interpol
Biffy clyro
arctic monkeys
certain queens of the stone age
a few stone sour
the strokes
Deftones


Its a bit hard though to answer, because like said before if played through good speakers, then the bass comes in to play a lot lot more.
#40
Bad Company.
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