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#1
Suggest some songs you listen to when you're looking for bass inspiration! Not necessarily songs you like to play yourself, but songs that for you represent great bass playing or writing that give you ideas for your own music.
#2
i don't play bass really but you should listen to maxwell murder by rancid, one of the sickest bass solos around
#3
Johnny Sniper is a great inspiration for newer basslines.
Hysteria's always got the mind whirring with basslines too.
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Too Young To Die - Jamiroquai
Space Cowboy - Jamiroquai
What Is Hip? - Tower Of Power
Pow - Graham Central Station
Scoop - Marcus Miller
Apotheosis - Jeff Schmidt
Day Of The Baphomets - The Mars Volta
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soul to squeeze by red hot chili peppers. one of the most memorable bass lines for me
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I usually turn to Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden or Metallica.
Although, to quote/paraphrase Steve Harris, "I usually don't listen to any music during the writing process. I don't want any outside influences to come in."
#10
Sure, but then all Maiden sounds the same because of it. I don't mind bands being the sum of their influences provided they do it well.

I've think Hysteria is pretty overrated - it's the kind of thing anyone can play and it's nothing that adventurous IMO
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Sure, but then all Maiden sounds the same because of it. I don't mind bands being the sum of their influences provided they do it well.


You speak the truth. However, Maiden is one of the few bands that can successfully pull this off without too many people complaining about the lack of variety. They're quite the parabola....that's not the right term, but I'm sticking with it.
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Here lately its been Death and All That Remains.
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Gymnopedi No. 1 - Erik Satie.
Cohens Scherzo No. 7 - Garry Schyman.
Clair De Lune - Debussy.
Russian Circles
Godspeed You! Black Emperor

I feel that branching out from usual music can give great inspiration for composition. As a bass player, you not only want to create funky riffs and rocking music, but also texture, and some of the best music for that is classical music.
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Sure, but then all Maiden sounds the same because of it. I don't mind bands being the sum of their influences provided they do it well.

I've think Hysteria is pretty overrated - it's the kind of thing anyone can play and it's nothing that adventurous IMO


you don't seriously say that ALL the Iron maiden songs sound the same?
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you don't seriously say that ALL the Iron maiden songs sound the same?


They really do.
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I would also like to point out that most Muse songs sound the same.
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you can't really say that

the thin line - ghost of the navigator - seventh son of a seventh son - run to the hills sound the same

yes they have similarities, but you cán;t see they ALL sound the same
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Pretty much all Maiden songs have exactly the same structure, it's a fact.

She Caught the Katy and Think from The Blues Brothers sound track always inspire me, as do Pump it Up and (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea by Elvis Costello.
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#21
Feel free to continue the Iron Maiden debate here.

Now lets hear about some more great bass songs.

Edit: ^ good call - I love that soundtrack. It gets a lot of play here.
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Feel free to continue the Iron Maiden debate here.

Now lets hear about some more great bass songs.

Edit: ^ good call - I love that soundtrack. It gets a lot of play here.


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A surprisingly good band for bass is Zero 7. They're a down-tempo, chillout, Bristol scene style band, with a really good, in the pocket bass that pulls out some nice fills.
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I'm not insane enough to bait the hardcore fanboys!

A surprisingly good band for bass is Zero 7. They're a down-tempo, chillout, Bristol scene style band, with a really good, in the pocket bass that pulls out some nice fills.

I'm not a fanboy, don;t listen to them that much.
But don;t think you can say something like that, it's totally not true

and for fun bass songs: ratm, DT, SYmphony X, Transatlantic
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would and dam that river by alice in chains,after playing those songs for a while i started making up some pretty sick basslines in drop D on the E string
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Erm, Sequoia Throne + The Dissentience by Protest The Hero, i'm not usually into this genre (whatever genre Protest fall under) but listening to these songs, and then the whole of Kezia and Fortress really changed my ideas about song structure, and especially the use of modal runs across the strings and tapping beneath chord patterns.
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Graham Central Station - pow
Sly & The Family Stone - thank you
Jackson 5 - i want you back
Duran Duran - rio
Rush - spirit of the radio
Weather report - teen town
Red hot chili peppers - blood sugar sex magic
Rage against the machine - killing in the name of
the flecktones - any song - hoedown maybe? It's just fantastic bass and everything else work all the way through.
Spiral architect - again...
The who - my generation
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#29
Songs, not bands, songs!
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#30
Necrophagist, anyone? How about the songs "Fermented Offal Discharge," "Stabwound," and "Only Ash Remains?" They each have their own bass tapping lines and some crazy fingerstyle basslines as well. Any of them will give you a challenge. Crazy stuff..
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Memorable songs such as "I Pushed Your Wife In Front Of The Subway" always get me inspired to create great music.
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Red Sparowes - Track 2 off of Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun
The Mercury Program - "The Secret to Quiet"
Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
Megadeth - Five Magics
Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs (favorite bass line ever)
Pink Floyd - Most basslines off the Animals record
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Every bass list needs some Jaco Pastorius!

uhh.. Continuum. From the album version to the Birthday and Invitation versions to the Trio of Doom version etc.

There are obviously other songs I could choose but this is just one for all intents and purposes.
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#35
Bernadette by the Four Tops (James Jamerson)
Count Zero by Stu Hamm
The Bamboos Theme by the Bamboos
What is Hip? Tower of Power
If you want me to Stay - Sly and Family Stone
Footprints - Miles Davis
Over the Electric Grapevine - Primus
#36
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Muse - Hysteria (All songs will got pwned by this one
Other songs from Muse like Time Is Running Out, Glorious, City of Delusion, Hyper Music.

Breaking Benjamin - So Cold and Diary of Jane

And Jamiroquai for funk.

The bassline to Hysteria isnt that good! Chris didnt even write it.

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I would also like to point out that most Muse songs sound the same.


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Memorable songs such as "I Pushed Your Wife In Front Of The Subway" always get me inspired to create great music.


Don't forget that song about Eric Clapton, "Your Son Killed Himself Because You Suck." That one really motivates me to puch the boundaries of muzack.
#39
  • Rush
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Victor Wooten
  • Iron Maiden
  • The Who
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  • Rush
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Victor Wooten
  • Iron Maiden
  • The Who


Those are bands, not songs!
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