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Music Nerds plz answer!

Either it's a normal Friday, or the LJ boycott is cutting into my entertainment-break reading material. Probably the former!

I was just listening to Yes' "And You and I (Alternative Version)" and at the 6:49 mark, there is a bass riff that made me think, "Oh my God, I want to learn to play the bass." (I think it happens around 7:05 in the regular version.) This happens rarely enough (to me, anyways) with the bass that it spurs me to seek more awesome bass moments.

So ... in that interest and in honor of our favorite pitch-hound Randy Jackson, what are your favorite bass riffs or bass parts? The type that make your jaw drop or really make you sit up and listen?

If I get even 4 comments I will be happy. Even if they are all me, commenting with more bass moments *I* like. :P



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Mar. 21st, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm drawing blanks at the moment. Until I think of something...
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I am 100% blanks other than the passage I just noted, so I'll have to do some research with my headphones.
(no subject) - snidegrrl - Mar. 21st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
RHCP cover of "higher ground"
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Don't have it but will check it out.
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Mar. 21st, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
My Run-of-the-mill choices...
Jackson 5 "I Want You Back"
Pixies "Here Comes Your Man"
Primus "My Name is Mud" - When I saw Primus do this live at the HFStival in 1995 I got up front in the mosh pit and stared, gape-mouthed, at Les Claypool slapping the hell out of his bass and it made me want to play bass SO BAD!
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: My Run-of-the-mill choices...
I tend to not be as into the slappy-style bass but I can certainly appreciate massive unavoidable skill.

You can come over and slap my bass anytime, baby.
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Mar. 21st, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)

four already. I love you guys!!
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Personally, it's not so much riffs that make me happy, it's when the bass fits *exactly* into place.

Like in here:

Though the bassline to "Hey," is something I always find myself playing:
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
*runs off to re-listen to 'Hey'*

I'll watch the INXS one when I get home.
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Is the White Stripes's "Seven Nation Army" have one of those? I'm pretty musically illiterate.
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, and that is the most recent thing I learned on the bass, and well, probably one of the only things I know on the bass! So good call.
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
I am surprised there was not at some point a famous fistfight between Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks because a good deal of the former's complex playing is totally covered up by the latter's flashy keyboard solos.
Mar. 21st, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
I dunno- anything with the Chili Peppers. Flea is the bassist from God for me.

That's it dawg:)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Yeah Flea!
Mar. 21st, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I like songs that built around the bass as a key instrument in leading the entire song.  Peter Hook's work in Joy Division is a good example, as is some Wire.  You've probably heard me rant about Wire before.  I *love* the bass in "Over Theirs," and I have two versions of it hidden away on my server: 1 2

I fantasise about learning to play bass, but I'm not certain I'd actually commit to it for real.
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Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Billy Sheehan
weird, your video doesn't work
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Anything and everything Jaco Pastorious played on. If I have to name names, I'd pick out "Pictures of Tracy", "Birdland", and "Come On, Come Over."

Most any of Stu Hamm's stuff. And Michael Manring's. And Billy Sheehan's. Even Steve Harris, although a bit too much of his work uses the same progression and the same triplet feel.

If I had to pick one favorite, it would probably be Will Lee's fretless part in Labyrinth's "As the World Falls Down" (the melody line of which is, interestingly enough, practically lifted with tracing paper from Glazunov's ballet "The Seasons op. 67").
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
awesome. thanks for stopping by, and i will check out your favorite. :)
(no subject) - ellyssian - Mar. 24th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 22nd, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Don't know if this fits your criteria, but Death From Above 1979 is (was) a duo, just drums and bass (ok, and some synthesizer). Here is a video that makes absolutely no sense.

And one that is a little more straightforward. (I love the little bit at the end of this video.)

Similarly, there are these guys

Probably my all-time favorite, though:

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Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
goes without saying, i guess.

that one doesn't particularly make me go "oh i want to learn the bass" though.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
The riff that Paul goes on at the end of "Hey Jude." I think they boosted the levels on this significantly for the "Love" version of the song and haven't heard the original in a while, but damn, totally reminds you that Paul was a pretty worthy bassist in addition to having that innocent schoolboy voice he has/had. Plus, Hofner!

Others that stand out some are:
DFA1979 - Pull Out (also most of the rest of "You're a Woman, I'm a Machine" but that riff really kills me)
Shellac - Elephant (Mmmmmm, Bob Weston)
basically any of Lightning Bolt's more musical numbers (13 Monsters, 2 Towers, Bizarro Zarro Land all come to mind)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
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I had to refrain from referencing all of You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. :D The iTunes session with DFA1979 is pretty awesome.

Pretty much all of Gang of Four had the bass pretty high in the mix, too.

And, of course, there's always Tommy the Cat. And John the Fisherman.

And agreed on Shellac. And there's also always Mike Watt.
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