All New: Favourite Bass Riffs - with links!

Thought I'd round up the nominated bass riffs from the previous thread here and (thanks to the wonders of YouTube etc) put some links so everyone can form an opinion. Please add to these nominations (links are a big help) and/or comment on what you think are the most impressive so far. I'm hoping to get this thread into a definitive. So far, listed only in a reverse order of those previously posted; we'll make up our minds later...

Norman Watt Roy (Ian Dury and the Blockheads) "Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick". Nominated by Lee_UK.
I've linked to the original promo vid: which has a handy close-up of the bass fretting around 30secs in. Also, some "Clever Bastard" called Dale Newson does a commendable job of playing along to the song:

Andy Fraser (Free) "All Right Now". Nominated by Lee_UK. Live @ Isle of Wight 1970 (check out those Marshalls and the WEM PA 8) ) but you'll need to FF 1min to get the bass coming in:

John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) "The Lemon Song". Nominated by Tim. Not The Man Himself, but a nice replay of the bass transcript, with drum accompaniment:

JJ Brunel (The Stranglers) "Peaches". One of many nominated by Pat McCunny. Most Stranglers clips are live and cack, but this one is live and good:

and also "Genetix". If you must have a short attention span, FF to 3mins but it rewards listening right through:

Felipe Andreoli (Angra) "Intro to Number of the Beast". Nominated by Acoustica1. Noodlicious:

John Entwhistle (The Who) "Who Are You". Nominated by 1BassLeft. You could whizz to 2:20 to listen for the flashy bit, but I like JE's phrasing throughout, and it's a great vid. Any drummer who Gaffa-tapes his 'phones to his head has to be Keith Moon: while Tim nominates "My Generation"

Matt Cheslin and Alex Griffin (Ned's Atomic Dustbin) "Happy". Nominated by 1BassLeft. One band, two bass players - enjoy:

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) "N.I.B.". Nominated by Skunny. Clip live from Paris, 1970:

and "War Pigs", nominated by Bassman5000:

Roger Glover (Deep Purple) "Smoke on the Water". Nominated by Bassman5000. Walks nicer than you might've thought:

Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) "The Trooper". Nominated by Bassman5000:

Mark Wilson (Jet) "Are You Gonna be my Girl?" Nominated by Bassman5000. Possibly the best view through a glass stage since Jo Brand:

David Ellefson (Megadeth) "Lucretia". Nominated by busy Bassman5000. Nice live clip:

Gene Simmons (Kiss) "Detroit Rock City". Bassman5000 again. Finding a Kiss clip without an overblown stage-entrance is like looking for milk ads that don't mention calcium for healthy bones and teeth so I gave up. Here's an overblown stage-entrance:

Me'Shell NdegeOcello (John Mellencamp) "Wild Night". Bassman5000 picked a song that tested my ability to type a name without resorting to cut + paste to the limit. Check this vid out; the girl plays a cracking bass riff:

Tim Commerford (Audioslave) "Yesterday to Tomorrow". Nominated by Tim (not the same Tim). Short but sweet, audio-clip only:

Simon Ricks (Kaiser Chiefs) "Oh My God". Nominated by 1BasslLeft. Take a nice walk, Simon (although I do have strange urge to slap the singer):

Gary King (Grover Washington Jr) "Black Frost. Nominated by KJP. Short audio clip only, sorry:

Krist Novaselic (Nirvana) "Lounge Act". Nominated by Tim. I went for sound quality over lip-synch for this clip:

James Williams (Mc Fadden and Whitehead) "Ain't No Stopping Us Now". Nominated by 1BassLeft. The guy probably picked up a couple of twenties for playing the definitive bassline on this multi-platinum single. Unless you can stand butchery by baseball teams, I can't find a vid. Here's an all-too-short audio clip:,,128642-448975-WMLO,00.html

Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel) "Big Time". Nominated by 1BassLeft. Specifically, the run after about 35secs into the vid. See page 1 of the previous "riffs" thread for the story of how the sound was created but, first, listen:

I'll take a pause (getting late) and finish off with the last few nominated tracks another time. Meantime, post your own views :)

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Man, you're a funkin legend, would never have had the patience myself. My PC has decided not to produce sound (literally, DVD, Games, Internet all silent!) but I'll have an audio-feast when it recovers. Tracked down some good Tim Commerford (Audioslave and RATM) on Youtube will post links when I can check them first!

P.S. to anyone interested, apparently RATM (and Crowded House...) are reforming, Google it to find out more.

It is a great list, good work 1B. I thought of some more over the weekend... what were they.

I have a few more from the previous thread to update with links. Apols for the delay; should've been done by now but will be soon I hope.

Well done Bass, nice to see you putting a bit of effort in at last... :lol: :lol:

Here are some more:

Cass Lewis (Skunk Anansie) "Twisted". Nominated by Tim. A cracker, but 1Bassleft also nominated "I Can Dream" because it hurt his hand when he had to cover it.

Jack Bruce (Cream) "Tales of Brave Ulysses". Nominated by Tim - get your Gibson EB bass ready...

Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) "I Put a Spell on You". AFAIK, this is the bass player to be credited for this track from the album "Smells Like Children". If you know different, please tell.

Paul McCartney (The Beatles) "Come Together". Can't believe I had to type the name of the band the bloke used to be in. Nominated by Tim, a fine example of his many bass contributions (and a lefty!)

Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine) "Killing in the Name of" nominated by Tim. Simple but oh-so effective

Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) "Sucker Train Blues". Nominated by Tim, this is a live clip with surprisingly decent audio for a parking lot

Peter Hook (Joy Division) "Love Will Tear Us Apart" nominated by 1BassLeft. Did I mention he once heard a tape of my old band and made enquiries about managing us? We'd split up by then, unfortunately. Not the reason why I nominated the track; it remains one of my reasons for wanting to be a bass player

Jack White (The White Stripes) "Seven Nation Army" nominated by 1BassLeft. Yes, I know; this is recorded on that detuned plank of a guitar of his through a sub-oct pedal. That's not the point. It is still a bass riff.

Murdoc (Gorillaz) "Feel Good Inc" nominated by 1BassLeft. OK, having nominated a guitarist, I'm now putting up an animated character. It's still good bass, though:

John Wetton (King Crimson) "Starless" nominated by 1BassLeft. Can I find a useful clip of this anywhere? Not surprising, given that some nine minutes are needed. Ah well, I found a cover that's quite good (video extremely boring though) by a band called Nurkostam. Also, they get to the bass riff by 2mins 20secs; a lot quicker than Crimson do on their own version.

1bassleft wrote:

Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) "I Put a Spell on You". AFAIK, this is the bass player to be credited for this track from the album "Smells Like Children". If you know different, please tell.

In the sleeve notes Twiggy is credited for "Mini-cassette, Fag Bass, Wigs" so I think thats a yes...

Youngwasp over on guitar just reminded me that another funk classic deserved inclusion.
Bernard Edwards (Chic), "Good Times" This clip is from Italian state television, and the attire of "Disco Stu" in the audience provokes much mirth in the comments posted under the video window.

A very recent song. Not technically difficult or anything, but I love the sound and it sits in my head. The Klaxons' Gravity's Rainbow:

Great song, Great band...

Tim Commerford again, and he doesn't take the easy route of playing it off the A string. Incidentally, I have noticed that over 60% of the above youtube links have been closed down because of "copyright violations".
I figured this would happen; but "buttocks" all the same.

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