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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1bassleft wrote:
Tim Commerford again,

Yeah, bit of a theme isn't there? He is great though, and versatile too from the very mellow to the massive and noisy. I'll shut up now and try and find some other bassists...

Lounge Act, unusually, you can actually hear a lot of the bass fills on this recording.

Also unusually, a good live recording put up on youtube. Wonder how long it'll stay?

I want to nominate this song:
Just love Chuck Raineys groove

For ages, I've been meaning to put in Pino Pallodino for the bassline on Gary Numan's "Music for Chameleons"

This appearance on Top of The Pops features those "trouserleg" drumkits I remember at the time.

Thank you for now making me want to watch Alan Partridge at work 1b.

Yes, for those who don't know this comedy, typing "Alan Partridge" and probably "tax" into Youtube's search will turn up a great piece of "air-bass" playing by the spoof local-radio DJ.

Don't actually like the song but a great bassline from Dry Cell:

Absolute classic, you have to love Toots and the Maytals:

Great bassline for Dry Cell. Wasn't convinced by the Toots, though. All those ska/reggae/2tone guitarists, lazy gits with their strumming and fretting hands barely moving; leaving it all to the bass player. I can think of more deserving cases, in my humble :)

Here´s a seasonal offering with a great bassline; The Waitresses "Christmas Wrapping". Can´t find a video worth watching, but close your eyes and listen to the lovely notes:

Tracy Wormworth, I believe, deserves the plucking plaudits.

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