Favourite bass riffs

Doesn't have to be just bass players with an opinion, and you don't have to limit it to a top 5 or pad it out to a top ten. Just mention those basslines that wobble your sloop. Here's some of my faves:

Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc" (Is this a sample? and of what?)
"Starless" - from King Crimson's Red album
White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army" (it's a bass riff, even if not on a bass guitar)
"Love will Tear us Apart" - Joy Division

I'll think of some more later, but pip in with your own.

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Hey Skunny, totally agree on the Black Sabbath stuff, Geezer Butler is a big inspiration, I like how he can be really subtle sometimes or totally in your face at others.
They've got some samples including 'Minute to Forever' (I assume it's the same track?!) at Freekbass.com, cut a bit short but very cool...a bit too funky for me but undeniably good.


Skunny, I also like a lot of Hooky's very melodic and attention-grabbing bass. Almost a lead bass player (like Stanley Clarke). Speaking of lead bass, I do like the occasional band that has two bass players. I remember one on the British chart show Top of the Pops either late 70s or very early 80s but I can't remember either the band name or song title.

Another 2-bass band was Ned's Atomic Dustbin and I love the interplay between rumbling root notes and high-string melody on "Happy". Wonder if there's a listenable somewhere on the web?

ps, I watched some MTV programme with Paul Young talking about stuff (bear with me) and he was saying how the band he'd most like to reform with original lineup would be The Who. So MTV played pretty much the whole of "Who Are You".

I'd never noticed before but, during the middle knockabout phase, Entwhistle does this fantastic, percussive, speed tapping on the strings with his pluckng hand. Made it sound like another instrument. Wish I could do that.

I had an EP by a band with just two bass players and drums, some inbred scum nicked it when they cleaned out my flat but I'm sure the band was called 'Monkey Boy' Anyone heard of them? it may well have been a promo.


Monkeyboy.co.uk should do it, wish i'd thought of that earlier!

Hi everyone
I like this video.Most of you will think there's no feeling, but Felipe knows the meaning of the word show!


If you're looking for great bass lines then the first 4 Stranglers Albums are a must. Rattus Norvegicus has Peaches and Princess of the Streets, No More Heroes has Dead Ringer and Peasant in the Big Shitty, Black And White has Nice 'N' Sleazy, Toiler on the Sea (which opens with the greatest nasty bass chugging ever) and the bass driven Do You Wanna, The Raven has Ice (with almost classical bass runs) and Shah Shah A Go Go which couldn't exist without the bass line. Also on The Raven is the track Genetix which has a thrilling bass solo at the end, really showing off JJ Brunel's ear for a riff that is both melodic and gives you a right old beasting!

I don't think any bass player truly "influenced" me, but JJ comes very close. I loved that huge attack and not a little distortion. I carried on playing like that well into the late 90s, until my current band got really annoyed with me (we were, after all, writing Tarantino-style "coolblues" stuff). I was playing at a gig-cum-rock disco with this band and the DJ played "Walk on By". I was bobbing my head, torso, etc and finally noticed the other band members laughing at me. Even though I'd never mentioned JJB, they could all figure out where my sound was coming from.

I've just discovered Led Zep II, OMFG...too good, Heartbreaker, The Lemon Song...

John Paul Jones/John Bonham must be a very close second to Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (personal pref, obviously...)

Alright now - Free -doo doo do doo doo do do , bim bop bim bop
Hit me with thy rhythm stick - was it Norman Watroy?
Anything by the late but still great Bernard Edwards.
Nathan Watts - for most of Songs n the Key of Life.

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