It’s all about the bass

Although I don’t play guitar I love a good bass line in a song so I thought we could look at some songs with just that – a great bass line.

Lemmy-Motorhead_Photo-by-Ken-Settle_liam-luskI didn’t realize what a huge task I gave myself until I started looking for the songs. There are so many great tracks out there with amazing bass lines.

First I chose bass players and then went from there but it wasn’t easy so I hope everyone likes my choices.

I don’t want to give too much away here in the intro of who is on the playlist but the music ranges from the late sixties through to the start of the 80’s. I feel we have some great bass players here.

The other interesting thing about the songs in the list is that most of them were written by the bass player in each band.

Some my favorite bands feature and I have a task for everyone – when you watch the videos really listen for the bass in each song.

It gives a whole new sound to each song.

The Beatles: ‘Come Together’ 1969

Motorhead/Lemmy: ‘Ace Of Spades’ 1980

The Who/John Entwistle: ‘Boris The Spider’ 1966

Pink Floyd/Roger Waters: ‘Money’ 1973

Duran Duran/John Taylor: ‘Rio’ 1982

Queen/John Deacon: ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ 1980

Find out more about each song below;

  1. The Beatles: ‘Come Together’ 1969
  • Paul McCartney on bass.
  • It’s speculated that each verse refers to each Beatle in turn.
  • “got to be good-looking ’cause he’s so hard to see” Paul McCartney
  • There is also argument about who did the backing vocals on the studio recording. According to some resources John Lennon did all the vocals and that Paul McCartney didn’t sing.
  1. Motorhead/Lemmy: ‘Ace Of Spades’ 1980
  • Bassist Lemmy formed Motorhead in 1975
  • Lemmy was just a powerhouse of rock wasn’t he?
  • The Ace Of Spades single reached number 15 in the U.K. chart
  • Considered the Motorhead anthem
  • We are given a bass line by Lemmy that lasts about 6 seconds before “Fast” Eddie Clarke kicks in with a fantastic riff.
  1. The Who/John Entwistle: ‘Boris The Spider’ 1966
  • Appeared on the album ‘A Quick One’
  • Written by John Entwistle after he had been out drinking with Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones
  • The chorus is John Entwistle
  • Never released as a single in the U.S. or the U.K.
  • This song has great character and is somewhat unusual.
  1. Pink Floyd/Roger Waters: ‘Money’ 1973
  • Written by Roger Waters
  • Taken from the album The Dark Side Of The Moon
  • Some of the sound effects were recorded in a makeshift studio in Roger Waters garden shed.
  • In some live sets this song could last as long as 12 minutes
  1. Duran Duran/John Taylor: ‘Rio’ 1982
  • Taken from the album of the same name.
  • Peaked at number 9 in the U.K. chart.
  • It is one of the band’s most recognizable songs, mostly due to its famous music video, which is widely regarded as symbolic of 1980s glamour and excess featuring a yacht.
  • Nick Rhodes was reportedly sea sick.
  1. Queen/John Deacon: ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ 1980
  • I think we’ve saved the best till last.
  • Written by John Deacon
  • Taken from the album ‘The Game’
  • Deacon played almost all the instruments: bass, piano, rhythm and lead guitars and handclap percussion for the studio recording.
  • A crazy fact: “Another One Bites the Dust” was used in a study to train medical professionals to perform CPR. The song has close to 110 beats per minute, and 100–120 chest compressions per minute are recommended by the British Heart Foundation.

I hope you enjoyed the list.

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