All Your Bass Are Belong To Us

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Every Friday we give away a plump 25 EURO Golden Discs voucher to spend at any of the 13 Golden Discs stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play on Monday.

This week’s theme: Bass guitar

What underappreciated bassist slaps and thumps your ears while plucking your heart?

To enter, please complete this simple sentence:

‘The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be_______________________especially during_____________________________’

Lines stay open all weekend.

Any excuse.

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58 thoughts on “All Your Bass Are Belong To Us

  1. Me

    Carole Kaye part of The Wrecking Crew is one of the most significant contributors to popular music in the 20th century, the list of amazing songs and albums she played bass (and sometimes guitar) on is extraordinary but thinking in the more contemporary context I think the finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be Justin Chancellor of Tool especially during Schism.

    1. edalicious

      Tasty. Never picked up that there was so much going on with the bass in that tune. Durty tape era punch in at 2:27.

  2. nevan

    The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be Bakithi Kumalo, especially during Paul Simon’s Graceland. You Can Call Me Al contains a palindromic bass line where the second half is the first half’s recording played backwards. And Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes simply has the most beautiful bass melody ever recorded.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmf9ZJ_Yn0A

  3. dylad

    Some of these are not contemporary (otherwise i’d pick James Jamerson on ‘What’s going on’
    …this is:
    The finest exponent of the Fender Precision bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be_____Michael League of Snarky Puppy especially during ‘Lingus’

    https://youtu.be/L_XJ_s5IsQc

  4. Joe Cool

    Bit of a cliché. But Adam Claytons bass on where the streets have no name is absolutely epic. Him and Larry live playing that is what makes u2

  5. Yep

    ‘The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads especially during her whole career with Talking Heads…

    1. Yep

      “The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be Victor Wooten of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones especially during Amazing Grace. Showing mastery of technique while transforming the song from sonic bliss to infectious grove and everywhere between.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp2vmxTy7OI

      All so eighties up in here…

  6. Smith

    It has to be “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed. Produced by David Bowie.
    Two legends, sadly gone.

    1. dylad

      That’s a good one. I remember a joke from viz (I think) about the smiths being a potentially good band ruined by the singing of morrissey and the guitar playing of marr.

  7. WittyName

    The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music is Geddy Lee from RUSH especially in Spirit of the Radio. Slappa da Bass!

  8. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Can I just say something, please?

    – I’ve noticed that the theme of all these competitions veers very heavily in favour of the chronologically-challenged. It’s like an old-man’s club, from like starting at the end of the 20th century and going backwards, or something. Like hello???
    …Whatever…
    .
    What I mean is that there’s very little opportunity for the younger readers to enter.
    I’m in my mid-50s myself, and even I find it hard to regress that far back every Friday.
    – What do you expect the hip (modern) kids know about guitars, or ‘progressive’ Rock, or lyrics, or playing ‘instruments’, etc?

    I suggest the following themes, just off the top me head. Fun for all ages.

    1. My favourite song by a band playing outside their usual genre.
    2. My favourite cover-version (that isn’t sung by Johnny Cash, or written by Leonard Cohen.)
    3. I don’t know why I like ****, but I do. Is there something wrong with me? (Yes.)
    4. The song that made me buy **** by **** was ****. I feel like a proper ****.
    5. The song I want played at my funeral, and I want proper BASS… None of that ‘guitar’ nons

    And the old classic….
    5. If I won a €25 voucher for Golden Discs I would spend it on…******* by The Fall.

    Think of the children, please.
    Kill all Hippies.

  9. Yer Man There

    ‘The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be James Jamerson especially during the Motown era of Marvin Gaye. His playing is the stuff of legend, and not something that they teach in no fancy music schools. Listen to the way he carves out his own space by shifting ahead of the beat or behind it, or sitting on a note unexpectedly, while never sacrificing the groove or taking away from Marvin Gaye’s vocal (as if that was possible). An extremely influential musician who unfortunately never got the recognition he deserved and lived a poor, hard life.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-kA3UtBj4M

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