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Tuesday · September 20 2005

Top 50 Basslines of All-Time
The most under-appreciated element of a great song is the bassline.

Some obvious classic-rock picks here like “Money” and “Under Pressure,”, a few 90s college rock songs defined by their bass line (“Cannonball” and “I Wanna Be Adored”), and plenty of jazz I'm not familiar with. Nothing here by The Who or The Violent Femmes, hmmm. “You Can Go Your Own Way” is an unexpected #30, but being one of my favorite classic rock tunes, that's fine with me.

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September 20 2005

Makes me wish I didn't get rid of my Stone Roses album. I would have liked to see Three Days by Jane's Addiction. Great bass line and solo, too.

September 20 2005

Interesting. But ugh!

It's hard to respect a list that doesn't include even one Beatles song (Paul McCartney doesn't make the top 50?); my bassline vote would be for And Your Bird Can Sing, which is so cool and melodic that Elvis Costello (w/ Bruce Thomas on bass) used for I hope You're Happy Now, albeit in a different key.

And for that matter, where is Elvis Costello on this list anyway? I'd vote for Pump It Up, where Bruce Thomas's bass line drives the song.

OK. I'm done being a rock dork for now.

September 20 2005

...speaking of rock dork...what's with this list? Drives me nuts when these list makers use their "best of" lists as a platform to show the rest of the world how many bands they know that nobody else does. Yeah, The Sea and Cake. That's a really good reason to keep John Entwistle, John Paul Jones and Paul McCartney (heck, you could even throw Sting in, for that matter) off the list.

September 20 2005

Oh, I knew we'd see some fightin words over the absence of John Entwistle...

September 20 2005

I must agree with the consensus. This list is too hipper-than-thou to be taken seriously.

I'm sure there are other even better examples of songs they missed but:

Sabotage by the Beastie Boys
Whip It by Devo

September 25 2005

My 90s alt-rock entry is "Journey to the End of the East Bay" by Rancid.

September 25 2005

McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" check it out

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