Monthly Archives: November 2010

Bass Songs

It is uncertain when the first double bass was created, but there are illustrations of a double bass like instrument from around 1500 AD. In the early 1900’s, the washtub bass was used in jugbands that were popular in some African American communities. Most commonly this instrument just had a single string and it’s pitch was adjusted by pushing or pulling on a staff to change the tension.

Musicians grew weary of carrying the large double bass to shows and their wives grew tired of holes being put in wash basins, so something had to be done.

In the 1930’s a musician and inventor named Paul Tutmarc developed the first electric string bass in it’s modern form. That is a bass that was fretted and could be played horizontally and be easily transported. this instrument was perfected by Leo Fender in the 1950’s.

This month at the Highlands Music Club we hear songs with great bass. A great bass line or just great bass. Bass is ace in November.

Eilen Jewel – Fading Memory

Bob Dylan – As I Went Out One Morning (I couldn’t find the song, but this video is cool)

The Wedding Present – Suck (followed by an interesting cover)

The Flaming Lips – Seven Nation Army

The Black Angels – Young Men Dead

I Mother Earth – Basketball

Arctic Monkeys – D is for Dangerous

Galactic – The Corner (don’t think this is it, but it’s Galactic with Gift of Gab)

Barstool Prophets- Paranoia

Calexico – Chach

The Charlattans UK – The Bell and the Butterfly

Shreikback – My Spine (Is the Bassline)

White Denim – Radio Milk – How Can You Stand It

The Cure – A Forest

The Pixies – Is She Weird (2nd version)

The Pixies – Gouge Away

Simon & Garfunkel – Only Living Boy in New York (2nd version)

U2 – 40

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground

Pink Floyd – One of These Days

Primus – Professor Nutbutters House of Treats

Bassnectar – Boombox

Otto Winter – Toccata in D Minor

Colin James – Bad Habits (no video)

Yes – The Fish

Andreas Vollerweider – Capriccio

Dave Grusin – Peter Gunn Theme (it’s not Dave, but it’s fun)

Bill Withers – Lovely Day

INXS – Elegantly Wasted

Pink Floyd – Money (plus a cover)

The Who – My Generation

The Black Keys – Tighten Up

Mira Billote – As I Went Out One Morning

Big Sugar – All Hell For a Basement

The Breeders – Cannonball

Thanks For Listening