Opinion: Bass Lines absent from the Rocksmith 2014 library

Hey Rocksmith fans!

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about how @UbisoftSF isn’t catering to bassists enough with the weekly DLC. I had been racking my brain to understand exactly what exciting bass lines actually meant but I could only surmise it was a combination of difficulty, fun, and of course, personal taste.

In any event here are a list of bass lines that are sorely missing from the Rocksmith 2014 library and should be added tomorrow. Thanks in advance!

“Slow Ride” by Foghat

YouTube Original

Only featured so far as a cover in Guitar Hero III this tasty bass driven classic features an incredibly varied bass part with no tuning off of A440 necessary!

“Age of Aquarius” by The 5th Dimension

While the first part of the song is interesting enough, 2:20 is where it really gets good. Matter of fact the whole Hair Soundtrack is incredible for bass lines. Watch/Listen to it and I guarantee you’ll be dreaming of playing those on Rocksmith.

“DMV” by Primus

Let’s be real, pretty much any Primus would be amazing, or anything by Les Claypool for that matter. So I’ll leave you to chewing me out for picking DMV over Tommy The Cat or Jerry was a Race car driver, or My Name is Mud, American Life etc.

“N.I.B” by Black Sabbath

Funny story, this was a cover in Rock Band when the game first came out (as DLC) and for whatever reason they cut out the Bass intro… Come on Ubisoft, we know that Guitar Hero somehow got four Sabbath tunes so surely you may be able to get one or two or twelve right? We lack Geezer!

“Longview” by Green Day

This one is a no brainer. An iconic and getting to be timeless 90s bass line that almost encapsulates an entire generation. More classic Mike Dirnt.

“Around The World” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Still waiting for the RHCP pack…

“Another One Bites the Dust” Queen

No explanation needed.

Update: Now available as DLC

“Little Green Bag” by George Baker

If you are a Tarantino fan you might recognize this one.

 

“I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5

When was the last time you really listened to this track? There is a monstrous bass line lurking in this classic chart topping pop hit.

Footloose by Kenny Loggins

Yo, K-Log doesn’t mess around. Don’t get left behind on this scorcher or you may find yourself in the Danger Zone.

“Holiday In Cambodia” by Dead Kennedys

YouTube Original

Klaus Flouride as far as hardcore punk goes is a pretty solid bassist, I’d say he’s the Geezer Butler of Punk Rock.

“Van” by Descendents

YouTube Original

Since we are talking about Punk why not throw in a Descendents song, way too much talent in that band!

“Maxwell Murder” by Rancid

Listen to this bass line if you really want the truth.

“Carousel” by Mr. Bungle

Youtube Original

Ok this is a bit unrealistic but I’d love to pretty much see any Mike Patton bands in Rocksmith and Trevor Dunn is just an incredible bassist in general.

“Veil of Maya” by Cynic

YouTube Original

Do you like your fingers?

“The Pot” by Tool

Hey it could happen right? Any song would be appreciated.

“Around The World” by Daft Punk

Or basically anything by them right?

“Death Blooms” by Mudvayne

Nu-Metal labels aside the bassist in Mudvayne knows what’s up.

“Stash” by Phish

While guitarists would certainly benefit from Trey’s jazzy chords and soaring leads being added to the Rocksmith library, Mike Gordon is a true master of his craft and basically any Phish song would be a dream come true for any bassist.

“Terrapin Station” by Grateful Dead

I always found GD to have this kind of country twang to it so perhaps adding some of their material could temporarily satiate the very vocal “Where is the Country music” fans of Rocksmith? Regardless Phil Lesh’s bass lines are absolutely legendary.

“I Shot The Sheriff” by Bob Marley and The Wailers

YouTube Original

We are due for some classic Reggae by now wouldn’t you agree?

“Coopers World” by Squarepusher

Original

Squarepusher is just the best! Having a totally bass driven artist backed by electronica would be quite the change to the usual mostly rock oriented DLC we get.

“Roundabout” by Yes

Yes, we need Roundabout.

“The Call Of The Wintermoon” by Immortal

This song actually has a cool bass line, but you’ll uh… Just have to take my word for it? Extreme Metal is something that rarely gets any play via DLC so it would be cool to get a nod to Black Metal from Ubisoft, does anyone else agree?

“Super Stupid” by Funkadelic

We need more funk!


 

So there we have it, some of my personal choices to satisfy bassists for years weeks days to come! What bass lines do you think are sorely missing from the Rocksmith library? Besides Orion I mean.