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.

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Daniel
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I’m surprised nobody has mentioned one of classic rock’s most legendary basslines: Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones!

Daniel
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Looks like we should cross Another One Bites The Dust off the list.

George Carlinlives
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How could we forget The Real Me by The Who

George Carlinlives
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Jefferson Airplane -- White Rabbit

rushyes
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I agree with everyone’s lists! I want some more great bassists! Stuart Hamm -- There’s plenty of do-able music with awesome guitar. David LaRue -- Dixie Dregs and/or The Dave LaRue Band -- Please look him up! -- Guitarist he plays with Steve Morse. I’ve already mentioned Chris Squire -- YES Jeff Berlin -- The song Bach would be a real finger shreader for bassists! More Geddy, Entwhistle, Flee, J P Jones. But we also really need to honor Reggae, Motown, Jazz! Stanley Clark, Larry Graham, Jaco, Bootsey, Victor Wooten. I just want Bass players to be able to play… Read more »
George Carlinlives
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Some great rock bass playing can be had from Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss.

Queens of The Stone Age:

Hangin’ Tree (upper and lower register all throughout the song)

A Song For The Dead

Gonna Leave You

No One Knows

In The Fade

Better Living Through Chemistry

Mexicola

Everybody Knows That You’re Insane
A Song For the Deaf
The Sky Is Fallin’
Do It Again
Leg of Lamb
Walkin’ on the Sidewalks

Kyuss:
Hurricane

One Inch Man

Phototropic

Catamaran

Green Machine

Freedom Run

Gardenia

Asteroid

Supa Scoopa and Might Scoop

Demon Cleaner

Odyssey

Whitewater

Thee Ol’ Boozeroony
Apothecaries’ Weight
Writhe

George Carlinlives
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Bobby Vega Gosh

Sy
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Time of the season -- Zombies , if you don’t know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzpPy9hJYA8

MarleySantana
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WOW!!! Can’t believe I forgot these two.

Booker T and the MGs -- Green Onions

Cream -- Strange Brew

Wisenheimer
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since i only play bass, i’m thrilled this topic is up for discussion but i’m used to bassists being treated as the rodney dangerfields of the rock world so i’m not expecting optional 5 string charts or any songs without guitar parts in them no matter how awesome (love a fitz and the tantrums pack). this list was awesome (i’d prefer “war pigs” over “N.I.B.” and “tweezer” over “stash” tho) but bass is at its best in the funk genre imo. james brown, sly and the family stone, war, parliament etc. motown/R&B/soul/disco also good. for rock… cream (tales of brave… Read more »
flooo
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I have a tendency to take people who have purchased the game and quite a bit of the DLC at their word and not immediately tag them as a complainer when they point out the lack of fun bass. I have nearly every song released and can’t help but think that bass is just not taken into account much when choosing DLC to issue. On another page, someone from this site sarcastically named a couple of songs that are good bass songs as if anyone complaining is some kind of an idiot. The idea that we should expect the occasional… Read more »
JR
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Great session players like “Ready” Freddie Washington and Louis “Thunder Thumbs” Johnson put out some the best bass-lines of their time for Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Patrice Rushen and Donna Summer (only to name a few). Quincy Jones kept those guys workin…

Francois
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Would not be much fun for guitarists, but Jamiroquai has pretty cool bass lines. Anyhow just give me more Funkadelics and I’ll be happy.

MrCornfed
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More Duran Duran. Gimme Girls on Film or Planet Earth.

Actually, lets do more 80s with some Level 42 and Kajagoogoo. You know you wanna play Too Shy!

And finally, some Rival Sons to bring us back to today.

Sid
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Not many in the US have heard of these guys, and I’m not a bass player but I love the bass line in this song. Check out some of their other songs as well. Big Wreck would be awesome to have in Rocksmith.

MarleySantana
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Upon first listen I’m hearing Seal meets Stevie Nicks. That’s not a negative. This is actually a pretty nice song. I like it. And as a blues fan, I enjoyed that solo. Will have to check them out.

TheSteg
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How about some Royal Blood?!

Pieter
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will it be true ; rancid on rocksmith!, hope so!!

Glad we already have guns of brixton and basketcase

Btw the Bouncing Souls have insane basslines. “True believers.. “

Chris
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I hate Slow Ride. I never want to hear that song again.

Would be great to get Want You Back or more MJ like Billie Jean. He has some great bass lines despite everything.

Rich
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Cynic would be epic. Sean Malone is an incredible bassist. He even wrote a book on Jaco’s solos. Amazing musician!

~
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Rocksmith really needs some Wishbone Ash in general.

ibaumber
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Good picks all around. I’d also throw in:

The Horse by A Wilhelm Scream
Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz
The Real Me by The Who
Leave That Thing Alone by Rush
Peace Sells by Megadeth
Come Original by 311
Statesboro Blues by The Allman Bros
Come On Come Over by Jaco Pastorius

elemenohpe
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The Horse is crazy on bass. Two tapping sections. I think We Built This City (On Debts and Booze) has a KILLER bassline that’s a bit more manageable.

Scoobs
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Hmm…The Pot, eh? While we’re at it, toss in Schism, Lateralus, Aenima and fuckin’ Rosetta Stoned and I’d say we’d have a nice Tool bass pack. I don’t even play bass but give me some of that damn shit and I’d be camping out front of my local pawnshop that same morning looking to add a four stringer to my collection.

Rhett
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A Dead Kennedys pack would be epic.

Casey
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I would absolutely love some Cynic.

Calim
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One listen to DMV should prove why you picked it immediately. While we’re on the subject of N.I.B., how about the Primus cover if it? Les supra- pretzelfies it, squares that and dares anyone to do better (nice try, Ugly Kid Joe).

I know it’s a little obscure but why not a sampling of Geezer Butler’s side metal band G//Z/R? Good n chunky!

reaperforelife
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Bring down the birds/Groove is in the heart would be an awesome choice for bass players!

chris
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I wonder if adding a Morphine song is possible Im not even sure what his setup was but it would be cool to try. At least add Nirvana songs like Lithium, Smells Like Teen Spirit

Justin Sanders
Member

Awesome list. Love the Aquarius pick. Another that would be great (in line with the essential Longview) is Blink-182’s Carousel.

Fantastic article.

JayRock
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We need some Guv’t Mule! Blind Man in the Dark & Thorazine Shuffle especially.

otterbaub
Guest

Great list, i half thought the list was going to be 3 or 4 songs at most 6. There is enough content in here to keep us bassist happy for a while. Awesome selction.

Muffy Diver
Guest

Please Primus!!!!!!!!!!!!

dallas dave
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I already request “Maxwell Murder” by Rancid.

It really matters what you are looking for. The bass for Midnight Oil -- Beds Are Burning sounds fun to me, but others might say it’s not complex enough.

I would say bass is not being ignored. We’ve already got some fun bass lines in game but I could always get more!!!!

edit -- where is Jethro Tull -- Aqualung?

hurt138
Guest

The Pot, and Long View are great picks!

I would also like to see some more White Zombie and maybe Rammstein -- Engel.

MarleySantana
Guest

Much love to Nate Dogg. Is there a way to get an edited version of
“Ain’t No Fun (if the Homies Can’t Have None)?

Anybody hear me on that one?

jeam95
Guest

Bootsy collins will be awesome

MarleySantana
Guest

Funk is not domestically produced…..

Hollywood Squares
I’d Rather Be With You
Funkentelechy

Ciaran Dunne
Guest

Between this and you notable gaps article there are a lot of songs I didn’t realize I wanted , but now I want them immediately

rsanchez1990
Guest

Ugh, Phish?

huggyscolex
Guest

the band Zombi has fantastic bass lines. they’re a synth/bass/drum band that play spacey horror rock ala Goblin/John Carpenter.

Ikit Klaw
Guest

Weather Report -- Barbary Coast

rsanchez1990
Guest

Yes! They’ve already shown they’re willing to venture out of just rock, so if we’re talking about great bass lines, we can’t leave out Jaco Pastorius.

mags
Guest

Nice choice, but the lack of guitar is going make any Weather Report a hard sell.

MarleySantana
Guest

How about the baseline laid out by Mr. David Brown on Santana’s No one to depend on?

seth
Guest

Wow. Really nice set of bass numbers here. I agree. Well done. I’d buy almost every one you cited.

Sid
Guest

Anything by Sid Vicious

Midget
Guest

Don’t play much bass but I can tell you a “yes” DLC pack would be amazing. ‘Round about’ and ‘the ladder’ yes please “yes” 😀

rushyes
Guest

I bought Bandfuse because I saw Yes’ Roundabout on it. That particular song has been tabbed to death but I’ll take it any day. If you’re a bassist and you want great bass lines you have to listen Chris Squire! Please RS put some YES in the mix! Long distance runaround, startship trooper, The Fish, Heart of the Sunrise, etc… And I 100% agree with THE LADDER Midget! Thank you for posting this, I don’t feel so alone any more!

unleashed2k
Admin

No love for My Friends RHCP?

MarleySantana
Guest
OH Hell Yeah. We are due for some Reggae. Not a bad choice to, however; I like the baselines in Sun is Shining and Burnin and Lootin better. Sooooo glad to see someone giving respect to both Funkadelic and the Motown Sound. I like that Jackson 5 choice. That would even be fun for the lead guitarist. And the RHCP. Well, you know if you have Funkadelic on here, gotta have RHCP and that’s a good one as well. But oooooooh there is a ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. You talking bass, you should be talking funk (yeah you know where… Read more »
GorbyRulez
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Grand Funk Railroad-Got This Thing On The Move (or any Mel Schacher bassline for that matter!), Chicago-I’m A Man, Cream-Politician, Steppenwolf-Monster, Danzig-Mother, Deep Purple-Lazy, The Who-Boris The Spider