After watching highlights of the Grammys this week, I found myself going back to one performance in particular, and trust me, I tried not to just for the fact I’m not really a fan of the artist in question.
In fact, to say I hate Bruno Mars might be a bit heavy handed on my part, but nothing he’s done has really left me with any sort of lasting impression other than ‘well, that was an annoying three minutes’.
However, it was Mars’ performance of his tune Runaway Baby at the Grammys that left me with a new respect for the guy and his backing musicians. And the engine that was helping propel the band was all bottom end, baby. Take the bass out of Runaway Baby and you’re left with a pretty generic pop song. Add the bass and wham-o! A Bruno Mars song I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve listened to all the way through.
So, today’s post features pop songs with some truly awesome ground shaking grooving from the bass side of the stage. I’ve gone with tracks from more recent memory, so please-no emails complaining that Come Together isn’t listed.
To start off, here’s Bruno from the Grammys.
Next up, remember Spacehog? You will once you here this tune. Note the guitarist flubbing the intro. Whoops. The track is In the Meantime.
Although not huge here in North America, Jamiroquai have had a pretty good run overseas. I’m a casual fan at best, but I love this song. Main Vein.
I couldn’t have a bass post without mentioning Cake somewhere. So this is me, mentioning Cake. Somewhere. It’s The Distance.
And finally, my personal favourite of the entire lot: Blur’s Girls and Boys. Meeeooooowww.
Sacramento Mad Libs champs/poet rockers Cake can retain and flaunt what little they have left of their indie roots by not selling any albums AND still get all the glory of having a Number One release after their latest disc, Showroom of Compassion, topped the charts after shipping just 55 000 copies.
As you read this, Metallica's Lars Ulrich is busily writing individual emails to millions of illegal music downloaders, with a mix of 'go f#*k yourselves' and 'I told you so' messages with regards to the latest dismal Nielsen SoundScan numbers, the agency's worst since they started tracking album sales back in 1991.
Of course, Apple's iTunes store probably has its fair share of the blame to shoulder as well, since legal digital downloads continue to take chunks of the market away from physical hard copy music sales.
Mmmm…apple and cake.
Here's a little classic Cake…The Distance, Live.