pesco at June 24th, 2014 17:35 — #1
ratel at June 24th, 2014 17:48 — #2
In retrospect, it was probably foolish of me to assume that there would be more to this than the bass line for "Message in a Bottle", isolated.
bytebro at June 24th, 2014 17:51 — #3
I know, it's just me. But ever since I've been old enough to sing bass, its the first line I hear in any music. Singing 2nd bass with a choir these days, so I was loving this!
docpop at June 24th, 2014 17:52 — #4
Was Sting playing a fretless bass on this track? Yeah, it sounds it... but damn it's precise too.
mcsnee at June 24th, 2014 18:13 — #5
This confirms my suspicion that he's the third-best instrumentalist in The Police, at least when he's also singing.
akbar5656 at June 24th, 2014 18:27 — #6
humbabella at June 24th, 2014 19:44 — #7
I kept thinking something interesting was going to happen. I feel like I've been fooled.
telecinese at June 24th, 2014 19:54 — #8
'Listen to it' is the new 'just look at it'.
marktech at June 24th, 2014 20:02 — #9
It's just not that interesting a bassline. This, on the other hand, is a work of wonder in a beautifully-crafted pop song. And there's a very boingboingesque background to look at.
lava at June 24th, 2014 20:06 — #10
to my untrained ear it did not sound like the bass track isolated, but somebody playing along with the song..
shirley_legitte at June 24th, 2014 20:19 — #11
Heh, heh…when I read the title, I thought: "But's that's one of the simplest basslines, in all of pop music…right?"
Right...but what is surprising about this, is how low-fi it sounds, with lots of string and finger noise, compared to the final mix.
brian_tuley at June 24th, 2014 21:44 — #12
This is probably a Live track from off a direct input monitor, meaning it was played sloppy during a loud performance, which didn't matter much. Sting is a really good musician, and the album work is likely much cleaner and more precise.
ymr049c at June 24th, 2014 21:59 — #13
Yes, it's simple and repetitive, but it is punk, or at least 'punk', and he was singing at the same time.
And there's no arguing with the end result: a catchy popular song.
nixiebunny at June 24th, 2014 22:28 — #14
The stock video for this song shows them in the studio, with Sting playing a fretless bass. So the choice of a still photo of him on stage with a fretted Fender bass is a bit misleading.
aaron_hertzmann at June 24th, 2014 23:37 — #15
willondon at June 24th, 2014 23:45 — #16
steelframe at June 25th, 2014 00:05 — #17
old at June 25th, 2014 00:05 — #18
I don't know the song, but that is a pretty instrument!
sashaglass10 at June 25th, 2014 00:35 — #19
"Seven Nation Army" seems to have cribbed a little bit of that bass line...then again, it's not exactly the most original descending melody.
bobo at June 25th, 2014 01:03 — #20
Sorry, but for me the best will always be Flea bringing the funk!
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