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Fattest Bass Line in Rock?

Yesterday Eric and I took a little afternoon trip down the highway to IKEA. I mean, it is the Glamest home store on the planet as all the furniture comes from Sweden. Anyway, I had extended time to listen to Hair Nation in the car. Ozzy came on and I didn't think much of it: until I really starting dissecting "No More Tears."

I own "No More Tears" on CD. I've heard the song a million times. It is possible, however, that I've never really listened to the song until last night. As I sat in the car, focusing on the song, I realized that "No More Tears" just might win the award for having the fattest bass line of any rock song - period. Actually, "No More Tears" has some awesome guitar solos too. There are times when the solos end so abruptly I can't help but wonder if the producer was a little "clip happy" but other than that, I'd say the track is basically perfect.

Before "No More Tears" started blaring from my car's speaker system, the Hair Nation DJ mentioned Ozzy has a new album coming this year. How can Ozzy release a new album when the man can barely talk? That question aside, I'll be interested to see if the guitar work is as good on the new tracks as some of the old ones. Black Rain was pretty good - but no track on that disc holds a candle to "No More Tears."

So, do you agree? Does "No More Tears" have the fattest bass line in all of rock? Can you trump my selection?

Reader Comments (19)

Yes I can trump your selection, Hanoi Rocks - Motorvatin' has the coolest bass line ever!
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikkeSixx
Bang Tango had a few hefty bass lines..
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat
No more tears is my favorite Ozzy song, and yes it has a great bass line, but I also think it has a great guitar hook.
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRyles
I agree with ya Allyson. And "No More Tears" is actually my favorite Ozzy album...
Another song with a great bass line is, Bang Tango's "Someone Like You"...
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Loverboy's TURN ME LOOSE ...
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergerry g
Van Halens "Running with the Devil"
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEd
D'Molls - D'Stroll is awesome too
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikke Sixx
I agree with Bang Tango's - Someone Like You not far behind.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
Maybe not the exact genre's you're thinking of but... Of course almost anything by Maiden, or The Chili Peppers. Jane's Addiction has some cool bass lines especially The Mountain Song and 3 Days. But the absolute killer bass line would be on the song YYZ by Rush! Seriously, listen to it again... everything on that song rocks.
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike
And by the way... Runnin with the Devil has to be one of the most SIMPLE bass lines in rock. Just sayin'...
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike
I dont believe she said it had to be a hard bass line, Mike. But the second that line hits you know what song it is.
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEd
100,000 years by KISS is definately faster than No More Tears
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
Awesome topic. Sebastian Bach's "Negative Light" has a pretty cool bass intro. I think I'm going to play some of these songs on my show this week.
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJT
oh my god we all forgot about our good ol glam!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
I can't believe nobody mentioned "Heaven and Hell"...
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
now how the bloody hell did I manage to overlook this song?

I thought Black Rain was a pretty awesome album to be honest, and even though the man can barely speak, him releasing a new album is just brilliant.
I think we all know that nowadays its not really Ozzy singing, its synthesizers, but the mans a legend, and his songs are brilliant.
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucifer
True enough Ed and it IS a killer song. And Hell, I'd take Michael Anthony over Wolfie anyday! lol.
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike
As a bassist. This songs bassline means alot to me. As it was the first EVER thing i learnt all those years ago. (the intro line).
January 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrlee
Faith No More blows almost anything considering Bass, listen to "Kindergarten" fuckin' awesome bass solos
January 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoremaster

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