Today’s bass line is The Cure‘s ‘Just Like Heaven’. Such a perfect song, and it’s the bass line that anchors the whole thing. You may think, ok, it’s pretty repetitive. But that’s often the beauty of bass lines – while the note progressions may look simple, the bassist has free reign to move around and move his/her body to the music, which is pretty important to me because I could never stay stock still the way some keyboardists do when they’re in front of their Nords / Korgs / Moogs / etc. A lot of what bass is, it’s about feeling the music and letting the rhythm take control of your body, completely immersing yourself in the music. That’s why I love playing bass so much. I don’t have to deal with learning chord after chord and worrying where my pinky is. I just…attack!
This is also an important track to me, as I will never look at it the same way again after hearing it in a club a couple weeks ago, singing along to it with friends at the top of our lungs. Doesn’t get any better than that.
Listen to the track and watch the video of the band performing at Bestival 2011 below; under that is an impressive bass ‘cover’ by someone who obviously is good people, as he’s got Liverpool FC bedspread and curtains!