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That thread about Coldplay and Joe Satriani got me thinking about the limitations of musical composition. As we've discussed before, it's inevitable in songwriting that certain phrases are repeated and it struck me that several popular songs over the years have used, with some variation, prominent descending basslines. A few that spring to mind are:

 

Penny Lane (Beatles)

My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)

Tell Me Something Good (Stevie Wonder)

A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procol Harum by way of J.S. Bach ;) )

 

Any other songs in the rock era with similarly defining descending basslines?

 

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The Weight - The Band

 

Also, in a bridge:

Let it Be - Beatles

Wild World - Cat Stevens

 

But of course we'll find such a simple pattern in lots of places, just as we'd find ascending bass lines.

 

A slightly less simple one is Pachalbel Canon, which we find (not just the bass line but much of the chord sequence) in innumerable hit songs. There's an amusing YouTube video of someone having some fun with this.

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Flashlight (Parliament/Funkadelic)

 

BTW - Tell Me Something Good was Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Stevie wrote it ;)

 

Chorus of The Weight

 

My One and Only Love

 

It's common because it fits scalar motion and because it fits regular turnaround motion, basically the whole form becomes a turnaround ala Through the Fire, or There Will Never Be Another You

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Thanks guys - got some listening to do (In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a bit of a geek this way: love looking for interesting patterns in music).

 

 

 

Flashlight (Parliament/Funkadelic)

 

BTW - Tell Me Something Good was Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Stevie wrote it ;)

Good catch, Kevin - I did mean the writers. :thu:

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Flashlight (Parliament/Funkadelic)

 

BTW - Tell Me Something Good was Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Stevie wrote it ;)

Ahh! Thanks! I stand better informed! :)

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BTW - Tell Me Something Good was Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

 

Ah so that song came out during phase 2 right? You remember those 4 phases -

 

1. Rufus

2. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

3. Chaka Khan with Rufus.

4. Chaka Khan.

 

Yep! I remember it well. I had a bad Chaka jones in those days. ;)

Instrumentation is meaningless - a song either stands on its own merit, or it requires bells and whistles to cover its lack of adequacy, much less quality. - kanker
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1. Rufus

2. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

3. Chaka Khan with Rufus.

4. Chaka Khan.

Thank you for reminding me! I thought someone else besides below had done that.

 

1. Miami Sound Machine

2. Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan

3. Gloria Estefan with Miami Sound Machine

4. Gloria Estefan

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1. Rufus

2. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

3. Chaka Khan with Rufus.

4. Chaka Khan.

Thank you for reminding me! I thought someone else besides below had done that.

 

1. Miami Sound Machine

2. Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan

3. Gloria Estefan with Miami Sound Machine

4. Gloria Estefan

1. The Amboy Dukes

2. The Amboy Dukes featuring Ted Nugent

3. Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes

4. Ted Nugent

 

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Where the line is implied (and maybe played on bass) but there are different chord changes in the tunes. I hear the same descending line in my head over these tunes.

 

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