Guest List: 90s Basslines

Hey y'all. This list is coming at you from Mr. Jack Sipes. He is in more bands than most of us, ranging from alternative to heavy to disco (kidding) to a solo synthpop project (not kidding). Check out his musical projects here, and here. We all went to a Tame Impala concert together.   

Art by our friend  John Beaver

Art by our friend John Beaver

By Jack Sipes:

The 90’s was a decade of style--music, fashion, what have you. Some may say the opposite considering it was also full of dudes with faded flannels and unwashed, uncut hair. Regardless of any gripes you may have about the grunge scene, the 90’s was undoubtedly filled with eclecticism. The glue to any artist’s music can almost be traced to two instruments: bass and drums. Right now, we’re focusing on the former. Throughout any genre, a good bassline can make your song an instant hit. It can alter the mood of the song in a way no other instrument can (take the bassline out of The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala and that song is a tear jerker). The bassline is a song's sense of style. Take a peek at what the four-stringers of the 90’s had to offer.


  1. Dramamine - Modest Mouse
  2. Around the World - Daft Punk
  3. Electric Relaxation - A Tribe Called Quest
  4. Bury Me - Smashing Pumpkins
  5. The National Anthem - Radiohead
  6. Nuthin' but a G thang - Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg
  7. World In My Eyes - Depeche Mode
  8. Sliver - Nirvana
  9. Ain't No Thang - Outkast
  10. Only In Dreams - Weezer
  11. I Bleed - Pixies