Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (December 2010)

This week, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 most popular bass videos from December, 2010, based on the number of views by No Treble readers.

Victor Wooten: Ari’s Eyes (Bass Day 2002)

1. Victor Wooten: Ari’s Eyes (Bass Day 2002)

Here’s Victor Wooten in this performance of “Ari’s Eyes” in 2002. This tune was later released on his 2005 album, Soul Circus.

Prince: Getting Wild with the Bass

2. Prince: Getting Wild with the Bass

Prince (yes, Prince) straps on a bass for some Larry Graham/Bootsy Collins inspired-playing for his tune “Get Wild.” This was filmed live at The White Room UK in 1994.

Joni Mitchell: Hejira, Live in Japan with Pino Palladino

3. Joni Mitchell: Hejira, Live in Japan with Pino Palladino

I never thought I’d hear a version of Hejira without Jaco and love it. But then Pino Palladino proved me wrong with this incredible live performance of the title track to Joni’s 1976 album by the same name. Doesn’t hurt that Wayne Shorter joins in either.

Family Guy Theme, Bass-Style

4. Family Guy Theme, Bass-Style

Youtuber allyourbassarebelong got everyone’s attention with his bass-only rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. Here’s Ben performing an all-bass version of the theme from “Family Guy”. Which reminds us of another great theme song for bass: Stuart Clayton’s take on “The Simpsons” theme.

Primus Releases “Me Llamo Mud”

5. Primus Releases “Me Llamo Mud”

As they wrap up the South American leg of their reunion tour, bass wizard Les Claypool and Primus have released a new version of “My Name is Mud” with all Spanish lyrics. “Me Llamo Mud” is a new recording of the classic track from the trio’s Pork Soda album. The track is available on iTunes,…

Jingle Bells: Bass Style

6. Jingle Bells: Bass Style

Here’s a little something to get you in the holiday mood. From Youtuber taolikuenjing comes his rock bass version of Jingle Bells. The fun starts around the 30 second mark.

Jamiroquai: Love Foolosophy (Live)

7. Jamiroquai: Love Foolosophy (Live)

I only have two words for this video: Funk Ay. This is Jamiroquai performing “Love Foolosophy” live at Abbey Road. Paul Turner is the bassist laying down the funky lines.

Hadrien Feraud: Opus Pocus

8. Hadrien Feraud: Opus Pocus

As a boy, Hadrien Feraud started out on drums, until he heard Jaco Pastorius’s The Birthday Concert. From that moment, he was a bassist. His fascination with Jaco was just the start, and Hadrien became a notable bassist himself within a few years. Here’s Hadrien performing Jaco’s “Opus Pocus” live in Paris, in 2007.

Flea: Funk, Punk, Rock, Slap, Interview

9. Flea: Funk, Punk, Rock, Slap, Interview

Taken from a VHS tape released in 1999, here’s Flea with River Phoenix, discussing the techniques and influences behind the bassist’s unique style. Funk, punk, rock, super fast slap (and slower versions)… it is all here.

Esperanza Spalding: “Mela” Live

10. Esperanza Spalding: “Mela” Live

This San Sebastian show, originally broadcast on Spanish TV, features Esperanza Spalding and her band performing “Mela”. The tune was originally recorded for the 2008 release, Esperanza. Part 1: Part 2:

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