I did that little experiment a couple of years ago with “Recovery” by LP when I took a song with no bass part at all and just tried quickly to come up with a bass line from zero. And you know what, I liked that :) I mean, it's kinda cool to imagine WHAT IF a song had a bass line... and not just improvise but try to come up with something that would sorta suit the song. I seriously encourage you to try it, it's funny as a bunch of rabbits!
The album “Wildhoney” (1994) by Tiamat was one of those albums of the early 90s that really changed everything for me. It won't be an exaggeration if I tell you it was a little sonic revolution for me back then because I've never heard anything like that. I used to think all doom metal was something like Candlemess but Tiamat was something completely different. It had no epicness, only pure cosmic-size progressive almost liquid decay and depression caught on tape.
Arguably the oddest song on the KISS classic album “Destroyer”... and I love it. I've no doubt that it's rather a Bob Ezrin's song than a KISS song but who cares? Were you offended when KISS played it with a real children's choir in Sydney during their “Kiss Symphony” performance? I wasn't. In fact, I was rather thrilled. And it has a nice bass line. Really, just listen to it! Pure Gene with his melody-first approach I love so much! It's a real pleasure to play it.
Polarkreis 18 was a German pop/synth-pop band and “Allein Allein” (“Alone Alone”) was their only real hit. In 2008 it made its way all up to #1 on German charts and soon it became pretty painful to hear it EVERYWHERE :) I mean it was everywhere! You could hear it from the cars, cafes, radios and TV sets all over Germany for quite a long time. You couldn't have a 20-minute taxi ride without hearing “Allein Allein” on the radio.
"Under Jolly Roger" was a weekly rock/metal TV show on the local "Tonis" TV station in my home-town Charkiw in the early '90s. We didn't have any "Headbanger's Ball" in Ukraine, we didn't have anything like that but we had "Under Jolly Roger".
Mercyful Fate is probably of the most underrated metal bands ever. They've practically invented progressive and black metal and all they got for that is a couple of “yeah, “Come To The Sabbath” was a nice song”. I just can't wrap my head around it, srsly. Well, however, in my book Mercyful Fate was a legendary band, way ahead of its time with all their classic albums. The reunited 90's Mercyful Fate was great too, though I've always preferred the originals. And Timi Hansen, my sweet...
“Skeletons In The Closet” is one of the most obscure songs from one of the most obscure albums by Mr. Alice Cooper, though for some reason almost anyone who listens to "Special Forces" for the first time tends to remember this particular song.
Gene Simmons has tons of demos (95% of them were actually released on his “Vault” box set) but this one is probably my favorite one. “Promise The Moon” was one of Gene's songs for the “Crazy Nights” album and this fact is damn hard to swallow... I mean “Sword And Stone” and “Promise The Moon” were not good enough for the album but “No, No, No” was? *sigh*
Going back to '80s with “Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Hart, a very special song with lots of little things from different genres mixed together. New wave, rock, pop, maybe even a little of early goth vibe can be found here too.
Last year I started some sort of a tradition – in April I cover one of the songs my mom used to like. She's not with us anymore but I find it nice to celebrate her life with something she liked. This time it's an absolute classic “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley (originally by Big Mama Thornton).