As a Violent Femmes song, I expected this to translate to a unique experience. And I was right.
The bass part for the verse is a shuffle, but it moves around withing the rhythm to keep it interesting. The prechorus is short sustains with a repeated triplet scale in the end, which is a real treat on bass.
Where this song starts to suffer in the solo, where it play straight eighths in a predictable manner and the vocal break, where there's no bass.
The song starts to speed up not long after the bass comes back in, and I love speed-ups so this was pretty fun, especially when it started to move around a good deal. But the problem starts when the bass chords come in. After the first one shows up, it's not long before it just degrades into switching between pretty much random chords really fast until the end (which isn't too far away, thankfully). When I say fast, I mean I couldn't keep a multiplier in there myself, I ended the song halfway down the rock meter. It's just so ridiculous, and if you don't know the band/song, entirely unexpected.
I can see myself coming back to it now and again for parts of it, but I think it's a bit too polarizing for people who aren't familiar with the song.
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.