Bootsy Collins, funk bassist, performing live concert performance at the Hammersmith Odeon, in Hammersmith, London, England in June 1978. Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images World Cafe The Funkiest, Most Memorable Bass Riffs Ever: A Playlist XPN October 6, 2020 Sometimes bass guitar can be an overlooked instrument. Sometimes it gets relegated to the background. Not today, my friends. Not today.