It’s Alex James’s 45th birthday (November 21) which gives us ample reason to celebrate the Blur bassist’s musical skills. Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon are regularly praised for their solo albums, collaborations and general talent, while James is rarely mentioned without a snarky quip about the whole cheese thing. Not today. Funky, savage, gentle, louche, he’s a sonic demon on the bass who deserves a pedestal. It wasn’t easy but we’ve chosen five of his greatest basslines; let us know your five in the comments below or using #alexjamesbasslegendtop5.

Colin Zeal

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Girls & Boys

I Know

Brothers & Sisters