Yesterday morning I struggled with a clue for BASS LINE. Should it suggest Paul McCartney's bass playing? Paul Robeson's voice? A barbershop quartet part? Nah . . . I just gave up and moved on to other matters.
Very late last night (too late) I indulged in a Law & Order CI rerun which provided some good grid words. Who needs an EAMES chair clue when there's tough-talking Det. Alexandra EAMES played by Kathryn ERBE? "Criminal Intent" is one of the better L&W series; I like Vincent D'Onofrio as Eames's slightly-off partner.
This episode ("Albatross") opens with a re-enactment of the Alexander Hamilton/Aaron Burr duel. The opening theme immediately grabbed you -- "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie.
Bingo! "Under Pressure" opens with one of the most famous BASS LINE riffs ever (later appropriated by Vanilla Ice). The vocals: four-octave phenom-legend Freddie Mercury.
(. . . still struggling with the clue -- can't get the Queen riff out of my head . . . )