Song you like where the bass player used a pick

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  1. Marquee Moon

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    This is allways been something I've heard from bass players my age when I was a kid, usually snobby heavy metal/hard rock guys my age(I love both now), that using a pick was bad or beneath them. They were allways like " the tone is better/warmer with fingers "and I would think, " then why do you play with roundwound strings?" or "it is too limiting." I certainly love alot of music where the bass player uses his fingers, but for some songs, a pick definitely suits the songs. For those of you who feel the same way, what are some picked bass songs that you enjoy? Also, what about the songs do you feel are served well by being played with a pick?



     
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    I've always loved Duff McKagan's tone in GnR, and his bass lines were always pretty cool too.
     
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    Anything the late Joe Osborn did.
     
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    McCartney came to my mind immediately... also anything with Chris Squire on bass.
     
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    Try Carol Kaye or Berry Oakley
     
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    Mike Dirnt (Green Day) always gets a superb tone with a pick. I loved the early days of that band when he used an old Gibson Ripper bass. He just had a terrific grind to his tone.

    The song “Longview” comes to mind.
     
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    any who song!

    play music!
     
  10. Marquee Moon

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    that's a great way to describe what I like about using a pick! it's very hard and precussive sounding.
     
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    Kim Deal, Pixies - e.g. Debaser

    Andy Rourke, The Smiths - e.g. Barbarism Begins at Home

    Peter Hook, Joy Division / New Order - e.g. True Faith

    ... to name a few





     
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    Early Who......John Entwhistle later went solely to fingers.....that's why his nickname went from Ox to Thunderfingers.
    And, not to claim to be a true bass player, but when I do, I use a pick.....and flatwounds.
     
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    Corin Tucker/electric guitar/bass octave pedal.
     
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    Songs well served with a pick? Anything played by Joe Osborn or Carol Kaye.
     
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    Lemmy used a pick. His playing on the live 'Space Ritual' album is sublime. He touted that 'Lord Of Light' from that album represented some of his best playing, and I'm not going to argue.

    It doesn't matter if a pick or fingers is used. Serve the song.
     
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    When I first started playing bass, the pop music on the radio was dominated by Joe Osborn and Carol Kaye. I loved their playing, and used apick for most of my playing for the first 15 or 20 years. It wasn't until the last 10 or 15 years that I became a 90% fingerstyle bassist.
     
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    Greg Lake used a pick did he not, certainly could play a bit and had wonderful tone that served the music.

    I have always played bass with a pick and did a lot of learning through the Carol Kaye books back in the 60s
     
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    A whole lot of classic rock from the 70s was picked bass. All of Styx, clearly some or all of Kansas, and many others already mentioned here in this thread.
     
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    Always liked Dee Dee Ramone
     
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    Fugazi- waiting room. Joe Lally was all about the pick sound.
     
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