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First off, anyone who is planning on saying 'Real bassists don't use picks' or some crap like that, don't bother posting.

I play with all the different techniques, but my favourite is with a pick, and so could you guys tell me of any bands with good bassists who use a pick? I used the search bar but all that came up was famous or popular bassists, but I want to know talented ones, not popular ones.

Any genre is fine, I'm just looking for inspiration and ideas to incorporate into my own playing.

Bands I already know I already know of (regardless of talent):
Metallica (Jason)
Tool
Rancid
Motorhead
BFMV
Blink 182
Motley Crue
Dillinger Escape Plan
Jane's Addiction
AFI
Judas Priest
Green Day
Lamb of God
Dragonforce

Thanks for any suggestions.

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#2
Tetsu from L´Arc~en~Ciel, very impressive and innovative work! you should check him out how he plays countermelodies underneath the chords!
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#3
Dan Haigh from Fightstar is pretty damn good.
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#5
Chris Squire from Yes and the Rise Against bassist. Two completely different styles haha but both make great basslines.
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#10
Eric Judy from Modest Mouse uses one a lot.
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#11
I'm pretty sure that Shavo from SOAD used a pick on a good deal of their music.

Also - saying that 'real bassists don't use a pick' is ignorant. A truly skilled bassist will use many different techniques and styles to get the desired sound to fit where it needs to.

Saying you should only using fingers to play bass is like saying you should only make right turns to drive - you can do it, but it doesn't mean it's a good idea.
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#17
Robert Levon Been from BRMC (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) uses a pick all the time, he's a pretty kickass bassist. Look up "spread your love" "rise or fall" "stop" "in like the rose" and "whatever happened to my rock n roll" for some examples.
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Also - saying that 'real bassists don't use a pick' is ignorant. A truly skilled bassist will use many different techniques and styles to get the desired sound to fit where it needs to.

Saying you should only using fingers to play bass is like saying you should only make right turns to drive - you can do it, but it doesn't mean it's a good idea.

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For example, John Entwistle used a pick on "My Generation" to get that punchy sound & make the bass solo stand out.

Not exactly a list of virtuosos, but some of my favorites:
Pete Hook of Joy Division/New Order
Andy Rourke of The Smiths
Mike Mills of R.E.M.
Paul Simonon of The Clash
Klaus Flouride of Dead Kennedys
Dave Allan of Gang of Four
Joe Lally of Fugazi
Graham Lewis of Wire
Clint Conely of Mission of Burma

I can play just as well with my fingers, but I've always preferred playing with a pick. Basically 'cuz all my favorite bassists do. Haters gonna hate.
#22
Thanks for the suggestions so far guys, I've got a whole lot to listen to, but as they say, the more the merrier. God that sounds cheesy.

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#24
although he's already been mentioned, Dave Ellefson is one of the best. James Lomenzo used pickstyle for a lot of stuff in Megadeth. Also, Johnny Christ from Avenged Sevenfold has a lot of surprisingly good basslines ie:the interlude in Blinded in Chains.
#25
Mike Mills from REM
Rick Danko from The Band
Adam Clayton from U2

to name a few
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#27
Has it been mentioned.

Anthony Jackson. Amazing player, redefined the instrument to an extant and uses a pick. Bloody amzing player if you ask me.

John Paul Johns. Not all the time but makes great use of diferent tecgniques and whole lotta of love is played with a pick and he hits as mnay strings as he can with it.

Cant think of any others of the top of my head.
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#28
Duff and Peter Hook who have been mentioned already are both star bassists.

Also Matt Freeman of the punk band Rancid uses a pick and is a great bass player. Check out the crazy solo in Maxwell Murder!
#30
mike dirnt is quite the player, especially on green days older albums, and he uses a pick.
mark hoppus too
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