Friday, January 21, 2011
B Side Presents, "Friday Gut Check - teRIFFic sounds"
Happy Friday B Siders! It's been a little while since we ran a Friday Gut Check top 5 piece. So today brings me to a couple items of business: 1) This gut check was inspired by JenInTosa. She dropped a link to Spinner's Top 50 guitar riffs of all time. PLEASE! Feel free to do the same. If you read a great music article and want to share it with me and then talk about it here, by all means! The suggestion box covers more than just album reviews. And 2) I absolutely LOVE, ADORE, CHERISH guitar riffs. I love songs that are 15 minutes long and do nothing but have a slick guitar solo for half of it. I'm a sucker for them. There are soo many off the top of my head I can think of...but to put them in some sort of Top 5 order? Phew, that's going to be tough.
I will follow my one artist per list rule, because I could probably drop 10 Clapton songs on here or something. I have to expand to 10 just because there would be too many to leave out. I'll also give some Honorable Mention nods. I think you guys should make a playlist today of these tracks. You'll love 'em all!
I'll share a link from Spinner below - but here is my Top 10. We'll see if we can get Heidi in on the action today too. But please, let me know what your faves are!
Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Eruption - Van Halen
Enter Sandman - Metallica
Hells Bells - AC/DC
Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Iron Man - Black Sabbath
Funk 49 - James Gang
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
TOP 10 LIST
10. Alive - Pearl Jam: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I don't care for Pearl Jam. But this riff, especially the opening...man. It's just awesome. Great lyrics over it too. And what a great message to send to the haters, "I'm still alive." WATCH
9. Seven Nation Army - White Stripes: There is a reason you hear this at every sporting event too. There is just something about this SUPER simple bass riff played over a standard electric. It's mesmerizing. It makes you want to get up and fight and yell and cheer. It's hits you hard and you hit back. Great riff. WATCH
8. Layla - Derek And The Dominoes: Okay, so maybe the second most iconic riff behind Smoke On The Water. Sure, Clapton stole this riff from Duane Allman - but Clapton plays it like his own. Love the story about him stealing George Harrison's wife too. Sad, but funny. WATCH
7. Day Tripper - The Beatles: Probably the funkiest of Beatles riffs. The arrangement of this song is flat out amazing. It was recorded with dual guitars each coming out of a different speaker. Turn off one speaker once and see what you hear. You should only hear half the track. WATCH
6. Sweet Child O' Mine - GNR: Yeah, you've heard this and it's amazing. Slash can flat out whale on the guitar, and this is a prime example. Love the story posted by Spinner, so I'll let you read it. WATCH
5. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream: This seems to be a guitar hero favorite of just about everybody I know. It sounds so simple, but it's so pleasing to my ears. Funny story about this too, we were sitting in a friends basement in high school. Pretty much the first time we'd both really sat down and listened to Cream. I heard this song, and asked him if this was a sample from the song 'Blue Moon'. He said "NO WAY" with all certainty. Well, turns out it is. But that doesn't make the riff any less awesome. WATCH
4. Dazed And Confused - Led Zeppelin: Another lower keyed riff. This has got to be my favorite Zeppelin song and I think it's solely because of the opening jam. Apologies to Heartbreaker for not making my Top 10 list, but hey, it's mine and not yours! ;-) WATCH
3. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead: Down and dirty, in your face metal riff. I'm guessing a lot of people haven't ever heard this song before. PLEASE check it out. It's my third best riff for a reason. I don't get to Motorhead often, but when I do, this song is a MUST. WATCH
2. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple: Duh-duh-duh, duh-dud-da-da, duh-duh-duh, duh-duh. Come on. Is there a more recognized riff in music history? I hear this all the time at sporting events to get the crowd pumped up. True story, I heard a friend singing this riff on the walk back after a football game, and I asked if he knew what song that was from. He had no clue. Just that the riff was outstanding and got him pumped. Always a good sign. WATCH
1. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix: There is little secret this is my favorite Hendrix song ever. It's also my favorite guitar riff ever. The opening alone gives me chills everytime I hear it. Compliment that with the lyric, "Well I stand up next to a mountain. And I chop it down with the edge of my hand." Amazing stuff. The guitar work start to finish on this track is flat out phenomenal. Sit back and really listen and enjoy this one. WATCH
THANKS FOR READING!