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The Joy of the Guitar Riff

PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:18 pm
by AndyM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... uitar-riff

BBC4 doc, cuts so many corners you'll go dizzy trying to count them, but fun to be had despite the concertina-ing...........

Re: The Joy of the Guitar Riff

PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:41 am
by Adam Blake
Yes that was fun. It could have brought us up to date with "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk or "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People - both of which have had about as much impact as is possible nowadays. A good riff cannot be kept down!

"Rumble" and "Johnny B Goode" present and correct but having gone to town on "You Really Got Me" they failed to mention "All Day And All Of The Night" which is even more riff-tastic.

Then there far too much nonsense about King Crimson and not nearly enough on Led Zeppelin who had at least half a dozen monster riffs (: "The Ocean", "Immigrant Song", "Heartbreaker", "Bring It On Home", "Misty Mountain Hop", "How Many More Times"...)

No mention of "Day Tripper" or "Purple Haze". (or was I making a cup of tea and missed them?)

God, didn't Johnny Marr sound like nectar of the gods after all that 80s hair metal crap?

Two riff anecdotes: One time in the early 90s I played a biker rally. It was kind of fun. Late afternoon, and out of this huge outdoor PA system emerges the original studio version of Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water". At that point, I probably hadn't heard it for at least ten years. It sounded FANTASTIC. I have never mocked it since.

Late noughties I was touring Spain with Cornershop and we were invited to this after hours indie club where we could carry on drinking for free. The music was unspeakable: euro indie rock, and then, out of nowhere, came Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". At that moment, it was just the best music ever made. (Is there a good case to be made for saying it was the last real rock'n'roll record?)

Anyway, enjoyable programme. Thanks for the heads up.