Adam Blake wrote:Charlie - I think you're right re.Dire Straits. I can't think of a more recent pop group who have achieved any success whose raison d'etre was the guitar playing. Guitars were important to the Britpop crowd, and in that they were a reaction against the synth drenched 80s, but the songs and singers still outranked the guitarists and the guitar solos (just about).
I seem to recall that Pearl Jam had some guitar solos (in the 90s). Their first two singles made the Top 20 in the UK and had guitar solos.
However, now I see where I've been going wrong. No wonder no one buys my stuff - I use too many guitars!