Thursday, June 18, 2009

We Need More Guitar Solos!

There was a time when no self-respecting rock song was complete without a decent guitar solo. Whethe it was a one-note Neil Young piece, twelve minutes of Dave Gilmour fighting of a strings-and-synthesizer carpet-bombing, or a kick in the gut from Tony Iommi, you had to have one.

Those days are long gone. Nowadays, it's just a pleasant surprise to find good axe work in popular music, as soloists seems to have been pushed to the fringes of Western culture.

That's just not right. Bruce Springsteen got this guitar and he learned how to make it talk. Guitar George was strictly rhythm, he didn't want to make it cry or sing. There's an entire language hidden in that Les Paul or Strat, and we need to hear a lot more of it -- before we forget.

I wish I had the skills to contribute to the cause, but alas, I'm like Guitar George. Let me settle for simply listening to anything made by a great freatboard artist. Rock out.

Now playing: Sublime - Santeria
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