The Best Guitar Solo Ever

is the end of the Replacements’ “Sixteen Blue.” (with a close second to the entire 0:42 of the Minutemen’s cover of VH’s “Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love”).

We’re talking economy + melody + skill + timing + inspiration + no Van Halen masturbation. And the guitarist, like Bob, should always be kinda retarded, so the solo has the quality of a miracle.

You’ll come up with other good ones, but you know they pale.

Minutemen — Ain’t Talkin “Bout Love

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13 thoughts on “The Best Guitar Solo Ever

  1. best solo ever?Dinosaur Jr, the lung, from yr living all over me. second best solo ever? take your pick from Zen Arcade.

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  2. honorable mentions:Television – Little Johnny Jewel – live roir tapeVoidoids – take your pickGalaxie 500 – listen the snow is fallingTeenage Fanclub – everything flows

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  3. No distortion pedals allowed, but the Lung is probably second place, althought the solo in the Dead Milkmen’s “Punk rock Girl” – c’mon, it’s even funny. No Television. Noodling has its place, and “Days” is one of my fave songs ever, but not here. His guitar lines, if taken out of the songs, wouldn’t be out of place on a Yes album.Voidoids – garbage. Galaxie 500 — how can you know it wasn’t just Dean dropping his pick and hitting the strings on the way down? Teenage Fanclub — maybe a good one. Never stuck in my mind, probably becuase there’s no reason for a solo in that song.

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  4. Mr. Parnell:Caomparing Television to Yes is like comparing sex to masturbation.Richard Hell was like Matthew Sweet, he sure knew how to pic his guitar players.Galaie 500 – come on, the guy could play.Fanclub – the song opens with the solo bro. And more mentions:VU – What Goes OnStone Roses – Made of Stone, I am the ResurrectionWilco – Shouldn’t Be Ashamed

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  5. Sonic Youth is playing at CBGB’s on Tuesday, June13th. Tickets are $25 through TicketWeb – the kinder,gentler Ticketmaster. They go on sale tomorrow at10am. They will go quickly and you can only order twotickets per person. Plan accordingly.

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  6. Comparing Yes to Television is more apt than you’d think. Lloyd is a noodler, Verlaine is too, and neither would be out of place in ELP or GTR. And masturbation is sex with someone I love, so there. ‘I am the resurrection’ is a nice recommend. No economy, though, but a nice five intro notes. Wilco? Phooey. We might as well include Lynryd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet. Fuck Lou Reed. I’m boycotting all VU until he dies.

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  7. I may try my inside channels for the Sonic Youth show, but I’m too tired to risk it, esp on a Tues night. CBGBs will be having such concerts for the year while they close – think I’ll wait for one where its a crazy reunion show or something …but here’s what I’m def catchingBoris: 5/30Os Mutantes 7/21

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  8. Let me get this straight. Television are hacks and Felt are better? Hmmm. Man, if yo are going to go all in, at least be holding a good hand.

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  9. Doesn’t matter what hand I’m holding if I’m playing you, because you’re not paying attention. I didn’t say Felt was/is better than Television – just said the solo in Whirpool Vision of Shame is better than any of Lloyd&Verlaine’s prog noodling. I love the song “Days.” Even like a few solos, although Lloyd’s better in other gigs. I’m glad Television hung it up and only made one ‘reunion’ record. Saw them live in 2003, awful. Ficca kept making mistakes, and then Verlaine noodled away even as his annoyed bandmates had stopped.Now this: Felt’s last few albums reek worse than the foulest ass garbage. I don’t even like anything past their first two EPs and Whirlpool. But that solo is good. But please don’t find assumptions in my writing where there are none. How about this — I don’t even like “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Stones. It’s silly D&D mumbo jumbo poser shit. But the solo at the end is awesome.I’m holding *two* good hands. And they type.

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