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What is the ultimate monster guitar riff?


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Initial post: 6 Sep 2008 16:52:17 BDT
1. Whole lotta love
2. Smoke on the water
3. Children of the grave
4. Sad but true
5. Johnny B Goode

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2008 10:50:52 BDT
Van Halen Ain't talking 'bout love
Hendrix Purple Haze
Sabbath Symptom of the universe
Yes Owner of a lonely Heart
Beatles Paperback writer

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2008 13:13:08 BDT
1. Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly (Influenced a whole generation of guitar payers like David Gilmour,Hank B
Marvin,Joe Brown,etc etc, what is important is that he
did it FIRST!)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2008 15:29:19 BDT
Colin Dick says:
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Pantera - Regular People (Conceit)
Bullet For My Valentine - Four Words To Choke Upon
Pantera - Cemetary Gates
Led Zepplin - Black Dog

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2008 16:15:59 BDT
Max says:
Slayer - Raining Blood
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Deep Purple - Black Night

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2008 17:24:05 BDT
Briscoe says:
smoke on the water
Black Night
All Night Long
stargazer
burn RITCHIE BLACKMORE IS GOD STILL

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2008 20:29:59 BDT
Hendrix - Purple Haze (must have been unbelievably heavy back in the day!)
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (the monster breakdown riff half way through!)
Led Zep - Kashmir

less well known stuff, but no less relevant;
Sleep - Dopesmoker
High On Fire - 10,000 Years
Kyuss - Green Machine
Isis - Celestial (The Tower)
Pelican - Drought
Electric Wizard - Funeralopolis
Yob - Grasping Air

sorry, I always get carried away with these kind of things!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2008 21:49:12 BDT
Tikka says:
Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Ain't talkin' 'bout love - Van Halen

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2008 22:21:53 BDT
Kashmir
Beat on the Brat
In the City
All Along the Watchtower
Hey Joe

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2008 23:41:19 BDT
Ian Smith says:
Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
Motherless Children - Eric Clapton
Baba O'Reilly - Pete Townshend
Clash City Rockers - The Clash

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2008 01:19:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Sep 2008 01:22:05 BDT
K. Rowley says:
'Monster' guitar riff would suggest a big sound, so I'd go for;

Ma-ma-ma-belle - The Electric Light Orchestra (Mighty big proper power chords!)
Radar Love - Golden Earring (Great big fat single-note riff at the start, the guitar sounds huge)
Pretty Vacant - The Sex Pistols (almost hypnotic three note riff intro)
Rumble - Link Wray (just plain old mad tremolo chord work)

Classy pull-you-in-to-the-song riffs would be;
Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
Dust My Broom - Emore James
Schooldays - Chuck Berry
Johhny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Statesboro Blues - the George Hatcher Band (great playing from Big John Thomas on the intro if you can get a copy)

...and of course, Last Train to Clarkesville by The Monkees - let it not be said I dont have wide tastes in music, lol!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2008 01:34:11 BDT
Good Groove says:
Good Times by Chic !

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2008 02:23:53 BDT
Purple Head says:
C'mon folks, let's get serious here......

1 Sweet Child of Mine - G'n'R
2 Smoke... - Deep Purple
3 Mistreated - Deep Purple
4 Supernaut - Black Sabbath
5 Voodoo Child - Jimmy Hendricks
6 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin
7 Layla - Eric Clapton
8 Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
9 Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
10 Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2008 13:39:50 BDT
The Rocker (full version on 'Vagabonds of the Western World) - Eric Bell/Thin Lizzy

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2008 13:20:36 BDT
ONE BIG HOLIDAY -MY MORNING JACKET

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2008 20:41:14 BDT
Sparky says:
It's impossible, but 3 contenders that spring to mind are
Sunshine of Your Love
Whole Lotta Love
The Boys are Back in Town

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2008 21:36:57 BDT
You really got me - The Kinks
Start me up - The Stones
Havana bound - The Pretty Things
Papa ain't salty - Doug Sahm
Damn right i've got the blues - Buddy Guy
I need you - Dave Davies live
Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
Can you hear me Knocking - Stones live - Ronnie Wood solo

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2008 22:00:39 BDT
K. Eltman says:
Killing in the name of - Rage against the machine

Come on

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2008 12:05:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Sep 2008 12:34:19 BDT
Could change my mind about the order + there's probably loads I've missed (probably a lot of them by Tony Iommi) but something like this:

1. War Pigs - Black Sabbath (those opening beeeooooowwwwww riffs sound like something razing the land)
2. Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath (Sounds like a stampede of dinosaur buffalos ridden bya a mad horde)
3. Symptom Of The Universe - Black Sabbath(Sounds like the sky opening)
4. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple (one of the most famous riffs ever - deserves to be too)
5. Iron man - Black Sabbath ( In the dictionary under 'Definiton of a monster riff')
6. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zep (Sounds like an Industrial Lurrrve machine kicking into life)
7. Snowblind - Black Sabbath (Majestic and Glacial ...whatever that means)
8. Satisfaction - The Stones (See what I put for Smoke on the Water)
9. Killing Yourself To Live - Black Sabbath(The riff roughly half way through might be the most brutal I've ever heard)
10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black sabbath (The main riff does it for me)
11. Black Dog - Led Zep (Maybe the most swaggering riff ever)
12. Supernaut - Black Sabbath (A piece of music in itself like something speeding along crazilly out of control)
13. I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges (Welcome to the revolution!)
14. Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath (Just a really good riff that hits the spot)
15. Heaven & Hell - Black Sabbath (Very Majestic)
16. Paranoid (See what I said about Smoke & Satisfaction riffs)
17. Black Night - Deep Purple (Funky And Driving)
18. Hey, Hey, My My - Neil Young (Sounds like the Jaws of the underworld opening Up to swallow naughty rock stars)
19. Smells like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (Helps make the song great)
20. 7 nation Army - The White Stripes (Classic Riffery)
21. Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young (Addictive Riff)
21. Purple Haze - Hendrix ( Da na na na, Da na na na)
22. Lord Of this World - Black Sabbath (Much great riffery at the start)
23. Killing In The Name Of - Rage Against The Machine (Chaotic but in a good way)
24. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (The Ulitmate Statement Of Intent)
25. Holidays In The Sun - Pistols (Punk Attitude)
26. You Really Got Me - The Kinks (Punk Attitude)
27. What Difference Does It Make - The Smiths (Not sure if it's a 'monster' riff but it's definitely Got Swagger)
28. Voodoo Chile - Hendrix (Chop it down with the edge of my hand)
29. Sunshine Of your Love - Cream (Damn Good Riff)
30. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker (John was Before most people)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2008 13:44:56 BDT
D. Robinson says:
1. Am I Evil - Diamond Head
2. Aint talkin Bout Love - Van Halen
3. Dont Believe A Word - Thin Lizzy
4. Motorhead - Motorhead
5. Rock Bottom - UFO

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2008 15:16:09 BDT
G. McAdam says:
Since You've Been Gone - Rainbow
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns & Roses
Whole Lot of Love - Led Zep

GM

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2008 05:18:43 BDT
A. F. Hewer says:
Fantastic choice have you been listening to my records / cds !!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2008 10:35:10 BDT
Ma ma ma belle - ELO Jeff duos with a certain Marc Bolan to get the monster sound. It's clearer on the re-mastered version.
Bat out of Hell + motorbike - Meat Loaf / Jim Steinman
Thin Lizzy hits!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2008 21:29:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Sep 2008 23:51:04 BDT
Summer Breeze by the Isley Brothers
Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2008 17:03:17 BDT
Black Sabbath - the title track, so intense
The Kinks - you really got me
AC/DC - too many but Highway to Hell, Back in Black and Let there be rock
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
Judas Priest - Victim of Changes
Maiden - again too many but probably Trooper or Hallowed Be..
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