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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2012, 16:22:01 GMT
Robert Burns says:
Alternative to what? Face it, the "a word" was made meaningless in the 90s.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012, 01:48:23 GMT
Simon Hinckler Original Mission Guitarist, way better

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012, 01:50:02 GMT
Tom Verlaine is a genius - I know Ive seen him Live - but if we are talking genius... how about Mascis ?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012, 01:52:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2012, 01:53:18 GMT
It was made meaningless in the late 80's when PWL (being an idepedent label) dominated the 'Indie' charts - yes 'Indie' used to mean something other than the middle class shoe gazing tripe of Yorke and Martin etc (PWL - Pete Waterman Label)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2012, 10:44:50 GMT
F. J. Cronin says:
surprised at you R.A.J. Bell !!! it's tom on his own, followed by those who trail in his wake...it doesn't make them bad...
to use a football comparison, tom is 1970 Brazil and the rest can be whoever they want to be, they're not getting close!!!
J.Mascis is a fair old shout, from what i've heard......................but it'll always be tom for me!!!!!
that's TOM VERLAINE for those at the back not paying attention!!!

Posted on 6 Mar 2012, 23:14:54 GMT
Rediculous discussion. What the hell does alternative mean anyway? Tony Iommi. Without him there'd be virtually no underground metal scene, doom, stoner, whatever, no anarcho punk(listen to Discharge, Antisect and loads more) and therefore no thrash metal. Probably no grunge either. People out of Muse, Oasis, Feeder and all those other bands whose fans probably think they're so 'indie' (in my day townies who thought they were cool liked U2 and Simple Minds) don't count.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012, 08:33:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2012, 08:34:25 GMT
Erm, Alternative meaning anything not metal !! Indie generally has that essential ingredient called 'melody', not just raucous vocals over hairy men, legs splayed, showing off at how loud they can play guitar !!
For the record, I also restate John McGeogh :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012, 22:01:36 GMT
Anything not metal eh? Maybe you should include Mark Knopfler-he's not metal. So,are bands like Opeth,Mastodon,or Orange Goblin not alternative? A lot of people's idea of indie seems to be a kind of jingley-jangley sound that goes back to The Byrds,Love, and the third and fourth Velvet Underground LPs. All well and good but surely there's other types of 'alternative'. Where do the likes of Suicide,DAF and The Young Gods fit in? No guitars in sight there!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012, 10:11:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2012, 10:14:39 GMT
Fair cop :-) I should've been more specific, but as the thread is in the 'indie' music forum I presumed anything metal would be discounted. I'll allow your pedantry though as the subject is the 'best alternative guitarist' and you mention the Velvet Underground. Lou Reed and Metallica's latest collaboration must let metal in on a technicality ! :-) However, Indie for me is descended from the 'Jingly Jangly' guitar sound of the Byrds and the Velvet Underground's influence, the Art rock of early Roxy Music and absolutely anything from Brian Eno's first 3 albums. If Metal's in, I must surely be allowed to submit the ultimate guitar player from the prog movement. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Steve Howe on guitar !!
PS:Simple Minds before they thought they were U2 were actually pretty good !

Posted on 19 May 2012, 15:16:41 BST
Tolcarne says:
Brian Gregory - The Cramps

Posted on 30 Aug 2012, 15:22:40 BST
F. J. Cronin says:
er...is it Tom Verlaine?

Posted on 6 Sep 2012, 08:55:53 BST
John McGeoch I would say.

Posted on 13 Sep 2012, 23:15:29 BST
J. Lupton says:

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2012, 16:08:00 BST
moogle11 says:
Frank Zappa, or Tim Smith..?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2012, 02:05:47 BST
Last edited by the author on 23 Oct 2012, 02:13:33 BST
mancheeros says:
What the hell is an 'alternative guitarist'? As much as I would like to say Robert Fripp and Bill Nelson these chaps have sold shedloads of albums in their time. Instead, how about Derek Bailey, Hans Reichel, Robert Quine, Stephan Wittwer, Jimi Sumen, Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser, Phil Miller, Erhard Hirt, GF Fitzgerald, Roger Smith, Dominique Repecaud, Rene Lussier, Davey Williams, Leonid Soybelman...

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012, 18:12:13 GMT
Philip says:
I have seen Johnny Marr and Jonny Greenwood many times, I think in so far as you can judge these things, watching Marr's style was like watching Jim McGuinn (The Byrds) and George Harrison jamming with Liam O'Flynn (sublime traditional Irish pipe player). But Jonny Greene was like watching Hendrix with Ludwig Van Beethhoven, such is his creative genius. Two astonishing musical talents.

Posted on 19 Nov 2012, 14:10:15 GMT
Chris says:
Rob Marshall - Exit Calm. Very few of you would have heard of him, but you will!

Posted on 19 Nov 2012, 14:29:39 GMT
you're all wrong: Roddy Frame is the name you've been looking for!

Posted on 15 Dec 2012, 09:15:51 GMT
Jim B says:
Maurice Deebank from Felt, Kevin Shields from MBV, J Mascis from Dino Jr, Andy Gill from GO4, Vini Reily from the Durutti Column, Robin Guthrie from Cocteau Twins, Johnny Marr...to name but a few

Posted on 21 Jan 2013, 15:13:50 GMT
F. J. Cronin says:
i posted on this last august...and several times before that...

people kept putting up more and more suggestions!!!


i've been locked in my room since then, and have listened to EVERY single suggestion made in this discussion and guess what?

it's still TOM VERLAINE!!!

Posted on 17 Mar 2013, 01:44:10 GMT
Brian Steele says:
Nick Saloman of Bevis Frond.

Posted on 17 Mar 2013, 07:32:19 GMT
Don Juandre says:
If I understand the word 'Indie' - and I'm not sure I do - is it the same as 'alternative'? Or does one also have to be 'underrated'. ? Frank Zappa, for example, fits one, but not so much the other.
No... To stay safe... I've got to go with Blixa Bargeld... Apart from the "Art-rock" - (strange label) - of Die Haut, his work with Nick Cave's Bad Seeds is sometimes nothing short of astonishing - and he seldom gets the least bit of credit for it! 'Murder Ballads' springs readily to mind...

Posted on 17 Mar 2013, 23:06:42 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2013, 00:51:52 GMT
Don Juandre says:
Nice try, Doc! Sid was a bassist (in the loose sense of the word)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013, 06:26:28 GMT
banginon says:
All very good men but take a listen to guy kyser & roger kunkel try mummydogs kysers new disc or moonhead a thin white rope album these guy's are a little grungier than the ones you suggest
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