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Re: (TV) Sweet's picks for guitar, guitarists make a difference
I knew my hypothetical ordering of the three gods of New York might arouse
some interest! I did that deliberately, actually ;-). It's a funny
thing... as a struggling crap guitarist myself, I look at Verlaine and Quine
and say "Jesus, these guys are incredible," but dismiss entirely the idea
that I could ever competently mimic their work, especially the lead parts.
With Lloyd though, I tend to think," what a great part he plays there --
fucking perfect -- I wish I knew TO play that!" which to me is quite a
different proposition from "I wish I COULD play that." Esoteric distinction
perhaps, but one I find myself making all the time.
To be honest, Tom Verlaine is like Paganini to me -- an absolute virtuoso,
and with apologies to Andy Gill, hands down my favorite rock instrumentalist
ever. But I still want to sound like Lloyd! Odd? probably....
n a message dated 01/28/2000 11:39:47 AM Central Standard Time,
> I agree it would be a better world if Sweet had made those choices(and more
> appropriate, since he has used 2 out of 3 on his own records - not to
> disparage the ones he did choose, of course, they're great to be sure),
> I'm just curious, you'd put Lloyd on top of Quine and Verlaine? I think
> Lloyd's a great player, no doubt, but I would argue he has not had as
> profound an impact on lead guitar as either Verlaine or Quine. I love his
> playing (been listening to "Alchemy" and Sweet's "Altered Beast" all day
> today in fact-great stuff), but when I hear Tom or Quine, to me they sound
> like almost noone else. What do you think?
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