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(TV) Keith, Sterling, and Fred "Sonic" Smith

    If the truth be told, Ivan Julian played alot more of the solos on Blank
Generation than one might think. Having not heard the LP in quite some time
I can't remember who plays what. Though, the introduction to Blank alone is
better than most guitar solos. And personally speaking, Keith Richards has
been grossly overlooked as one of Rock's finest guitarists especially
I love his ideals, especially the one "if you can't play the solo on an
guitar, then it's probably not worth hearing". Has anyone ver seriously
taken a
listen to Keoth's guitar on "Honky Tonk Woman"? The rhythm of the guitar is
cool. I melt every time I hear it. It's three minutes of rhythm guitar
Let's not forget Sterling Morrison's unique style of rhythm guitar.
on that live version of "I Can't Stand It" from the La Cave '68 CD. I can
get enough of Lou's solo(quite possibly his best ever), but even more is
straight funky rhythm. And let's not forget Fred "Sonic" Smith who could
blow Wayne Kramer out of the water with his soloing. Only Fred had the good
sense that had he not played the rhythm the whole bottom would've fallen out
it did when Fred did his occasional solo. Any doubter need only to hear one
of the
two Sonic'c Rendezvous Band CD's to hear just how brilliant Fred was on
See ya, M T C

>i'd say lloyd deserves a hell of a lot of credit for not being afraid to
>play a mean rhythm guitar & to play support to verlaine,,,same goes for ivan
>alotta the verlaine/quine/n young/r thompson-inspired "lead" guitarists i've
>known & played with never seem to grasp the idea that the rhythm is the
>not accusing verlaine or quine (esp. not quine) of perpetual doodling, but
>it seems they've spawned legions of said lead men. 
>Eric S. Gregory
>IVR Assistant
>(503) 321-8503
>-----Original Message-----
>From: AndrewMFC@aol.com [mailto:AndrewMFC@aol.com]
>Sent: Friday, January 28, 2000 11:32 AM
>To: tv@obbard.com
>Subject: 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
>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, 
>scott.aldrich@worldnet.att.net writes:
>> I agree it would be a better world if Sweet had made those choices(and
>>  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
>>  like almost noone else. What do you think?
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