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Re: (TV) Good guitarists, bad bands
Eric Clapton, how sad for us. Elevated by the corporate machine to the status of
god when in fact he is a good guitarist, a very weak singer, and an extremely
boring song writer.
MICHAEL CARLUCCI wrote:
> Sam Wrote:
> >In an idle moment last night, a thought struck me: most of the musicians I
> >like or admire also played in bands I like and played good material; in other
> >words, the music would have been good even without the guitar heroics.
> >Verlaine, Quine, etc. being obvious examples. However, there are some
> >guitarists in awful or mediocre bands I nevertheless can't help liking as
> >guitarists. The weirdest example is Mark Knopfler -- I loathe Dire Straits
> >with a passion, and think he's both a terrible songwriter and an awful singer.
> >But I do think he's a good guitarist, and not just technically -- I like what
> >he plays too... it makes me wonder how closely guitar-playing skill is related
> >to general musical tastefulness.
> >And what about Slash from Guns'n'Roses? He really lifted some of their
> >material above the bog-standard heavy metal it would have been with most HM
> >I suppose one might even make a case for that guy out of the Eagles :-)
> Jeff Beck is the perfect example of this. He plays/writes the worst
> of songs/music. But each LP from the Yardbirds "For Your Love" up to his
> Techno drenched LP has always dazzled me with the and inventive ways he can
> play the guitar. Over the years I've learned how to tune out the music and
> in on the guitar playing. It's not easy to do, but once you learn, you can
> still appreciate those you love. Pete Townshend once said of Beck, "he's one
> Rock's most expressive guitarist's, problem is he has nothing to express.
> so true. However, he refuses to rest on his laurels like his peers Jimmy
> Eric Clapton, and yes, even Ritchie Blackmore. M T C
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