Riffs

Keith Richards recently said that solos last for minutes but riffs are memorable for ever (paraphrased). What are your most memorable riffs. Sweet Jane (Lou Reed/Velvet Underground) for a starter.

2 Likes

My guitar project has been working on the Bowie riff for Rebel Rebel. Looks easy but requires a lot of concentration to nail it.

1 Like

Count Basie. Every Tub 1938. That’s riffin’.

2 Likes

Well… Guitar riffs… where to start…? How about Led Zeppelin…?

Black Dog, Kashmir, Houses of the Holy, Dancing Days, Immigrant Song, Four Sticks, The Ocean, Trampled Underfoot, Communication Breakdown, Heartbreaker and… Whole Lotta Love…?

2 Likes

Well. Keef’s “Angry” ain’t ‘arf bad, and one has to always remember Brown Sugar……

But Ian’s really nailed it!

2 Likes

One of the most memorable must be the opening of Deep Purple’s Smoke on the water

6 Likes

Absolutely!!

SotW vies with WLL for riff of the century

But then there’s Tony Iommi, who was no stranger to a good riff (too many to list them all)

3 Likes

Blindness - The Fall. As a live set opener it was pretty much unbeatable.

3 Likes

The first three tracks from The Stooges, Funhouse album. Down on the street, Loose and TV eye.

1 Like

Angus, Angus, Angus, … say no more.

5 Likes

Who?

OK, just kidding.

2 Likes

No really me, its Jimmy Page… :slightly_smiling_face: I could list more… (The Rover, Custard Pie, The Wanton Song, In The Evening, Ten Years Gone…)

But how about these, from other groups…?

Free - All Right Now, Wishing Well; Queen - Keep Yourself Alive, Son & Daughter, Another One Bites The Dust, Under Pressure; King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man, Red, Starless; Focus - Hocus Pocus, Sylvia; Rush - Passage to Bangkok, Working Man, Bastille Day; Deep Purple - Pictures of Home, Space Trucking, Burn, Into The Fire, Black Night, Speed King, Highway Star; Jethro Tull - Aqualung; The Bangles/Simon & Garfunkel - Hazy Shade of Winter; Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak; Ozzy - Crazy Train; Rainbow - Since You’ve Been Gone; Alice Cooper - Schools Out; Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze, All Along the Watchtower; Black Sabbath - Paranoid; Blue Oyster Cult - Don’t Fear the Reaper; Derek & the Dominos - Layla; The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make; The Beatles - Day Tripper; Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell; Cream/Robert Johnson - Crossroads; Eric Clapton/JJ Cale - Cocaine; The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter.

It does help being a still learning guitarist… :expressionless:

5 Likes

Paul Simon: Late in the Evening.

1 Like

Ronnie Montrose did some great riffs on this album.

This track is extremely riffy.

So is this one.

1 Like

Another Ronnie Montrose riff.

1 Like

Sorry FC. Listened to those three, but “nope”, the Yanks never could riff like the Brits.

(Runs and hides…. :laughing : )

1 Like

Betty Wright Clean Up Woman - Willie “Little Beaver” Hale. Stone classic.

Almost any riff by Nile Rodgers.

2 Likes

The start of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ by Guns n Roses.

2 Likes

Two from jazz:

John Mclaughlin at the start of Right Off:

The bass riff in Ummh, played by John Williams:

1 Like

Queen Bitch - David Bowie

2 Likes