Skip to comments.Freep Fills: Pick 5 Fav Rock Drum and Guitar Intros
Posted on 05/14/2011 10:37:12 PM PDT by This Just In
Do you recall that epic drum intro to the song, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, by Paul Simon? Does anyone remember the name of that famous drummer who created that intro? Im guessing that right about now that groove is playing in your minds eye (or ear). The great Steve Gadd came up with one of the most unforgettable licks and intros in the history of rock n roll.
Just a few days ago my better half and I were busy logging some miles between point A and point B on our scenic drive when we started talking about music. What are the most recognizable drum intros you remember, we asked one another? Rock intros, to be more precise. Steve Gadds monumental drum lick was the catalyst for our topical conversation.
I was reminded of our conversation the other day as I read a thread here on FR titled, Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Best Ballads of All Time. Frankly, the Freepers lists of Best Ballads were far better than the list the Rolling Stone came up with. The old motor in the noggin starting turning, and I wondered what your picks would be if there was a poll in choosing the most identifiable drum and guitar intros to a rock song.
The reason I say identifiable is because favs are generally subjective. Identifiable can be just as subjective, but whether you like the band, the songs, or the riffs, licks, and/or fills, some songs are instantly identified by a broad audience.
So, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to list 5 of the most easily identified drum intros, and 5 of the most easily identified guitar intros. These choices do not have to be solo instrumentation, but either the drum or guitar must be pronounced. It's time to rock....
My favorite identifiable vocal intro, which you did not ask for,
“You Really Got Me” The Kimks
“Wild Thing” The Troggs
And the best 'Guitar Duel' I know of is between Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson of The Band doing Further On Up The Road. It's from 'The last waltz'. Clapton was doing a solo and his guitar strap slipped and he had to stop. Robbie saw it coming and picked up the solo from there, without missing a beat. It's great to see to pros working together like that.
Andthe 'Coolest Drummer' is Levon Helm of The Band. This You Tube Video of The Weight is awesome. Beautiful picture slide show.
'Dang' I miss Real Rock Music.
Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
I only played it for a few seconds to make sure it actually was the intro to Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground and not some cover, since it has long been an object of fascination in alt rock circles. It was, I linked it and it might not have left as favorable an impression as it deserves.
Drum - God Part 2 by U2
Guitar - Intro to Mean Street Van Halen Fair Warning
Becker and Fagen used at least 42 different studio musicians, 11 engineers, and took over a year to record the tracks that resulted in 1980’s Gaucho an album that contains only seven songs.
Gadd has played for just about everyone big, for decades. I just learned (from my drum teacher) that Gadd was called on by the guy who created The Hustle. He invented the now-classic rock/disco groove pattern of 16ths on the high-hat, with 2 and 4 on the snare (for the non-musical: “chicka chicka BANG-a chicka, chicka chicka BANG-a chicka”).
His Aja solo (actually the whole piece) is sublime. I understand that he recorded a bunch of takes (like most Fagen and Becker productions) but he first take is the one we hear. He also was quite a substance user at the time, and had a little bourbon to take the edge off the coke.
(Steely Dan) celebrated debauchery with poetic style, and thats unfortunate, in my view.
*Anything* by Stevie Ray Vaughn.
I'm Goin' Home
Hot for Teacher - VH
Longtime - Boston
Roundabout - Yes
Stairway - Zep
Don’t Care Anymore - Phil Collins
Children of the Grave
What took so long? That's the most recognizable guitar riff in the history of the world!
I just saw him play a few weeks ago. I was standing at the edge of the stage about 8 feet from him during the whole show. That guy sure rocks out for a wrinkly old dude!
Other Instant recognition tunes
Sympathy For the Devil [first bongo hit]
Paint It Black [first guitar note]
Yep. Good ones. How about Satisfaction?
Drum solo - Get Off My Cloud?
I have been trying to find a song that was on VH-1 about 30 or 40 years ago Sand Dance (I think)any of you youngsters heard it?
I would have thought “When the Levee Breaks” would have been a no-brainer at the top of the drum list.
There is no competition for the best drum finish, “Love Reign O’er Me.” Moonies’ last real great moment....but just wow!
Oh, wow...lucky *you*!
None of the old greats ever come around here unless they’re opening for Jethro Tull.
That was the only way I ever got to see Procul Harum play.
No, I didn’t...and thank you...:)
KansasSomg for America
Don’t be dissin’ my buds!
Guitar intro..... Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Woodstock
"Kids if you want some fun....Mr LaPage is your man...."
Also I think "Show Biz Kids" was the first song I'm aware of with an F-bomb in it.
The Stones were great at making iconic songs.
Who doesn’t instantly recognize the intro to Gimme Shelter?
“Who doesn’t instantly recognize the intro to Gimme Shelter?”
Maybe it’s because I listened to them so much, but almost every one of them I can name almost instantly...Wild Horses, Factory Girl, Waiting on a Friend, Honkey Tonk Women, and of course ... Start Me up!
“Guitar— Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love by Van Halen”
Yes, that’s a good’n. Looks easy to learn.
The drum opening of Sunday, Bloody, Sunday should be up there.
This is the one i have on an album somewhere in a closet. This is the definitive opening for the song.
For something that's "Not quite guitar, not quite bass," there's Tony Levin's intro for Elephant Talk by King Crimson, played on his Chapman Stick.
For bass, a 3 way tie... Tony Levin again for "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel and John Paul Jones for "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zepplin, and finaly Michael Manring for "Cruel and Unusual" from his solo album "Thonk."
For drums, there are just so many... But one that's so simple and fits so perfectly with what's coming up in the rest of the song is Stuart Copeland's "Murder By Numbers" by The Police.
[right now, I can *not* get “Miss You” outta my head]
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh!
“For drums, there are just so many.”
In A Gadda Da Vida.
For drums, there are just so many.
Anything Ginger Baker played on in the sixties.
No one mentioned the most memorable overall opening of a song...Heroin. Yikes.
And Buddy Rich.
I'd like to find a song that was on VH-1 30-40 years ago also (any song).
(VH-1 started in 1985)
Here’s a sand dance for you.
Maybe you meant “Safety Dance”?
Eminence Front (Pete Townshend/The Who) is my #1 guitar intro pick. Totally awesome song.
Maybe 1990s, but it was a guitarist in the desert I probably have the name wrong LOL, I’m 68.5 but have been searching for this for quite a while, off and on.
Here's Joe Satriani playing a guitar in the desert from around 1988:
What kind of music was he playing?