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Freep Fills: Pick 5 Fav Rock Drum and Guitar Intros
May 14, 2011 | This Just In

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? I’m guessing that right about now that groove is playing in your mind’s 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 Gadd’s 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....


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To: This Just In
I got your guitars right over here.

-> One Way or Another     Downtown     Caribou     Message in a Bottle

My favorite identifiable vocal intro, which you did not ask for,

Only Happy When It Rains

301 posted on 05/15/2011 5:09:37 AM PDT by greedo
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To: This Just In

“You Really Got Me” The Kimks


302 posted on 05/15/2011 5:47:53 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: This Just In

“Wild Thing” The Troggs


303 posted on 05/15/2011 5:48:45 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: FReepers

Please Donate


304 posted on 05/15/2011 5:49:03 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: This Just In
  1. Guitar -- REO Speedwagon -- Roll With The Changes
    I'm listening to it now. I have it on '11' ;-)
    Best Guitar licks EVER. Even better than my 'guitar god', Eric Clapton
    And the organ solos Kick A__ too!

  2. Drums -- Iron Butterfly -- In A Gadda Da Vida

As to the best all around Guitarist, it's hands down, Eric Clapton.

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.

305 posted on 05/15/2011 5:56:07 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: This Just In

Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger


306 posted on 05/15/2011 6:14:21 AM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM FREE AMERICA.)
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To: wiggen
The YouTube I chose turned out to be really unfortunate, she looped the intro and it was poorly edited. The mock film noir lady exhibiting dark ennui didn't help either, lol.

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.

307 posted on 05/15/2011 6:14:29 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: This Just In

Drum - God Part 2 by U2

Guitar - Intro to Mean Street Van Halen Fair Warning


308 posted on 05/15/2011 6:39:19 AM PDT by pdunkin (I feel more like I do now than I did this morning.)
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To: This Just In
Drums-- Honor thy Father by Dream Theater

Guitar-- Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love by Van Halen
309 posted on 05/15/2011 6:54:09 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: This Just In
Space Station #5, Montrose
310 posted on 05/15/2011 7:19:04 AM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." -- Kool-aid)
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To: mountn man; Salamander
Y'all ever see this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAUoc-dQOjY

311 posted on 05/15/2011 7:31:39 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: buccaneer81

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.


They were attempting the impossible: outdo Aja. (Funded by Aja profits.

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.


312 posted on 05/15/2011 7:44:05 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (...a.k.a. "Norm L. C. Bias")
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To: This Just In

(Steely Dan) celebrated debauchery with poetic style, and that’s unfortunate, in my view.


Given the diversity and cynicism in their lyrics, I don’t think it’s fair to say they “celebrated debauchery”.


314 posted on 05/15/2011 7:51:00 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (...a.k.a. "Norm L. C. Bias")
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To: Salamander

*Anything* by Stevie Ray Vaughn.


315 posted on 05/15/2011 7:57:11 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (...a.k.a. "Norm L. C. Bias")
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To: TNoldman

I'm Goin' Home

316 posted on 05/15/2011 7:58:44 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: This Just In

Rock:

Hot for Teacher - VH
Longtime - Boston

Acoustic:

Roundabout - Yes
Stairway - Zep

Drums:

Don’t Care Anymore - Phil Collins


317 posted on 05/15/2011 8:05:14 AM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: Grizzled Bear

Children of the Grave

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=236Lquwq22A


318 posted on 05/15/2011 8:28:37 AM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
“Smoke on the Water”

What took so long? That's the most recognizable guitar riff in the history of the world!

319 posted on 05/15/2011 9:09:00 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Salamander
*Anything* by Robin Trower.

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!

320 posted on 05/15/2011 9:15:33 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Salamander
My ‘musical tastes’ are *not* representative of “most women”.

I'll say!


321 posted on 05/15/2011 9:44:44 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Salamander

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?


322 posted on 05/15/2011 10:16:02 AM PDT by jessduntno (Liberalism is socialism in a party dress. And just as masculine.)
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To: This Just In

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?


323 posted on 05/15/2011 11:47:39 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: This Just In

I would have thought “When the Levee Breaks” would have been a no-brainer at the top of the drum list.


324 posted on 05/15/2011 12:01:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Markos33

There is no competition for the best drum finish, “Love Reign O’er Me.” Moonies’ last real great moment....but just wow!


325 posted on 05/15/2011 12:06:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Beelzebubba

Agreed.


326 posted on 05/15/2011 12:07:57 PM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: Disambiguator

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.


327 posted on 05/15/2011 12:09:53 PM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: Charles Martel

No, I didn’t...and thank you...:)


328 posted on 05/15/2011 12:10:40 PM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: This Just In

Kansas—Somg for America


329 posted on 05/15/2011 12:12:06 PM PDT by Chandalier
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To: humblegunner

Hey, now!

Don’t be dissin’ my buds!


330 posted on 05/15/2011 12:12:43 PM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: This Just In

Guitar intro..... Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Woodstock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sH0uR2u7Hs


331 posted on 05/15/2011 12:14:51 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Steely Tom
Oh, those are mild. Listen to the lyrics of Glamour Profession. Then there's Kid Charlemagne. Both are musical extravaganzas. Neither can I enjoy with my teenage son.

"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.

332 posted on 05/15/2011 12:16:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jessduntno

Yup.

The Stones were great at making iconic songs.

Who doesn’t instantly recognize the intro to Gimme Shelter?


333 posted on 05/15/2011 12:19:04 PM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: Salamander

“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!


334 posted on 05/15/2011 12:36:59 PM PDT by jessduntno (Liberalism is socialism in a party dress. And just as masculine.)
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To: rollo tomasi

“Guitar— Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love by Van Halen”

Yes, that’s a good’n. Looks easy to learn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK6V81ADOsI&feature=related


335 posted on 05/15/2011 12:37:43 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: pdunkin

The drum opening of Sunday, Bloody, Sunday should be up there.


336 posted on 05/15/2011 12:39:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RegulatorCountry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqyv87h_zNA
This is the one i have on an album somewhere in a closet. This is the definitive opening for the song.


337 posted on 05/15/2011 12:45:14 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: This Just In
For guitar, for sheer "I wonder what this is about," there's nothing better than Steve Howe's into to "Roundabout" by Yes. The first time I heard it, I thought, "hey this is pretty interesting" which morphed directly into "Holy Crap!"

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.

Mark

338 posted on 05/15/2011 1:06:31 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: jessduntno

Same here....LOL!

[right now, I can *not* get “Miss You” outta my head]

;D

Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh!


339 posted on 05/15/2011 1:11:00 PM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: dfwgator

Yup.


340 posted on 05/15/2011 1:11:59 PM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: MarkL

“For drums, there are just so many.”

In A Gadda Da Vida.
[baby]

;]


341 posted on 05/15/2011 1:15:37 PM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: Salamander

“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.


342 posted on 05/15/2011 1:53:21 PM PDT by jessduntno (Liberalism is socialism in a party dress. And just as masculine.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

And Buddy Rich.


343 posted on 05/15/2011 3:34:02 PM PDT by This Just In (In America, RINO's belong in zoo's, not public office)
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To: boomop1
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'd like to find a song that was on VH-1 30-40 years ago also (any song).

(VH-1 started in 1985)

344 posted on 05/15/2011 4:32:27 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: boomop1

Here’s a sand dance for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D86E3kPT4t8

Maybe you meant “Safety Dance”?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7movKfyTBII


345 posted on 05/15/2011 4:38:07 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: This Just In

Eminence Front (Pete Townshend/The Who) is my #1 guitar intro pick. Totally awesome song.


346 posted on 05/15/2011 5:20:43 PM PDT by LibSnubber
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To: mountn man

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.


347 posted on 05/15/2011 7:19:59 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: boomop1
Maybe 1990s, but it was a guitarist in the desert I probably have the name wrong

Here's Joe Satriani playing a guitar in the desert from around 1988:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4fPv450OYM

348 posted on 05/15/2011 7:32:47 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Flag_This
Thanks, this guy had a cowboy hat on, it was in color started out slow with intervals of fast then repeating..
349 posted on 05/15/2011 8:01:02 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: boomop1
Well, I figured it was a long shot.

What kind of music was he playing?

350 posted on 05/15/2011 8:07:05 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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