Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Thursday, June 07, 2007

How about "Free Bird?"

1,683 guitarists play Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water."

"Smoke on the Water?"

Surely the organizers of this world record event have better taste in music. There are so many better guitar rifts to play. We're talking world record here.

How about "Free Bird?" or "Back in Black?," or if we really needed a pull, "Dream On" or "Don't Fear the Reaper." But "Smoke on the Water?" Come on.

At least it wasn't "Stair Way to Heaven."

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Blogger BugBlaster said...

Comfortably Numb has the best guitar. Somebody should write some new lyrics for it however.

1:08 PM, June 07, 2007  
Blogger Raulemir said...

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1:29 PM, June 07, 2007  
Blogger Raulemir said...

Mr. Fred,

Hoo boy. I roll my eyes many times at you blog. Today "take cake."

You no know rock and roll, Mr. Fred. You 1970s "music" not good guitar. You no rock unless you hear "My Baby Wears a Burkha" by Baghdad Beadles.

You make self sound old. Get with times, Mr. Fred.


1:33 PM, June 07, 2007  
Blogger Ransom said...

1,683 guitarists playing "Don't Fear the Reaper"? You'd need a lot more cowbell for that number.

As the article points out, "Smoke on the Water" is an easy choice because practically every guitarist learns it at some point. (Though in my high school, it seemed to be a toss-up between that and "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes.)

And speaking of my high school, I recently found out that a few years ago, our school band drummer held the world record for the longest snare drum solo.

4:03 PM, June 07, 2007  
Blogger pilgrim said...

Smoke on the Water (or for the Foyd fan above-Smoke on the Watters) was the first song I figured out on guitar and I'm hardly unique. So it makes sense to use it. That's what makes the HP commercial wit all the snippets of SOTW so appropriate. Plus it's a simple riff.

9:39 PM, June 08, 2007  

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