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Another 6 Killer Rock Guitar Intros of All Time

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You gotta admit the fact that the most catchy thing for a melody is its intro. Where you can decide if you are going to like it or not. It’s like in a book, you read it, fool around it and in the end, after you’ve read what the beginning had to offer, you decide either if you are going to read still or you are going to leave it.

Feel. See, I’m good at doing verses as well. But the fact is that in that intro you are not going to see voiceover or anything else than a motherfucking guitar, the best instrument invented till this day. I had a guitar once when I was a child, but I hadn’t caught the virus of singing so I let it get old and break in the end.

Sad sad story, now I wished I did not do the same, cause nowadays I don’t have the time to make anything like that, I don’t really have the time for art, or this folks are dedicated body & soul to their career. Some of them are from the period my father used to listen to rock so I’m more attached to it, I can’t really dig the new ones, dunno why and sincerely that was the golden period for music to do.

Now… not so much, it all becomes trendy, then it was based solely on their tastes and not the others so their music relied solely on passion and not the opinion of others. That’s real art, you must admit it, if you don’t think so, fuck a camel though, you’ll get what I show. Struggling to make you understand, giving you hand to hand the notions to comprehend. The end.


6. Cream – Sunshine of Your Love

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This song is played by a British folks with elements of psychedelic, hard rock and a little poppy around their nostrils. Not actual poppy, but pop. And poppy, cause they seem to be founding this onto a field of opium and developed into their dreams.

The bassists, called Jack Bruce has a distinctive bass rift, kinda similar, being somehow a former student of Jimmy Hendrix, attending lotsa his concerts. The song was included on the Disraeli Gears in 1967 at Atco Records, being a best seller.

This intro makes you feel wobble around its notes with a sweet flagrance of high denim perfume. What, music does have odor and I smell the sounds. Scientifically we tend to perceive sounds from our memory or simply recalling’s from our past via smell, it’s the most powerful kinda area of reminder in the amygdala. What? It is true.

“ The intro is simple and catchy ”

Skipping aside that the intro isn’t all that hard to interpret, I could do it myself in a blink of an eye but seemingly the best negative are the ones that are simple and catchy, that’s what makes them commercial, cause even a 5 year old could remember that fucking play. It isn’t all that hard. Nowadays the ones interpreting this play are a bunch of grandpas are over their 60’s and they still rock on. Hardcore even.

The composition was rehearsed back in the 1967, doing their job at the album, the 2nd one. Being inspired by psychedelic rock they went down in that direction and seemingly they came up with this, bassist Jack Bruce coming up with this invention.

In the Rolling Stone magazine the piece of ass right here is described as being blues-derived using a blues pentatonic scale which they have added a flattened 5th note, like in usual blues. And as well as blues it follows a blues progression.


5. The Kinks/Van Halen – You Really Got Me

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These people right here are as well British, playing rock-bluesish kinda music in the period of 60’s. Nothing resembles better than a good ass copy of their predecessors, even if they came first. And they copy Beatles as well, the sound being one derived from the Beatles pattern with Beatles haircuts seeming like an bitch-ass replica of them.

The song was written by Ray Davies and was performed in the same blues style and was inspired by people Big Bill Broonzy and Lead Belly. It was rumored though, a real rumor this time that they’ve played the guitar intro from the Led Zeppelins, more exactly Jimmy Page, being proven false.

The song is built around power chords- fifths and octaves and was an inspiration for the future generations of rockers. The description of one of their components is the fact that the song is “a love song for the kids”, more exactly by Dave, and really gets me wondering if they know what kinda genre of people will bring them fucking money.

Not street ones, trust me, I know, they clean you of them if you want but never bring.

It was a hit when it released back in 4th August 1964, being the group 3rd single remaining in the UK charts for only 2 weeks but later on it spread across the seas like a virus all the way back to America taking up the 7th position there.

Later on it was covered by the American band Van Halen and in this format it reached the Billboard Top 40 being worth much of a copy than an original, copying the copyists. Such a wreck.

The original song was created in the summer of 1964, twice, not being satisfied by their initial version of the song, in a “blueish style” and was released later in June from the studios with lotsa efforts from their components having difficulties to bring it on live cause their studios kinda refused them after failing to hit the charts after two attempts. The final attempt was in August later that year and it succeeded to climb up the charts in Britain, being their first song to do so.


4. Aerosmith – Walk This Way

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I remember quite well the precedent year when I downloaded this one and really started to walk a certain way. It has a powerful message, powerful linings in which you are literally captivated by the sound and the ways this melody plays with your mind. It’s absolutely brilliant. Not to mention his voice that is quite one of a kind in the rock business, you will never find one like him again.

It was released in 1975 and numerous other bands started to sing a personal cover of this one, being interpreted by Girls Aloud and Sugababes. The single was launched in 2007 in March and all the winnings were donated.

The single was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, kinda one to many to be writing a song but whatever and it was initially released in their album back in 1975 called Toys In The Attic.

“ This melody plays with your mind ”

Its peak was the 10th position in the Top Billboard 100 and it was the hit that made the Aerosmith what it is today, transforming the band into something mainstream and it was later revitalized in 1980 alongside D.M.C. in 1986 in their album “Raising Hell”.

And it’s still this day one of the few rap-rock fusions one of the few that succeeded to pull it off.  Firstly few of the band components were ok with this fusion but later on Jam Master Jay succeeded in convincing them making one of the finest features of all time. D.M.C called it “a beautiful thing “later on in a Guitar Hero trailer.

The song has a powerful start-off with two measures of Joey Kramer drum beat, having it followed by the guitar riff of Joe Perry, having it followed by Steven Tyler rapid lyrics. Quite a rap song really, and the message as well is one of the main sources of inspiration from the rap culture.


3. Van Halen – Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love

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This intro has something of Bon Jovi’s taste, quite recognizable but they are one of the few troops that cover all sorta shit so we don’t really mind that factor cause they have loads of great intros like “Jamie’s Crying”, “Runnin’ With the Devil”, “Eruption” and those are one of the few, cause they really have something to show us.

“Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” it’s the most recognizable and most prestigious of their debut and Eddie Van Halen succeeds in distorting the music to a lever that it is undisputable good. In a sea of distortion he succeeds in taking his palm and making miracles over the riff.

Initially when the song that was written by the one and only Eddie Van Halen a year before their album release, he didn’t consider it as being worthy to show upon the rest of the band.

And I don’t really see how come this group is called by their leader only and dunno, let’s say that they would’ve called Van Halen and the rapists, cause they all look a bit gay with green, pink and all the rainbow sorta style in their sleeves and jeans.

Don’t like that from a rock band… cause it kinda transforms them into a pop band more likely. This song had so much success that it was elected in numerous TV shows such as “South Park” in the “Ginger cow” episode, “Freaks and Greeks” in the episode “Beers and Weirs” as well in “The Sopranos” with “Fortunate Son”.

It was also used in sports in the Hockey anthem in the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers as their goal song. It also appeared in Guitar Hero as a playable track.


2. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name

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It starts off with an gore-ish kinda format at the beginning and is followed up by an rhythmic dancing potential. Love this intro with all my heart, one of the best there is now in the market, being few troops that succeeded in doing so. I love when I feel like dancing when a song comes up, absolutely adore it and this one is quite beautiful.

The rhythm changer in this song is absolutely genius, keeping all times on your toes, making it feel like a total different song, and it is the proof that an intro can very well as well stand on its own.

It’s one of the few rap metal songs out there and it is one of the best, trust me. It comes on the album with the entitled of their own, self-titled and it was released on its own in November 92.

A year later it peaked at no. 25 in UK succeeding, even if it promotes a grave hatred over the institutions of the world, like police and politics and the American society overall.

In the America it hadn’t so much success such as in UK or Ireland, being in a year, near Christmas on the no. 1 downloadable song. The piece of melody right here has in its uncensored version, the word fuck told seventeen times. Fuck this song.


1. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze

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I’ve known this song since ages and really adore it. It has that something special in its composition, and it is played by a lefty, one of the few lefty folks that are good at this shit. It has something demonic in its composition and some mystery as well and lotsa people consider this being the ground 0 for heavy metal. Who I am to disagree?

The song was written by Jimi Hendrix himself and introduced on the market on March 17, 1967 on the album self-entitled, kinda narcissistic as well, called The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The name of the song is taken from the weed, or more exactly its name “Purple Haze” and for him it was one of the best experiences ever. The song has as well psychedelic influences, being one of the best in that area, of course it was from the weed, who we are we to disagree.

Beginning with it dissonant beginning and using the distortion it resulted in the end with the raw, metallic and angular sounds that define him as a person via music, according to Shapiro.