Listen harder.

Playlisting (and verbifying) again. Here comes my current RAWK! playlist. As ever, subject to change at a moment’s whim.

  1. "Rattlesnake" by Live (Secret Samadhi)
  2. "Naked" by Extreme (Waiting For The Punchline)
  3. "Texas Flood" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Texas Flood)
  4. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by Jimi Hedrix Experience (Electric Ladyland)
  5. "Slow Down Blues" by Joe Satriani (Joe Satriani)
  6. "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" by Cutting Crew
  7. "Hotel California" by The Eagles (Hotel California)
  8. "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns 'n' Roses (Appetite For Destruction)
  9. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (A Night At The Opera)
  10. "Naked" by Reef (Replenish)

Plenty of guitar heroism here. Nuno Bettencourt (of Extreme) is a long-time favourite, and “Naked” is just great - smooth and hard at turns. And we’d be nowhere without SRV. Nowhere at all. I first thought of “Lenny”, but it was too gentle. We could have had almost anything by Jimi… “Hotel California” was an early inspiration, and it’s still makes me wish I could play lead guitar. But I can’t. Similarly, “Sweet Child…” must be included, because to do otherwise is just wrong. Note the absence of “Stairway…”, though — I have my pride (!). Actually, there are more classics here than I expected.

You’ll have to forgive me Cutting Crew, as I’m a long-time lover of the guitar work on this track.

And, of course, an honourable mention goes to this kid.

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