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(Spin Magazine)   Spin magazine's top 100 guitarists of all time. Skrillex is #100, Jam Master Jay is #10, and no Hendrix, Page, or Van Halen in sight. Oooh, edgy   (spin.com) divider line 313
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2012-05-03 10:49:14 PM
yawn. i read pitchfork's list, but i'm guessing you've never heard of it.

to be fair - they did get lloyd/verlaine right. and bert jansch. but, yeah, lame.
 
2012-05-03 11:28:15 PM
"100 SKRILLEX
Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life."


No, Spin, YOU look. Fark you.
 
2012-05-03 11:34:15 PM

kingoomieiii: "100 SKRILLEX
Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life."

No, Spin, YOU look. Fark you.


Thanks for the warning.
No clicky for Spin.
 
2012-05-03 11:37:56 PM
This list sucks. Also, who the fark are these people? I don't think I know anybody on this list except for Prince, Neil Young, Kurt Cobain and Johnny Ramone.
 
2012-05-03 11:55:07 PM
Spin is where music goes to die.
 
2012-05-03 11:56:16 PM

RexTalionis: This list sucks. Also, who the fark are these people? I don't think I know anybody on this list except for Prince, Neil Young, Kurt Cobain and Johnny Ramone.


Duh. They wouldn't be cool if you knew who they were. You see, the people that put them on the list are cool for knowing who they are.
 
2012-05-04 12:27:00 AM
List fails without Larry Coryell, Jan Akkerman and a few others I can think of.
Very interesting choices on that list.
 
2012-05-04 12:27:13 AM
They're just trying to be hip by not mentioning the iconic guitarists that most rags always list. It's cool to do that now. The only real guitarists are the ones who only sound good on an iPod.

And isn't 'Skrillex' a non-stick spray for frying pans?
 
2012-05-04 12:36:50 AM

cretinbob: List fails without Larry Coryell, Jan Akkerman and a few others I can think of.
Very interesting choices on that list.


The list fails for not having Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, or Jimi Hendrix at all.

/DNRTFA due to rage caused by the headline spoiling it
 
2012-05-04 12:58:54 AM
Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life. But no contemporary musician has a more primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs than dubstep mosh ambassador Skrillex. Somewhere between the unfiltered piston-pumps of nü-metal and the twinkling emocore melodies that weaned him is a gaping sarlacc of yawping melodies and buzzsaw edges. The bass drop to "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" might just be this generation's "Smoke on the Water" - look no further than the obscene number of "Skrillex guitar cover" videos on YouTube!

I do not have words to express the emotion I have over this paragraph except to say, "Fark the guy who wrote this. Fark him and everything he has ever done."

Seriously, Skrillex produces ear-raping shiat for people who have no idea what music is unless it means slamming their sweaty bodies around while high on E. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" has to be the most aurally reprehensible cacophony I've ever heard. It was like having a thousand tiny dicks all trying to penetrate my eardrums at once. Not to mention that pushing a bunch of farking buttons in software or on a soundboard is NOWHERE CLOSE to being an actual guitarist. They're not even remotely comparable.

And saying that a bunch of talentless wanks covering it on Youtube makes it this generation's "Smoke on the Water" only furthers the assertion that the writer of this article has less brain function than Terri Schiavo.
 
2012-05-04 01:50:18 AM
I can't even find the list, what a horrible web site.
 
2012-05-04 01:50:44 AM
They got Wayne Kramer and Johnny Thunders right. Johnny Ramone? Sure, maybe in the 20s. But everyone else? Suck a fat one.
 
2012-05-04 01:57:02 AM
This is seriously the worst music-related article I've seen this year. Including people's blogs.
 
2012-05-04 01:57:27 AM
in before the whiny Rush fans
 
2012-05-04 02:00:00 AM
Best guitarist list.
List non-guitarists.

Good job Spin. The guy writing this must of given himself such an undeserved pat on the back.
 
2012-05-04 02:02:49 AM
Nice job putting Skillrex at the top of the page, ensuring at least half the people that come across this list immediately leave.
 
2012-05-04 02:03:30 AM
Wow. They have people on that list that barely know how to hold a guitar, let alone play it. Obviously this list was created with the help of a lot of tequila and drugs.

If I had a subscription to Spin, I would cancel it over this.
 
2012-05-04 02:07:01 AM
Wait...they actually put a list together full of "this guy can't play a guitar but he makes awesome music to play air-guitar to when your high!" artists?

Sounds just about right. Who even reads Spin?
 
2012-05-04 02:07:07 AM
Sonic Youth is #1, but it's not a list of the most creative guitarists

Nirvana and Neil Young are on it, but it's not a list of the most popular guitarists

Nirvana and Neil Young are on it, so it's not a list of the most technically proficient guitarists

Skillrex and Jam Master Jay are on it, but it's not a list of top 100 people who sample guitars

I just don't know what the fark this list is supposed to be. It's just a troll, it has to be
 
2012-05-04 02:16:34 AM
Top 100 lists are always going to fail to meet individual's tastes or have a metric everyone can agree on, but this is farking ridiculous.

We just got trolled.
 
2012-05-04 02:22:03 AM

SnakeLee: Sonic Youth is #1, but it's not a list of the most creative guitarists

Nirvana and Neil Young are on it, but it's not a list of the most popular guitarists

Nirvana and Neil Young are on it, so it's not a list of the most technically proficient guitarists

Skillrex and Jam Master Jay are on it, but it's not a list of top 100 people who sample guitars

I just don't know what the fark this list is supposed to be. It's just a troll, it has to be


i love the sound/"technical skill" of the first 3 you mentioned. list wouldn't load for me, but i am actually thankful it didn't, nothing against those three bands (and person).

shocked at Sonic Youth being #1 (does a drill now count as a guitar?)...then see that sample people are in it. want to throw my guitars at spin.

on a happy note, i was still happy that Nirvana, SY, and Young made it. i always will enjoy their music immensely!
 
2012-05-04 02:23:04 AM
where is luc lemay ?
 
2012-05-04 02:26:31 AM
This list fails without Yahoo Serious and Ralph Macchio, who both saved the day with their incredible guitar skills. The list should also include Sammi Curr, who literally slayed people with his killer electric solo.

And while we're at it, let's throw in my personal guitarist of all time, Oroku Saki. Sure, he may have never been seen with a guitar, but that didn't stop the other nominees from getting on the list. And we all know what a Shredder he was.
 
2012-05-04 02:26:38 AM
Pleasantly surprised to see Robert Fripp on there.
 
2012-05-04 02:28:53 AM
My favorite

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2012-05-04 02:31:04 AM

Durendal: "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" has to be the most aurally reprehensible cacophony I've ever heard. It was like having a thousand tiny dicks all trying to penetrate my eardrums at once.


Worse than this?

Aphex Twin - Ventolin

Think being skullfarked by a poorly balanced dental drill.
 
2012-05-04 02:33:15 AM
Oh jeez, say what you will about Journey and Styx, but Neal Schon and Tommy Shaw are farking great.

Nice to see Prince on there. Incredibly under-rated IMO. His performance at the HOF is jawdropping. Link
 
2012-05-04 02:37:11 AM

fusillade762: Aphex Twin - Ventolin

Think being skullfarked by a poorly balanced dental drill.


I really like Aphex Twin, and even I say fark that song.
 
2012-05-04 02:42:03 AM
The lack of a music tab on fark has resulted in this.
 
2012-05-04 02:47:50 AM
just so you know...
Skrillex can play guitar.

(doesnt mean he should be on the list.. but he can.)
 
2012-05-04 02:50:43 AM

chewielouie: Oh jeez, say what you will about Journey and Styx, but Neal Schon and Tommy Shaw are farking great.

Nice to see Prince on there. Incredibly under-rated IMO. His performance at the HOF is jawdropping. Link


Goosebumps, every farking time I see it.
 
2012-05-04 02:53:45 AM
No Joe Satriani, eh? Thanks for wasting my time, Spin. This is exactly why I never buy your farking magazine.
 
2012-05-04 03:05:22 AM
This supreme act of trolling has accomplished its (assumed) mission: If even for the briefest of moments, people remembered that Spin magazine is a thing in the universe.
 
2012-05-04 03:12:17 AM

Lsherm: The lack of a music tab on fark has resulted in this.


farking A.

Where did Gilmour rank?

If he isnt top 5, the list is flawed.
 
2012-05-04 03:30:13 AM

chewielouie: Oh jeez, say what you will about Journey and Styx, but Neal Schon and Tommy Shaw are farking great.

Nice to see Prince on there. Incredibly under-rated IMO. His performance at the HOF is jawdropping. Link


Neal Schon is just a great guitar player. What a stupid list.

Mike Campbell deserves to be on that list. Tom Schultz. Les Paul.
 
2012-05-04 03:31:38 AM

TomD9938: Lsherm: The lack of a music tab on fark has resulted in this.

farking A.

Where did Gilmour rank?

If he isnt top 5, the list is flawed.


While not Gilmore playing. I am going to see Roger Waters performing The Wall at the Rose Garden Arena on the 22nd. Expensive tix.
 
2012-05-04 03:33:09 AM

Durendal: Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life. But no contemporary musician has a more primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs than dubstep mosh ambassador Skrillex. Somewhere between the unfiltered piston-pumps of nü-metal and the twinkling emocore melodies that weaned him is a gaping sarlacc of yawping melodies and buzzsaw edges. The bass drop to "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" might just be this generation's "Smoke on the Water" - look no further than the obscene number of "Skrillex guitar cover" videos on YouTube!

I do not have words to express the emotion I have over this paragraph except to say, "Fark the guy who wrote this. Fark him and everything he has ever done."

Seriously, Skrillex produces ear-raping shiat for people who have no idea what music is unless it means slamming their sweaty bodies around while high on E. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" has to be the most aurally reprehensible cacophony I've ever heard. It was like having a thousand tiny dicks all trying to penetrate my eardrums at once. Not to mention that pushing a bunch of farking buttons in software or on a soundboard is NOWHERE CLOSE to being an actual guitarist. They're not even remotely comparable.

And saying that a bunch of talentless wanks covering it on Youtube makes it this generation's "Smoke on the Water" only furthers the assertion that the writer of this article has less brain function than Terri Schiavo.


I'd describe what he does as brutally aggressive music played mostly for minds clouded by drugs, a crude exaggeration of rock basics that appeals to white teenagers
 
2012-05-04 03:34:01 AM
Spin still exists?
 
2012-05-04 03:34:06 AM
Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Les Paul, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Fogerty, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Slash, Flea, Zakk Wylde, Herman Li, Nancy Wilson, Angus Young and Bootsy Collins are not on this list.

This isn't a real list...

It's a certified troll.
 
2012-05-04 03:35:15 AM
Not reading this list, thanks for heads up. Now i do wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughan, did he make this list?
 
2012-05-04 03:35:25 AM

Ishkur: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Les Paul, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Fogerty, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Slash, Flea, Zakk Wylde, Herman Li, Nancy Wilson, Angus Young and Bootsy Collins are not on this list.

This isn't a real list...

It's a certified troll.


Must be. I gave up trying to find the list.
 
2012-05-04 03:35:39 AM
Massive fail without Buckethead
s14.postimage.org


Top 5 easy.
 
2012-05-04 03:38:26 AM

Ishkur: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Les Paul, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Fogerty, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Slash, Flea, Zakk Wylde, Herman Li, Nancy Wilson, Angus Young and Bootsy Collins are not on this list.

This isn't a real list...

It's a certified troll.


And answered, from the future no less..
The writer should be tarred and feathered, and ran out of town on a rail..
 
2012-05-04 03:39:08 AM
That list is an abject failure and the author should be locked in a small room loaded with combustibles and set ablaze.
Adn what the Fark is a Skrillex? Is that some kind of word the hipster young use to describe a wannabe guitar player?
 
2012-05-04 03:40:04 AM
robert johnson
hendrix
brian may
j robbins
dave knudsen

there. done.
 
2012-05-04 03:41:14 AM

Ishkur: Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Les Paul, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Fogerty, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Slash, Flea, Zakk Wylde, Herman Li, Nancy Wilson, Angus Young and Bootsy Collins are not on this list.

This isn't a real list...

It's a certified troll.


You threw Flea & Bootsy in there just to fark with me, right
 
2012-05-04 03:43:04 AM
Or Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Randy Rhodes, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Kirk Hammet, Santana.....

/I thought of some more strangely missing
//list is heavily biased toward punk and 90s alternative for some reason
///and padded out with hipster namedrops
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-05-04 03:44:11 AM
Jesus Christ, this writer is just farking stupid.

First, he claims this: "As you will see, our list embraces outsiders, trailblazers, outliers, and Eugene Chadbourne playing a rake. We don't worship "guitar gods," but prefer our axe-wielders to be resourceful, egalitarian, flawed, and human. We're not drawn to Olympic feats of fleet-fingered athletics, unless they're used for unique and exploratory ends. We see the mewling histrionics of Jeff Beck as tyranny instead of catharsis. The name Derek Trucks is practically alien to us."

And yet, the list is "TOP 100 GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME"

It is like making a list called "Hottest Women of All Time" then disqualifying actresses and super models and somehow putting Rosie O'Donnell as #1 because she "doesn't convey the qualities of what is considered beautiful".
 
2012-05-04 03:44:50 AM
While I posted his name above, how do you not put Tom Schultz on the list? Basically, there was a rock guitar sound before Boston, and then after Boston. Few guitarists had that kind of impact.

Oh yeah, and Randy Rhoads. If he didn't die in a freak accident....
 
2012-05-04 03:46:26 AM

the_celt: That list is an abject failure and the author should be locked in a small room loaded with Yoko Ono combustibles and a microphone set ablaze. on meth until he's dead
Adn w....

 
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