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(YouTube)   Almost any guitarist can play "Wipeout." Only Steve Vai can do it with a horn section and a break into "Flight of the Bumblebee" played so fast it will set your speaker on fire   (youtube.com) divider line
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2014-07-08 9:45:08 AM  
Steve Vai is living the dream and the nightmare.

To be so adept at playing guitar that you have all sorts of groupies worshipping you would be amazing.

To have all those groupies be 13 year-old male Pimplefarmers and Guitar Center employees with three foot long comb-overs would not be a nightmare.
 
2014-07-08 10:32:18 AM  
That was terrible.  I think I'd rather listen to The Fat Boys version.
 
2014-07-08 11:00:56 AM  
He seems like a narcissistic insufferable douchebag.

That video was like something out of Spinal Tap. "This guitar has 3 necks!"
 
2014-07-08 11:08:48 AM  

vernonFL: He seems like a narcissistic insufferable douchebag.

That video was like something out of Spinal Tap. "This guitar has 3 necks!"


I've always thought that, unlike Batio or Yngvie, Steve Vai never seemed to take himself too seriously, that he can't help but add a layer of silliness on top of what is extremely serious playing and orchestration.

But he is so very, very strange.
 
2014-07-08 11:21:36 AM  
 
2014-07-08 11:35:55 AM  
This video sounded like one of those youtube videos that says "CHIPMUNK STYLE!" or "DARTH VDER" style and all they do is slow down and speed up the sound.

Lame.
 
2014-07-08 11:36:42 AM  

dittybopper: Hmmph.   He can't even out-play some snot-nosed kid with a beat up old Telecaster.


I liked that movie.

Couldn't tell ya why.
 
2014-07-08 11:42:55 AM  
I made it one minute, before my brain started to hurt. God, that's awful.
 
2014-07-08 11:56:16 AM  

dittybopper: Hmmph.   He can't even out-play some snot-nosed kid with a beat up old Telecaster.


Just watched that Saturday night, as a matter of fact...

Jim from Saint Paul: dittybopper: Hmmph.   He can't even out-play some snot-nosed kid with a beat up old Telecaster.

I liked that movie.

Couldn't tell ya why.


Probably because it's a pretty damn good movie, it has some good blues in it, AND Jami Gertz is in it.

Three Crooked Squirrels: That was terrible.  I think I'd rather listen to The Fat Boys version.


Yeah, there's much better stuff by Vai out there, and despite Subby's wild claims, my speaker didn't even get warm.
 
2014-07-08 12:00:56 PM  

factoryconnection: vernonFL: He seems like a narcissistic insufferable douchebag.

That video was like something out of Spinal Tap. "This guitar has 3 necks!"

I've always thought that, unlike Batio or Yngvie, Steve Vai never seemed to take himself too seriously, that he can't help but add a layer of silliness on top of what is extremely serious playing and orchestration.

But he is so very, very strange.


We are talking about a guy who started out apprenticing under Frank Zappa.
 
2014-07-08 12:42:12 PM  
Yeah, I wasn't impressed. Steve has done much better work.

CptnSpldng: We are talking about a guy who started out apprenticing under Frank Zappa.


I love his story of his audition for Zappa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6cplMM3d_Q
 
2014-07-08 12:57:24 PM  
That sucked.
 
2014-07-08 1:32:03 PM  
That did suck.

Go back to Passion and Warfare; sample the opening track, `The Audience is LIstening`.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S35URl6GJZE
 
2014-07-08 1:49:13 PM  
The song is supposed to feature the drummer, not be just another excessively-long masturbatory guitar solo.
 
2014-07-08 2:46:44 PM  
I prefer s solo with some feel not just speed.  David Gilmour, for example.
 
2014-07-08 2:47:05 PM  
For some reason the chipmunk vox made me think of that ancient John Pettruci recording of "Wanted Dead or Alive" he made for his guitar students that his roommate and buddy found and overdubbed with chipmunk voices:   Grooveshark. It's a little slow to start, but there are some pretty amusing moments.
 
2014-07-08 2:56:32 PM  

detached23: For some reason the chipmunk vox made me think of that ancient John Pettruci recording of "Wanted Dead or Alive" he made for his guitar students that his roommate and buddy found and overdubbed with chipmunk voices:   Grooveshark. It's a little slow to start, but there are some pretty amusing moments.


Made it till "WAAAAAAAAAAANTED'.

Glad ya'll found it amusing though.
 
2014-07-08 3:05:28 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: detached23: For some reason the chipmunk vox made me think of that ancient John Pettruci recording of "Wanted Dead or Alive" he made for his guitar students that his roommate and buddy found and overdubbed with chipmunk voices:   Grooveshark. It's a little slow to start, but there are some pretty amusing moments.

Made it till "WAAAAAAAAAAANTED'.

Glad ya'll found it amusing though.


I mostly like it for the commentary later in the song.

"I'm a cowboy"
"No, you're a DICK!"

"I walk these streets"
"What, are you a prostitute?"
 
2014-07-08 3:42:55 PM  

toddism: I prefer s solo with some feel not just speed.  David Gilmour, for example.


This a zillion times!
 
2014-07-08 5:42:40 PM  
Bumblefoot and Buckethead are pretty much the only virtuosos I actually enjoy listening to for more than 5 minutes.
 
2014-07-08 6:06:15 PM  
Has anyone loudly announced they're just too discriminating to enjoy this?
 
2014-07-08 6:58:09 PM  
factoryconnection:

I've always thought that, unlike Batio or Yngvie, Steve Vai never seemed to take himself too seriously, that he can't help but add a layer of silliness on top of what is extremely serious playing and orchestration.

But he is so very, very strange.


Saw him a few years back. Can confiorm all points stated above.

He had an electric harp in his band.  Even gave her a solo.  She explained what it was and how it worked, then rocked it hard.  Pretty cool stuff.
 
2014-07-08 7:15:40 PM  

Sensei Can You See: Has anyone loudly announced they're just too discriminating to enjoy this?


Vai is.... shallow and pedantic. He.... insists upon himself.
 
2014-07-08 7:47:05 PM  
That vocalization or whatever it was supposed toadded nothing and was annoying.
 
2014-07-08 7:52:43 PM  
Wipeout?

The song is called "Misirlou"
 
2014-07-08 8:10:51 PM  
Forget all those guys pretending to be guitar gods. Long live The Great Kat :


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0unYFKdG82I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSZigGuw3F8
 
2014-07-08 8:22:01 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: That was terrible.  I think I'd rather listen to The Fat Boys version.


Wipeout - Ventures w/guest Max Weinberg
 
2014-07-08 8:23:10 PM  
You want some Flight of the Bumblebee?   This guy starts at 170 beats per minute and finishes at 999:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DMyM7ARJUI
 
2014-07-08 8:26:06 PM  

lohphat: Wipeout?

The song is called "Misirlou"


IMHO this is the best version Dick Dale - Misirlou
 
2014-07-08 8:32:03 PM  

bingo the psych-o: You want some Flight of the Bumblebee?   This guy starts at 170 beats per minute and finishes at 999:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DMyM7ARJUI


Clearly accuracy didn't count.

How about playing Flight of the Bumblebee on a typewriter?
 
2014-07-08 8:41:05 PM  
 
2014-07-08 9:01:37 PM  
I always liked Gary Hoey's version of Wipeout.
 
2014-07-08 9:12:04 PM  
 
2014-07-08 10:15:22 PM  
I dunno. Wipeout is a pretty tough thing to play on the faster settings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwiwlzVPaIU
 
2014-07-09 1:42:22 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: That was terrible.  I think I'd rather listen to The Fat Boys version.


Came here to say this. What a farking racket.

// with Alvin the Chipmunk on vocals, scatting
// Jesus wept
 
2014-07-09 7:09:56 AM  
 
2014-07-09 8:36:00 AM  
At best, Steve Vai is all technique with no artistry.  Sort of like Lea Michelle or Idina Menzel or any
Broadway performer.  This was not him at anywhere near his best.

Any potentional enjoyment of this was completely sapped by the Alvin & the Chipmunks-style white pseudo
rap that puts it in a category of aural torture that should be hauled up in front of the International Court in
the Hague.
 
2014-07-09 11:45:56 AM  

toddism: I prefer s solo with some feel not just speed.  David Gilmour, for example.


New Floyd album coming out.  Yes, new Pink Floyd.
 
2014-07-09 12:58:53 PM  
Nuno says "meh."
 
Ant
2014-07-09 4:11:39 PM  

toddism: I prefer s solo with some feel not just speed.  David Gilmour, for example.


This. David Gilmour can put more feeling into one sustained note than these others can put into a thousand notes.
 
2014-07-09 4:22:26 PM  
I went to the same school system as Steve, his brother Mike was in many of my classes. Carle Place always had a great music program, Steve is proof of why school music programs should continue.
 
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