Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Missed a day, so let's do two...

Okay, next in my ongoing series of gripes with VH1's list of greatest musicians, guitarists. I'm going to do frontmen as well today because I don't have too many bitches with these lists.

Here's what VH1 had for guitarists.

10. David Gilmore, Pink Floyd
9. Toni Iommi, Black Sabbath
8. Brian May, Queen
7. Randy Rhodes
6. Ritchie Blackmore
5. Stevie Ray Vaughn
4. Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen
3. Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin
2. Eric Clapton
1. Jimi Hendrix

Pretty nice list. One huge omission for me is Pete Townsend. I'm a Dave Navarro guy as well. Navarro's my favorite rock guitarist, so he'd be up there for me. Randy Rhodes was awfully good, but I wonder if he hadn't died so young how he'd fare on these kinds of lists. For that matter, I was surprised Cliff Burton didn't make the bassist list.

Anyway, Rhodes seems to me to be a shredder, so if he's on the list, why not Yngwie Malmsteen or Dave Mustaine? I don't know. I've bever been much for that style. I recognize how hard it is to do, but all of the solos end up sounding kind of the same. It's technically impressive, but it lacks something. For me.

That said, I don't know what I change on that list. A few additions, which means a few subtractions.

10. Tony Iommi
9. Brian May
8. Pete Townsend
7. Dave Navarro
6. Eddie Van Halen
5. Trey Spruance
4. Stevie Ray Vaughn
3. Jimmy Page
2. Eric Clapton
1. Jimi Hendrix

Moving right along, VH1's list of greatest frontmen:

10. Roger Daltrey
9. Bono
8. David Bowie
7. Bruce Springsteen
6. Jim Morrisoin
5. Steven Tyler
4. David Lee Roth
3.Robert Plant
2. Freddie Mercury
1. Mick Jagger

The heck with it. I wouldn't change anything on this list. I don't care enough about "frontmen" to argue this one.

Up next: VH1's greatest rock bands. Wow. What a problematic list.


Frank (the Colt) said...

what about Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine.

Frank said...

Good call.

Another note about Morello: He went to the same high school as me. Years earlier, of course, but still. Who'd of thunk he'd be from boring old Libertyville, IL?