Friday, June 29, 2007

Weekend Listomania (Special Video Edition)

Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental houseboy Kato and I are off to California for a tour of the upper crust Palm Springs locations used in the steamy yet highly realistic hit summer teen melodrama miniseries Hidden Palms (Wednesday nights on the CW!!!!).

A gay old time is guaranteed for all, if you know what I mean. But as a result, posting by moi will necessarily be a bit sporadic for a day or two.

In the meantime, here's another little project for you fine folks:

Best Ever (Non-Prog) Rock Instrumental!
[arbitrary rule: Joe Satriani, who I otherwise have no problem with, is prog, so don't nominate him]


My reasonably well-considered Top Ten:

1. Rumble -- Link Wray

2. The Man From HUAC -- Laika and the Cosmonauts

3. Beck's Bolero -- Jeff Beck

4. Apricot Brandy -- Rhinosceros

5. The Carlsberg Special -- Wizzard

6. Perfidia -- The Ventures

7. Sabre Dance -- Love Sculpture with Dave Edmunds

8. Theme from Star Wars -- Big Daddy (guitar instrumental a la the Ventures)

9. Like Long Hair -- Paul Revere and the Raiders

10. Cobwebs and Strange -- The Who

Join in, won't you?

31 comments:

Mike said...

Walk Don't Run - The Ventures

Tall Cool One - The Wailers

Shake That Rat - Nick Lowe

Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy

Cry For A Shadow - The Beatles

Run Chicken Run - Link Wray

Peaches En Regalia - Frank Zappa

Let's Go Trippin' - Dick Dale & The Del-Tones

The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzche

Everything ever by Booker T. & The M.G.'s (cheating)

dave™© said...

"Town Without Pity" - Ronnie Montrose

"Pet Sounds" (aka "Run James Run") - Brian Wilson and the Wrecking Crew

"Sleepwalking" - Santo and Johnny

"Pipeline" - The Miserlous

SteveAudio said...

Respectfully, Satch isn't prog, he's just a guy who doesn't know when to not play too many notes.

And Dave? It's "Sleepwalk" by S&J, and "Pipeline" was done by the Chantays. I have the single.

On a mem-based blog post many moons ago, I pointed out that Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" might be the greatest instrumental of all time.

Or "Miserlou" by Dick Dale.

Or "Apache" by either The Shadows, or J├Ârgen Ingman.

And Molly, while "Perfidia" is indeed nice, it's still all about "Walk Don't Run".

SteveAudio said...

Oops, sorry Steve, I just assumed it was Molly's post.

steve simels said...

And nobody mentioned "Peter Gunn" (the version by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates) or Nelson Riddle's "Theme From Route 66"?

Get with it, people!!!!
:-)

Kid Charlemagne said...

The Pyramids - Penetration

The Raybeats - Calhoun Surf

The Revels - Intoxica

The Buzzcocks - Walking Distance

Gummo said...

"Flying" - the Beatles
Love of Life Orchestra EP (an old 12" 45 by a bunch of downtown NY musicians from about 1979)

spacejunk said...

"Bongo Rock" - Preston Epps
"Teen Beat" - Sandy Nelson
"Jessica" - Allman Bros.
"The Choral Sea" - Split Enz
"Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag" - Pigbag

The Kenosha Kid said...

"Malaguena" - The Trashmen
"Warszawa" - David Bowie

preznit giv me turkee said...

"Fun to be Happy"- Love Tractor
"Early Morning Walk"- Laura Watling
"Telephone and Rubber Band"- Penguin Cafe Orchestra

shrimplate said...

Even though it kinda sucks doesn't "Wipe Out" deserve a mention?

"Grazing in the Grass" Hugh Masekela

"Good Dog Ska" Bim Skala Bim

"Earschplittenloudenboomer" Steppenwolf

"Space Invader" The Pretenders

preznit giv me turkee said...

also,

TMBG- Drinking

Kid Charlemagne said...
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Kid Charlemagne said...

shrimplate,

I left "Wipeout" off my list as being too obvious.

True Story: My buddy had the single, and I remember that on one long, hot summer day when we had nothing else to do we played it over and over, at least 20 or 30 times.

Suddenly, my buddy's Dad burst into the room looking like something out of a Marvel comic book and he ripped the disc off the record player and smashed it in front of us. It was at that very moment that I realized I was on to something with this rock n' roll stuff!!

Cheers!

dave™© said...

It's "Sleepwalk" by S&J, and "Pipeline" was done by the Chantays. I have the single.

Wow! Talk about embarrassing...

FeralLiberal said...

Alright, I'm in...

Jessica - The Allman Brothers
Hall of the Mountain King - ELO
Telstar - The Tornados
Fluff - Black Sabbath

And the all-time greatest rock instrumental...

Underture - The Who

steve simels said...

And the all-time greatest rock instrumental...

Underture - The Who

6/29/2007 11:27 PM



Good lord -- I think I agree with you!!!!
:-)

steve simels said...

And the all-time greatest rock instrumental...

Underture - The Who

6/29/2007 11:27 PM



Good lord -- I think I agree with you!!!!
:-)

steve simels said...


Everything ever by Booker T. & The M.G.'s (cheating)

6/29/2007 12:37 AM
Delete


Yep. Booker T is their own category.
IMHO

SteveAudio said...

OK, this is really blogwhoring, but since you brought up Peter Gunn, here's my post on the Music Meme that I mentioned above.

Several of us were passing this around 5/05, and I discuss instrumentals, and especially the recording of Peter Gunn by my friend Al Schmitt.

steve simels said...

I am deeply ashamed I didn't nominate something by the Raybeats, who were clearly the greatest instro band of all time.

Sorry.

virgotex said...

Star Spangled Banner- Hendrix
Soul Finger-The Bar Kays


Deeper Into Movies
or
From a Motel 6
or
any number of others by Yo La Tengo

Ripley said...

'Mr. Scary' - Dokken

'Hall of the Mountain King' intro - Savatage

'Eruption' - Van Halen (I'm not sure that's really long enough to qualify as a song, but it has its own track listing on the album, so...)

'YYZ' - Rush

Anonymous said...

"Stratosphere Boogie" - Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant
"Third Man Theme" - The Band
"All World Cowboy Romance" - Mission Of Burma
"In A Silent Way" - Allman Brothers (last time I saw 'em)

- Bill Buckner

Richard said...

the Chase theme from "Midnight Express"- Giorgio Miroder

dave™© said...

No one's mentioned "Nutrocker"?

Question: what's the connection between that and "Theme From Peter Gunn"?

Buellar???

Kid Charlemagne said...

I am deeply ashamed I didn't nominate something by the Raybeats, who were clearly the greatest instro band of all time.


You sicken me.

Re: Nutrocker Didn't Kim Fowley have something to do with B. BUMBLE AND THE STINGERS? Jeez. He had his hand in everything.

virgotex said...

I withdraw "Deeper Into Movies" from my comment above. I forgot it has a vocal track.

steve simels said...

Gummo said...

"Flying" - the Beatles


See, I was gonna vote for that except they sing at the very end. La la la la ladeda....

So it's not an instrumental(:-)

olexicon said...

"Apache" by the Incredible Bongo Band

Interrobang said...

I'm going to have to nominate "The Bell and the Butterfly" by The Charlatans, unless of course there's some rule that it has to be a (North) American band and/or that anything recorded in the 1990s or later is too recent. Nobody has mentioned "Telstar" by The Tornadoes, either...