[This was one of the first Weekend Listomanias I ever put together (it originally appeared in in June of 2007, back when both your humble scribe and the world were whelps; I mean, I hadn't even met a certain Shady Dame at that point.) Anyway, if you were around during the last couple of days, you'll understand why I'm recycling it; I've made a couple of new selections and re-written it a bit, just so you guys don't think I'm the laziest gal in town. Enjoy! If possible!!!]
BEST EVER ROCK INSTRUMENTAL TRACK -- NON-PROG VARIETY!!!
[Arbitrary rule: Joe Satriani, who I otherwise have no problem with, is prog, so don't nominate him. And if you nominate that Focus "Hocus Pocus" crap I'll come to your house and beat the shit out of you for your fucking lack of taste.]
Okay, my totally top of my head Top Ten is/are:
10. Rumble -- Link Wray
If you're of the opinion, as I often am, that the quality of a rock single depends mostly on its resemblance to a gang fight, then obviously this is Ground Zero.
9. Steve's Song --The Weasels (featuring some guy whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels)
Written and recorded around 1970 by moi, apparently when I was listening to a lot of Stephen Stills records. Hey, I was young.
8. Beck's Bolero -- Jeff Beck
The tragedy of Jeff Beck - and I mean tragedy -- is that there's not a musician in any genre on earth who can creatively challenge him. Can you imagine the burden? Seriously, If I was him I would have committed suicide years ago.
7. Apricot Brandy -- Rhinosceros
I actually saw these guys -- who were a sort of Los Angeles studio cats supergroup -- live at the Fillmore East. Very impressive musicianship, and they still totally sucked.
6. The Carlsberg Special -- Wizzard
Roy Wood is God. End of story.
5. Perfidia -- The Ventures
4. Sabre Dance -- Love Sculpture with Dave Edmunds
The guys who spun plates on The Ed Sullivan Show should have lived to hear this. Actually, maybe they did.
3. Theme from Star Wars -- Big Daddy
John Williams' most lucrative piece of work as it was always meant to be heard.
2. Like Long Hair -- Paul Revere and the Raiders
What was that argument we were having the other week about these guys?
And the most absolutely phenomenal rock non-prog instrumental ever, it's not even a contest, is ---
1. Cobwebs and Strange -- The Who
I rest my case.
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?