Draw a rakish comedy moustache on Michelangelo’s David, pour Agent Orange over Van Gogh’s sunflowers and roll a Faberge Egg to destruction down a grassy precipice next Easter.
All these efforts are overshadowed, out-gunned and just plain beaten to a snotty, mewling pulp by man’s greatest artistic endeavour, The Guitar Solo.
I hold this fact to be self-evident, and here are a few shining, spanking or soaring examples of the genre.
Let me know if you think different…
This one’s an early rendition of ‘Rocker’, but anything by Angus will do very wonderfully, thank you very much. Plain, no-nonsense rock ‘n roll, and he makes you smile every time.
Guitarist Glen Tilbrook’s favourite Squeeze song. The solo’s musical, moving and clever, and fits the song perfectly.
During the Wall Show, while the rest of the band were hidden behind a muckle great pile of bricks, Dave Gilmour got to stand spotlighted on top of the wall and play this. Guitar heaven.
Yes, the song’s sentimental and Stinking-Bishop cheesy, but the solo cleanses the palate very, very well.
No apologies for this one. Great song, superb solo.
Living proof that self-indulgent guitar solos are fine, as long as the ‘self’ involved is worth indulging.
Some find Rush a bit sterile. I don’t, and here’s an Alex Lifeson solo with real soul.
I’m not kidding – I love this solo. Or should I say ‘anti-solo’?
While others play solos, BB sings them.