Essential Listening: 14 Addictive Guitar Tones That'll Have You Crying Out for More
Essential Listening: A guide to 14 addictive guitar tones that'll have you wailing out for more.
“You Can’t Judge a Book By the Cover,” The Strypes (Josh McClorey)
Perhaps it’s sacrilege to have a list like this and not include Jeff Beck or Jimmy Page (or Wilko Johnson for that matter), but there are great sounds being made today too.
Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” and Modest Mouse’s “Float On” are prime examples of recent adventures into new tonal soundscapes, but the Strypes are truer to the R&B origins of Beck and Page — and they're on fire right now.
Josh McClorey attacks his Gretsch (and Tele) with real verve, and nowhere is that more evident than “You Can’t Judge a Book By the Cover." While there’s no solo, the ghosts of Beck and Page hang heavily over his playing, in the best possible way.
Give ‘em a try!
Jeff Slate is a NYC-based solo singer-songwriter and music journalist. He founded and fronted the band the Badge for 15 years beginning in 1997 and has worked with Pete Townshend, Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar, Steve Holley, Laurence Juber and countless others. He has interviewed and written about everyone from the Beatles and Kiss to Monty Python and rock musicals on Broadway. He is an avid collector of rock and roll books and bootlegs and has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Dylan and the Beatles. For more information, visit jeffslate.net.
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