Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Stranglehold" (Ted Nugent) Vs. "Paranoid Android" (Jonny Greenwood)

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guitarladd

Back in the mid '70s nobody was concerned with Ted's politics, just his guitar playing and he was The Man. Back in '76 he played in Abilene, Texas and I was near the front, right in front of Ted and his 8 souped up Fender Twins. After it was over I walked outside and a guy I knew came up and started talking to me. At least his lips were moving, I couldn't hear any sound at all. I've been to a lot of loud concerts but that was the only time I was temporarily deafened.

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GEENGADE

Solos from the point of nothing but bass yeah here’s what you do when you want to solo. This here is a prime example if shredding. You take the stage by the balls and you’re like predator on the stage holding the skull. Here when you start talking about the band breaking down and the crowd the crowd this is the final ingredent in your solo mixture. Without the crowd why even do a solo. It an exhibition sport after all that’s very extreme Ted has held this guitar monologue since its birth of soloing. Nugent has been a very influential inspiration for me since Beck.

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GEENGADE

Solos from the point of nothing but bass yeah here’s what you do when you want to solo. This here is a prime example if shredding. You take the stage by the balls and you’re like predator on the stage holding the skull. Here when you start talking about the band breaking down and the crowd the crowd this is the final ingredent in your solo mixture. Without the crowd why even do a solo. It an exhibition sport after all that’s very extreme Ted has held this guitar monologue since its birth of soloing. Nugent has been a very influential inspiration for me since Beck.

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LoQ

This is supposed to be about the solo and not the person who played it. So what's next... no one votes for Eddie Van Halen's solo because he's an egotistical jerk??? No one votes for Joe Walsh's solo because he was a drug addict???

I don't agree with Ted's politics, but I love listening and watching him play the guitar. So hell yeah... Uncle Ted gets my vote!

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Darth Compton

Exactly, LoQ. Exactly.

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imreoir giotar

The whole idea of a solo contest strikes me as weird. There has been so many excellent guitar solos that I have heard and loved over the years. Many solos, I might add, by people not on this list (I'm thinking the solo on Baker Street as one example) but people that created memorable solos nonetheless. Hell I've heard guitarists at the local Guitar Center or on YouTube play some interesting solos. But I could not choose any one solo as the best. The Ted solos are Ted's deal just as the Greenwood solos are Jonny's deal--they are great in context of their respective songs. But I can't say, for example, that Comfortably Numb is better than For the Love of God--they are works of art--not something that should be reduced to some analysis or part of some contest. But that's me. Now if you want to have a contest between guitarists playing solos each in various genres, that might be cool.

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Hendrix1970

ted nugent is the man, politically and musically, pc liberals woouldnt agree though,duh.

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tal4jesus

No matter what your personal view of Ted is, this is about guitar solos, not politics. I bet the Radiohead guys would vote for Ted too.

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XGC Polaris

Yeah that Ted is a hateful nutjob, standing up for people's constitutional rights the way he does and choosing to hunt rather than buy steroid and hormone injected meat that was raised just to be led into a slaughter house. Also because he said some truthful things about the worst president in recent years; how dare he say anything against all the military conflicts we are involved in or the worst unemployment rates in last 80 years or our non-recovering economy. Yep, he's the one that is a hateful nutjob. Those that trash Ted because you call yourself a democrat and think it's cool and trendy; The PMRC was lead by democrats (Al and Tipper Gore), you know the group that wanted to limit artistic freedom. You people should never vote, you simply lack the intelligence to do so. "Stranglehold" is a classic, it flows musically and it very well written.

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errbt

"Also because he said some truthful things about the worst president in recent years"

I'm sorry, I must have missed when he spoke out against Dubya.

"how dare he say anything against all the military conflicts we are involved in"

Funny that only started with the current administration. He sure beat the drum for war when Dubya was in office (which is funny because he shit himself and didn't shower for a week in order to dodge the draft, but runs off at the mouth with phony "support the troops" crap now, putting him in the same chicken hawk class as Cheney and all the rest).

Interesting that anyone who disagrees with you is supposedly only doing it to be "cool and trendy", and shouldn't be allowed to vote. I suppose you think all Radiohead fans also only listen to the music to be "cool and trendy"?

Anyway, I agree with you on the only damn thing that should matter in this poll. Stranglehold is a classic and I think its solo should win, regardless of how I feel about Nugent's politics.

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bull

At first I was shocked that Radiohead had 25% of the vote. Then I realized that people were voting for them because Ted Nugent is a wacko! That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. You should vote for the best solo because that what the contest is about. If anything, abstain from voting if you feel so strongly, but don't vote for an inferior solo.

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errbt

Ted has indeed become a hypocritical jackass in recent years, and I'm a huge Radiohead fan, but I'm sorry...this vote is for best guitar solo, and while Paranoid Android kicks ass, and Jonny's solo is unique, original, and great, the solo in Stranglehold is sprawling and legendary. I voted for Paranoid Android as a knee jerk reaction because I know it won't win and I love the song, but...all things considered, I should have voted for Stranglehold. Nugent should, and will, win this round.

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madastrota

Yeah, I actually feel exactly the same way and did exactly the same thing for just the same reason and felt the precise feeling after the fact. But no regrets. Jonny and Ted are completely different players but Jonny is a far more gifted and revolutionary musician and will have a longer lasting impact on music in the long run in my opinion. So whatever, it's just a stupid poll.

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BP Storm

I couldn't vote for Ted Nugent for anything other than pain in the you know what. His politics disgust me. I don't care if he was the greatest guitarist that ever lived. To me he's just a very ignorant person. So, therefore, I vote for his opponent, no matter what.

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doubletrouble5150

People like you shouldnt be voting its greatest solo of all time not who has a better stance on politics and current affairs

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shadowofaday

Agreed. I'm an anarcho capitalist so I think pretty much everyone's politics suck... But that is irrelevant to a GUITAR contest. If you can't separate the two, I'm surprised that you were smart enough to vote. If this descrobes You, please do me a favor and STFU

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BP Storm

I couldn't vote for Ted Nugent for anything other than pain in the you know what. His politics disgust me. I don't care if he was the greatest guitarist that ever lived. To me he's just a very ignorant person. So, therefore, I vote for his opponent, no matter what.

strat714

I have to agree. Ted gets my vote even though he's become a hateful nutjob.

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imreoir giotar

I used to listen to Ted back in the day--quite a bit actually--and I liked it; a lot. Didn't know or cared a thing about Ted then except he rocked (maybe not a proficient soloist but he still rocked). Indeed I use to drive my cars like a maniac back then (yeah, cars plural, cuz I wrecked more than a few), my friends and I, we called it Stormtroopin in deference to Ted. But today, what with all I've heard about Ted, well I just think differently about him as a person. Wish I didn't know now what I didn't now then. Sorry Ted. Yeah that just about sez it for me.

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