Guitar World magazine has just published its picks for the “100 Worst Guitar Solos” on its web site, GuitarWorld.com.
The list includes tracks by Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, C.C. DeVille, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and more.
Below is an excerpt of that post:
“After two decades of kissing ass, Guitar World tips over a few sacred cows in a definitive guide to guitar parts that blow.
“Guitarists, no matter how good they are, are bound to have the occasional bad night or hit the odd bum note. Legends like Hendrix,Page, Hammett and Harrison have had their share of uninspired moments and times where ambition exceeded their technique. It’s really no big deal.
“Unless you’re caught on tape, that is.
“In a rare moment of pure spite and malice, Guitar World asked several contributors to identify those instances when our greatest guitar heroes took their biggest pratfalls. And, boy, rarely have we seen our writers take to an assignment with greater gusto. It seems that nothing gets a journalist¹s creative juices flowing like asking them to spill a big bucket of bile on a beloved icon. While our writers tended to save most of their venom for undeniably cruddy and inept solos, some had fun throwing darts at performances that were technically adept but which they deemed boring, self-indulgent or just plain absurd. Another favorite pastime was picking on anything remotely involving the talents of POISON‘s C.C. DeVille.
“Now, we enjoy the colorful Mr. DeVille, but unfortunately somebody¹s gotta be the whipping boy, and we guess it’s C.C.‘s turn to feel the lash. But he shouldn’t take it too hard. The flamboyant, hair-sprayed rocker can take solace in the fact that he’s in some rather good company. So pull out the knives, put on the lobster bib and dig in. No one, but no one, gets out of this alive.”
Top 10 “Worst Guitar Solos,” according to Guitar World:
01. POISON – “Guitar Solo” (from “Swallow This…Live!”, 1991)
Guitarist: C.C. DeVille
02. BLUE CHEER – “Summertime Blues” (from “Vincebus Eruptum”, 1968)
Guitarist: Leigh Stephens
03. CARLOS SANTANA – “The Game of Love” (from “Shaman”, 2002)
04. CREAM – Falstaff beer 1967 radio spot
Guitarist: Eric Clapton
05. THE BEATLES – “All You Need Is Love”
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
Guitarist: George Harrison
06. BLACK FLAG – “Thirsty and Miserable” (from “Damaged”, 1981)
Guitarist: Greg Ginn
07. TED NUGENT – “Wango Tango” (from “Scream Dream”, 1980)
08. THE ROLLING STONES – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (from “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll”, 1974)
Guitarist: Keith Richards
09. MANOWAR – “Sting of the Bumblebee” (from “Kings of Metal”, 1988)
Bassist: Joey DeMaio
10. LENNY KRAVITZ – “American Woman” (from “5”, 1998)
Go to GuitarWorld.com to see the entire list.
I hesitated picking this disc up for a long time, as I didn’t hear too many good things about it. When I stumbled upon a used copy of this disc recently, the completest in me had to have it. Luckily, I tracked a copy of this down for a mere $4.00, and at that price I couldn’t pass it up.
How do the songs stack up? Chances are you have heard Poison’s cover of the Who’s “Squeeze Box“on the new disc, Poison’d. I will pass on that cover every time. This disc is no Flesh and Blood. Not even close. There are however, a few decent songs on this disc. Get Ya Some, Devil Woman, Wasteland and Rockstar are ok, but not excellent songs.
The songs sung by CC Deville, “Emperor’s New Clothes“, “Livin’ In the Now” and “Home (C.C’s Story)” are particularly bad, and I can’t listen to them a second time. If CC wants to sing, I think he needs to do it in his side project, Samantha 7. His vocals are far too different from Bret’s, and contrast the other songs on Hollyweird greatly.
To me, Bret Michaels IS the voice of Poison, and it needs to stay that way. I love Poison, but I think they can do much better than this.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Squeeze Box
3. Shooting Star
4. Wishful Thinkin’
5. Get Ya Some
6. Emperor’s New Clothes
7. Devil Woman
9. Livin’ In The Now
10. Stupid, Stoned & Dumb
11. Home (Bret’s Story)
12. Home (C.C.’s Story)
Bret Michaels – Vocals
CC Deville – Guitars
Bobby Dahl – Bass
Ricky Rockett – Drums