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At number 76 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “A Girl Like You” by Scottish singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins. This song was released in 1995, and appears on his third album “Gorgeous George”.



At number 75 in BBC Radio 2's 100 greatest guitar riffs is "A Girl Like You" by Edwyn Collins.

At number 76 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins.



“A Girl Like You” got to number 4 in the Disunited Kingdom singles charts, to number 32 in the US, and was a hit in many other countries. It topped the charts in Belgium. It remains his best known hit.


I’ve never known a girl like you before
Now just like in a song from days of yore
Here you come a knockin’, knockin’ on my door
And I’ve never met a girl like you before

You give me just a taste so I want more
Now my hands are bleeding and my knees are raw
Cos now you’ve got me crawlin’, crawlin’ on the floor
And I’ve never known a girl like you before

You’ve made me acknowledge the devil in me
I hope to God I’m talkin’ metaphorically
Hope that I’m talkin’ allegorically
Know that I’m talkin’ about the way I feel
And I’ve never known a girl like you before

Never, never, never, never
Never known a girl like you before

This old town’s changed so much
Don’t feel like I belong
Too many protest singers
Not enough protest songs

And now you’ve come along
Yes, you’ve come along
And I’ve never met a girl like you before

It’s alright, yeah (x29)


Here is the international version of the video of this song (the video released in the US was different, you can find it on YouTube). Enjoy!



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At number 51 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” by The Clash. This song was originally released in June of 1982 and got to number 17 in the Disunited Kingdom and to number 45 in the US singles charts. When it was re-released in 1991 it got to number 1 in the DUK, and remains the band’s only number one single.



At number 51 in BBC Radio 2's list of the 100 best guitar riffs is "Should I Stay Or Should I Go? by The Clash.

At number 51 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 best guitar riffs is “Should I Stay Or Should I Go? by The Clash.



The song’s Spanish backing vocals were a spur of the moment decision by Joe Strummer, and are sung by him and Joe Ely. In order to translate the lyrics, Strummer got the studio’s tape operator Eddie Garcia to call his mother who was from Ecuador; so in fact the lyrics are Ecuadorian Spanish! Mick Jones takes the lead vocals.


Darlin’ you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I’ll be here ’til the end of time
So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

It’s always tease tease tease
You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day is fine and next is black
So if you want me off your back
Well come on an’ let me know
Should I Stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An’ if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know

This indecision’s buggin’ me (Indecisión me molesta)
If you don’t want me, set me free (Si no me quieres, librame)
Exactly whom I’m supposed to be (Dime! ¿Qué tengo ser?)
Don’t you know which clothes even fit me? (¿Sabes que ropa me quedar?)
Come on and let me know (Pero tienes que decir)
Should I cool it or should I blow? (¿Me debo ir o quedarme?)

Split

(Doble! ¿Me frío o lo soplo?)
(Esperda)
(Rrattarrattarrattaa…)

Should I stay or should I go now? (Yo! ¿Me frío o lo soplo?)
Should I stay or should I go now? (Yo! ¿Me frío o lo soplo?)
If I go there will be trouble (Si me voy, va a haber peligro)
And if I stay it will be double (Si me quedo, es doble)
So you gotta let me know (Pero que tienes que decir)
Should I cool it or should I blow? (¿Me frío o lo soplo?)
Should I stay or should I go now? (¿Me frío o lo soplo?)
If I go there will be trouble (Si me voy, va a haber peligro)
And if I stay there will be double (Si me quedo, es doble)
So you gotta let me know (Pero que tienes que decir)
Should I stay or should I go


Here is the official video of this great song. Enjoy!





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At number 74 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “Block Buster!” by The Sweet. This song was recorded in 1972 and released in January 1973, and spent five weeks at the top of the singles charts in the Disunited Kingdom. It was also a hit in many other countries, but only got to number 73 in the US singles charts.

The song was written by songwriting pair Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who wrote a number of hits for several artists in the early 1970s including Suzi Quatro, Mud, Smokie and Racey; all “glam-rock” acts from this period.



At number 74 in BBC Radio 2's 100 best guitar riffs is "Block Buster! by The Sweet.

At number 74 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “Block Buster! by The Sweet.



I remember this song very well, Top of the Pops was required weekly viewing in our house, and with this song topping the charts for five weeks it certainly got a lot of exposure on the show. The driving guitar rhythm was felt by some to be similar to David Bowie’s “Jean Genie”, who also recorded for the same record label RCA.


You better beware, you better take care
You better watch out if you’ve got long black hair
He’ll come from behind, you go out of your mind
You’d better not go, you’d never know what you’ll find

You look in his eyes, don’t be surprised
If you don’t know what’s going on behind his disguise
Nobody knows where Buster goes
He’ll steal your woman out from under your nose

Does anyone know the way, did we hear someone say
We just haven’t got a clue what to do
Does anyone know the way, there’s got to be a way
To Block Buster

The cops are out, they’re running about
Don’t know if they’ll ever be able to Block Buster out
He’s gotta be caught, he’s gotta be taught
‘Cause he’s more evil than anyone here ever thought

Does anyone know the way, did we hear someone say
We just haven’t got a
Does anyone know the way, there’s got to be a way
To Block Buster

Does anyone know the way, did we hear someone say
We just haven’t got a clue what to do
Does anyone know the way, there’s got to be a way
To Block Buster

Buster, Buster, Block Buster
Buster, Buster, Block Buster
Buster, Buster, Block Buster


Here is a video of this blast from the past of glam-rock. Enjoy!




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At number 75 in BBC Radio 2′s 100 best guitar riffs is “My Sharona” by The Knack. This song was released in the summer of 1979, and I remember it very well. It got as high as 6 in the Disunited Kingdom singles charts, and in the US it got to number 1. It has an incredibly infectious guitar riff, and is one of those songs that just sticks in your head when you hear it a few times.

At number 75 in BBC Radio 2's 100 best guitar riffs is "My Sharona" by The Knack.

At number 75 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “My Sharona” by The Knack.


This song is not sophisticated in any way, but it has a driving repetitive beat and repetitive lyrics, all that is needed for a hit song!

Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one
When you gonna give me some time, Sharona
Ooh, you make my motor run, my motor run
Got it coming off o’ the line, Sharona

Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up, for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, whoa!
M-m-m-my Sharona

Come a little closer, huh, a-will ya, huh?
Close enough to look in my eyes, Sharona
Keeping it a mystery, it gets to me
Running down the length of my thigh, Sharona

Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up, for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, whoa!
M-m-m-my Sharona
M-m-m-my Sharona

When you gonna give to me, a gift to me
Is it just a matter of time, Sharona?
Is it d-d-destiny, d-destiny
Or is it just a game in my mind, Sharona?

Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up, for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, whoa!
M-m-m-m-m-m-m-my, my, my, aye-aye, whoa!
M-m-m-my Sharona
M-m-m-my Sharona
M-m-m-my Sharona
M-m-m-my Sharona

Ooooooo-ohhh, my Sharona
Ooooooo-ohhh, my Sharona
Ooooooo-ohhh, my Sharona

Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!


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At number 80 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. This song was released in 1982, but the song was actually written and released in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows, but Jett’s version is much better known. It reached number 4 in the Disunited Kingdom, and number 1 in the US and many other countries.



At number 80 in BBC Radio 2's 100 best guitar riffs is "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

At number 80 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts



The song is taken from the Jett and the Blackhearts’ second studio album, also called “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”. As far as I’m aware, this was Jett’s only hit single in the DUK.


I saw him dancing there by the record machine
I knew he must have been about seventeen
The beat was going strong
Playing my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long till he was with me, yeah me
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long till he was with me, yeah me

Singing, I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow!

He smiled, so I got up and asked for his name
But that don’t matter, he said, ’cause it’s all the same
He said, “Can I take you home
Where we can be alone?”
And next we were moving on, he was with me, yeah me
Next we were moving on, he was with me, yeah me

Singing, I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow!

He said, “Can I take you home
Where we can be alone?”
Next we’re moving on, he was with me, yeah me
And we’ll be moving on and singing that same old song, yeah with me

Singing I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





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At number 89 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “C’mon Everybody” by Eddie Cochran. This song was released in October 1958 and got to number 6 in the Disunited Kingdom singles charts, and to number 35 in the US. Cochran sadly died in England in 1960 in a car crash at the age of only 21 whilst on tour; most of his songs were released after his death.



At number 89 in BBC Radio 2's 100 greatest guitar riffs is "C'mon Everybody" by Eddie Cochran.

At number 89 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “C’mon Everybody” by Eddie Cochran.




Ah well, c’mon everybody and let’s get together tonight
I got some money in my jeans and I’m really gonna spend it right
Well I’ve been a-doin’ my homework all week long
And now the house is empty and the folks are gone
Ooo C’mon everybody

Ah well my baby’s number one but I’m gonna dance with three or four
And the house’ll be a-shakin’ from my bare feet slappin’ on the floor
Well, when you hear that music you can’t sit still
If your brother won’t rock then your sister will
Ooo C’mon everybody

Well we’ll really have a party but we gotta put a guard outside
If my folks come a-home I’m afraid they’re gonna have my hide
They’ll be no more movies for a week or two
No more runnin’ round with the usual crew
Who cares C’mon everybody

C’mon everybody
C’mon everybody


Here is a video of this song. Enjoy!




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At number 55 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 best guitar riffs is “Walk this Way” by American rock group Aerosmith. This song was originally released in August 1975, getting as high as number 10 in the US singles charts. It was re-released in November of 1976, but actually didn’t come to my attention until it was covered by the rap group Run DMC in July 1986. The Run-DMC version became a World-wide hit, reaching number 4 in the US singles charts, and it got to number 8 in the Disunited Kingdom.



At number 95 in BBC Radio 2's list of the 100 best guitar riffs is "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith

At number 95 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 best guitar riffs is “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith



In the Run-DMC version, Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry also feature, making the song more of a cross-over between rock and rap. The video features Run DMC practicing and being disturbed by Tyler and Perry also practicing the other side of a wall. After some banging on the wall, Run-DMC decide to carry on with their practice of what turns out to be a rap version of “Walk this Way”. After rapping the first two verses, just as the chorus is about to begin, Tyler’s head bursts through the wall to sing the chorus. In short measure the two bands are performing the song together live in front of an ecstatic audience. It is a funny and memorable video, and was most probably a factor in the song’s huge chart success. Both versions feature the guitar riff by Joe Perry which has made this song so well-liked.



The Run DMC cover of , released in 1986, was a much bigger hit than the original version

The Run-DMC cover of <em"Walk this Way", released in 1986, was a much bigger hit than the original version




backstroke lover always hidin’ ‘neath the covers
till I talked to your daddy, he say
he said “you ain’t seen nothin’ till you’re down on a muffin
then you’re sure to be a-changin’ your ways”
I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder
oh, the times I could reminisce
’cause the best things of lovin’ with her sister and her cousin
only started with a little kiss
like this!

seesaw swingin’ with the boys in the school
and your feet flyin’ up in the air
singin’ “hey diddle diddle”
with your kitty in the middle of the swing
like you didn’t care
so I took a big chance at the high school dance
with a missy who was ready to play
wasn’t me she was foolin’
’cause she knew what she was doin’
and I knowed love was here to stay
when she told me to

walk this way [8x]
just gimme a kiss
like this!

schoolgirl sweetie with a classy kinda sassy
little skirt’s climbin’ way up the knee
there was three young ladies in the school gym locker
when I noticed they was lookin’ at me
I was a high school loser, never made it with a lady
till the boys told me somethin’ I missed
then my next door neighbor with a daughter had a favor
so I gave her just a little kiss
like this!

[repeat second verse, substitute this at the end]
when she told me how to walk this way, she told me to

walk this way [8x]
just gimme a kiss
like this!


This is a video of the original Aerosmith version.





Here is the video of the Run DMC / Aerosmith cover version.





Which is your favourite version of this song?

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Today I thought I would share this classic rock song from the early 1980s, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. It was released in 1982 and is possibly best known for it being the theme song for the movie Rocky III which came out in the same year. It was voted number 87 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs. The official YouTube video of the song, which I have a link to below, has been viewed nearly 90 million times!



"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor was voted number 87 in BBC Radio 2's 100 greatest guitar riffs.

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor was voted number 87 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs.



The song enjoyed considerable chart success, reaching number 1 in many countries including Ireland, Australia, the Disunited Kingdom and the US. In the US it was, apparently, the second best selling single of 1982 behind Olivia Newton-John’s aerobics-inspired “Physical”.


Rising up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Face to face, out in the heat
Hanging tough, staying hungry
They stack the odds still we take to the street
For the kill with the skill to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Rising up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger
The eye of the tiger


Here is the official video of the song. Enjoy!





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At number 53 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. This song, released in February 1983, is taken from his album “Thriller”; one of the best selling albums of all time and an album which could well hold the record for the largest number of singles released from it. I blogged about “Thriller” here, as it is number 20 in the Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 500 greatest albums.

This song is, for me, quite different from most of Michael Jackson’s songs from this period, and is one of my favourites. This is due, in no small part, to the great guitar riff in the song, which is played by Eddie Van Halen; “Beat It” is much rockier than most of MJ’s songs. The song got to number 1 in both the Disunited Kingdom and USA’s singles charts; in fact it was a huge hit around much of the World.



At number 53 in BBC Radio 2's list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson

At number 53 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs is the 1983 hit single “Beat It” by Michael Jackson




[1st Verse]
They Told Him Don’t You Ever Come Around Here
Don’t Wanna See Your Face, You Better Disappear
The Fire’s In Their Eyes And Their Words Are Really Clear
So Beat It, Just Beat It

[2nd Verse]
You Better Run, You Better Do What You Can
Don’t Wanna See No Blood, Don’t Be A Macho Man
You Wanna Be Tough, Better Do What You Can
So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It

[3rd Verse]
They’re Out To Get You, Better Leave While You Can
Don’t Wanna Be A Boy, You Wanna Be A Man
You Wanna Stay Alive, Better Do What You Can
So Beat It, Just Beat It

[4th Verse]
You Have To Show Them That You’re Really Not Scared
You’re Playin’ With Your Life, This Ain’t No Truth Or Dare
They’ll Kick You, Then They Beat You,
Then They’ll Tell You It’s Fair
So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It

[Chorus]
Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Who’s Right

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It
Beat It, Beat It, Beat It


Here is the official video of this song. Apparently Eddie van Halen was prevented from appearing in the video by his record company. It is also before Michael Jackson became a freak, and was at his best.





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At number 22 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs is “Oh Well” by Fleetwood Mac. Although I’m a fan of Fleetwood Mac, I had never heard this song before. It is from 1969 and was recorded when Fleetwood Mac had its original lineup with Peter Green as lead singer and lead guitarist, it is he also who wrote this song. I don’t know any Fleetwood Mac songs before Christie McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined, so the material with the original lineup is completely unknown to me.



"Oh Well" by Fleetwood Mac is a 1969 song which is at number 22 in BBC Radio 2's list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs

“Oh Well” by Fleetwood Mac is a 1969 song which is at number 22 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs



After saying that, when I heard the opening 10 or so seconds of the song I recognised it straight away. I did not know it was a Fleetwood Mac song, but the opening 30 or so seconds was used at the end of each episode of a BBC Radio 1 documentary called “25 Years of Rock” that was broadcast back in about 1978 or 1979 and which I recorded on cassette tape. I only recorded the episodes from 1964 to 1971, and have only been able to find the cassettes with the 1964 to 1969 episodes, but I have recently transferred these to MP3 files so that I can listen to them on the move. I will say more about that fascinating series in a future blog, but here are the lyrics of “Oh Well”.


I can’t help about the shape I’m in
I can’t sing, I ain’t pretty and my legs are thin
But don’t ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to

Oh well

Now, when I talked to God I knew he’d understand
He said, “Stick by my side and I’ll be your guiding hand
But don’t ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to”

Oh well


Here is a video of this interesting song. Enjoy!


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