Gut Rumbles

July 25, 2003


The only reason that I don't just trash pot-suppository-stuffing Canadians without mercy is the fact that Gordon Lightfoot, one of my Primary Influences in music, is Canadian. I cannot trash ALL Canadians without trashing him, and I refuse to do that. My twelve-string playing is all Gordon, and that ain't bad. My finger-picking is a combination of Gordon and early Paul Simon. I also practiced some banjo rolls to go with it, and I believe that I can three-finger pick with anybody I've ever met, except when I'm drunk.

Liquor slows down my twitch muscles tremendously.

Give me an electric guitar and I play BETTER when I am semi-drunk. You don't need as much precision on electric and a nice foot pedal covers up a lot of mistakes. You just let that baby bark, and you always have the luxury of bending lighter gauge strings to get the note where it should have been before you fucked it up. Do it right, and the non-musicians think you did it on purpose. Your correction of fuck-ups sound halfway GOOD sometimes.

The rest of the band may want to take you outside and beat the shit out of you during the first break when you stink like that, but they'll get over it as long as nobody boos.

Okay, now to the point of this post (as if I ever had one). Can anybody name ONE GREAT CANADIAN electric guitar player?

I can't.


Neil Young.

Posted by: JH on July 25, 2003 09:03 PM

Randy Bachman

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on July 25, 2003 09:10 PM

Randy Bachman

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on July 25, 2003 09:11 PM

Jeff Healy

Posted by: netgear on July 25, 2003 09:26 PM

Neal Young sucks. That nutless wonder is a Canadian embarassment. I've got his "Southern Man" dangling.

Bachman sucks, too.

Healy sucks even worse.

See? I TOLD you there were no good Canadian electric guitar players.

Show me ONE really good one.

Posted by: Acidman on July 25, 2003 09:59 PM

You've got this one right Acidman!

Posted by: DavidB on July 25, 2003 10:10 PM

Alex Lifeson.

Overshadowed by one of, if not the, greatest drummer in rock 'n' roll as well as one talented sumbitch bass player/lead vocalist.

Just listen to "Spirit of Radio" and tell me he's not great.

Posted by: Guy Montag on July 25, 2003 10:19 PM

I hate to hear Neal Young play lead. Jesus, on Cinnamon Girl he plays the same fucking note over and over and calls it lead. He actually played better lead when he was with Buffalo Springfield. His electic guitar playing went downhill after that.

Alex whatshisname with Rush plays some offbeat lead. He's a damn sight better than Randy Bachman or Neal Young.

Posted by: Denny Wilson on July 25, 2003 10:25 PM

Does the name NEIL YOUNG strike a familiar note? ... There's probably a few more, but I've had a few beers and no one else comes to mind. Truly love your blog. luv u mean it.

Posted by: Pat on July 25, 2003 11:15 PM

the guy from "triumph"

:::running to dodge the soon to be coming bricks from acidman:::::

heh heh heh

Posted by: mr. helpful on July 25, 2003 11:21 PM

Jaime Robert "Robbie" Robertson from The Band

Posted by: Scarlet on July 25, 2003 11:56 PM

The Band was great but Robbie wasn't that hot of a lead player. I liked Alex Lifeson with Rush when I was younger, but his "leads" were not improvised, they were composed melodies. When Rush played live his solos were exact note for note replicas of the solos on the records.

Neil Young is at best a pseudo-guitarist.

The guitarist with the Tragically Hip (I know you've all heard of them) is good, but I don't know his name offhand.

Posted by: Wayne on July 26, 2003 12:39 AM

Well, I'm not a good judge of guitarists, truth be told. But Brian Smith of the band Trooper is 54 now and has been a Canadian rock icon for almost 30 years. So after that long, if the still sold-out shows and the mass amounts of rabid fan mail that I answer every day for the band is any indication (and since it's not ALL from horny young girls, I can only assume it is) then, yeah, I may know at least one.

Email me, Acidman, and I'll send ya a CD of some of their older, harder stuff and you can judge for yourself.

Posted by: a broad on July 26, 2003 01:29 AM

I also can only name one, Alex Lifeson. Neil Young is a lead guitar wannabe. "A Southern Man don't need him around anyhow."

Posted by: DaneBramage on July 26, 2003 11:04 AM

As a classically trained jazz, rock, blues,country folkie type player; I wouldn't let Neil Young pay ME to play.

Posted by: AnalogMan on July 26, 2003 03:27 PM

Gordie Johnson. He's in Big Sugar. A Canadian band. Worth listening to if you can find anything they've released in the US. All the rocknroll that bled out of the US in the early 80s seems to be found in Gordie and Big Sugar. Look specifically for "500 pounds" or "hemi vision" or "big Sugar".

My guitar player asked why they aren't famous here. Several reasons: They play rocknfuckingroll, which gets no airplay in the US anymore. They're so damn awesome all the american bands would be ashamed of themselves.

Can't hate a man who drives a hemi Charger and says "There is no alternative to rocknroll".

Posted by: pril on July 27, 2003 09:47 AM

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Posted by: Allen Anthony on May 3, 2004 02:00 PM

I can't believe that someone would actually say that Jeff Healey sucks.....he's blind for Christ's sake!

And for all the other guitarists people are bitchin' about, you guys should really check the non-commercial stuff by these artists (ex: watch the last waltz and tell me that Robbie Robertson sucks - you know he wrote all that shit?).

you're also forgetting two major blues/rock geniuses from Canada: Shaun Verault (Wide Mouth Mason) and Colin James.

As far as I can see, there's no place on earth with a better concentration of kick-ass rock and roll than Canada

....oh yeah, that guy from Parc is pretty good too!

Posted by: Curb on May 8, 2004 02:07 PM
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