Guitar Riffs

Guitar Riffs & Opinions on The Obsessed

Perhaps the most essential element of rock ‘n’ roll is a great guitar riff. Jim and Greg share some of their favorite guitar licks of all time. Plus, they review the latest from long-running metal band The Obsessed and pay tribute to the late director Jonathan Demme.

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Guitar Riffs

Does anything define rock and roll more than its basic element, the guitar riff? Rock solos can be overblown and overrated, but a riff, when done right, can rule a song. In many ways, it's the essence of rock ‘n’ roll. Jim and Greg run through their favorite examples of guitar riffs in rock history, and they hear some picks from listeners across the country. But first, a definition. A riff is a brief statement – sometime only a handful of notes or chords – that recurs throughout the arrangement and can become the song's central hook. And for a guitarist like Nile Rodgers, it's not just a static foundational element, but like a river moving through the song. Now onto the goods.

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The Obsessed Sacred

Although The Obsessed was formed by Scott“Wino”Weinrich back in 1976, the Maryland metal band has only released four albums in its career. The latest, Sacred, is its first in 23 years and continues the band's blend of stoner rock, doom metal, and biker rock. According to Greg, Wino is not revisiting his old glories but is instead writing contemplatively about his life as an outsider in very honest terms. Although the production is cleaner than on previous records, that serves to underline the band's great melodies. Jim says that the great thing about metal is that it doesn't matter what you look like or how old you are, as long as you can deliver the goods – and Wino can do just that. The songs on Sacred are as good as any in the band's past, with more bottom than ever in the sound. The album earns a double-Buy It.


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  2. Black Sabbath, Iron Man, Paranoid, Vertigo, 1970
  3. The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army, Elephant, V2, 2003
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  5. AC/DC, Shot Down in Flames, Highway to Hell, Atlantic, 1979
  6. The Rolling Stones, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones, 1971
  7. The Isley Brothers, Who Loves You Better, Harvest for the World, T-Neck, 1976
  8. The Ohio Players, Love Rollercoaster, Honey, Mercury, 1975
  9. Prince, Kiss, Parade, Paisley Park, 1986
  10. Magazine, Shot By Both Sides, Real Life, Virgin, 1978
  11. The Smiths, How Soon is Now, Meat is Murder, Sire, 1985
  12. Sleater-Kinney, Jumpers, The Woods, Sub Pop, 2005
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  14. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, Get Lucky, Random Access Memories, Columbia, 2013
  15. The Obsessed, Sacred, Sacred, Relapse, 2017
  16. The Obsessed, Stranger Things, Sacred, Relapse, 2017
  17. The Obsessed, My Daughter My Sons, Sacred, Relapse, 2017
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  19. Tunde Adebimpe, Unknown Legend, Rachel Getting Married (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Lakeshore Records, 2008
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  22. Drive-By Truckers, Surrender Under Protest (Live on Sound Opinions), American Band, ATO, 2016
  23. Sleep, Dopesmoker, Dopesmoker, Tee Pee, 2003
  24. David Bowie, Moonage Daydream, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, RCA, 1972