Monday, August 10, 2015
Just Like A'Ringin' A Bell, Go Go, Go Quiney Go!
Richard Hell & The Voidoids' "Blank Generation" is an absolute classic, a perfect snapshot of the NYC punk scene, a record that is almost always cited as one of the best of its kind.
The late Robert Quine, who plays guitar on "Blank Generation," while respected and oft noted as a brilliant player, doesn't usually end up on the short list of great guitar players alongside the usual cast of characters.
But after listening to "Blank Generation" this weekend, I've decided that, while I won't feel completely honest with myself if I now suddenly squeeze Quine's name on my "Fave Guitarists" list in between Jimmy Page & Richard Thompson, I do feel strongly that "Blank Generation" should be on a list of "Great Guitar Records Of All Time."
I was suprised by just how much Robert Quine has going on all over this record, but not because I think he is incapable. I'd been a fan for years, and his playing on Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" sealed that deal for me. But I don't think I had ever gone into "Blank Generation" with anything other than a need for a jolt of spastic energy. Yesterday, for no apparent reason, my ears focused on Quine and not the record as a whole. And man, it's crazy good playing.
Which brings me to this:
We've had lists of our favorite guitar solos time and time again, but...is there one record, an unlikely choice or not, that you'd choose as a "Great Guitar Record?"
If had time to think about it, "Blank Generation" would probably had never made my list. But after the weekend spin, I think it's a comfortable choice.