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chudenk
01-10-2010, 03:40 PM
Rock trio Muse are the greatest riff merchants of the 21st century, music fans said today.

The band's 2001 track Plug in Baby - which reached number 11 in the UK singles chart - has been named the best guitar riff of the past decade.

And the poll - for Total Guitar magazine - also placed the group, whose guitarist Matt Bellamy created the memorable lines, at number five with Knights Of Cydonia.

Total Guitar asked readers to name the ultimate guitar riff of the past 10 years, which is celebrated in a special "monster riffs" edition of the magazine on sale today.

Bands such as Green Day, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro, Elbow, Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers all made the top 50, which strips out the 60s and 70s acts which often dominate such lists. Last year a poll found that 1968 track Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix was the greatest all-time riff.

Bellamy's winning riff is deceptively difficult to play, according to the magazine's experts.

Stephen Lawson, Editor of Total Guitar magazine said: "I think Muse won because Matt Bellamy is a guitar hero for the 21st century. He's genuinely innovative, a real creative type who comes up with unique guitar parts. I'm sure it helps that his riffs are catchy too.

LINK (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/muse-song-named-greatest-riff-of-the-21st-century-2095007.html)

Tjet
01-10-2010, 04:21 PM
Finally an award that Muse deserves, wrong song though :noey:

nohopeinfear
01-10-2010, 04:27 PM
Finally an award that Muse deserves, wrong song though :noey:

SS?

Actually I think the monster riff in KoC is just as good :yesey:

Especially live :awesome:

Tjet
01-10-2010, 04:29 PM
SS, CE and KoC. I have never really liked the riff in Plug In Baby, but I guess it's better than nothing, they definitely deserve it.

Mozza
01-10-2010, 04:33 PM
SS, CE and KoC. I have never really liked the riff in Plug In Baby, but I guess it's better than nothing, they definitely deserve it.

I don't really see the fuss about the riff in Knights. Plug In Baby is a worthy winner, that and Hysteria are the few Muse songs that are mega-popular with casuals that I actually enjoy.

Tjet
01-10-2010, 04:35 PM
I don't really see the fuss about the riff in Knights. Plug In Baby is a worthy winner, that and Hysteria are the few Muse songs that are mega-popular with casuals that I actually enjoy.
Nah, KoC isn't really that special. I was actually gonna say that, but forgot. KoC is still one of the best riffs live for me. The screaming "Come on *random city/country*" and then going into the riff is just amazing. But yeah, I would probably say that SS is their best riff.

Anxyous
01-10-2010, 04:36 PM
The best riff of all time is definitely Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin IMO... After that it's Bring it on Back by LZ as well :p

jackparker
02-10-2010, 06:32 AM
PiB deserved #1
but SS, Koc, CE, Newborn, hysteria and bliss are also all worthy of winning!

xbroken_ideals
02-10-2010, 06:44 AM
I've always loved that riff, but I think that CE, New Born, SS and KoC all deserved it more than PiB.

Mozza
02-10-2010, 10:47 AM
The best riff of all time is definitely Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin IMO... After that it's Bring it on Back by LZ as well :p

Well yes that's all well and good but I think the cut off was anything after 2000 for this contest

Spy Fox
02-10-2010, 10:49 AM
Bellamy's winning riff is deceptively difficult to play, according to the magazine's experts.

I can play it though... :erm:

Riveon
02-10-2010, 01:01 PM
To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the CE riff. Plug in Baby's is definitely better.

spark_
02-10-2010, 01:06 PM
Yeah the CE riff isn't that flash. The bridge is better.

In terms of riffs... PiB obviously a deserved winner, but New Born, SS and Hysteria in with a shout as well. Live, KoC can make a case.

Nah, KoC isn't really that special. I was actually gonna say that, but forgot. KoC is still one of the best riffs live for me. The screaming "Come on *random city/country*" and then going into the riff is just amazing. But yeah, I would probably say that SS is their best riff.

Self-contradiction?

LyraSilvertongue
02-10-2010, 01:10 PM
I'd say Mk Ultra would be a worthy contender. But I guess more people know Plug In Baby as it's been around a lot longer.

JoshyBarth
02-10-2010, 01:37 PM
PIB is definitely worthy of winning! :P its pretty difficult to play too :P

Tjet
02-10-2010, 02:02 PM
Self-contradiction?
A bit, yeah. But it's hard to explain :p

Horcrux
02-10-2010, 06:03 PM
They do deserve this, however I like Stockholm Syndrome's riff more than Plug in Baby.

Reading some of the comments on the link:

The riff is crap. So are they - music for taste-free spods. Have you see ever their audiences at Wembley Stadium? I mean. Jeez.

Muse are the most overrated band going. They never did anything really worthwhile after their first record. The list is nonsense.

LyraSilvertongue
02-10-2010, 09:18 PM
And this one:
Heard of Muse, but never heard any of their music - so I listened!
Result - OK, but not particularly original. I should think they sound better live!

Not particularly original? What planet is this guy on?

I'm guessing most of those commenting are 40+ men who love only 'classic' rock from the 70s and think anything from this millennium is automatically crap.

nohopeinfear
02-10-2010, 09:27 PM
And this one:


Not particularly original? What planet is this guy on?

I'm guessing most of those commenting are 40+ men who love only 'classic' rock from the 70s and think anything from this millennium is automatically crap.

Pretty much.

I had a convo with someone who listed the usual suspects from the 60s'/70s' as people who really changed music, well to be fair, it's not like they had much competition back then, it was an empty canvas to make whatever the hell they wanted to make.

Muse might not be "changing" music, but they're certainly leaving their mark.

LyraSilvertongue
02-10-2010, 09:34 PM
Pretty much.

I had a convo with someone who listed the usual suspects from the 60s'/70s' as people who really changed music, well to be fair, it's not like they had much competition back then, it was an empty canvas to make whatever the hell they wanted to make.

Muse might not be "changing" music, but they're certainly leaving their mark.

Exactly. The Beatles, Stones, whatever made a huge impression on music because they were pretty much the only ones doing what they were doing.
Today, there are a million bands doing what Muse are doing but they still manage to stand head head shoulders above the rest, which in a lot of ways must be harder. When everything's been done before, it's more difficult to come up with something that's new and fresh.
It annoys me when people harp on about the good old days and dismiss anything new out of hand.

Maximum Kaoss
03-10-2010, 12:56 AM
Plug in Baby is the best riff :) Stockholme Syndrome is awesome too, but they couldn't be bothered trying to spell it in the mag

Tjet
03-10-2010, 01:01 AM
Plug in Baby is the best riff :) Stockholme Syndrome is awesome too, but they couldn't be bothered trying to spell it in the mag
Stockholm* ;)

Tofu
03-10-2010, 01:01 AM
@Matt Bellamy's Muse and nohopeinfear: I agree, this one time my friend and I happened to be at a music workshop with a bunch of other people, all of whom were older than 40, and they were all talking about how everything after the 80s was crap and I just really wanted to prove them wrong but let it go because it wasn't worth it. :indiff: Oh well.

I mean, I understand if you prefer a certain era, but there's good and bad in every era.

Plug in Baby is the best riff :) Stockholme Syndrome is awesome too, but they couldn't be bothered trying to spell it in the mag

:chuckle:

ANYWAY I like the Plug in Baby riff, so I'm happy. Apparently KoC won 5th as well. :D

LyraSilvertongue
03-10-2010, 01:06 AM
@Matt Bellamy's Muse and nohopeinfear: I agree, this one time my friend and I happened to be at a music workshop with a bunch of other people, all of whom were older than 40, and they were all talking about how everything after the 80s was crap and I just really wanted to prove them wrong but let it go because it wasn't worth it. :indiff: Oh well.

I mean, I understand if you prefer a certain era, but there's good and bad in every era.



:chuckle:

ANYWAY I like the Plug in Baby riff, so I'm happy. Apparently KoC won 5th as well. :D

I'm 39, I remember great music from the late 70s onwards. Doesn't stop me loving new music. There's no excuse for it really. People just get stuck in a rut, maybe.

Maximum Kaoss
03-10-2010, 01:50 AM
Stockholm* ;)

I knew that :p I was in a rush :$

and I have a habit of adding extra e's :LOL:

bruce57
03-10-2010, 02:00 AM
New Born should have won! melts my face off every time. :D
but I'm so glad Muse has finally won an award they deserve! at last, some recognition :)

Ross
03-10-2010, 02:04 AM
PiB is the best riff they've wrote that's hit a mainstream audience. NB is powerful and all, but it's not really rememberable if you're not a fan, same with SS, whereas PiB is instantly recognisable if you've heard it once

futurellama
03-10-2010, 02:27 AM
Not particularly original? What planet is this guy on?

I'm guessing most of those commenting are 40+ men who love only 'classic' rock from the 70s and think anything from this millennium is automatically crap.

Or perhaps he listened to a few of their recent singles.

Mimmi
03-10-2010, 08:18 AM
The riff in PB is ny least favorite part of the song... Is still love the song as a whole though..

Gareeh
03-10-2010, 03:43 PM
my sig will stand by my next statement.

led zepplin hardcore fans are the most irritating, lifeless, tasteless, boring fans on the planet.

/end.

seraphrevan
04-10-2010, 04:31 PM
"Deceptively difficult"?

I would've said "deceptively easy"...

dontask
04-10-2010, 07:03 PM
its obviously the live CE bridge or the 0305030 03066 riffage after Stockholm. :D

lil'blulalo
04-10-2010, 07:08 PM
And this one:


Not particularly original? What planet is this guy on?

I'm guessing most of those commenting are 40+ men who love only 'classic' rock from the 70s and think anything from this millennium is automatically crap.
NARROW MINDED.
Hummm ! Sorry to be 40+ I HATE these older people ('coz when people look at my age they might think I'm like the others and I am not) ! I know and love all my "classics" and even classical music... and I heard MUSE... Now I feel that I wouldn't miss a band as much as I miss MUSE when I don't have their music playing. They're just the most beautiful thing life could bring to me after all I heard in the past and I'm eager to see a new band that would overtake them (kind of a super mega muse band :LOL:). They do deserve this price

Pretty much.

I had a convo with someone who listed the usual suspects from the 60s'/70s' as people who really changed music, well to be fair, it's not like they had much competition back then, it was an empty canvas to make whatever the hell they wanted to make.

Muse might not be "changing" music, but they're certainly leaving their mark.

RIGHT ! You underlined it RIGHT. Honest and knowing (and 40+) journo all agree that Muse are the only band that actually makes things moving on in rock (wether you consider it's prog or not)
How can someone appreciate Hendrix and say that Muse are crap ?

Tofu
04-10-2010, 07:10 PM
I'm 39, I remember great music from the late 70s onwards. Doesn't stop me loving new music. There's no excuse for it really. People just get stuck in a rut, maybe.

Yeah...obviously not everyone has nostalgia goggles on all the time, but I was just saying...

LyraSilvertongue
05-10-2010, 12:50 PM
Yeah...obviously not everyone has nostalgia goggles on all the time, but I was just saying...

Erm, I was actually agreeing with what you'd posted. :erm:

Tofu
05-10-2010, 04:03 PM
Erm, I was actually agreeing with what you'd posted. :erm:

Oops, my bad. :LOL:

Hopix
05-10-2010, 09:26 PM
"Deceptively difficult"?

I would've said "deceptively easy"...

It's probably mid-range difficulty in terms of Muse riffs.

Easier than SS and MK but harder than New Born and KoC. Or something...

Novus Dies
05-10-2010, 09:30 PM
SS?

Actually I think the monster riff in KoC is just as good :yesey:

Especially live :awesome:

It's a rip of a dream theatre riff

Hopix
05-10-2010, 09:31 PM
It's a rip of a dream theatre riff

Which one?

CarrieB
05-10-2010, 09:45 PM
Congrats Muse! Well deserved.:) And I also hate it when people over 40 can't appreciate new music.

Tjet
05-10-2010, 09:45 PM
Congrats Muse! Well deserved.:) And I also hate it when people over 40 can't appreciate new music.
I hate it when anybody can't appreciate new music :LOL:

"New music is just mainstream shit"

Open your eyes ffs, just because they aren't playing it on the radio doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Gareeh
05-10-2010, 10:20 PM
I hate it when anybody can't appreciate new music :LOL:

"New music is just mainstream shit"

Open your eyes ffs, just because they aren't playing it on the radio doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

as i said, led zepplin hardcore fans are stuck in an era, don't even bother reasoning with them.