Red Hot Chili Peppers

Under The Bridge guitar riff is 46th out of 50 greatest riffs ever

UTB riffIn their compilation of Top 50 Guitar riffs of all time, based on readers’ input, MusicRadar have listed Under The Bridge’s memorable riff on the 46th spot.

This is how they described it:

Anyone who has worked in a guitar shop since its release as a single in 1992 is likely justifiably sick of Under The Bridge. John Fruciante’s arpeggiated intro long ago entered the canon of great guitar parts doomed to be recycled ad nauseum by budding players along with the likes of Enter Sandman and (god forbid) Stairway To Heaven.

For Frusciante’s inspiration for the band’s biggest hit, look no further than Bold As Love-era Hendrix. The embellished clean parts throughout are pure Jimi.

As for Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis’ inspiration? “I’d had this beautiful angel of a girl who was willing to give me all of her love, and instead of embracing that, I was downtown with fucking gangsters shooting speedballs under a bridge.”

Click here for the first half of the list, which will be updated sometime next week.

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3 Comments

    • anthony

      😆 I don’t think mainstreamers realize how difficult it is to take a work of art from an art genius like Hendrix and transform it into something completely new, fresh and breathtaking. John did it effortlessly. It is akin to doing something as difficult as looking at a Picasso and turning it into something more contemporary, new and unique. Or like taking one of Einstein’s theories and creating mind blowing new theory of Universality.

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