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Skrillex named one of theGreatest Guitarists of AllTime

Spin magazine have published their list of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time courting their fair share hate (and page views) trolling us all by placing a certain wub-stepping party starter with a distinctively asymmetrical haircut in the opening slot.

Although Spin says they’re not sure if Skrillex has never held a guitar in his life (for the record he did during his time with From First to Last) but they justify his inclusion by claiming that “no contemporary musician has a more primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs than dubstep mosh ambassador Skrillex.”

There is some logic to that apparent madness, as the list also features another non-guitar playing ‘Greatest Guitarist of All Time’ – RUN DMC’s Jam Master Jay an impressively high position. As Spin explains “the way Jay manipulated the work of guitarists… resulted was a new way of hearing guitars [and influenced] everyone from Tom Morello to Korn.”

Apparently at Spin they “don’t worship “guitar gods,” but prefer [their] axe-wielders to be resourceful, egalitarian, flawed, and human” and they’re celebrating an “alternative canon that kicks in with the Velvet Underground trying to erase that form entirely, making guitar solos gauche and using instruments as sadomasochistic tools for hammering out sheets of white heat” or something like that. So don’t expect to see any Hendrix, Clapton or Robert Johnson on the list.

Check out all the explanations and their ‘Most Heroic Moments’ on Spin

Spin’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

100 – Skrillex
99 – Paul Saulnier (PS I Love You)
98 – Mark Morgan (Sightings)
97 – Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)
96 – David Pajo (Slint)
95 – Bill Steer (Napalm Death/Carcass)
94 – Ibhahim Ag Alhabib (Tinariwen)
93 – Annie Clark (St. Vincent)
92 – James Blackshaw
91 – Viv Albertine (the Slits)
90 – Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel)
89 – Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
88 – Dylan Carlson (Earth)
87 – Marnie Stern
86 – Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto (Fugazi)
85 – Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)
84 – Lydia Lunch
83 – Josh Homme
82 – Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses)
81 – Keiji Haino
80 – Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers)
79 – Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard)
78 – Vernon Reid (Living Colour)
77 – Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females)
76 – Bernard Sumner (Joy Division, New Order)
75 – Bert Jansch
74 – Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group)
73 – Mick Barr (Orthrelm/Krallice)
72 – Arto Lindsay
71 – Adrian Belew
70 – Jerry Harrison (Modern Lovers/Talking Heads)
69 – Eugene Chadbourne
68 – Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan)
67 – Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
66 – Rowland S. Howard and Mick Harvey (The Birthday Party)
65 – Mick Ronson (David Bowie/Morrissey)
64 – Wino
63 – Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
62 – Tony Maiden (Rufus)
61 – Shuggie Otis
60 – Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
59 – Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets)
58 – Syd Barrett
57 – Doug Martsch (Built to Spill)
56 – Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders)
55 – Fred Frith
54 – Euronymous (Mayhem)
53 – Greg Sage (Wipers)
52 – Johnny Thunders
51 – Robbie Basho
50 – Wayne Kramer and Fred “Sonic” Smith (MC5)
49 – Zoot Horn Rollo (The Magic Band)
48 – Bob Mould
47 – Marc Ribot
46 – Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
45 – Rhys Chatham
44 – John McLaughlin
43 – Nels Cline
42 – King Sunny Adé
41 – Nile Rodgers (Chic)
40 – Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
39 – Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag)
38 – Stephen Malkmus (Pavement/The Jicks)
37 – Ali Farka Touré
36 – James “Blood” Ulmer
35 – Dr. Know (Bad Brains)
34 – Justin Broadrick (Napalm Death/Godflesh/Jesu)
33 – Jack White
32 – Robert Quine
31 – Derek Bailey
30 – King Buzzo (Melvins)
29 – Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)
28 – Glenn Branca
27 – PJ Harvey
26 – Johnny Marr
25 – Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
24 – Steve Albini (Big Black/Shellac)
23 – Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins/This Mortal Coil)
22 – Jimmy Nolen (James Brown)
21 – Sonny Sharrock
20 – Neil Young
19 – d. boon (Minutemen)
18 – Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
17 – Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison
16 – Frank Zappa
15 – Greg Ginn (Black Flag)
14 – Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (Slayer)
13 – The Edge
12 – Andy Gill
11 – Ron Asheton (The Stooges)
10 – Jam Master Jay (Run-DMC)
9 – Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic)
8 – Johnny Ramone
7 – Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd (Television)
6 – Prince
5 – J Mascis
4 – Kurt Cobain
3 – John Fahey
2 – Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
1 – Lee Ranaldo & Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

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flungabunga

flungabunga said on the 7th May, 2012

Seems to be some confusion about songwriters and guitarists in that list.

lukey26

lukey26 said on the 7th May, 2012

Where the hell is Jimmy Page?

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 7th May, 2012

It's like this.

Spin posts article:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111219010428/legouniverse/images/c/cf/Trollface.jpg

FL reposts:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111219010428/legouniverse/images/c/cf/Trollface.jpg

Internet responds:

http://kenneturner.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/simpsons-mob-torches.jpg

World keeps turning:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OJAuVKDBDQs/T29BkYF4EyI/AAAAAAAACL0/pT_xjWjFxeA/s1600/Children-3.jpg

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 7th May, 2012

Whitey's out numbered! Call Rusty!

But seriously, for the most part list articles are fun to read because they make you think about how you would personally rate whatever the topic is.

Getting mad at a list that was made by someone else under their own agenda is so completely retarded.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 7th May, 2012

Yeah, but whitey's on top.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 7th May, 2012

I can't believe Dave Guetta didn't make the list.

What a shit list.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 7th May, 2012

Kind of surprising that as alternative as this list claims to be, this list has quite a few guitar staples in the places you'd usually find them on these lists as well (Cobain at 4, Tommy Iommi at 18, Jack White at 33, etc.)

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 7th May, 2012



That's some quality research by Spin. Was Wikipedia down when they wrote Skrillex's entry?

grattan

grattan said on the 7th May, 2012



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX_tzkNhXYA

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 7th May, 2012

With guitar work like that, it's no surprise that Clapton couldn't make the list.

Alexwinning

Alexwinning said on the 7th May, 2012

despite not worshiping "guitar gods" and what not and despite the reasoning, you cannot possibly write a list on the top greatest guitarists and not include hendrix. he was revolutionary at the time and his music is still to the day.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 7th May, 2012

probably would've been far more interesting if they made a list of "100 people who wouldn't usually be on great guitarists lists but we think they deserve to be" rather than this incoherent mix of surprise choices and predictable ones.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 7th May, 2012

I was pleasantly suprised to see Bob Mould on there.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 8th May, 2012

Glad to see the inclusion of Prince, Nile Rodgers and Robert Fripp.
Pretty interesting that Syd Barrett is in and Gilmore is out.
I thought it was pretty comical how high they rated Kurt Cobain who is obviously not much of a guitarist by any means.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 8th May, 2012



OBVIOUSLY. by ANY means.

Unless, of course, your definition of "good" guitarist isn't "can perform 1000-note wanky solos with just the nail of his left pinkie", but is "writes and performs memorable guitar riffs that stick in people's minds for years"

In which case, he has a case.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 8th May, 2012

My point is that even though his band was very successful, his ability on guitar had very little to do with it.
I can think of a lot of better riffs that have stuck in peoples minds over years from various guitarists that are much more worthy of coming in a number 4 of a best guitarists of all time lists.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 8th May, 2012

For a list that includes people who can barely play guitar, Kurt Cobain is a pretty good guitarist.

Seeing as the list excludes most of the people widely acknowledged to be amongst the greatest guitarists ever, having much discussion about it seems fairly pointless.

Clearly lists are created to get people talking about it. Spin clearly made the decision that the easiest way to make their list controversial was to take Rolling Stone's list and leave out the entire top 10.

batdan

batdan said on the 8th May, 2012

This list came in at #74 in the worst lists of all time

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 8th May, 2012

Did the worst lists of all time list get in the worst lists of all time list?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 8th May, 2012

No way. It was in the best lists list.

stutterfly

stutterfly said on the 9th May, 2012

satriani isn't on the list, so basically, disregard it.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 9th May, 2012

Yeah, Satriani fucking blows chunks.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 9th May, 2012

I didn't think it was possible, but Satriani both sucks and blows.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 9th May, 2012

Imagine Skrillex remixing Satriani.

Now google the number for Lifeline, you need it.

MikeyMatroshka

MikeyMatroshka said on the 9th May, 2012

billy corgan would be pissed off for ranking so low. the veronicas should have polled according to this list.

lusky1010

lusky1010 said on the 11th May, 2012

if in doubt when filling spaces on 'alternative' guitar hero list, just think of cool, deunct underground band and add both members in one slot.

in other news, also glad to see bob mould on list but always thought grant hart did the more interesting guitar stuff.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th May, 2012

[youtube]0OlY7MwihXY[/youtube]

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th May, 2012

I love those reviews.

The Azealia Banks review is pretty cute too.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 16th May, 2012

the one for Paranoid Android is my favourite one.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 16th May, 2012

"He looks like a crocodile!"

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th May, 2012

The best quote was "I don't like people with peircings because they look a bit chavy"

Does Gregg have peircings?

grattan

grattan said on the 15th Oct, 2012

According to Guitar World readers:

1. Eddie Van Halen
2. Brian May
3. Alex Lifeson
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. Joe Satriani
6. Jimmy Page
7. Tony Iommi
8. Steve Ray Vaughan
9. Dimebag Darrell Abbott
10. Steve Vai

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 15th Oct, 2012

Good to see they're keeping with the times.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 15th Oct, 2012

Jesus shit. Help me, Guitar World, I'm bleeding everywhere! You're just SO cutting edge!

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 15th Oct, 2012

Fans of Guitar World magazine often use the phrases 'the state of rock', 'rock is dying' and 'Justin Bieber fag stuff.'

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 15th Oct, 2012

That is seemingly the list of the 10 guys who've managed to best combine masturbation and guitar playing into a single activity.