While my Indie Guitar Gently Weeps

One thing that tends to differentiate in the coverage (whether in fanzines, magazines or websites) between “indie” rock and something like “prog” rock or “hard” rock is the lack of information or publicity regarding the tools that indie musicians use (for the most part). I can find a site that will tell me what kind of bass strings Geddy Lee used in 1974 but nothing about what kind of amps Mission of Burma use. Most people couldn’t care less but I find that stuff kind of interesting, especially if I am looking at emulating a certain “sound.” Another thing that is noticeable is the lack of appreciation for the musicianship of these bands. Now I realize that using the term “musicianship” in relation to lets say The Ramones or The Sex Pistols might be a bit of a leap but why should it be? As far as I’m concerned, if you can play 2 chords on a guitar or hold down a backbeat for two minutes and thirty seconds you are a musician and that takes some kind of commitment that can be applauded if you so choose. With that in mind it was nice to read Stylus Magazine’s John Smietanik’s article Top Ten Indie Guitar Riffs of All Time. Don’t recognize a lot of the bands but this is something I wish we would see more of. And riffs are not evil. As Smietanik points out, they can apply to indie rock as much as to heavy metal. Point well taken.


  1. That’s a good list. I hate to be a pedant, but only nine are indie bands at the time of recording.

  2. thanks for the remarks. keep up with the good work, and if you ever need writing contributions let me know.

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