Greatest one note guitar solo ever?

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I nominate Ramones who did this several times.
I also recall the lemonheads doing it
billy childish?
bo diddly?

ddd, Saturday, 19 October 2002 15:18 (twenty-one years ago) link

Police did it on "When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around".

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Saturday, 19 October 2002 15:54 (twenty-one years ago) link

I'm seeing a program abt billy childish right now as i post this. he's going through a solo on his accoustic now! it's got more than one note tho'.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 19 October 2002 18:57 (twenty-one years ago) link

Gotta be Neil's "Cinnamon Girl".

teeny (teeny), Saturday, 19 October 2002 19:41 (twenty-one years ago) link

Fripp's solo on "Starless" by King Crimson

brissy, Saturday, 19 October 2002 21:22 (twenty-one years ago) link

The Who: "I Can See for Miles"

Rahul Kamath (Rahul Kamath), Saturday, 19 October 2002 21:48 (twenty-one years ago) link

"up the hill and down the slope" by the loft

adam b (adam b), Saturday, 19 October 2002 21:58 (twenty-one years ago) link

Hear a good many tracks on "Songs For Drella" by Lou Reed and John Cale.

Ashley Andel, Sunday, 20 October 2002 00:45 (twenty-one years ago) link

"Over the Ocean" by Low

Aaron A., Sunday, 20 October 2002 02:48 (twenty-one years ago) link

"no time" by the saints

unknown or illegal user (doorag), Sunday, 20 October 2002 04:38 (twenty-one years ago) link

Roddy Frame on Aztec Camera's "Oblivious" (might have the song wrong but you know whereof I speak)

Matt C., Sunday, 20 October 2002 05:52 (twenty-one years ago) link

I'm cheating ever-so-slightly here, as there is an extra downward note added on the end of each line, but how about The Clash's "Tommy Gun" ?

darren, Sunday, 20 October 2002 13:46 (twenty-one years ago) link

Dave Davies for the entire first few years of existence of The Kinks.

kate, Sunday, 20 October 2002 18:09 (twenty-one years ago) link

Er...that Pet Shop Boys one - "What Have I Done To Deserve This?", was it? I forget. Nice and squally tho.

Charlie (Charlie), Monday, 21 October 2002 01:44 (twenty-one years ago) link

This makes me think of Phelps Collins' solo on Ain't It Funky Now (from James Brown 'Love Power Peace') which has a big build section that stays on one note.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 21 October 2002 02:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

You're all forgetting Robert Fripp's great intro and soloing on Bowie's "Heroes"

Johnney B (Johnney B), Monday, 21 October 2002 08:08 (twenty-one years ago) link

Neil Young owns this thread. Seek Ye:
Southern Man on CSNY's Four Way Street

dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 21 October 2002 11:27 (twenty-one years ago) link

"Mr Zoot Horn Rollo - hit that long, lunar note, and let it float...."

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Monday, 21 October 2002 11:39 (twenty-one years ago) link

"the true wheel" by eno, idea of which the buzzcocks admit borrowing for "boredom" -- i prefer the eno with manzanera and eno on guitar, treatments, etc.

george gosset (gegoss), Monday, 21 October 2002 11:57 (twenty-one years ago) link

Suicide Alley by the Manic Street Preachers.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Monday, 21 October 2002 16:27 (twenty-one years ago) link

"I'm a Hog For You" by the Coasters--guitarist unknown. Far as I can remember, the whole thing is literally one note, played with superb syncopation and moxie.

Lee G (Lee G), Monday, 21 October 2002 18:30 (twenty-one years ago) link

Gang of Four - Armalite Rifle.

The beauty of the one note solo is that it follows a one-chord solo.

Sasha Gabba Hey! (sgh), Tuesday, 22 October 2002 02:23 (twenty-one years ago) link

one year passes...
Pat Benatar "Treat Me Right"(1st 1/2 of solo but it's a pretty long solo)

dave q, Sunday, 22 August 2004 03:53 (nineteen years ago) link

Vanilla Fudge by the Ebony Rhythm Band

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Sunday, 22 August 2004 05:42 (nineteen years ago) link

Fit and Working Again by The Fall

Joseph Pot (STINKOR™), Sunday, 22 August 2004 06:26 (nineteen years ago) link

Nobody plays a one noter like Neil Young.

The Velvet Overlord (The Velvet Overlord), Sunday, 22 August 2004 06:59 (nineteen years ago) link

Nice call, Q.

Can't believe I never posted to this thread.

But then, I can't think of one.

the bellefox, Sunday, 22 August 2004 10:27 (nineteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Bummer Bitch by Freestone has a great one. As dunderheaded as the rest of the tune.

gnarly sceptre, Friday, 18 September 2009 09:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Some mentioned Cinamon Girl upthread, but the raggedy solo in Southern Man comes to mind.

gnarly sceptre, Friday, 18 September 2009 09:48 (fourteen years ago) link

(for me!)

gnarly sceptre, Friday, 18 September 2009 09:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Isn't it the Shaggs "Who Are Parents" that has that solo the start of which is just one note hit repeatedly, with even spaces, and then a few ascending notes that end the song?

bamcquern, Friday, 18 September 2009 10:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Rocket from the Tombs - Raw Power

totally smokin'

gnarly sceptre, Friday, 18 September 2009 12:15 (fourteen years ago) link

"Behind the Wall of Sleep" - The Smithereens

Mark G, Friday, 18 September 2009 13:07 (fourteen years ago) link

The first half of Jeff Beck's "You Shook Me"

The first half of (again) Neil Young's "Vampire Blues"

Random trolling, brutal snubs, darted zings & decisive bans (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 18 September 2009 13:16 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...

easy winner - i just posted about it, which reminded me - wire, 'i should have known better', last 20 seconds

a. cole, u thic (acoleuthic), Thursday, 3 December 2009 15:32 (fourteen years ago) link

The intro to YYY's "Maps" is awesome

Udon Nomi (Stevie D), Thursday, 3 December 2009 15:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Yo La Tengo - Little Honda

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 December 2009 16:03 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

hey guys,
I took some of your suggestions, researched some more and have collected all the records over the last 10 years. I then DJed them all into a mix tape - all songs with one note guitar solos, just the guitar solos - which has just been released by "Bridgetown Records".
there is a sample here:

ddd, Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:38 (twelve years ago) link

Les Savy Fav's "Reprobate's Resume" has a section that can be qualified as a one note solo

V79, Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:46 (twelve years ago) link

tom petty "runnin down a dream" my classic fav

NZA, Monday, 23 January 2012 04:19 (twelve years ago) link

also pixies' "manta ray" is a good one

NZA, Monday, 23 January 2012 04:19 (twelve years ago) link

Did anybody mention "Howzat" by Sherbert?

A true one-note solo, a bit like "Wichita Lineman", but on one note only.

Mark G, Monday, 23 January 2012 09:32 (twelve years ago) link

Has "You Keep me Hanging on"'s morse code intro/solo been mentioned? It doesn't get much better than that imo.

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Monday, 23 January 2012 10:50 (twelve years ago) link

^^^ That just reminded me of an MST3K joke in which the movie being watched fades in on a Morse code key rapidly beeping out a message (or some such thing), at which point Tom Servo starts singing the aforementioned song. Ned probably knows which episode it was.

Famous porn scenes like "shake that bear" (Phil D.), Monday, 23 January 2012 14:49 (twelve years ago) link

I always thought the solo in Fleetwood Mac's The Chain (the end bit, that's the famous BBC formula one theme) was one note, but um it's like several one-note solos after each other :-/

StanM, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 17:44 (twelve years ago) link

Sure I started a thread like this and everyone ended up confused about whether you could include drones, how many extra notes were allowed, etc...

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

A few more: Witchita Lineman, Bowie's Starman, Libertines' Can't Stand Me Now

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:48 (twelve years ago) link

Bowie's Starman

I don't hear this one

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 23:26 (twelve years ago) link

where is the one-note solo

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 23:27 (twelve years ago) link

I lived in rural MS for a couple of years, and enjoyed a bit of playing music in various clubs there. One Friday, a local guy was playing with a bunch of other locals, and called me and said I could sit in if I wanted to.

I showed up, guitar case in hand, and walked to a spot to the right of the band. A guy wearing all denim, white Reebok hi-tops, and a feathered mullet asked me "What's that? A trombone?" I demurred, just chuckling at his idiocy. He got up and played a cover of Cream's version of "Crossroads." He was good. Damn good. But WAAAAAYYY too Van Halen for a cover of that song where we were (approx 100 yards from the Mississippi River).

So, he finishes, and the whole crowd applauded, but in a respectful way, not in a getting drunk on a Friday night sort of way.

So, I get up and tell the guys, 4/5 of whom I had played "Crossroads" with the night before, "Same song. Half as fast." They grin, and grind into it. When it came time for a solo, I played one note. I let it hang. And feedback. And then I played the same note again. And again.

The crowd was enthused. It was pretty awesome. Upon leaving the stage, I made a trombone motion to the dude, and he laughed. Good times.

Which leads me to a question: What is your favorite single note solo from a song?

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:24 (twelve years ago) link

Back in the USSR is a great one.

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:26 (twelve years ago) link

I didn't realize it would automatically post to this thread. I would have removed the final line from my first post. Ah well. You understand.

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:27 (twelve years ago) link

I meant that little guitar bridge between the verse and chorus at 0:50, Shakey.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:17 (twelve years ago) link

1) that's not a guitar
2) that is like two bars

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:39 (twelve years ago) link

In all the research I did for this, I found MANY suggestions of what people remembered as one note solos, or bridges, or just one great note repeated in the middle of an otherwise note-rich solo.

ddd, Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:30 (twelve years ago) link

it's good to see you've got a passion for maintaining the integrity of the TRUE one-note solo!

SELF DEPORTATION (Z S), Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:51 (twelve years ago) link

Revolting Cocks 'Stainless Steel Providers'

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Saturday, 28 January 2012 09:00 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

I am still wrapping my mind around Talk Talk's Laughing Stock, which is like the album I wish I had known at the time as I am completely blown away by it....the one-note solo is completely spine-chilling, to me at least!

Iago Galdston, Monday, 13 May 2013 15:10 (eleven years ago) link

Many of the solos in this thread are not one note solos, including the lovely Talk Talk feedback solo above.

Three Word Username, Monday, 13 May 2013 16:40 (eleven years ago) link

Actual one note solos are few and far between

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Monday, 13 May 2013 16:47 (eleven years ago) link

yeah I realize that but i took a broader view

Iago Galdston, Monday, 13 May 2013 17:21 (eleven years ago) link

This is a true one-note solo.

everything, Monday, 13 May 2013 20:22 (eleven years ago) link

The Who: "I Can See for Miles"

― Rahul Kamath (Rahul Kamath), Saturday, October 19, 2002 9:48 PM (10 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:41 (eleven years ago) link

^ yep.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:45 (eleven years ago) link

The label that put out this tape has it streaming on bandcamp now: One note guitar solo mixtape

ddd, Friday, 17 May 2013 02:48 (eleven years ago) link

"Radiated" - Story So Far

Michael Train, Friday, 17 May 2013 03:21 (eleven years ago) link

Hmm, I like the idea of that one-note mix tape, but surely the first one is more than one string, and the second one has pitch-bending going into semi-tone range. Will keep listening though.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 17 May 2013 10:01 (eleven years ago) link

four years pass...

Beiss Mich [Bite Me] by Fraulien Wunder. This and Cinnamon Girl are the best, I think. Len Bright is pretty cool too.

Julian Massage, Monday, 29 May 2017 22:45 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

I know it's not guitar but...

this is absolutely the worst solo i have ever heard by any instrument

— Gal Gracen (@galgracen) September 25, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:48 (four years ago) link

That is absolutely the best solo ever

Stockhausen Serves Empirical Jism (Matt #2), Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:51 (four years ago) link

untitled goose solo

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:51 (four years ago) link

i knew this would be the revive

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:53 (four years ago) link

xp lmao fuck

meaulnes, Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:59 (four years ago) link

There's a solid chapter about this subject in Ben Ratliff's book "Every Song Ever."

Agreed with those who said it above: Neil Young is the master at one-noters although my favorite is Phil Manzanera's on Eno's "The True Wheel," possibly my favorite Eno song.

Wally P. Doyle, Thursday, 26 September 2019 21:12 (four years ago) link

that "absolutely the worst solo" is pretty great, come on now

tylerw, Thursday, 26 September 2019 21:41 (four years ago) link

Seen them live a couple of times. They didn't have a sax player but they are certainly musos.

everything, Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:32 (four years ago) link

Cake's "I Will Survive" has a pretty great solo, which is one note until almost the end

Duke, Friday, 27 September 2019 15:59 (four years ago) link

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