Last week my good friend Piers (foremost expert on The Beatles in Canada and no slouch when it comes to 60s music, the British Invasion, or all subjects Anglophilic: capitol6000.com) sent me a list of his favourite opening rock riffs.... mostly monster, sometime lyrical but always memorable guitar intros with licks that define not just the artists but the genre itself.
Here is Piers's list:
The Beatles – “Day Tripper”
Kinks – “All Day And All Of The Night”
Doors – “Wild Child”
Rolling Stones – “The Last Time”
The Beach Boys – “California Girls”
Here was my response, HM's list (in no particular order):
The Romantics – “What I Like About You”
The Flamin' Groovies – “Shake Some Action”
Rolling Stones – “Can't You Hear Me Knocking”
Jimi Hendrix – “All Along The Watchtower”
After studying the list, Piers added with mild trepidation, “Dare we add ‘Layla’?”
We dare! But nothing else after Blind Faith.