(1 replies, posted in Song requests)

Does anyone know the tab for the intro/main riff for this song, or a link for it?  Can't seem to find a decent one.




(1 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

How do you go about working out what chords you can use as a substitute chord? I'd like to be able to throw something different into the mix when i'm strumming away on chord progressions. Instead of playin 2 whole bars of E for example I like to throw an E7 in every 2nd beat or so just to change things slightly.
I know how to work it out for major chords, instead of C you could throw in a Cmaj7 or a Cadd9 or something, because these are derived from the major scale, just adding a note to a triad. But how do you go about working out what chords you can use in place of say an F#m or a D#dim?
Does anyone know the theory I should be looking at here?

I'm pretty much stumped on this one, so any help would be greatly appreciated.



(22 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Rockerchick, I think I get what your driving at. Any noise has the potential to be musical...it might not sound very melodic but it's musical all the same.
Kraftwerk probably thought much the same as yourself when they came up with their concept of music, think Autobahn and you'll know what I mean. Early skiffle groups probably had the same idea when they used washing boards and tea chests with a pole and a piece of string (someone must have thought there was a musical quality when they first decided to do it after all). Madness must have been on to something with the car reving up at the beggining of Driving In My Car. Seasick Steve uses a nail and a piece of wire in some songs!


I think we do still need record companies. They will change, that much is certain given that USA iTunes sold more units than CD sales for the first time in the last year (at least that's what I read in the Glasgow Herald). Without the profits from big name artists the funding isn't there for lesser known acts for promotion, touring etc.

I've always been a wee bit sceptical about this My Space, You Tube malarky. It's my belief that quite a lot of these unsigned acts that make it big through websites actually do have the backing of companies, kind of like a silent partner. Not that I'm saying this is the case for all of them though. You'll always have acts that are simply so good that word of mouth will get them noticed by the massess, but for me you'll always need the record companies vast advances for a number of artists to make the breakthrough.

What really gets my goat is artists like Radiohead giving their albums away for free or a pay what you like deal .You wouldn't expect to buy a Banksy on a pay what you like deal or get it for free, so why expect the same deal on your music? They prattle on about how record companies treat them like slaves etc etc completely forgetting that without them, way back when they started, they needed the cash advances to make their albums in the first place. It's ok for them making albums with cash advances (made available from the big names at the time) but they want to withold that advantage from up and coming talent now!

Don't get me wrong, it's entirely upto an artist to decide what to do with their product, but they shouldn't lose sight of the fact that it was cash advances from EMI, Virgin, etc that helped them along the way.

I liken it to the apprentice who is a wee bit of a burden on his tradesmen untill he/she gets better at his/her job. Once he/she becomes a master then he/she is burdened with an apprentice of their own, and the cycle continues.

Just my tuppence worth. smile


One of my earliest memories of music was a cassette my father had of The Who - Tommy, it was around the time of the Mod revival in the UK roundabout 1980. I was only about 7 or 8 years old back then, but me and my mates were aware of an older song by a band called The Who (My Generation) that all these Mods were into, so when I came across a whole albums worth of material by this group I thought I was well cool at the time. It didn't matter that My Generation wasn't on Tommy, cos I was blown away with that album and still am to this day.

When I was a bit older I got into New Order in a big way, along with SLF, Sex Pistols, Talking Heads and The Clash, all before my time with the exception of New Order, but everyone of them struck a chord with me all the same.

Round about the age of 17 I discovered the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays along with Rave/Dance/Techno....call it what you will, and that was me for another few years.
Somewhere along the line I discovered the Stones, Beatles, Zeppelin, The Kinks, Small Faces, Oasis, OCS, Sabbath and many many other fantastic groups, but none of them (possibly with the exception of SLF) got me hooked as much as that first listen to Tommy.

So, on reflection I would say the groups that got me hooked on music were,

1, The Who.
2, New Order.
3, SLF.
4, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays. never could seperate these two bands.

Seems a shame to miss any out, but those were the ones that had the biggest impact on me.


Doc, I think the Doors played under the name The Doors of perception, or was it The doors of the 21st Century??? with Ian Astbury singing with them. Not sure if they played with Mr Mojo Risin behind them on a screen, they may well have done though.

Quite like the Dennis leary quote, even though I'm a big fan of Jim Morrison/The Doors. Have to say I prefered the later stuff when Jimbo wasn't quite so slim n hansum. Thought his voice was much better when he was bearded n bloated. Each to their own though. smile



(7 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I've got a crybaby as well and like Purlnekless I tend to do the goldfish thing when using it. Never tried anyother kind so I couldn't compare, but you do get a great sound from the crybaby.


(11 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Changes all the time. At the moment I would say Kings of Leon. Terrific live band, which I reckon is the best way to judge 'em. smile


(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Got Katy back from the guitar hospital the other day there (nothing major, just a wee set up) and had my first little jam session with her tonight.....BOY OH BOY....am I pleased with the result.
Not a bum note in sight, a MAJOR first for moi, I can tell ya. Chords dripping off her like honey straight from the comb, notes singing out like the sweetest angels from heaven. Not one bit of fret buzz to be heard, hands gliding over her fretboard felt like carresing the neck of Nefertiti herself. 
To say i'm pleased is maybe an understatement. It may well be that it's all in my head but I'm certain I've just spent the best 100 quid of my life on her.

I'd been putting off getting her set up as I was convinced most of the horrible noises she was making were my fault, how wrong I was. smile .........well....maybe not! lol  All I can say is this, if you can afford a little bit of TLC for your favourite little bit of Cedar, Spruce....whatever it may be, then splash out on it, cos if your half as pleased with the result as i am, it'll be the most rewarding thing you've done for a long time. smile:)

Not an ad for them, but many, many thanks to the girls at Strung Out Guitars for the job they done.


Heck, I think I'll marry this guitar!!! lol


(23 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Turn Into.  The first one I could sing and strum. It's been my favourite song to play for quite a while now, so simple to strum but yet quite tricky to get the melody absolutely spot on. Love that song. smile

I'm also having a lot of fun attempting my own laid back acoustic version of SLF - Alternative Ulster, not so easy when your minds telling your strumming hand to thrash the bejesus out of yer guitar!!



(23 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

One of my faves is the cover of 'False Gestures For A Devious Public' by a group called The Blood. Pretty much anything by Pink Floyd. Beck - Odelay is another I quite like.
Stiff Little Fingers - Nobodys Heroes is also a good un, they put the name of the album as a bar code and you can only read it at a certain angle, well minted i reckon.

I reckon the 70's were probably the 'golden era' for album covers. 
Nowadays even the best ones dont look as good when they're crammed onto a CD cover.



(12 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

What about these two from Pink floyd? They're pretty good names for songs, not pretentious in the slightest! smile

'Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict'

'Looking Through The Knotholes In Granny's Wooden Leg'


Yep, I've gotta agree with Frankster and copper. I've had one for roughly six months now and it plays really well. It does nick pretty easy, as mentioned, but I wouldn't let that put me off buying one. Only gripe I had was that the action was a shade high and I got a tiny bit of fret buzz at the 'dusty' end. I would imagine most mid range guitars have little problems though. Anyway, it was nothing a wee set up didn't sort out.

A lot of guitar for the money I reckon. A very well made guitar that sounds terrific imo.



(46 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers, without a doubt are the best of the Punk bands.  Special mention for The Damned as well though.

Regarding The Who; They defo had all the Punk credentials before it could be classed as a 'movement'. In fact I think I'm right in saying that Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols told Pete Townshend that they were the only "dinosaurs of rock" that they actually credited with playing decent music. Mr Jones in particular would have been keen to give Pete credit as he ripped off his 'windmill' technique quite shamelesly! smile

Without groups like MC5, Iggy and the Stooges etc bands like The Clash etc would probably have sounded a helluva lot different.

Where and when did Punk start???  Probably a few hundred years ago, with the first musician that said 'F*&K it, I'm gonna play the Devils interval if I wanna'   What a rebelious individual he/she must have been. wink lol


I'd agree with most of the names above, all very talented, especially Townshend.

Paul Weller should be included as well, he's written loads of fantastic songs. Also, a somewhat overlooked one in my opinion, Jake Burns of SLF. Not forgetting Strummer/Jones of The Clash.

One I reckon deserves a mention is Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays, not the best song writer as such I agree, but his ability to steal lyrics from 2 or 3 songs and weld them round about his own lyrics and come up with something totaly unique is probably more difficult than you'd imagine.



(18 replies, posted in Acoustic)

topdown mentioned Simon & Patrick. That's the one I decided on after trying out quite a few different ones. Plays beautifully and was tremendous value for money.

I don't know what you're intending to spend, but the market in the mid range prices is so competitive I reckon your only problem will be choosing one and not two!  smile


Top 5?  Probably would look like this....

1. The Who.
2. Stiff Little Fingers.
3. Stone Roses.
4. Kings Of Leon.
5. The Clash.



(6 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Steely Dan. They took their name from a......shall we say 'object' from the William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch.



(51 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Yep, everyones got guilty pleasures. Mines are Boney M and Girls Aloud!! 

Too say I cop plenty of flack for it is a bit of an understatement, but I dont care cos I like 'em, and thats all that matters. smile



(22 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Out of all the albums you have bought and groups you have seen Live, what one band really hit the spot for you?

For me, it was a close call between Kasabian and Kings Of Leon (the best band from the USA in many a year).  A very close one but Kings Of Leon took it at a pinch.


Well, my name is Craig Wilson. having fired it through an internet anagram finder i came up with,

Garlic Winos! LOL

Given that I'm Scottish (and we like a drink here) and that we have an affinity with the Auld Alliance - France. It is a pretty apt name! LOL



(32 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Live At Leeds. No contest for me. smile

U2 - Under A Blood Red Sky is pretty good as well.  And, from a personal point of view, SLF - 15 and counting (live at Barrowlands) is up there as well.


I reckon most of what you say is true Roger, up to a point.

The best bands that are playing the clubs tend too get picked up and then the cash,  marketing and exposure etc gets thrown at them. A lot of the bands that are doing well at the moment have served an apprenticeship in the clubs, unfortunately you do get the X factor brigade striking it lucky with cash and grabbing their 15 mins of fame.

On the bright side, it seems too me that the ones that actually last and make a career of it tend too be the ones that have done time in the pubs and clubs.


Some of my faves are;


Pulp Fiction.

Easy Rider.


Dazed and Confused.



(6 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Gawd bless ye me auld cocker.

Thats why this site is so damned good, No snidey comments and always someone prepared ta help out. Thanx.