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Options February 8, 2017: The Best Guitar Solo of All Time

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On today's show, Andy has a case of the yawns, and Ken has the stomach flu. But that can't stop them as they power through, holding a contest to determine the best guitar solo of all time! The winner of the contest gets a $20 gift certificate to Burger King. The list of nominees are:

The Allman Brothers - Blue Sky
Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Bill Haley - Rock Around the Clock
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Strange Things Are Happening

During the show, people vote online for their favorite solo. In addition, many more suggestions are made by callers, several of whom sing along to their favorite solos.

Also, Andy serves up a classic zinger-pun. Multiple callers confess to have dreams about Andy, leading to the creation of the "Dreaming About Andy Hotline". And Death Talk: Which is more scary? Is it the nothingness or the pain of dying?

The show ends with a very odd demonstration of Andy's inability to identify a single note as a single note.

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Listener comments!

  Wed. 2/8/17 5:59pm Rai:

Blue Sky was going to be my pick, multi choice poll or otherwise.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:01pm chinpou:

What was that closing music tho with the piano and bass synth in unison
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:02pm dgg:

It's the one in Maggot Brain
     Wed. 2/8/17 6:02pm Hypertoast:

Definitely Maggot Brain
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:03pm 67tele:

Pilot - It's Magic; Squeeze - Black Coffee in Bed
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:04pm Dean:

Sonny Sharrock live in Hollywood with Herbie Mann
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:04pm Linda Lee:

stickin to the list, i remain true to my youth. Voidoids!
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:04pm KM:

Yule's closing solo in Oh Sweet Nuthin' is a great one too
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:05pm Undead83:

Maggot Brain is as great as Frank Zappa's Watermelon in Easter Hay xD
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:05pm timotato:

Has to be Frank Zappa "Montana"
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:06pm Chris M.:

of these choices it's Cinnamon Girl hands down.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:06pm Dean:

Pilot's "Magic"? What an inspired suggestion! Something to that, indeed. And of course "Maggot Brain," too.

Speaking of the Allmans, there's Duane's solo on Boz Scaggs' "Loan Me a Dime."
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:07pm Dean:

Alvin Lee's "Goin' Home" at Woodstock. I'll stop.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:07pm bill:

If we're talking Zappa, what about Muffin Man or Sleep Dirt?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:07pm coelacanth∅:

none of those are among the top 20 best git solos. (though some are Great)
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:08pm timotato:

Of those posted on your list, the ONLY one that has any chance is Blue Sky but even that is so-so compared to others on the comments list.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:08pm Linda Lee:

what's your top 8, coelacanth?
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:09pm Jim:

What about Robbie Krieger's solo on Moonlight Drive by The Doors?
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:10pm cosmic matrix:

Eddie Van Halen on Beat It
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:12pm KM:

Only the first half of the Blue Sky solo was Duane, then it switches to Dickey
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:12pm coelacanth∅:

i dunno, Linda... there're probably 8 Hendrix solos i'd rate higher; 8 Duane; 8 Peter Green; 8 Neil Young; 8 Chuck Berry.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:12pm dale:

one note is all ANYONE needs.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:12pm Will:

There were plenty of Jazz, Blues, and Classical guitar solos before Bill Haley
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:12pm flashbazbo:

The guitarist who played that solo in rock around the clock died before the record was even released! I didn't vote for it, but keep an open mind.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:13pm east hollywood:

Does anyone else find it really irritating that "sultans of swing" isn't in swing time?
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:13pm Linda Lee:

true, where's Jimi?
  Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:13pm Walt:

Sister Rosetta Tharpe! Check out her killer solo on "Down by the Riverside" (starts at about 1:30):

  Wed. 2/8/17 6:13pm flashbazbo:

It's a virtuoso solo
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:13pm cklequ:

Anyone with half a brain knows that the best guitar solo of all time starts at 25 seconds in here: www.youtube.com...
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:13pm Dean:

Sorry, can't resist one more. Steve Howe, "Starship Trooper" live on Yessongs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:14pm common:

my favorite is still ira's solo in yo la tengo's cover of "little honda".
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:14pm Fredericks:

Keith Richards on "Sympathy for the Devil."
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:14pm mike:

I would have to go with Richard Thompson's solo on a live version of "Can't Win" from the "Watching The Dark" anthology. Total delerium.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:15pm Linda Lee:

is that Keith on 'Sympathy'? i
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:15pm timotato:

Starship Trooper played by Steve Howe is great. The last 1 minute of "Ritual" off Tales From Topographic Oceans is one of the great guitar endings of all time!
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:16pm KM:

also: Madrugada - Majesty (live at Tralfamfadore)
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:16pm Marcel M:

Shit is wicked LOLZ
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:16pm timotato:

Nils Lofgren "Incidentally It's Over"
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:17pm indexicality:

Bohemian rhapsody?
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:17pm chinpou:

James iha
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:17pm melinda:

I like Marc Ribot on 'Jockey Full of Bourbon'
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:18pm a-ron:

What about the solo in "Where is Rabbi Finkleman?"?
     Wed. 2/8/17 6:18pm Hypertoast:

Toni Iommi's solo on Sabbath's Fairies wear Boots...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:18pm steve:

Les Rallizes Denudes "A Memory Is Far"
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:18pm Tome:

Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys .. Machine Gun NY Eve 1969/70 Filmore East ,, myfinal vote ! ..
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:19pm coelacanth∅:

yeah - Steve Howe, Keith Richard; Mick Taylor; Martin Barre;
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:19pm Marcel M:

Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:19pm Marcel M:

Ken don't do Evil Woman do Paranoid or something
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:21pm Undead83:

Well mentioned mike, but I think that Richard Thompson's 'Shoot Out the Lights' slightly beats 'Can't Win'
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:21pm Linda Lee:

will someone call & nominate Maggot Brain please?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:21pm dale:

how about thumbs carlisle's version of caravan?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:21pm coelacanth∅:

it must've been Keith on sympathy...but it was Taylor on some of the best sticky fingers songs. (and honky tonk woman?)
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:21pm MrFab:

Remember that all-one-note solo mix I posted on my blog, ken? https://bridgetownrecords.bandcamp.com/album/one-note-mixtape
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:21pm dale:

is there a guitar solo on 'when the swelling goes down?'
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:21pm Dean:

Honest to god, half of Blind Marky Felchtone's solos for Zeke are worthy.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:22pm Linda Lee:

i was confused about Sympathy because Keith is generally rhythm, yes?
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:22pm Undead83:

Maggot Brain deserves it indeed
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:22pm Marc Carlyle:

Hi guys, love the show!!! Gonna try to call if I don't, yawn, lay down. Keith Richards- "Sympathy For the Devil."
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:22pm dgg:

Maggot Brain Maggot Brain Maggot Brain
  Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:22pm Walt:

My favorite minimalist solo is on "Don't Worry Baby" by The Beach Boys. Just strummed I-ii-Vsus chords played twice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:23pm coelacanth∅:

i think there may be even better Berry solos.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:23pm bill:

Someone should mention Charlie Christian and Les Paul. So I am.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:23pm Linda Lee:

i loved Mother Theresa's guitar work. especially the solos!
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:25pm Dean:

Marc Aaron on John Cale's live "Sabotage"
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:25pm Linda Lee:

no Velvets?
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:26pm caver_mike:

Ten-second one-note guitar solo: 0.56 into "Sedated" by the Ramones.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:26pm dale:

i had the stomach thing - had the scoots all night long. awful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:26pm steve:

so why not puke?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:27pm dan in wisconsin:

"The Rocker" by Thin Lizzy is up there. www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:27pm melinda:

Ken has emetophobia.
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:28pm Undead83:

Great refresh, I really regreted my first vote xP Now I'm going to wait a little bit more
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:28pm cosmic matrix:

woo woo woo
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:28pm Marcel M:

Vote early and vote often
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:28pm coelacanth∅:

sometimes there's a fine line between "solo" and rhythm guitar.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:28pm Linda Lee:

i remain true to my youth.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:28pm billybumpus:

Chuck Berry. Bucketed should have something on there, Trey Anastasio too.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:28pm Linda Lee:

yes!! Quine!!!!!
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:29pm dgg:

if someone were to emet on me I'd get totally phobia'd out.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:29pm cosmic matrix:

whoa everybody just turned their head to the left at the same time
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:29pm billybumpus:

buckethead lol
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:29pm Asheville Jon:



  Wed. 2/8/17 6:29pm ScottC:

@dgg Maggot Brain! of course!
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:29pm rcinmt:

that is such bull , eruption has drums and bass. still great but come on
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:29pm Linda Lee:

hi Jon!!!!
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:29pm cosmic matrix:

i voted for rock around the clock because i used to watch happy days in my jammies and loved the 45 record spinning around
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:30pm dgg:

man fuck that. Hospice should be giving out speedballs starting at age 18. That's how I'd run the country.
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:30pm Undead83:

But I still think that there should be one Zappa there
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:30pm coelacanth∅:

then there's Curt Cobain's solo in their cover of d-7...fucking Stellar!
  Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:30pm Walt:

@dgg I'd vote for you
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:30pm Will:

Why is there a link for bike trails below the poll?
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:30pm bayowulf:

Robert Frip on Brian Eno's Baby's on Fire - starts at 1:25
     Wed. 2/8/17 6:31pm Hypertoast:

Meat Puppets "Backwater".
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:31pm cosmic matrix:

btw brian eno interview on tape op podcast! i just discovered it
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:31pm mike:

@Undead83 That's a good choice as well. But I like Can't Win because of the way he just builds and builds until it just goes insane.

There are a few other Thompson solos that could be considered, such as 'The Way That It Shows" or "Tear Stained Letter".
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:32pm coelacanth∅:

- or Fripp's solo on i'll come running, or at least 10 king crimson songs.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:32pm dgg:

thanks Walt. You can be the vice president if you want.
     Wed. 2/8/17 6:32pm Hypertoast:

Yeah, I'll come running is pretty great
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:33pm FoFo (:


The Television song you often play has the best guitar solo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:33pm coelacanth∅:

anyway i still love the solo in back in the ussr. -one note. perfect.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:33pm steve:

great Even joke
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:33pm billybumpus:

I dreamed about Andy last night, he was in a star freighter having zero gravity waterballoon fight with a grizzly bear.
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:33pm Undead83:

@mike good point :)
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:33pm Asheville Jon:

is the Andy Breckman dirty joke video still on youtube?
     Wed. 2/8/17 6:33pm Listener Robert:

I'd hate to see her colon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:34pm steve:

oh man the last SSD talent show was so good
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:34pm dgg:

@Listener Robert haah nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:34pm coelacanth∅:

(but "marque moon" has no solo)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:35pm coelacanth∅:

he was not.
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:36pm Chris M.:

he played bass wtf is going on with you people
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:36pm Undead83:

Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:36pm dgg:

oh yeah thin lizzy can't go wrong. What're the top greatest ZZ Top solos?
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:37pm Keith from Oregon:

"Marquee Moon" definitely DOES have a guitar solo!
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:38pm Undead83:

For ZZ Top the one that comes to my mind now as worth mentioning is Pearl Necklace
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:39pm coelacanth∅:

nuh-uh. 2 guitarists playing lead together does not a solo make. it's a duet.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:39pm Linda Lee:

by definition 2 is not a solo! :-D
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:40pm Undead83:

@ coelacantho good point ^^
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:40pm Linda Lee:

famous guitarists don't need milkshakes! the milkshakes have to go to the winning voters!
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:40pm mary:

you can give the prize for Robert Quine to Mr. Hell.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:41pm dale:

this is great - i know neil likes burger king.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 2/8/17 6:41pm dale:

he gets the senior coffee though, no milkshakes - lactose intolerant.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:41pm coelacanth∅:

hmm... blue sky is also not technically a solo.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:42pm Liam:

What's the dreaming of andy hotline number again?
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:42pm Linda Lee:

i thought neil was an environmentalist?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:42pm PMD:

Neil does not deserve it because he left his wife for the mermaid.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:42pm Colin:

Good one note guitar solo in Pixies Umass at 2:40
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:43pm Marcel M:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:43pm PMD:

201-209-0843 Dreaming of Andy
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:43pm Undead83:

  Wed. 2/8/17 6:43pm Nellie:

This is great
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:43pm Undead83:

Well done Benitta xD
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:44pm steve:

you should do an hour of this type of guitar karaoke
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:44pm Liam:

  Wed. 2/8/17 6:44pm FoFo (:

Give that Benita a milkshake!
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:45pm Linda Lee:

love the guitar karaoke!
     Wed. 2/8/17 6:46pm moontana:

if you listen to Ken's show from the morning at the same time as the Ken & Andy show in the afternoon, it's not so bad. found myself doing this the past couple of weeks.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:47pm FoFo (:

Exactly, Lisa! If there are air guitar solos, why not guitar karaoke ones?
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:47pm Linda Lee:

that was 5 of the same note.
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:48pm Linda Lee:

Andy's talkin out his rear end on this.
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:48pm Marcel M:

Oh man this is great
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:49pm Fredericks:

Hate to agree with Andy, but when you bend a string it becomes a different note. Sorry Ken.
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:49pm Chris M.:

even though i know he's trolling half the time i can never get over how Andy doesn't know anything about music whatsoever
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:49pm B:

Whats the number again?
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:49pm dgg:

Ramblin' Rose is great
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:49pm Linda Lee:

the pitch doesn't change though!
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:50pm jonklin:

what were notes?
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:50pm Marcel M:

I mean technically if the string is bent its not the same note. A note is a pitch. Am I half drunk, or am I right? Or Both?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:50pm coelacanth∅:

yeah, no string bending going on there.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:51pm kate:

list needs to be updated
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:51pm Linda Lee:

nope. no string bending at all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:51pm steve:

a pitch bend doesn't necessarily go all the way to another note
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:51pm Linda Lee:

it was the same fucking note.
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:51pm Undead83:

Let's Get it On should feature on a complete different list xP
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:52pm Marcel M:

The old we're both right
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:52pm FoFo (:

I agree with Andy. It's hitting the same note but guitar player is pitching over it. Technically not a note.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:52pm Listener Matt from DC:

Why isn't the list updated???? came to vote for Hendrix!
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:52pm Linda Lee:

time to take a poll on the Keith Richards solo ..
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:52pm Marcel M:

Going up a half step with bending on a guitar is very easy. Happens with a lot of bends. Just sayin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:53pm Dave in Vermont:

Matt, if he adds new choices the whole list starts over - so he stopped updating the list.
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:53pm Undead83:

Hendrix Zappa Hendrix Zappa
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:53pm Alex:

whole note bends on the other hand are hard
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:53pm synpax:

Well why are they taking calls if you can't vote for any new titles?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:54pm Dave in Vermont:

comedy, synpax
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:54pm Linda Lee:

Hipster God Ken Freedman! a much better name than Station Manager Ken!
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:54pm Alex:

yeah, I came here to vote for Geek U.S.A.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:55pm Rick grill:

no milkshake for the good ones
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:55pm Alex:

this is barely a guitar solo. More just like a rhythmic break
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:56pm flashbazbo:

If he's playing at the same string and fret it's a one note solo. The percent off pitch is micro not another identified tempered pitch
Avatar Wed. 2/8/17 6:56pm sweeks:

I gotta say, this ballot is a little underwhelming. But go Neil!
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:57pm Linda Lee:

it's a lesson in reduced standards, sweeks.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:57pm Alex:

lead fills /= a guitar solo
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:57pm Colin:

That's two notes together
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:57pm Bootsie:

Just tuned in. Not sure what the question is, but I'm totally voting for Cinnamon Girl.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:57pm shtus:

this voting is rigged. it would be much fairer to just choose one song randomly. some people are just voting to support ken's elitist persona
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:58pm Colin:

It's the same note on two strings.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:58pm P:

The Who, "I Can See For Miles" one-note solo at 2:15
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/8/17 6:58pm coelacanth:

i had to vote for git gently weeps, even though they're all good and none of them are the best.
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:58pm Marc Carlyle:

Great theme... NEAL!!!
Avatar    Wed. 2/8/17 6:58pm JakeGould:

Hey! Miss anything?
  Wed. 2/8/17 6:58pm jimi:

  Mon. 2/13/17 2:45pm JohnR:

Last comment! I voted for boat music.
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