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Would guitar solos have worked in REM?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Jul 7, 2013.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Do you think guitar solos would have had a place in REM's music? I've been listening to some of the band work from the last 10 years they were around and I just can't seem to hear where it would fit.
  2. ncapone


    Nov 17, 2010
    No; REM wasn't about showing off guitar skills, and their music was much too hypnotic in a way for solos to have worked out that well. That's just my opinion anyway.
  3. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    They had guitar solos here and there, they were just very melodic. The one I love comes to mind.
  4. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Short melodic ones definitely, extended shred wank-fests, not a chance.
  5. Silly question - REM HAD guitar solos that fit the music perfectly.
  6. Raymeous


    Jul 2, 2010
    San Diego
    Guitar solos in REM? Sure why not.

    No they weren't a "guitar solo band" but then again a guitar solo doesn't necessarily mean Eddie Van Halen either. A good guitarist can play a nice melodic phrase or texture to anything. While the songs obviously do not have a "solo section", if they had been interested in a solo, they would have had them and the space would have been made for it.

    If you have a guitarist that insists on playing all of the time and showing off, this type of guy would not have worked, but a composer type that played a lead here or there would have worked fine.
  7. morgansterne

    morgansterne Geek U.S.A.

    Oct 25, 2011
    Cleveland Ohio
    why not record some REM covers with a band, add extended guitar solos, and see what you think?
  8. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    No, that's one of the things that I and many others liked about them when they came out. They were a breath of fresh air from all the guitar wankery that was dominating pop at the time.
  9. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Maybe not during the last 10 years. But their early albums had all kinds of riffs and guitar breaks.
  10. Unprofessional


    Mar 5, 2012
    I have the distinct impression that Peter Buck is not a "hey, look at me!" type of guy/guitar player.
  11. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    This thought has occurred to me as well... :meh:

    My opinion is that if the music doesn't have a compelling need for solos - of any instrument, not just guitar - then leave it out. A lot of really bad music has been created over the years by so-called "musicians" who approach everything on a formulaic level, plugging in a solo here and there, simply because "it's expected". :rolleyes:

    My feeling is if that's the way your mind operates, then best for you to not attempt any kind of creative, artistic activity, and go into someting a lot more structured & formulaic instead - like engineering or mechanical drawing.

  12. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Because you could only make it worse... :atoz:


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I guess that makes me a BIG silly! :hyper:
  14. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    flowers of guatemala
    orange crush
  15. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    reminds me--srv w/ bowie on teh let's dance album. bad on paper magic on carpet

    so maybe it wouldve worked out for REM. or violin solos.
  16. If so, for some reason, I'd think a U2-type of solo would work on a couple of tunes. I love how the Edge layers his solos with effects, and such.
  17. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Had they wanted solos, they would have made them work.
  18. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    "Flowers of Guatemala" has one of my favorite Buck solos done in a very mainstream rock style.
  19. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    You have good taste