Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Sexy Buns Dept. - Guthrie Govan


Guthrie Govan is a name whispered in reverence wherever guys foregather to give obeisance to the Guitar God. Technique? Out th' ass. Improv skills? Awesomeness. At least, I suppose they are. He plays too fast to think about. I simply do not know what is happening here - it's like the aural equivalent of a computer loading data - an endless blur of digits. His phenomenal dexterity is perhaps why he's not better known - he plays too fast for ordinary human comprehension, and as an ordinary human I find him undeniably impressive but strangely unengaging, like a pro speed cup stacker or Rubik's Cube genius. Playing at hyper-speed delivers an extreme sports thrill to many, but not me. The only demisemihemidemisemiquaver jockey I enjoy is John McLaughlin, whose scattering clouds of notes have the recognisable form of a murmur of starlings [blow it out yer ass - Ed.].

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Guthrie doesn't seem to be hungry for stardom. In between receiving awards and his day job as a music teacher he's put in time for Asia, incel poster-boy Steven Wilson (*shudder*), and his own band The Aristocrats. He also has a sense of humor rare in the breed - Erotic Cakes is a Simpson quote, The Aristocrats is the punch line of the worst/best joke in the world, and his compositions have names like Wonderful Slippery Thing, which already sounds like a fantastic tune, and, er,  Sweaty Knockers. Thus, props due, and maybe I should give my brain some time to catch up with what he's doing - it's not him, it's me.

Loaddown includes sexy buns and some hot bakery from The Aristocrats. Bon appetit!









23 comments:

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  2. Steven Wilson needs to be approached with caution, but the guy's recorded so much that some of it ends up sticking - like mud thrown at a wall. I can't take whole albums, but some of the Porcupine Tree catalogue contains a few gems. "Arriving Somewhere" is probably my favourite album.

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    1. Considering some of the stuff on these pages that need to be approached with caution, Steven Wilson seems harmless in comparison, but Farq seems to be especially piss-and-vinegar-y since his return. 'incel poster boy"? Woof.

      "The Incident" album from Porcupine Tree is really good. And if you don't have the time, or the willingness, to check out the whole thing, try this one:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkJBS0Zazmw

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    2. I for one enjoy piss & vinegar (preferably heated); I'd rather have someone express a strong opinion that I disagree with than tiptoe through the tulips. I don't know Steve or his tree enough to even care but "incel poster boy" is a gem of a zinger!

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  3. I'm gonna give it a try!! Not that into super-fast guitar, but, I did enjoy the enjoy the early Porcupine Tree stuff!! Anyone for "Voyage 34"??

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    1. Ooops!! Memo to self - you are a "2 fingered" typist - always check for typos!!

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  4. Guthrie Govan is not someone I'm familiar with, however I did enjoy some of the Porcupine Tree stuff, not so much Steve Wilson, though he did use some great musicians in his bands.

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  5. one note is enough, if you are really a great guitarist. steve cropper.

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    1. It's enough to establish a style, or a solo, or an identity. I don't think Cropper meant all we have to play or listen to is one note! Miles could play that one note better than anybody, but he didn't stay on it.

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    2. There's an LP by Jimmy Giuffre called "The Train and The River" You may have heard of it?

      Track 1 on Side 2 is a song called "My All" which is a cluster of one-notes held by Jim whilst the rest of the trio play up, around and below him, before he releases them for rhe next moment. I'm not sure I can describe how sublime it is, but I can hear it.

      Cheers, Peanuts Molloy.

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    3. Jimmy G, of course, is not a guitarist. My own fave one-note-will-do guitarist is Peter Green. What he plays just before and just after that note is important.

      Cheers, Peanuts Molloy.

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    4. The Train And The River? We never heard of that. You're making shit up.

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    5. oops, sorry. i was pointing out steve cropper as an example of a great guitarist who made every single note he played in service of the song. not the ego. that was not a quote from cropper. just me mumbling.

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  6. I listened to the download twice, and liked it better than I expected to. He would have fit in perfectly with Frank Zappa, who would have kept him on a short leash.

    My go-to guy for fast guitar is Tal Farlow.

    Thanks for introducing me to a musician I had not heard before.

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    1. The Zappa genes are there all right...Zappa > Mike Keneally (used GG's rhythm section before GG) > Govan.

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    2. There's also some Beck influence here, I think. If there's anything to dislike it's that "pock - pock - pock" metronomic drum sound. I'd love to have heard him play with (say) Tony Williams, or anyone who knows how to keep moving around the kit. Yes, he'd have fit right in with Zappa, but Asia? Maybe, like Beck, he's never found his ideal line-up (in the way that Zappa, McLaughlin, and Santana, and a few other guitarists) did.

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    3. I think it's a hard job being a hotshot guitarist and forging a solo career as such - especially in the rock sphere. A few manage it, but most end up jobbing around like Govan. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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  7. Here's a live one for ya - Boing, We'll Do It Live!

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  8. Babs - if you have a Tal Farlow recommendation (I got nuthin'!) I'd be most recognisant!

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