The riffs you hate (and why you hate them)

Anything about MUSIC but doesn't fit into the forums above.
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KVRAF
5629 posts since 8 Dec, 2004 from The Twin Cities

Post Mon May 10, 2021 4:56 pm

vurt wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 9:19 am
Passing Bye wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 8:58 am
Van Halen Jump

if we are going obie related this early, does geddy lees voice count as a riff?
i really want to like rush, musically they are pretty damn good. but his voice has a cartoon character edge i can't ignore (in my mind anyway).
nothing to do with him, don't know the guy, just one of those voices that for me, gets in the way.

and im not anti falsetto in males, prince does a lot of that, the guy in mercury rev is up there too.
so i can't really explain why i don't like it, i just know i don't.

sorry geddy if you're reading this :shrug:
I have never really liked his voice, either, but he had compensatory qualities that allow me to overlook it.

Robert Plant, on the other hand....

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KVRist
236 posts since 2 Sep, 2012

Post Mon May 10, 2021 5:02 pm

Beat It

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KVRAF
2043 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Mon May 10, 2021 5:26 pm

"Love Shack"--everything in that song is awful.
"Have you ever noticed how anyone driving faster than you is a [jerk] and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?" - George Carlin

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KVRian
651 posts since 7 Aug, 2015 from H2O

Post Mon May 10, 2021 5:40 pm

Another one bites the dust…

And the lyric sucks as much as the frickin’ riff.

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KVRAF
3389 posts since 15 Aug, 2003 from seattle

Post Mon May 10, 2021 5:59 pm

The opening bass line in Owner of a Lonely Heart. It wouldn't bother me normally but a band next to ours in a practice studio, the bass player every, single, day, would play that riff.

I've always wanted to start a cover band of the absolute worst pop songs ever written. We Built This City, Life is a Highway, Boot Scoot Boogie, Skater Boy, etc. etc. Everyone would figure it out quick enough, but the fun part, with a long enough list, eventually we would play a song you're fond off! :hihi: Everyone likes at least one cheesy pop number.

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KVRAF
3174 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Post Mon May 10, 2021 7:21 pm

I think the problem with some of these songs,besides every song machinesworking mentioned, is that they are so overplayed. I barely rate Owner of a Lonely heart as a Yes song (and the back story about it doesn't exactly force me to reconsider that opinion) but I think I've heard it,for various reasons,more than any of my favorite Yes songs.

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KVRAF
3389 posts since 15 Aug, 2003 from seattle

Post Mon May 10, 2021 8:14 pm

melomood wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 7:21 pm
I think the problem with some of these songs,besides every song machinesworking mentioned, is that they are so overplayed. I barely rate Owner of a Lonely heart as a Yes song (and the back story about it doesn't exactly force me to reconsider that opinion) but I think I've heard it,for various reasons,more than any of my favorite Yes songs.
Of course that's part of it, but even if you hardly heard Owner of a Lonely Heart it's a terrible song. Unfortunately for me it was one of the first ones I heard so I hated Yes until I heard Roundabout.

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KVRAF
3174 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Post Mon May 10, 2021 8:53 pm

Yikes
(after pondering the idea of being introduced to Yes that way & not vice versa)

KVRAF
21979 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from not here

Post Mon May 10, 2021 10:25 pm

yeah, my thing there is overexposure

I like the really stupid riff like Zappa Muffin Man, or Owner of a Lonely Heart. (Easy to imagine getting sick of that.)
Zappa adopted the Owner riff ASAP, in his next tour it was the vamp for Bamboozled By Love for the guitar solo.

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KVRAF
2043 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Tue May 11, 2021 1:51 am

"Waiting on a Friend"
"Have you ever noticed how anyone driving faster than you is a [jerk] and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?" - George Carlin

KVRAF
21979 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from not here

Post Tue May 11, 2021 1:59 am

I had about forgotten about Yes by 1983. When they came out with that I was highly amused.
The song took a while to make, no one thought it was strong enough (except for the chorus and riff) before Anderson was brought back in and 'fixed' things.

Trevor Rabin came up with that riff on the john so if you wanna hate it, there's that

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KVRer
5 posts since 18 Apr, 2021

Post Tue May 11, 2021 8:08 am

I don't hate it, but the synth riff on Rainbow in the Dark by Dio sort of annoys me as it kind of ruins an otherwise great track

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KVRAF
2043 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Tue May 11, 2021 8:27 am

The Cars' "You Might Think" opening keyboard riff. Blech.
"Have you ever noticed how anyone driving faster than you is a [jerk] and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?" - George Carlin

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KVRAF
2043 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Tue May 11, 2021 9:15 am

Bruce Springsteen "Hungry Heart"--opening keyboard riff. I don't like the keyboard sound in Bruce Springsteen songs--never seems to fit a rock vibe for me.
"Have you ever noticed how anyone driving faster than you is a [jerk] and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?" - George Carlin

KVRAF
21979 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from not here

Post Tue May 11, 2021 9:24 am

I've never heard most of these :D

I never liked so many of these things, do not get me started

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