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Fossie 32

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I hated it because of its commercial sound and that it meant the end of rockandroll midnight oil.
I don't like to bag them as I love a lot of their stuff, but from around that time I thought their stuff [including The Dead Heart] became more bland rather than commercial. Maybe both o_O - but I'm with ya re 'the end of rockandroll'
 

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Well...I like older stuff. Just off the top of my head:

The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Free, Cream, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, Deep Purple, The Faces, The Black Crowes...and that's not counting solo acts.
 

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Cold Chisel are awesome.

'East' is a great album and one of Australia's best IMO. It just captures something about Australia.

East, Diesel and Dust, and Born Sandy Devotional are very very Australian albums and some of my favourite of all time.

Mark Knopfler is a phenomenal guitarist, one of the best of all time. People bagging Dire Straits probably only know of their popular stuff like Money for Nothing and not their back catalogue.

That probably goes for most people and their opinions in this thread.. it's like thinking the Beatles are only about Love Me Do and Taxman or something
 

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As a halfassed guitarist myself I can respect Knoffler's ability but it's a bit like my thoughts on Clapton they are gifted musicians but manage to be as boring as bats**t 99.9 percent of the time.
 

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Did he elaborate on why?
His style is very different, lots of subtlety and ghost notes (quieter notes) and lots of almost percussive muted notes in there. Able to play extremely fast, or with intense feeling, inflections such as holding notes just a fraction longer than most or pausing before bending a string which adds a lot to a songs. Switches between rhythm and lead effortlessly, and a whole bunch of music theory that will just sound like mumbo jumbo. It's mainly the fact he plays without a pick which allows him to pick 2 or 3 or 4 strings at the same time as well as add a ton of different little parts to his playing.

He can easily keep up with the Satrianis of the world but instead chooses to give the songs just what they need rather than playing fast for the sake of it to show off.
 

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Look I'm no expert, but I would think it has a lot to do with Knoffler not using a plectrum much.
It intrigues me because my mate who is miles better then me can't play some of the stuff i write because the way i strum is to hard for him to replicate.
 

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As a halfassed guitarist myself I can respect Knoffler's ability but it's a bit like my thoughts on Clapton they are gifted musicians but manage to be as boring as bats**t 99.9 percent of the time.
I rate Clapton much higher. The stuff he put out in the '60's and early '70's is genuinely great.
 

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His style is very different, lots of subtlety and ghost notes (quieter notes) and lots of almost percussive muted notes in there. Able to play extremely fast, or with intense feeling, inflections such as holding notes just a fraction longer than most or pausing before bending a string which adds a lot to a songs. Switches between rhythm and lead effortlessly, and a whole bunch of music theory that will just sound like mumbo jumbo. It's mainly the fact he plays without a pick which allows him to pick 2 or 3 or 4 strings at the same time as well as add a ton of different little parts to his playing.

He can easily keep up with the Satrianis of the world but instead chooses to give the songs just what they need rather than playing fast for the sake of it to show off.
One of my favourite guitarists is Jeff Beck. He has is own unique style and also does not use a pick.

Completely different style of player to Knopfler though.
 

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One of my favourite guitarists is Jeff Beck. He has is own unique style and also does not use a pick.

Completely different style of player to Knopfler though.
Beck is awesome as well, his style is really weird for lack of a better term. But still amazing and one of those players where you can identify its him straight away.
 

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Cold Chisel are awesome.

'East' is a great album and one of Australia's best IMO. It just captures something about Australia.

East, Diesel and Dust, and Born Sandy Devotional are very very Australian albums and some of my favourite of all time.

Mark Knopfler is a phenomenal guitarist, one of the best of all time. People bagging Dire Straits probably only know of their popular stuff like Money for Nothing and not their back catalogue.

That probably goes for most people and their opinions in this thread.. it's like thinking the Beatles are only about Love Me Do and Taxman or something
I’ve gone back to Chisel recently and there are some gems on their albums other than the singles, Taipan etc. Ian Moss is a great player to listen to.

And couldn’t agree more about Knofler, never gets talked about but he’s slick as they come. Does he even use a pick? I’ve always thought of him doing that finger and thumb stuff.
 

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Cold Chisel unfortunately get associated too much with pub bogan rock, esp with a couple of their better known songs.

Don Walker is a great songwriter, Ian Moss I think balances talent and restraint wonderfully on guitar; and the genuine bluesey vibe of their earlier stuff is quite apart from most Aussie rock.
 

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No Code has some great songs for sure. Present Tense, Who You Are and Around The Bend are some of my favourites.

Love the general vibe of that LP - really chilled and kind of zen. Nice roadtrip soundtrack.
 

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Went to reply that I didn’t agree, but for a minute mixed up Vitalogy with Vs. Vitalogy wasn’t great. VS on the other hand is probably my favourite PJ album.
 

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