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Brit Rock's Greatest Riffs

by Dan Weiss

Brit Rock's Greatest Riffs


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The Kaiser Chiefs' twitchy New Wave-inspired anthems, from "Never Miss a Beat" to "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" to the new "Misery Company," bring up a good parlor game: What are the greatest riffs -- guitar, keyboard and otherwise -- that British rock 'n' roll has ever shredded? Surely there's Blur's "Song 2," Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" and too many Clash songs to name ("Clash City Rockers" being the bluntest and purest). But there's also PJ Harvey's "Sheela-Na-Gig," Nick Lowe's version of "Switchboard Susan," My Bloody Valentine's otherworldly "Only Shallow," Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy" and Radiohead's uncharacteristically bluesy "I Might Be Wrong." And if you'll dare, there's even Coldplay's grinding, slow-motion Chuck Berry figure on the lighter-approved ballad "Yellow."

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