You bastards!
November 21, 2013 9:33 AM   Subscribe

I want to hear more pre-solo exclamations. I'm talking about the thing where the vocalist yells something (not just the end of a chorus or verse) to kick off a guitar solo. Examples: You bastards!, Do it!

I misremembered it happening much more frequently than it actually does. Unfortunately, it seems most bands take themselves too seriously to do it.

If you link a YouTube video, please note where in the song the exclamation happens either by saying or by appending "#t=02m27s" (replacing the numbers with the correct minutes and seconds for the video) to the end of the link. Thanks!
posted by ignignokt to Media & Arts (51 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 




My favorite...

Townes van Zandt - "Pancho and Lefty" (to himself) ... "Pick it! And it wont ever heal." (3:17)
posted by nathancaswell at 9:45 AM on November 21, 2013


Ooh! Guitar!
posted by spielzebub at 9:46 AM on November 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


I can't find a youtube video of it but in "Why Can't I Be Like Other Girls?" Marshall Chapman says something like "well cook it!" or something to kick off the guitar solo. It's on spotify, starts around 1:44

In Big Star's "Dream Lover" Alex Chilton says "Play it for me, guitarist" before the solo

Bruce Springsteen yells something indistinguishable before the sax solo on "Born To Run"
posted by ghharr at 9:47 AM on November 21, 2013


In Electric Six's "Riding on the White Train," Dick Valentine announces the "Solo!" before it arrives, then continues to remind you while it's going.
posted by heatvision at 9:47 AM on November 21, 2013


"Play a little, Cici!" before the guitar solo in Poison's cover of "Your Mamma Don't Dance."
posted by TinWhistle at 9:48 AM on November 21, 2013


Freddie Mercury: "Now hit it! Like that!" in Queen's early B-side "See What a Fool I've Been".

Junior Brown tells Jimmie Vaughan to "come on in here, Jimmie" before his solo in "(You're Wanted by the Police and) My Wife Thinks You're Dead" (can't find link at the moment).
posted by ibmcginty at 9:53 AM on November 21, 2013


C'mon, Steve, get it! (RIP Steve.)
posted by Metroid Baby at 9:55 AM on November 21, 2013


In the BBC version of Liar, by Queen, Freddie leads into the solo by saying, "We have liftoff!" He did this in other live versions, too, but not on the album version. Happens at about 5:00.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 10:00 AM on November 21, 2013




"Make me cry" -- Eddie Vedder on Yellow Ledbetter.
posted by gauche at 10:01 AM on November 21, 2013


Take it, Satch!
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 10:05 AM on November 21, 2013


I wanna love you! (Ministry, "Jesus Built My Hotrod")
posted by disconnect at 10:08 AM on November 21, 2013


"C.C., pick up that guitar and talk to me!" ---Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me"
posted by 23skidoo at 10:08 AM on November 21, 2013


The Rolling Stones doing "Love In Vain" on any 1972 tour date. Here's the version from the official concert film, where Mick says at 2:47: "I don't know how to cry, why don't you cry for me?" to Mick Taylor. The best of all of these, though, is ONE performance where the music lingers, Jagger says, "Don't try too hard!" and Taylor utterly destroys it.
posted by DeWalt_Russ at 10:14 AM on November 21, 2013


I Believe In A Thing Called Love. Actually says "GUITAR!"
posted by kuanes at 10:16 AM on November 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is The Edge!
posted by The World Famous at 10:20 AM on November 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Vince Neil, "Guitar!" before the Mick Mars guitar solo in "Dr. Feelgood"
posted by dyobmit at 10:32 AM on November 21, 2013


Jagger to Mick Taylor on Hide Your Love - "Come on, my man!"
posted by canoehead at 10:34 AM on November 21, 2013


"Show 'em Stevie"
posted by mani at 10:44 AM on November 21, 2013


Play it Leo! (if organ solos count)
posted by Roommate at 10:46 AM on November 21, 2013


"Ah, Rock on George, One Time for Me!" - Ringo Starr
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:07 AM on November 21, 2013


Kalindo!
(Kalindo is the name of her guitarist)
posted by wats at 11:24 AM on November 21, 2013


Neil Young - "The Losing End (When You're On)" at 2:45
posted by hydrophonic at 11:37 AM on November 21, 2013


Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) also yelps "Guitar!" in "Man O' Sand To Girl O' Sea" at about 2:16.
posted by Coatlicue at 11:45 AM on November 21, 2013


Reverend Horton Heat does this a lot, usually some variant of "Here I go..."

My favorite, though, is "Pilcher's Squad" by Primus: "Go Ler!", three-second guitar solo, "Thanks Ler!"
posted by sleevener at 11:46 AM on November 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Go, Nigel, go!" around 1:05.
posted by Madamina at 11:48 AM on November 21, 2013


"Okay let's give it to' em right now!", 1:27.
posted by Devoidoid at 11:53 AM on November 21, 2013


"Take it Lou": Lou Reed to Lou Reed, "Beginning of a Great Adventure" (RIP Lou!)
posted by Mapes at 11:55 AM on November 21, 2013


IMO the best one of all time: "Play, magic fingers!", 1:09.
posted by Devoidoid at 11:58 AM on November 21, 2013


Hard Core Logo - Who the Hell You Think You Are? "Guitar!"
posted by 256 at 12:05 PM on November 21, 2013


Mothers of Invention, "Trouble Every Day" - "Blow your harmonica, son!", 5:09. (Not a guitar solo, sorry.)
posted by Devoidoid at 12:11 PM on November 21, 2013


Yo DJ HAL, bring that beat back!

Sorry Lars, I'm afraid I can't do that.

So what can you do?

I can play this awesome guitar solo.
posted by 256 at 12:11 PM on November 21, 2013


Ok, Edge, play the blues!*

*May not contain actual blues.
posted by bondcliff at 12:25 PM on November 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


Peter Steele yelling "HIT IT" before one of the solos in "Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity".
posted by clockzero


I thought he yells "Kenny!", or is that another TON tune?
posted by 445supermag at 12:33 PM on November 21, 2013


er... sax solos?

Huey Lewis, The Heart of Rock n Roll - "JOHN-NAY!" 2:07

Billy Joel, It's Still Rock n Roll to Me - "All right RI-CO!" 1:51
posted by bitterkitten at 12:50 PM on November 21, 2013


(now I want to hear/see a giant edit of all of these)
posted by bitterkitten at 12:52 PM on November 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


Adam Ant to Marco Pirroni Adam and the Ants - Physical. "You better listen to Marco."
posted by merocet at 1:58 PM on November 21, 2013


Clear winner:

Ah, rub it on me. Rub it on me, Duane!
posted by lumpenprole at 2:34 PM on November 21, 2013


Damn it, messed up the link. Here.
posted by lumpenprole at 2:40 PM on November 21, 2013


I Believe In A Thing Called Love. Actually says "GUITAR!"

Oh, that's what he's saying. I always heard it as "Get down!" but "GUITAR!" fits better with their aesthetic.
posted by clockzero at 3:58 PM on November 21, 2013


I thought he yells "Kenny!", or is that another TON tune?

Hmm, maybe he is yelling "Kenny!".
posted by clockzero at 4:03 PM on November 21, 2013


Mondegreens abound, is what I'm saying.
posted by clockzero at 4:04 PM on November 21, 2013


tiny masters of today do this in their song radio riot at about 1:22. not the singer, though.
posted by lester's sock puppet at 7:17 PM on November 21, 2013


Hey Josh!
posted by sigmagalator at 7:31 PM on November 22, 2013


"Ah, Rock on George, One Time for Me!" - Ringo Starr

"Ahh, rock on, anybody..."
posted by mintcake! at 8:50 AM on November 24, 2013


Freddie says "hit me" at the beginning of Brian May's solo in Queen's "Need Your Loving Tonight".

Steven Tyler says "Guitar!" leading into the solo in "What It Takes" by Aerosmith.
posted by ibmcginty at 9:00 PM on December 20, 2013


Billy Joe Shaver, in "Georgia on a Fast Train": "aw, throw down, Eddie!"
posted by ibmcginty at 5:29 AM on January 26, 2014


DLR "Oh, shake it, baby!" in "Top Jimmy" by Van Halen
posted by chazlarson at 9:12 PM on February 13, 2014


The Killers performing "When You Were Young" at the Royal Albert Hall: "Sing me a lullaby, COME ON!"
posted by rensar at 9:10 AM on August 12, 2014


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