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Is my generation not into great riffs?

Asked by Steve_A (5120points) March 3rd, 2010

I have noticed a lot in my opinion that what is missing compared to what you might say is classic rock/metal and todays modern music is a great riff.

Like there is no unique style or tone, no swagger or attitude in it like the older music. It is for me to explain.

You know that melody,or line in music that just makes damn thats just killer right there.

Maybe it is just me? Not saying that it makes the music bad or anything but I miss that simple but really clever stuff.

Like Black Sabbath I wish I could write riffs like that guy (Tony Iommi ) why has it some bands are trying so hard to write complicated things rather than just get together and write some music?

I don’t mean to start a flame war or something I just want to know basically how you feel about it?

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skfinkel's avatar

Maybe you can make it happen.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

People sound old when they say that.

There’s good riffs out there. You just need to look deeper than what iTunes is telling us to buy.

Steve_A's avatar

@Captain_Fantasy Not saying there is not it just seems to be missing a lot to me, can you give me some examples that you know or like?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I agree with @Captain_Fantasy, you just have to look beyond some of the mainstream pop music. It does seem that is less and less common to find bands that focus on making good riffs, but they are out there.

Here’s one that I like. The riff at 1:35 is fantastic!

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

I’m with ya, but when Sabbath was in their heyday, there was a lot of crap out then too.
The music companies will push whatever they think they can sell.

dalepetrie's avatar

If you like Sabbath, check out Mastadon, The Sword and High on Fire.

mass_pike4's avatar

I like this question. It’s a good one. I think it is definitely true. I am apart of this “generation” and those type of solo riffs from pink floyd, sabbath, bad company, zz top, clapton, paige, etc. just aren’t around anymore. I think it is because bands today cannot compare to those bands, so they try different styles to establish their own riffs. Personally I am happy they do not try to be like the old guys. I can just listen to the good ol’ jams over and over and not have a problem with this new music. Let them do their own thing, who cares if it sucks. The 60s & 70s will forever ROCK!

Cruiser's avatar

@Steve_A You couldn’t be more right about the lasting super cool riffs part. Totally AWOL in your generation. Come Steve!! What gives??

We need more of these!!! Greatest opening riff of all time!!! Says ME!!

sweetteaindahouse's avatar

I agree with you for the most part. I like more of the older stuff than the stuff put out today even though I am still i highschool. Everyonce in a while I’ll find some good stuff that was made recently, but it is usually indie music.

stratman37's avatar

I’m afraid you’re right.

Largely music today is sterile and the audio equivalent of chicken – it doesn’t even taste like chicken anymore. If only there were music bullion you could add to today’s fluff to give it more flavor.

But @Captain_Fantasy is right – you can still find some if you look hard enough. or like @skfinkel says – make your own. That’s what I’m doing.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

There are good riffs out there. You’re probably looking at the wrong place.
Like in Mastodon’s last album, there were some good riffs in there.
The riffs in this song are also good.

PacificToast's avatar

Yup, if you took a song today, and removed the vocals, it’d sound pretty awful.

Pseudonym's avatar

What do you mean? My Generation has plenty of riffs!

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

There aren’t as many great riffs in modern music as there are for older bands, but there are still some out there.

Example 1
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There’s more out there, these are just 11 that I couldn’t whittle down to 10. I think modern musicians have often tried to take the idea of a riff and create new interpretations, so not all of these are like the storming guitars of the classics, but I think they’re enough to still be called riffs.

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