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And I will think no more

If we're all quite aware of what it has become, then where did it come from? From Jack White’s guitar of course, and from his fingers and his brain. But what about the sequence of notes? Could they have been hanging around in the universe since the cosmic microwave background splurged into existence, just waiting to be aligned by a malleable composer? Speaking to the BBC last year, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine said: "It's less a riff that feels like someone wrote it than it was unearthed. It's something that's always been there, and it's something that speaks to the reptilian brain of rock listeners."Stupid & Sophisticated: The Rise & Rise Of The Seven Nation Army Riff
posted by timshel on Mar 20, 2015 - 63 comments

The origins of that stereotypical Chinese nine-note riff

Kat Chow, with NPR's Code Switch, put together a short piece on the history and the prevalence of the well-known nine note "stereotypical Asian theme." As described in a 2005 Straight Dope forum question: You know, the one that goes dee dee dee dee duh duh dee dee duh. Featured heavily in braindead Hollywood flicks made by clueless directors who want to give a scene an "oriental" feel. Also a variation of it can be heard in David Bowie's "China Girl." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 28, 2014 - 46 comments

No one can resist its inexorable pull...

The Lick (slyt).
posted by googly on Nov 15, 2011 - 20 comments

Bill Bailey's message to Metallica

Bill Baily gets us ready for Sonisphere 2011 (Silly YTL) More? Bill Bailey on the Devil's chord
posted by the noob on Jul 6, 2011 - 20 comments

20 things you need to know about Keith Richards

Keith Richards' book tl;dr? Fixed that for you. See what I did there? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Oct 21, 2010 - 31 comments

Oh Great Another Spiteful 50s Narrator

Of all the many heirs to Mystery Science Theatre 3000 crown (previously) , Josh Way's FUN WITH SHORTS is maybe the best at capturing the show's unique voice via short social hygiene films.. Learn all about Coffee! Being Popular! Food! Congress! And of course the complex, harrowing world of personal grooming.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 13, 2010 - 30 comments

Everybody was kung fu fighting

"The Musical Cliché Figure Signifying The Far East", a.k.a. The Oriental Riff
posted by Joe Beese on Jun 7, 2009 - 39 comments

Ralph Macchio can eat my dust...

Mr. Fastfinger cuts heads with the devil (whos on accordian) and allows you to take part in the fun. Practice with the master for some serious keyboard riffage.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Aug 2, 2005 - 11 comments

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