FT5: Rock Moves
Throughout the history of rock music, musicians have left a legacy of legendary (and sometimes forgettable) signature moves. Today I try to tackle some of the more memorable ones, from the eccentric to the face melting. Follow the jump for the full list.
We all remember the famed lead guitarist of AC/DC who always wore the black shorts and sports coat, Angus Young. Angus was new, fresh and weird. He danced across the stage with guitar in hand, feet together, toes pointed. Since then, Young has inspired many a young upstart. His moves have been repeated by Billy Jo from Green Day, Jack White from White Stripes and countless youngun’s.
No one knows where this one began. The drummer sits in the back and because of this, has to be highly expressive. The best way to do that is to toss the drumstick straight up in the air and drum major it. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age, Boston, Zeppelin and more recently What Made Milwaukee Famous have all traded the sleeper hold of boring drum work for the flash and surprise of the drum twirl.
Legend has it that one day a lead singer collapsed on stage, rolled off and the crowd carried him all around the park while the band played on. I could be making it up, but that brings us to the next rock move … the crowd surf. We’ve seen this a countless number of times, repeated even more. Not that I’d like to admit it, but I remember Scott Stapp from Creed crowd surfing in “Are You Ready.” For the repetition, validity and recognition, the crowd surf has secured the number 3 spot.
Holy Crap, ‘nuff said.
Townshend, as a young guitarist for one of the most prolific and amazing bands of all time, saw Muddy Waters stretching out after a show one time. He took that to heart and while on stage, gave the audience a performance they would never forget. Since that moment, it’s a signature of the great rockers to give the Windmill a whirl. Quiet Company, Collective Soul, Dave Matthews … there are just too many artists to count that have been struck by the Windmill. This move in all-time rocker recognition, repetition, inspiration and virtue of rockerdom move it to Number One. Hats off to you, Pete.