Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#381: The Cult-Love Removal Machine (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#381
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Love Removal Machine"
Artist: The Cult
Release Date: February, 1987
From the Album: Electric (1987)



Quick Take: The notable club hit that first signalled the Cult's move from the alternative world to metal, "Love Removal Machine" is simultaneously a guitar virtuoso's dream come true, highway blues-metal perfection, and a stomping dancefloor standard. Though guitarist Billy Duffy's opening riff is immediately reminiscent of a dozen hits (from Chuck Berry to Steppenwolf), his solo halfway through the song is one of the most memorable in rock, as thunderous as it is dexterous. Likewise, Ian Astbury gives his vocal chords a real workout, twisting and turning mere syllables into seconds-long expressions of lust worthy of Mick Jagger or Rod Stewart. Though it wouldn't cross over in America as easily as later Cult smashes like "Fire Woman," "Love Removal Machine" remains a favorite in clubs whether alternative or hard rock.

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