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  1. rahul at |

    Idk, but i do believe Mick Mars’ intro to Kickstart My Heart is by far one of the most faithful and famous guitar making-non-guitar-noise. Say what you will about Crue, as far that intro goes, that is pretty much identical to a motorcycle revving. It really is more impressive than about 4 of the entries on this list.

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    1. Dan at |

      If you like the Mick Mars version then you should love the Sammy Hagar version from Montrose’s first album, released about 16 years before KMH. Bad Motor Scooter…. killer song.

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  2. jared at |

    What about the ghost of tom joad by rage against the machine, the start of that sounds just like a helicopter, but tom morello achieves this by tapping his pickups with a pencil.

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  3. Hurst at |

    Here’s another one…

    The Clash “Tommy Gun”

    Topper Headon’s drum roll at the beginning was meant to mimic the sound of a machine gun.

    He was after all, the “human drum machine”.

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  4. ParusMajor at |

    What the f.. hell? Onomatopoeia? Are you specifically trying to annoy me by using long and fancy words? Do you know what hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia means? Well, I suffer from that, so stop what you’re doing! Now!

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      How better to overcome your fear of long words than by confronting them right here! Just stay away from this list: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-longest-words-in-the-english-language.php

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      1. ParusMajor at |

        Damn you, TopTenzMaster! I couldn’t help myself, I just had to click that link, and now my brain is skrewed. But tell me if you know what this means: Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz?

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        1. TopTenz Master at |

          Not without looking it up: beef labeling regulation & delegation of supervision law. Huh? IF you like German words, try this list of German words: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-german-words.php

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          1. ParusMajor at |

            Haha! That list was brilliant. And actually: yes, I do like German words and Germany in general. That dude called Adolf just spoiled their reputation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLp63WBV-Ic

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            1. ImperialEmperor at |

              @ParusMajor: That video clip scared the cwap out of me! Somebody actually likes that band? Besides, doesn’t “du hast mich” mean “you hate me”? And you think that’s gonna make me feel better about Germany? Have you gone mad, like… recently???

            2. ParusMajor at |

              OK, maybe that song wasn’t the best choice. How about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVikZ8Oe_XA

              Every German person I have ever met personally has been nice and polite, so please forget WW2 already, dudes.

  5. Spocker at |

    Sound mimicked: Bagpipe

    One example of onomatopoeia I found fascinating when it came out is the bagpipe impression on Big Country”s “In A Big Country” by guitarist Bruce Watson seen here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB6AzLxWWzE

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    1. ParusMajor at |

      I love that song, thanks for reminding me! :)

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  6. Myles at |

    How about Tom Morrello’s guitar solo in Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls on Parade?”

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  7. ParusMajor at |

    I used to like “Love Cats” as well, but that one brings back so many memories, some of which are quite happy and sexy. But some make me cry. I’ll be crying all night now after re-listening to the Cure. :(

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  8. Ned at |

    Shame that there wasn’t a single Hendrix entry on this list. I could have come up with ten examples to fill the list. The most notable one is Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock. Bombs dropping, people screaming.

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  9. bill at |

    I am shocked that there was not 1 mention of the whistling bird in freebird by lynyrd skynyrd. Antone who has ever watched the VH1 special had to be amazed at the uitar playing of this band.

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  10. Repack Rider at |

    Steve Miller’s “wolf whistle” is done by sliding the pick rapidly up the low E string. The sound is caused by the edge of the pick rubbing across the string windings. The tone is varied by the speed of the pick slide.

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  11. Bungalow at |

    You missed Black Dog by Zep
    The intro is supposed to be a dog panting.

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    1. jim at |

      I never put that together until you said that but it makes perfect sense now…the cadance and all that Bonzo does….

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  13. GT at |

    Another classic is Todd Rundgren’s “Motorcycle guitar” in the bridge of Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell”. The “motorcycle” intro and subsequent solo were done in a single take!

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  14. skywatcher at |

    It may be too old for this list, but the work of Jose Feliciano would have fit perfectly. He replicated the sound of a full battle with horses, cannons, small arms, the clash of bayonets and bagpipes AND a fife and drum corps. And he did it all on the acoustic guitar!

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    1. ParusMajor at |

      Which song(s)? Is it on Youtube? I’d like to hear that. I have heard of José Feliciano, but I haven’t really listened to much of his music.

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  15. Danneh at |

    Adrian Belew’s menagerie of animal sounds created on guitar? Roaring lions, seagulls, elephants, monkeys… Deserves a nod.

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