Rumble

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Famously raw-sounding (after the guitarist punched holes in his amplifier cones) and banned by many radio stations despite the fact that the song had no lyrics, Link Wray’s “Rumble” took its name from Phil Everly’s suggestion that it sounded like a street fight. “It was mean,” Wray once said. “They banned ‘Rumble’ in New York City and Boston, but it just made it sell more.” Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend are just two of the many guitar players who have cited the menacing instrumental as a critical inspiration.