"There's a lot for Strokes fans to like here," that band's guitarist Nick Valensi told Rolling Stone recently, speaking about the new debut by his side project CRX. "But there's another aspect to the record, too, which gets a little bit on the heavier, more aggressive side that maybe fans of other bands would appreciate that more." Here, Valensi shares some examples of guitarists-turned-singers who opened his eyes to the possibilities of going solo. "It's fairly obvious why I chose this category," he says.
A lot of New Order songs are heavy on the electronics. I really like this song because it sounds like a band.
Quitting the Wailers was a ballsy move, but he wanted to be a singer. This song spoke to the hearts and minds of stoners all over the world.
He had to separate himself from the Beatles to find out who he was. It's so dope he wrote a song about a guitar pedal.
Johnny Thunders was one of the coolest voices to come out of the New York punk-rock generation. It's clear from his voice he just does not give a fuck.
I wonder if Keith played this for Mick, because this should have been a Rolling Stones song – it's that good. You can just feel his personality.