THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
89-Deep Purple-Smoke on the Water.
1971-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 0.01.The most famous and iconic guitar riff in the world ever.Whenever a budding rock star decides to learn the electric guitar,this is always the riff they learn first.
Deep Purple have gone through many personnel changes from their initial forming in 1968 through to the split in 1976.The band reformed in 1984 and are active to this very day.The five who were considered the classic lineup were Ian Gillan(vocals,) John Lord(1941-2012)(keyboards,) Roger Glover(bass,) Ian Paice(drums) and Ritchie Blackmore(guitar.) Blackmore’s grandmother’s favourite tune was the 1933 song ‘Deep Purple,’ that was how the band got their name.
The lyrics tell a true story.The band were in Montreux,Switzerland on December 4th,1971 to record an Album using a mobile recording studio that was parked in the Montreux Casino entertainment complex.Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention were playing a concert in the casino’s theatre that night,at some point in the evening somebody in the audience fired a flare gun towards the ceiling.Although there were no major injuries,the resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex.The ‘smoke on the water’ that became the title of the song is down to Roger Glover who related how the title occurred to him when he woke from a dream a few days later,referring to the smoke from the fire which spread over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched from their hotel room.
‘But some stupid with a flare gun burned the place to the ground.’
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