R&P: What is one of your favourite uses of guitar feedback in a song?

I was listening to "Castles Made of Sand" by Jimi Hendrix today and thought how the subtle use of feedback in it brought an otherworldly and elegant feel to the song. Gorgeous and innovative.

Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Castles Made of Sand"


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9 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago
    Favorite Answer

    She's Rolling- Parquet Courts

  • 3 weeks ago

    The Jesus and Mary Chain - “Taste the Floor”


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    This song has blistering, extremely abrasive feedback that sounds like a chainsaw, and the screechiness verges on noise. 

  • Zapata
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Hendrix's version of The Star Spangled Banner from the Woodstock Concert. It's incredible, and actually makes the national anthem exciting.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Robert Fripp on Bowie’s "Heroes". Total control.

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  • vtd288
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    "Sister Ray" - The Velvet Underground


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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Actually, the feedback used by John Lennon at the start of "I Feel Fine" (1964) was short, but very effective.  It let you know a song was coming on that wasn't more of the usual syrupy tripe that polluted the airwaves in it's time - which, on 5 Dec. 1964  was 

    #1: "Ringo", by Lorne Greene (spoken)  

    #2: "Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton

    #3: "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las

    & quite a bit of other Schmalz before you reached it at #22, where it debuted on the Billboard "Hot 100." 

  • 4 weeks ago

    Aloha Harv!

    Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.  Page’s artistic interpretation of an orgasm.

    “Castles Made of Sand” is certainly worthy of leading the way here.  Excellent choice.  As you said, the subtlety is what makes it so good.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Any Henry Cow fans here?

    The song "War" off of the "In Praise Of Learning" album that they recorded with Slap Happy in 1975 contains a breakdown which consists of this awful metal on metal sound which sounds like a train stopping. 


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  • After Hendrix my favourite master of the feedback would be Thurston Moore.  My fave example being the opening to  'Mary Christ ' where he blends church bells with feedback as only Sonic Youth can.  Genius....


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