STEVE: If anybody wanted to learn to play guitar from scratch, I would say definitely check out Beck. If you wanted to get into something that covers everything as a songwriter, listen to us or Prince or The Police – something more well-rounded.
4. “I Know a Little” from Street Survivor, by Lynyrd Skynyrd/MCA
PHIL: There’s three guitar players and one of them, the Strat player, is really good.
STEVE: If you’re going to play a Strat, that’s the way to solo. There’s not a lot of sustain, but he’s just squeezing the notes out.
PHIL: It sounds Southern. It’s a Southern feel. It actually sounds American.
STEVE: It’s hard to describe, but you know that was an American band. What sounds American to an Englishman is that Lynyrd Skynyrd can sing about drinking Southern Comfort and Jack Daniels and get away with it. An English band couldn’t.
PHIL: I don’t know who does the solo on this, but the guy who does “Sweet Home Alabama” is great.
5. “Let It Rock” from Slippery When Wet, by Bon Jovi/Polygram
PHIL: Ritchie Sambora is real good. He’s a tight rhythm player and he’s tasteful. We talked about him in the car today. He’s another one who doesn’t play for the hell of it. He plays for the song.
STEVE: They wrote some good songs. I like this one. It sounds like stuff we used to do, which is another reason for us doing something different. I don’t think there is as much depth on this album as on Pyromania but it sounds good. The production is good. It’s modern.
6. “E.L.N.” from Among The Living, by Anthrax/Island
PHIL: Metallica? Anthrax?
STEVE: A lot of these bands, especially Metallica, are really good. They’re really tight as a band.
PHIL: On record and live it’s amazing how tight everything is.
STEVE: I wouldn’t rush home and put this on the stereo. There are a lot of bands doing this now. There are going to be two or three that survive. We came out of a period and so did Iron Maiden. The good ones survive.
PHIL: I can see the appeal here, but it’s like The Sex Pistols. I can see kids relating to it because it’s fast and different and very anti stuff. Kids like that when they’re younger. The good thing about these bands is that at least the guitar players are good. You know this guy can play. We started as a heavy metal band. That’s different from thrash.
STEVE: We didn’t start off in a thrash direction. There is no way you can expect to start out and write the sort of things we did on Pyromania and Hysteria. It’s an experience thing. You develop and mature. If you have a solid foundation you can always build on it.