The weirdest distortion sounds you know of in well known songs.

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  1. Blazer

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    Well, what can you say about Distortion, other than it being pretty much a vital part of Rock N Roll from the moment Link Wray recorded "Rumble."

    And how guitarists made Distortion tones their own such as Clapton's "Woman tone" and Eddie Van Halen's "Brown sound" But let's talk about distortion tones which have you go "How is he doing that?"

    And I'll start with Lindsey Buckingham's lead tone on "Big love"

    What I love about this song is how clearly you can make out the different guitars and ditto tones he had on this song. For example during the Chorus after he goes "Looking out for loooooveee" you hear this plucked riff played on a Gibson Chet Atkins nylon string. But his lead tone is this awesome and thick not quite Fuzz tone, very saturated. I never got how he got that tone.

    Completely different band but a strikingly similar tone...

    Geordie Walker is one of those guys who's way underrated and I always loved his tone, a Gibson ES-295 into three delay units into Burman full stacks. His tone is very metallic, almost like a steel drum, I love it.

    The more I listen to this guy, the more I love what he's doing.

    To say that Adrian Belew is unusual is to say that McDonald's sells hamburgers, according to his instruction video he uses an EHX Frequency Analyzer for his distorted tone, I simply cannot think of anybody who has the same approach to lead tones as him.
     
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    Toni Iommi's distortion sound on his "Paranoid" solo always struck me as weird. The only way I can describe it is lo-fi, and it doesn't sound like any of his other solos.
     
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    I think the Big Love solo is doubled and panned. Buckingham has the timing and chops necessary to do that kind of thing.
     
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    I've read that the Marty Robbins song "Don't Worry" has fuzz by accidental intentions.

    It's a gratuitous use of fuzz, and I think its weird, but I like it.
     
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    I'm an old fart, and don't play this kind of music ( but like it!), but
    some of the most intense ( yet musical!) distortion and fuzz I've ever heard, (layers of it too!),
    comes courtesy of Smashing Pumpkins,
    I really think Billy Corgan and James Iha are hard rock geniuses when I hear this song and others:



    * IMO, you can't distort more than what you hear, here!
    Listen to that solo! Glorious!
     
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    drop A or A standard through a boss hyperfuzz. even without the synth doubling, it sounds like a synthesizer.

     
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    Alomar and maybe Fripp?

     
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    Weirdest distortion sounds in famous songs? All of them since the advert of CD's and the possibility to master brick wall limiting to the moon and back, the "loudness wars". Rush's "Vapor Trails" and Metallicas "St Anger" comes to mind. Even the cymbals and vocals are distorted, only due to excessive compression/limiting. The compression makes all sounds distorted. Period.
     
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    I think that he's using a ring modulator.
     
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    Paul Leary has or had some interesting dirt.
    The one Clapton distortion sound I still find interesting was what I believe was his Firebird I into Marshall on the album version of Presence of the Lord.
    I've liked some Jack White dirt and some Dan Auerbach fuzz based dirt as both musical and interesting.
    And to be fair, Kurt got some interesting sounds out of a DS-1.
     
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    Longwave “Eyes Like Headlights.” At around 1:49 in there’s a super spitty fuzz part that just sounds crazy to me.

    Not sure what he all used to make that, but it’s so cool.

    Edit: Oh...in well known songs...well this is cool anyway.
     
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    I've never looked into how this was done, but I'm assuming it sounds thick and heavy because of the layered guitars (plus delay) and bass.

     
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    Got to add these two monsters:

    Adrian Belew King Crimson Elephant Talk:



    Killing Joke Millenium:

     
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    I don't really think of any dirt as weird in songs I bother to listen to, but come to think of it there are some weird dirty sounds on RHCP cuts with Fruciante.
     
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    Not sure if this qualifies as a well known song, but the wall of distorted guitars on "Only Shallow" by My Bloody Valentine always sounded like dueling elephants to me.

     
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    The lead tone in In a Big Country. I know they were trying to sound like bagpipes, but the honky, compressed, saturated tone sounds killer on its own.

     
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    U2 would have two in this category - "Mysterious Ways" and "Elevation"


    Envelope filter, delay, flange - certainly weird at the time.


    "Elevation" - It's an obscure Kay Fuzz pedal - vintage, and they were made of plastic so not many survived. I can get close to this with a Keeley Electric Mudd (Super Fuzz), Direct Drive, and a Strymon Mobius filter setting.

    Certainly when this song came out, hearing a pitch shifted solo like this was pretty wild. Today it's tame, but crazy back in '84. 4:40 for the solo if you don't want to watch the whole thing.
     
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    I had friends who were really into 'Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt' in the mid '90s. Everything about that album is weird to say the least. I never liked it, but I also wasn't into certain illicit substances either.
     
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    I've always wondered why "Spirit in the Sky" didn't make the transition to being a worship tune. Lots of "secular" songs out there that would liven up church services without being blasphemous. Hmmm ... perhaps I'll start a thread someday.
     
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