Joe Satriani-Surfing With the Alien 25th anniversary pt 1

From 1984 until 1990 it was a dismal time for Rolling Stones fans with the band on indefinite hiatus, but one great thing emerged from Mick Jagger‘s haunting of New York City’s rock clubs looking for suitable replacements. Jagger launched the careers of Vernon Reid and Living Colour, and separately, an unknown six stringer  Long Islander-by-way-of-San Francisco fret phenom named Joe Satriani. The mult-million copy sale of Satriani’s 1987 second all-guitar album Surfing With the Alien effectively closed an era in contemporary music where the rock “guitar god” had become self-consciously cliched, supplanted for the first time in rock music history by the versatile electronic keyboard. Joe Satriani’s Surfing with the Alien didn’t merely open the door for the re-emergence of rock guitar, it kicked it in. Part one of two. –Redbeard