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Old 11-16-2016, 11:55 AM   #31 (permalink)
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HARD ROCK SONG: Hard rock is a form of loud, aggressive rock music. The electric guitar is often emphasised, used with distortion and other effects, both as a rhythm instrument using repetitive riffs with a varying degree of complexity, and as a solo lead instrument. Drumming characteristically focuses on driving rhythms, strong bass drum and a backbeat on snare, sometimes using cymbals for emphasis. The bass guitar works in conjunction with the drums, occasionally playing riffs, but usually providing a backing for the rhythm and lead guitars. Vocals are often growling, raspy, or involve screaming or wailing, sometimes in a high range, or even falsetto voice.

Yup. Probably the Yardbirds like the OP said.
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Old 11-16-2016, 12:49 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Hard rock just needs the right kind of angst.
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Old 11-16-2016, 01:00 PM   #33 (permalink)
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HARD ROCK SONG: Hard rock is a form of loud, aggressive rock music. The electric guitar is often emphasised, used with distortion and other effects, both as a rhythm instrument using repetitive riffs with a varying degree of complexity, and as a solo lead instrument. Drumming characteristically focuses on driving rhythms, strong bass drum and a backbeat on snare, sometimes using cymbals for emphasis. The bass guitar works in conjunction with the drums, occasionally playing riffs, but usually providing a backing for the rhythm and lead guitars. Vocals are often growling, raspy, or involve screaming or wailing, sometimes in a high range, or even falsetto voice.

Yup. Probably the Yardbirds like the OP said.
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:47 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I would have just said Black Sabbath. Come on, it's got to be typified by really pumping 80's lyrics, too, like Def Leppard.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:17 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Not the earliest, but with solid rocking credentials it's worth a mention - the 1969 cover of a 1942 original:-

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Old 11-28-2016, 09:09 PM   #36 (permalink)
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It just so happens that, in 1967, the Grateful Dead were considered to be a hard rock band. At least according to Harry Reasoner they were. Go to the 35-second mark:

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