Skrillex - real name Sonny Moore - was once a guitarist and even fronted a moderately successful hardcore band named From First To Last. Despite this, Spin confirms that it included the young dubstep producer without knowing about his rock background.
"Look, as far as we know, our asymmetrically coiffed party pal has never held a guitar in his life," it admits, possibly confirming that his position on the first page of the feature was simply to generate controversy and page views.
Spin goes on to justify his inclusion thanks to his "primal understanding of adrenaline-pumping, pulse-raising, chest-caving bulldozer riffs" which are generated on electronic synths on his dubstep releases.
In joint-first place as Spin's greatest guitarists of all time were Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth, beating Kurt Cobain in 4th place and Tony Iommi in 18th place.
"The bass drop to "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" might just be this generation's "Smoke on the Water," says the article.
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Here's the top 10 guitarists according to Spin:
10. Jam Master Jay (Run-DMC) 09. Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic) 08. Johnny Ramone (The Ramones) 07. Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd (Television) 06. Prince 05. J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) 04. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) 03. John Fahey 02. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) 01. Lee Ranaldo & Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)