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Smoke on the Water is in the quarterfinals of the Ultimate Classic Rock’s March Riff Madness playoffs. It’s pitted against the Ace of Spades and so far is losing 2:1. Final whistle will blow on Sunday, March 16 at 11:59PM EDT. One can vote multiple times once an hour. You know what to do.

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

45 Comments to “Smoke vs Ace”:

  1. 1
    Ljubisa Raimovic says:

    Motörhead – Ace Of Spades have some riff in it? Dam I couldn’t find any in that song? That say a lot how I see those deaf noobs who woted! 🙂

  2. 2
    Maurizio Villani says:

    ….. smoke on the warter ….. da sballo …..

  3. 3
    Charles Bongiorno says:

    your not serious right smoke on the water without question

  4. 4
    Julie Zaragossa says:

    SMOKE FOREVER!!!!!#1

  5. 5
    Jon Rice says:

    Got to be Smoke on the water, what else

  6. 6
    Marcos Masiero says:

    Ace what?

  7. 7
    Giorgio Grazioli says:

    mitico Ritchie!!!!

  8. 8
    Nick Kyrgios says:

    Smoke smokes Ace of Spades!

  9. 9
    Charlie Grigal says:

    Honestly, it should be “Burn” instead of “Smoke” not as iconic but a way better riff.

  10. 10
    Raymond Dixon says:

    Smoke on the water all the way.

  11. 11
    Fabrice Grosier says:

    Bande de nuls ,en France impossible ..

  12. 12
    Joey says:

    Smoke!!! No doubt a way better riff than Ace Of Spades. How can you compare noise with sophisticated Rock N Roll. An insult to Deep Purple to have been compared riff-wise with Motorhead. Also, I agree Burn is an equally great riff. I was hooked upon first listen.

  13. 13
    Anthony says:

    Ace of Spades riff?? where??

    @9 I agree the Burn riff is fantastic and to me anyway much better than Smoke even though Ritchie was inspired by Gershwin

  14. 14
    Troy Wickman says:

    “Ace of Spades”? Really?

  15. 15
    Klaus Thiel-Klenner says:

    this is too stupid – first Ace won against IRON MAN (!!!) – and now against our SMOKE – can´t take this seriously

  16. 16
    Steve Frandzeskakis says:

    I just gave Ace a listen. It’s been a long time. Ace of Spades has aged well.

  17. 17
    Manuelito Rivas says:

    Smoke O The Water!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 18
    MacGregor says:

    Ace Of Spades? What a joke that is? It has to be a futile attempt at woeful humour surely? Ace Of Spades, HAHAHAHAHA! My sides are starting to split, again! Cheers.

  19. 19
    Michael Alphin says:

    Smoke on The Water. Though I do think the opening for Billion Dollar Babies is worth mentioning.

  20. 20
    Jean-Paul Rosana says:

    We all like this song.

  21. 21
    Mach Campbell says:

    Smoke was great , but DP’s other riff was even better . ba da da da da , de dah dee dee dah dah … remember it ?

  22. 22
    Pedro Gajardo says:


  23. 23
    Pedro Gajardo says:


  24. 24
    Vithaya Tansakul says:

    DEEP PURPLE นี่ชอบมากเลยครับผม

  25. 25
    solaic says:

    Burn? Good, but not outstanding…..Sail Away or Rat Bat Blue are much more inventive IMHO

  26. 26
    cyclone says:

    The video settings are quiet different. Purple in a gymnasium-type Plane Jane setting while the Motorhead video has all the glitz of a light show. That said–no song is more recognizable and inspired more guitarists than “Smoke.” This should be a no brain’ er.

  27. 27
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Hard to believe it’s even close, even harder to believe is that ‘Waste of Spades’ is that far ahead. I am voting but it doesn’t look good for ‘Smoke’. For whatever reason, Lemmy and Motorhead are very popular among the Metal crowd and it is obvious the popularity of the song or band is coming into play here in the voting process instead of the ‘Riff’ factor. There is no defining Riff in the Motorhead thrash.

    I’m voting, but it’s up against ‘Hell or High Water’. VOTE as often as you can.


  28. 28
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    The caption above states it’s a 2 to 1 margin but it is much closer than that. 57% to 42% is where it is right now which is more like a 5 to 3.5 margin. It’s not out of reach by any means if the folks here jump on the vote wagon.

    Arguing over Burn vs Smoke is a ‘smoke screen’. Non related and non productive. Stay focused and VOTE every hour!!!

  29. 29
    Russ says:


    I do not understand the love for Motorhead. Their “songs” actually give me a headache.

  30. 30
    Rune says:

    What do you think Ritchie and Lemmy thinking about this? Lemmy being a Blackmore fan.

  31. 31
    byronsaintjames says:

    Yes Burn is a better song.But SOTW is the universal,ultimate riff.The most played riff in any guitar shop in the world.
    Everybody (not only DP and rock fans ) knows it.Enuff said!

  32. 32
    Elprupdeep says:

    Are we playing cards or listening to music??? For me Deep Purple is music…
    Long live DP.

  33. 33
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Hey all, Smoke is gaining. 56% to 43% now. 3 more days of voting could do it if we all diligently vote every hour. I’m doing my best…. DO IT!!! VOTE!!!

  34. 34
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I recall being very surprised Brian ” Robbo” Robertson of thin Lizzy joined Motorhead way back.

    Such a melodic background and now this?! WTF?!

    And then I read this interview with Brian saying he was flabbergasted having found out that everything Motorhead music was written down!!!

    So he suggested it was not just bashing away on the guitar but a well wrought composition. 🙁

    I always had great respect for then (over the )Rainbow FanClan but was apalled to read in the fanzine:

    ” We went to see Motorhead this weekend. And it did cost us only 5 Guilders! Where do you get the possibility to attend a hardrockshow for that price!?”

    I am still shocked beyond my wits.

    I love you Gerrit! 🙂

  35. 35
    cyclone says:

    @29 ha ha I agree. Look at the two videos and the crowds. One mellow the other mosh pit wackos.

  36. 36
    al says:

    This is really retarded and non sense.Whoever,does this needs to be slapped.Morons!

  37. 37
    GerAssenNetherlands says:

    You can vote once in an hour !!!!!

  38. 38
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Ouch! Smoke is losing ground. Come On!!! VOTE!!!

  39. 39
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Looks like Smoke on the Water is smoldering out. Where are the voter? Surely there are enough fans here at this site to vote hourly and blow Waste of Spade away….. would love to see Smoke in the next level up against the other winner. Probably Ozzy.


  40. 40
    Darryl says:

    I am voting, but for Ace of Spades.

  41. 41
    NWO says:

    Deep Purple fans wake up!
    Smoke vs Ace? Serious?

    Let’s end this!
    60/40 in favour of Motorhead. C’mon Man!

  42. 42
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    I have voted around 15 times. It’s almost over. Looks like a loser for Smoke. They should have used a less dated version for the video. Maybe the one from the ‘Come Hell or High Water’ DVD. I bet most people voted based on the video instead of the RIFF criteria.

    Oh well,


  43. 43
    cyclone says:

    I was too busy working…not voting all week like the MH fans for “Ace” while sitting in their basement stoned and dressed in pooh stained underwear. The MH freaks are pointing out the easy riff of “Smoke”…. although it is only played correctly when RB himself belts it out. I smell a rat with this contest. 60-40 loser….no way!

  44. 44
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  45. 45
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Hey T,

    I went and tried to vote but you have to sift through all of the other songs also (32). Way too much effort and time consuming. I may try again when I have nothing to do for an hour…. 🙁

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