13. Neil Hagerty—Royal Trux
Neil Hagerty had his work cut out for him in Royal Trux, as the San Francisco-based band was officially comprised of only him and his girlfriend, Jennifer Herrema, who just sang. Luckily, Hagerty was up for the job; over nine albums for Drag City and two for Virgin, he piles sublime guitar over haphazard bass and drums borrowed from wherever. His style is basically a classic rock radio-worthy skill-set—calling to mind a pre-fusion Jeff Beck—employed while falling-down-off-the-stage fucked up on heroin. He is the guy, after all, who convinced Pussy Galore to record a full-album cover of Exile On Main Street and release it on cassette-only.