Friends (Joe Satriani composition)

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Joe Satriani - 1992 - Friends.jpg
Single by Joe Satriani
from the album The Extremist
B-side"New Blues"
Released1992 (1992)[1]
FormatMaxi single
GenreInstrumental rock
Songwriter(s)Joe Satriani
Producer(s)Joe Satriani, Andy Johns
Joe Satriani singles chronology
"Flying in a Blue Dream"
"Summer Song"

"Friends" is a single by guitarist Joe Satriani, released in 1992 through Relativity Records. The single contains two instrumental tracks from his Grammy-nominated[3] fourth studio album The Extremist, with "Friends" reaching No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[4]

The chord progression of "Friends" generally follows an I–IV–V pattern (with the exception of the bridge sections) in the key of D flat (occasionally D when played live), with heavy use of power chords in the accompaniment. Satriani performs the track using Drop D tuning down a half step and when performing the track live often uses a different guitar. In an interview for Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Satriani stated that he originally composed the song on bass guitar while looking through a book of photographs of smiling children.[volume & issue needed]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joe Satriani.

1."Friends" (arrangement: Satriani, Andy Johns)3:29
2."New Blues"6:58
Total length:10:27


  1. ^ "Joe Satriani – Friends". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  2. ^ Time Machine (booklet). Joe Satriani. U.S.: Relativity Records. 1993. 88561-1177-2.
  3. ^ "35th Grammy Awards - 1993". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  4. ^ "The Extremist - Joe Satriani | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-23.