Satch Boogie

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"Satch Boogie"
Song by Joe Satriani
from the album Surfing with the Alien
Released 1987
Recorded 1986
Genre Jazz fusion, hard rock
Length 3:13
Label Relativity
Epic (re-release)
Songwriter(s) Joe Satriani
Producer(s) Joe Satriani, John Cuniberty
Surfing with the Alien track listing
"Always with Me, Always with You"
"Satch Boogie"
"Hill of the Skull"

"Satch Boogie" is the fifth track from the album Surfing with the Alien and along with "Surfing with the Alien" is one of Satriani's most famous pieces. The composition was considered the 55th greatest guitar solo ever by Guitar World Magazine readers.[1] The tap-on bridge played only on the fifth-string is an example of pitch axis theory.[2] Deep Purple performed the song regularly during Satriani's tenure in the band.

Chart positions[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1988 "Satch Boogie" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 22[3]

In other media[edit]

Appeared in Problem Child 2, during the food fight scene at Pizzariffic.

It also appears in the popular video game, Guitar Hero World Tour[4] and in the game Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades; in these games, it is considered the most difficult song for the guitar instrument, especially at the Solo F section. It is also available as downloadable content for the Rock Band series. It is also available on Rocksmith 2014 as the hardest song to learn on lead guitar.


  1. ^ Cross, Dan. "100 Greatest Guitar Solos". p. 5. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 55, Song: Satch Boogie, Guitarist: Joe Satriani 
  2. ^ Satriani, Joe (1988). Surfing with the Alien, p.6. ISBN 0-89524-414-4.
  3. ^ "Joe Satriani AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ Neversoft (2009-10-26). Guitar Hero: World Tour. Xbox 360. Activision. Level/area: Sunna's Chariot. 

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