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Tony Peluso was the lead guitarist for the Carpenters, and while his fingers did the shrieking on this Richard and Karen Carpenter smash hit, it was actually the so-not-cool Richard who kicked up the noise, shouting at an initially timid Peluso to "GO! Just BURN!" The contrast between Peluso's angry roar — which starts at 1:22 in the song — and the syrupy strings and layered vocals is pure genius. Peluso plugged his Gibson ES-335 into an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, and then right into the mixing console (no amp) to arguably help birth the dreaded power ballad.