Why should ‘The Devil’ have all the good music?

A list highlighting the sad lack of Van Halen, Charlie Daniels and Mitch Ryder in my iTunes library.

But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game …

Crossroad Blues,” Robert Johnson
Dear John Letter (to the Devil),” Keith Green
The Devil,” PJ Harvey

“The Devil & Me,” BR5-49
Devil in Her Heart,” The Beatles
Devil Inside,” INXS
Devils and Dust,” Bruce Springsteen
Devil’s Haircut,” Beck
Drive, He Said,” Steve Taylor
Fallen Angel,” Robbie Robertson
Friend of the Devil,” Lyle Lovett
God Good, Devil Bad,” The Swirling Eddies
Hellhound on My Trail,” Robert Johnson
Mean as Hell,” Johnny Cash
Satan, Bite the Dust,” The Swirling Eddies
“Satan’s Monster Truck,” WNOC
“Somewhere Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” The W’s
Sympathy for the Devil,” The Rolling Stones
That Ole Devil Called Love,” Billie Holiday
Why Is the Devil Red?” Lost Dogs
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?” Larry Norman

Allow me a word of explanation here about those two Swirling Eddies tracks, “God Good, Devil Bad” (originally by DeGarmo & Key) and “Satan, Bite the Dust” (originally by Carman). They’re from the Eddies’ CCM “tribute” album Sacred Cows, on which they perform sloppy, probably semi-sober, renditions of some of the most appalling “hits” of contemporary Christian music. If you’ve never heard of Carman, their version of his song will likely just be baffling. If you’re a fan of Carman, it’s likely insulting. But if you really, really dislike Carman, it’s pretty wonderful.

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  • phranckeaufile

    “Friend of the Devil” by … Lyle Lovett?


  • I met the devil in a field
    I said “Oh finally! Did you bring my contract?”
    And the secret he revealed
    Was that he waits for no one, and he’s never made a single deal
    – Secret of the Crossroads Devil Lyrics & MP3s here 

  • Amaryllis

    As me and me marra was gannin to wark,
    We met wi’ the devil, it was in the dark;
    I up wi’ me pick, it bein in the neet,
    And knocked off his horns, likewise his club feet.

    The Colliers’ Rant – The Whisky Priests

    De’il In the Kitchen – The Homespun Ceilidh Band
    Devil Got My Woman – Skip James
    Devil Is Watching You – Lightnin’ Hopkins
    Devil’s Arcade – Bruce Springsteen
    The False Knight on the Road* – Fleet Foxes
    Friend of the Devil – Grateful Dead
    Friend of the Devil – Elvis Costello
    House Carpenter** – Lisa Moscatiello
    Sympathy For the Devil – The Rolling Stones
    Whiskey, You’re the Divil – The Clancy Brother With Tommy Makem

    * – Spoiler: it’s really the Devil.

    ** – Him, too.

    (Edited, due to both me and Disqus)

  • borealys

    Devil’s Got a Gun – Whitehorse
    The Devil You Know – Econoline Crush
    (You’re the) Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley
    Glimpse Into Hell – Melissa McClelland
    Hell’s Bells – AC DC
    Hell and High Water – Rainer Maria
    Bad Angel – C’mon

    Most recommended here is the Whitehorse track.

  • malpollyon

    Devil Song – Beth Orton

  • Devil:

    Christine’s Tune (Devil In Disguise) – The Flying Burrito  Brothers
    Dance The Devil – The Frames
    Devil – Stereophonics
    Devil’s Son – DevilDriver [Double Devil!]
    Devil In A Midnight Mass – Billy Talent
    Devil In Mexico – Murdered By Death
    Devil Is A Loser – Lordi
    Devil On My Shoulder – Billy Talent
    Devil You Know (God Is A Man) – Face To Face
    Devil’s Haircut – Beck
    Speak Of The Devil – Sum 41
    Sympathy For The Devil – Rolling Stones

    Other names:

    Straight To Hell/Devil Is Real – Hank Williams III
    Miss Lucifer – Primal Scream
    No One Else But Lucifer – Jay-Zeezer
    Demons – Fatboy Slim feat. Macy Gray


    Back Into Hell – Meat Loaf
    Back To Hell – Alkaline Trio
    Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf
    Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects
    Going To Hell – Brian Jonestown Massacre
    Hell – Foo Fighters
    Hell’s Comin’ Down – Primal Scream
    Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be – AC/DC
    Hell Of A Year – Sage Francis
    The Hell Song – Sum 41
    Hell Yeah – The Bloodhound Gang
    Hell’s Bells – AC/DC
    Highway To Hell – AC/DC
    Love Is A Mutt From Hell – Wheatus
    MF From Hell – The Datsuns
    No Chance In Hell (Mr McMahon’s Theme) – Jim Johnston
    Oh Hell Yeah – H-Blockx
    Private Hell – Iggy Pop & Green Day
    Private Hell – The Jam
    The Roommate From Hell – MC Lars feat. MC Chris
    Straight To Hell – The Clash
    Straight To Hell – Josh Rouse
    This Planet’s On Fire (Burn In Hell) – Sammy Hagar
    Welcome To Hell – Sum 41
    Your Lucky Day In Hell – Eels
    Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell – Iggy & The Stooges
    20 Years Of Hell – Anti-Flag

    Finally, they’re not songs, but I do have every episode (except the two-part Olympics special from this summer) of Old Harry’s Game, a BBC radio sitcom about Satan, written by and starring Andy Hamilton.

  • ChristianPinko

    CURSE YOU, FRED, for those Carman and DeGarmo and Key links. I feel like my ears have been kicked in the junk.

  • Cat

    The only Don Henley song I have any love for is “In the Garden of Allah,” wherein Satan reminisces about the good old days, and laments that his position has been taken over by corporate America. 

  • A while ago a friend was DJing on Second Life, and I put together a number of themed playlists to help her.  Around Halloween, I put together a bunch:  Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts and Revenants, Monstrous, and Devilish.

    The Devilish one is here.  Recently I’ve added “Seven Devils” by Florence + the Machine, “Lucifer” by Nemesea, and “A Demon’s Fate” by Within Temptation.

    For that matter, I also have a list called “Angels Light and Dark”.

  • Hexep

    All of his movies are good, though I think after Spirited Away he stopped making truly great ones.  I don’t know what it is; maybe he just considers his own race run.  He knocked them out of the park with Mononoke and Spirited Away; Moving Castle and Ponyo were good, certainly, but they lacked his signature greatness.

    My favorite of his has always been Nausicaa, but that’s because I got sucked into the book before I saw the film.  The book of Nausicaa, by the by, is a wholly superior work; I would recommend it with the utmost sincerity to anyone who likes manga, or comics, or reading, or being.  If you have the capacity to like, you will like this.

  • The Guest That Posts

    Given my rather dark taste in music, I was a bit disappointed to find that I had very few songs fitting this theme, even if I sneak in those that are about the devil but don’t mention him in the title:

    “Demon Days” – The Gorillaz
    “Angels Fall First” – Nightwish (come on, that title has got to count)
    “Dance with the Devil” – Cozy Powell (from the “Hot Fuzz” soundtrack)
    “In the Presence of Enemies I&II” – Dream Theater
    “Ghost of Perdition” – Opeth
    “The Baying of the Hounds” – Opeth

    “Bat Out of Hell” – Meat Loaf
    “Planet Hell” – Nightwish

    Then I realised that I owned Symphony X’s album “Paradise Lost”, where just about every song is from the perspective of Satan. Appropriately, since it seems to be a retelling of “Paradise Lost”.

    So I add: everything on “Paradise Lost” by Symphony X. (Except possibly the instrumental tracks, and “Seven” which is more about the Deadly Sins.)

  • Dheise

    Devil Delight — Heart

  • imathers

    The Band in Hell – Electric Six
    The Beat Is Satan – I Am Bones
    Blue-Eyed Devil – Low
    Burning Hell – John Lee Hooker
    Demons – Super Furry Animals
    Devil Rides – Mogwai ft. Roky Erikson
    Devil’s Spoke – Laura Marling
    The Hairstyle of the Devil – Momus
    The Hellbound Heart – COIL
    Mogwai Fear Satan – Mogwai
    Straight to Hell – The Clash
    Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
    To Beat the Devil – Kris Kristofferson
    You Need Satan More Than He Needs You – Future of the Left

    Fred, if you haven’t heard “To Beat the Devil,” I think you’d like it.

  • Just about everything by The Electric Hellfire Club (a spinoff of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult), plus their own name.

  • Theo Axner

    Lots of songs this time around. I didn’t include all the “Hell” songs, just those who explicitly refer to Satan/devils/demons in the lyrics.

    Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody – Bob Dylan
    Angel Is the Devil – Steve Earle
    The Ballad of the Devil’s Backbone Tavern – Todd Snider
    Be Careful What You Sign – Larry Norman
    Born With a Tail – the Supersuckers
    Bowels of the Devil – Body Count
    Christmas With the Devil – Spinal Tap
    Demon Alcohol – Ozzy Osbourne
    Demonomania – the Misfits
    Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
    Devil I Know – Motörhead
    Devil in a Sleepin’ Bag – Willie Nelson
    The Devil in Stitches – Bad Religion
    The Devil You Know – Todd Snider
    Devil’s Magic Pants – the Humpers
    The Devil’s Right Hand – Steve Earle
    The Devil’s Right Hand – the Highwaymen
    The Devil’s Right Hand – Johnny Cash
    Devilock – the Misfits
    Devils – Motörhead
    Devils in My Head – Motörhead
    Devil’s Whorehouse – the Misfits
    Friend of the Devil – Bob Dylan
    Hellhound – the Misfits
    Little Demon – Screaming Jay Hawkins
    Lord of This World – Black Sabbath
    Man of Peace – Bob Dylan
    Mephisto Waltz – the Misfits
    N.I.B. – Black Sabbath
    The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
    Race With the Devil – Gene Vincent
    Runnin’ With the Devil – Van Halen
    Runnin’ With the Devil – Hayseed Dixie
    Satan Is Real – the Louvin Brothers
    Satan’s Jeweled Crown – the Louvin Brothers
    Sympathy for the Devil – the Rolling Stones
    Trouble in Mind – Bob Dylan
    Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music – Larry Norman
    You Look Like the Devil – Willie Nelson
    (You’re the) Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley

  • Have we met inworld, by any chance?

  • I’m not on SL myself — for one thing, the disconnect between what you describe your character doing vs. the limited animations to portray that kind of bug me.  My friend goes by Kueidan.

  • The_L1985

    “I have every Nightwish album except Angels Fall First (I think).”

    Ditto.  In fact, one of the reasons I enjoy their newest album is because it reminds me of Once and Century Child in all the right ways. 

    “Should I dress in white and search the sea,
    As I always wished to be?
    Once with the waves, Ocean Soul”

  • Dear John Letter (To the Devil) – Keith Green
    The Devil You Know – Side Show
    Hey Devil – tobyMac
    Dance With the Devil – The Witches of Eastwick
    Run Devil Run – Girls’ Generation
    Run Devil Run – Ke$ha (? I don’t remember owning this.)
    The Devil Is Bad – The W’s (a nostalgic favorite)
    Devil Take the Hindmost – Love Never Dies
    Bit Part Demon – The Evil Dead: The Musical
    All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed By Candarian Demons – The Evil Dead: The Musical
    Demons – Tech N9ne

  • lowtechcyclist

    The Devil’s Radio – George Harrison

    And a bunch by Blood, Sweat, and Tears:

    And When I Die
    Lucretia McEvil
    The Battle
    Symphony for the Devil

    And a cover of the Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” which I prefer to the original.  David Clayton-Thomas is believable as Satan.  I can’t buy into Mick Jagger as the Devil.  He doesn’t want to rule the world, he just wants to be decadent.

  • Erikagillian

    I only searched, didn’t read all of it, so may have missed it but the devil as subject and no Tom Waits?  Down in the Hole, theme of the Wire, is about keeping the devil down in the hole.  And there’s mentions in a lot of songs.  I’m blanking now but there’s at least the negative mention in Heart Attack and Vine:  There is no devil, it’s just god when he’s drunk.

    And because of Down in the Hole I can’t find anything else via youtube.  Not just the four covers from the Wire, everyone and their dog seems to have covered it.

  • The Devil’s Dance Floor, Flogging Molly