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

Why should ‘The Devil’ have all the good music? September 28, 2012

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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