January 14, 2012

Before the Fall: Once upon a time, gods walked the earth playing guitars.

And they could do it for a very, very. very long time -- as you will see and hear at 4:50.

You check out Guitar George, he knows all the chords
But he's strictly rhythm he doesn't wanna make it cry or sing
They've said an old guitar is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

And Harry doesn't mind, if he doesn't make the scene
He's got a daytime job, he's doin' alright
He can play the honky tonk like anything
Savin' it up, Friday night...
With the Sultans... with the Sultans of Swing

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 14, 2012 10:08 AM
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I saw Dire Straits perform "Sultans of Swing" back in 1985 at the Blossom Music Center outside of Cleveland (near Cuyahogo Falls, as Chryssie Hynde says in her song). Altogether, they played the song for about 22 minutes, with lead breaks and such.

Posted by: David at January 14, 2012 10:43 AM

Wow, David. Lucky guy you are. I think this is my new ultimate favorite Youtube video. Thanks!!

Posted by: Maggie Goff at January 14, 2012 12:57 PM

If the git-fiddle players are gods, then the drummer is their fire and brimstone. The man is crushing it. Just killing it. Damn!

Posted by: Joan of Argghh at January 14, 2012 1:15 PM

They still do, Gerard.

Nice find, really enjoyed that!

Posted by: DC at January 14, 2012 1:52 PM

Romeo and Juliet is another song that blissfully goes on and on...

Posted by: Leslie at January 14, 2012 2:57 PM

There are new gods walking the earth, and sometimes they hang out with more ancient ones:

Posted by: stephen b at January 14, 2012 4:03 PM

Two words: "Telegraph Road"

Posted by: Ed at January 14, 2012 4:07 PM

Money For Nothing, the song that was banned in Canada two decades after the fact.

But seriously, Brothers In Arms.

Posted by: Max at January 14, 2012 4:32 PM

... And they also played drums and bass. For those of us who saw and listened to them in person, Keith [Moon] and John [Entwistle], we miss ye!

Posted by: boqueronman at January 14, 2012 4:45 PM

There are new gods astride the earth, paying homage to more ancient ones:

Posted by: at January 14, 2012 5:34 PM

A good candidate for my all time favorite rock n' roll song. After all these years it's still good for the car stereo cranked up to 11, and 25 mph, over any given speed limit.

And I do so love that they never cut a version with horns.


Posted by: jwm at January 14, 2012 6:30 PM

All the way
Down the Telegraph road.


Posted by: jwm at January 15, 2012 8:20 AM

One of the great rock tunes, but no one will ever mistake Mark for the likes of Stevie Ray...

Posted by: Mike at January 17, 2012 10:48 PM