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The Madman of Strings Burns Rubber in his Mercury

This is classic El Rayo-X –– David Lindley’s most exciting and upbeat combo, formed when he was on track to sort-of kind-of “make it” a little bit. This is the closest to commercial this iconoclast ever got, and Mercury Blues was as close to a hit song as he ever had. But here he is playing on a typically small stage that can barely hold his instruments. ‘Course, problem is –– he could be on the Stones’ stadium stage and he’d still fill the thing up. This guy plays more instruments a night than most of us can name.

Lindley’s one of the many inspirational, uplifting musical artists that our cutesy culture never had the inclination to embrace. There’s a million others out there who have been by-passed on the way to “wardrobe,” but Lindley is as high up in the positive-freaks-who-shoulda-made-it as anybody.

Not only does he pride himself in finding the oddest old instruments, he’s also a connoisseur of the forgotten song. Here he jumps in the drivers seat of Mercury Blues from 1949, the year Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady were jammin’ their own Mercury Blues along Route 66 that would later become the transformational novel On The Road.

Even though this is an anti-rich-man’s song, if the Mad Men of advertising were having their way back then, this would have been a Lincoln-Mercury ad before you could say “zero-to-sixty.” But no. Cassady and Lindley screech off in a cloud of smoke, leaving these nine minutes of high-speed note chasing in their wake. Good luck keepin' up.

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David Lindley El Rayo X - Mercury Blues - The Roxy, Washington DC 1988
Another Stellar version of this classic! Very Greasy

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Mercury Blues on Wikipedia
"Mercury Boogie"
KC Douglas Mercury Boogie.jpg
Single by K. C. Douglas Trio
B-side"Eclipse of the Sun"
Released1949
Recorded1948
LabelDown Town
Writer(s)K. C. Douglas, Robert Geddins

"Mercury Blues" is a song written by K. C. Douglas and Robert Geddins, and first recorded by Douglas in 1948.[1] The song, originally titled "Mercury Boogie," pays homage to the American automobile, which ended production in 2010.[2][3]

The song has been covered among others by the Steve Miller Band (1967, at The Monterey International Pop Festival, and 1976, on their album, Fly Like an Eagle), David Lindley (1981), the Finn Pave Maijanen (1987), Alan Jackson (1993), Meat Loaf (2003) and Dwight Yoakam (2004). Maijanen's version in Finnish is named "Pakko saada BMW" (meaning Gotta have a BMW), but Maijanen has performed the song as "Mercury Blues" live as well.[4] Lindley's version, from his 1981 album El Rayo-X, peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Meat Loaf's version appears as a hidden track at the end of his 2003 album Couldn't Have Said It Better. Dwight Yoakam's version appears on his 2002 boxed set, Reprise Please, Baby, and later on his 2004 compilation album, Dwight's Used Records. More recently, a lively, truly blues version appeared on Jackson Browne's "Love Is Strange" (2010), backed by David Lindley.

Rights to the song were purchased by the Ford Motor Company (who already owned the Mercury marque). Ford, in turn, used it for a television commercial featuring Alan Jackson singing his version of the song with the word "Mercury" replaced by the words "Ford Truck." [5]

Contents

  • 1 Alan Jackson version
    • 1.1 Critical reception
    • 1.2 Music video
    • 1.3 In popular culture
    • 1.4 Chart positions
    • 1.5 Year-end charts
  • 2 References
  • 3 External links

Alan Jackson version

"Mercury Blues"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)
B-side"Tropical Depression"
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1993
FormatCD single
7" 45 RPM
RecordedMay 26, 1992[6]
GenreCountry
Length3:39
LabelArista
Writer(s)K. C. Douglas
Robert Geddins
Producer(s)Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology

American country music singer Alan Jackson recorded the song for his album, A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'Bout Love).[7] It was released in September 1993 as the fourth single from the album. His version of the song peaked at number 2 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and the RPM Country Tracks in Canada.[8][9]

Critical reception

Kevin John Coryne of Country Universe gave the song a B grade, calling it "a throwaway track that ended up being a pretty big hit." He went on to say that it "might be the least essential Jackson hit of its era."[10]

Music video

The music video was directed by Piers Plowden and premiered in mid-1993.[11] Keith Urban makes an appearance in the video as a guitar player.[12]

In popular culture

His rendition was used by the Ford Motor Company for Ford pickup truck commercials, changing the line "crazy 'bout a Mercury" to "crazy 'bout a Ford truck."[13] Jackson performed the original "Mercury" version of the song live "in-studio" on an episode of the hit ABC sitcom Home Improvement in 1996.[14] The David Lindley version appeared on the "Florence Italy" episode of Miami Vice on February 14, 1986.[15]

References

  1. ^ Leadbitter, M. and Slaven, N., Blues Records 1943 to 1970 Vol. 1: A-K, London: Record Information Services 2nd Ed. 1987, p. 362
  2. ^ "'It's time:' Ford to close Mercury by year's end - Drive On: A conversation about the cars and trucks we drive - USATODAY.com". Content.usatoday.com. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  3. ^ Maynard, Micheline (2010-06-02). "Ford Appears Ready to End Its Mercury Brand". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Albert Järvinen Band: Mercury Blues [Live] [HQ], Live in Tampere (1989)". YouTube.com. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Allmusic biography
  6. ^ The Greatest Hits Collection (CD). Alan Jackson. Arista Records. 1995. 07822 18801. 
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom. "A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'Bout Love) review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Alan Jackson - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for December 11, 1993". RPM. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ CountryUniverse.net Song review
  11. ^ "CMT : Videos : Alan Jackson : Mercury Blues". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ Edwards, Amy (February 25, 2011). "Alan Jackson picked Keith Urban for his looks". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 201. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  14. ^ Diamond, Dave (February 20, 2012). "Brad Paisley Plays With Stock Cars, Alan Jackson Plays The Blues – Today In Country Music History". LoneStar 102.3. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ imdb
  16. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2324." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 11, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  17. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  18. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
   

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