Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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midweek music (a day early): "Why Worry"

The years 1984-1986 were something of a golden age of rock and roll music. It was in that span that Born in the USA, The Unforgettable Fire, Brothers in Arms, Graceland, 1984, Grace Under Pressure, Purple Rain, Stop Making Sense, Building the Perfect Beast, Centerfield, Songs from the Big Chair, Southern Accents, Be Yourself Tonight, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Fables of the Reconstruction, Scarecrow, Listen Like Thieves, Fine Young Cannibals, Different Light, Control, Raising Hell, Slippery When Wet, and so many more were all released. That's some seriously great -- and enduring -- stuff.

Brothers in Arms is one of the most amazing albums ever put together by Dire Straits, a kind-of under-the-radar band that kind of slid in between punk and new wave to create some nifty rock and roll music, and while it's mostly known for "Money for Nothing" -- one of the ten best guitar riffs in the history of rock and roll -- Brothers in Arms gave us a bunch of other great songs, including this one, which Mark Knopfler wrote with the Everly Brothers in mind. They wound up covering it the following year, and while both versions are spiffy, this live version -- which adds guitar great Chet Atkins to the mix -- from 1986 is superb.

As an added bonus, here's Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris covering the song on their All the Roadrunning tour twenty years later in 2006:


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