Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio – "The Knife Feels Like Justice"
“The Knife Feels Like Justice” – Brian Setzer
In my opinion this song had it all: a great, Byrdsy riff (it is, quite literally, the reason I own a 12-string guitar); a strong melodic hook; and a killer lead vocal from Mr. Setzer. However, nobody was ready for Brian Setzer as a cow-punk rock star in late 80’s. The Stray Cats were still fresh on everyone’s mind, Dwight Yoakam wasn’t cool yet, and alt-county was still a half-decade away. So this excellent song, and the kick-a$$ album it came from – which I still own, thank you very much – quickly hit the bargain bins. Still, I dream of the day when I hear this tune bursting out of the radio speakers, where it really belonged … and still belongs.