Wednesday, June 01, 2011

This is one of the greatest clips of music I have ever seen. It's steel guitar legend, Pete Drake, playing on his infamous "talking guitar" on some TV show at the time (mid '60s is my guess: that's when his album of "talking steel guitar" was released). Drake played with just about anyone and everyone of note during his time, from Roger Miller and Johnny Cash to Buddy Holly and Elvis through to Bob Dylan and George Harrison. He even recorded a whole bunch of tracks for the King label and ran his own imprint for a while in the 1970s, releasing records by the likes of Ernest Tubb. But what you really need to do is watch this clip. It's like something out of a David Lynch film. I know that people are prone to saying such a thing about just about anything remotely "weird", but let me just say it again: this really is like something out of a David Lynch film (or at least a David Lynch film I'd actually want to watch, which unfortunately excludes everything he's done in the last 20 years). The black-clad back-up singers alone do the trick, though I think it's Drake special gadget, which looks like the guy is hooked up to a vintage oxygen machine, does it one better. I guess what makes this so special is that it isn't pure kitsche. Sure, the song itself sounds like a country-muzak version of Joe Meek (or a Joe Meek version of country-muzak, to be more precise), but the song itself is great. Really, really great.

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