David Lindley and El Rayo X -- Mercury Blues

From 1982. It don’t git no better, chilluns.

Heh. Takes me back.

I likes me some slide guitar.

Saw Lindley and El Rayo X as a kid, here in SLC (opening for Jimmy Cliff?)—What a great show band…

Thanks for the nice reminder of a killer night, a long time ago!!!


I love Lindley’s “Very Greasy” album, especially Tiki Torches.
“Put away the axes
And pay those taxes…
Let’s all get normal at the luau!”

(From memory):
Gonna buy me a Mercury and drive it up and down the road.
One of my fave albums from college!

Well, the girl I love, I stole her from a friend
He got lucky stole her back again
'Cause she know’d he had a Mercury,
Lord she’s crazy 'bout a Mercury,
I’m gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road.

Album sample here.

I never gave it much thought - I assumed he was playing bottle neck.

Good stuff from back in the day.

Cat food sandwiches!

I will definitely be subscribing to this thread!

I love that song. Man, we covered that in college cover bands when it first came out. Imagine playing that at a fraternity party in Isla Vista (the little town where the students live who attend UCSB, on the beach). Needless to say, I didn’t exactly have the slide parts down, per se :wink: but the girls didn’t seem to mind.

Totally swampy, fun tune. I’ll have to break that out!