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Gimme 10: The Devil

According to the Bible, Lucifer was one of the Angels who had a dispute with the Big Guy and He sent him down to Earth. But what do songs say about him?
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 According to the Bible, Lucifer was one of the Angels who had a dispute with the Big Guy. He sent him down to Earth, to hang out with us humans. Since then, we have found our personal hell – but let's see what songs say about him.

1. Me And The Devil Blues – Robert Johnson
(Robert Johnson)
This list obviously begins with the man whose legend was strongly connected to Beelzebul.  Robert Johnson and his guitar, on a recording from the 1930s, haunt the blues and rock culture forever. “Early this morning when you knocked upon my door/ And I said, “Hello Satan, I believe it’s time to go””.

2. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones    
(Mick Jagger-Keith Richards)
And we continue with some gentlemen who made sure to stand up to Johnson's flirt with the dark side, writing this entirely 'satanic' song that can be found in the album Beggars Banquet (1968).

3. Devil’s Radio – George Harrison
(George Harrison)
The album Cloud Nine in 1987 re-established the fame and self-confidence of George Harrison, after a series of mediocre albums and five years of absence from discography. This was meant to be the last studio recording by the ex-Beatle with this song standing up against the powerful gossip industry.

4. Devil’s Arcade – Bruce Springsteen
(Bruce Springsteen)
The last song (before the hidden Terry’s Song) from the album Magic (2007) is an atmospheric ballad like the ones the great American songwriter can write very well. Using the simplest materials, he sometimes manages to create something incredible.

5. Race With The Devil – Gene Vincent
(Tex Davis-Gene Vincent)
The second single, after the historical Be-Bop-A-Lula, by the American Vincent Eugene Craddock, who became famous as Gene Vincent and comprised a significant figure of rockabilly and rock’n’roll. It was released in 1956.

6. Devil In Her Heart – The Beatles
(Richard Drapkin)
A cover by the Beatles of Devil In His Heart that was originally recorded in Detroit by The Donays. The Beatles cover, perfoming George Harrison, is beautiful and stands out as one of the many good moments of their second lp, With The Beatles (1963).

7. Devil In Disguise – J.J. Cale
(J.J. Cale)
A choice out of the album Grasshopper, the seventh album by the American John Weldon Cale. An uplifting tempo and the guitar sound that has been the trademark of the good songwriter.

8. Run Devil Run – Paul McCartney
(Paul McCartney)
Besides covers of his favorite rock’n’roll songs, the album Run Devil Run (1999) by Paul McCartney also included three compositions of his own. This one, after which the album was entitled, is a frenzy rock played in a masterly manner by a band of great veterans (David Gilmour, Ian Paice, Mick Green, Pete Wingfield).

9. The Devil’s Been Busy – Traveling Wilburys
(George Harrison-Tom Petty-Jeff Lynne-Bob Dylan)
A song from the second album - and strangely entitled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 – by the supergroup of George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan with the late Roy Orbison, to whom the album is dedicated.

10. Runnin’ With The Devil – Van Halen
(David Lee Roth-Eddie Van Halen-Michael Anthony-Alex Van Halen)
The first song from the debut album by the Van Halen entitled their name, which set new standards for electric guitar players for its time (1978). It was also released as a single with the instrumental Eruption as a b-side.

* Photos from http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/devil.gif and www.wikipedia.org.

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