The Devil Went Down To Georgia – The Levellers
Originally by The Charlie Daniels Band
Wikipedia tells me that the Muppets also recorded a version of this. I would pay hard cash for a copy of that. Guys you know the address. Anyway, here is a weak OPG story.
Many moons ago the pub of choice for me and the bunch I hung around with was The Star, a fairly big place in Gillingham, it had a decent juke box and in summer the landlord put a bouncy castle in the garden for drunk people to piss around on. It also had a fairly decent quiz machine.
I’m not a fan of them but one night five or six were hanging around it and OPG put her pound in and started to play – now she was fairly intelligent ( 3 A’s at A Level and a double first from Kent University) so she was doing alright, we guessed an answer to one question and the next one, if we got it right meant that she would win Ten Quid. As far I know no one had ever won anything on the quiz machine in that pub.
Standing next to her was Graham, some of you may remember him, usually stories involving him end in me getting punched, although not on this time. Also there is Emma, Grahams girlfriend, plus Richard and Katherine. The topics on offer were Music or Transport, so we chose Music obviously and the question came up…
“Which State did the Devil visit according to the Charlie Daniels Band Song?”
(or something like that) then you had three options they were Alabama, Georgia or Louisiana. Now, that very day, I had purchased on 12″ from Rooster Records in the Chatham Pentagon Centre for £1.99, ‘One Way’ by The Levellers, who were at the time fairly new on the scene, well sort of, they had one album out but were gaining speed. Anyway, so I knew the answer was Georgia as the Levellers cover this track on the B Side – not that I knew it was a cover version, until that very minute.
A voice – Graham “It’s Alabama” he said, authoritatively.
“Its Georgia” I said. The countdown clock was into the orange, if it went red then time was running up.
“No its not” Graham again, his hand was moving to the top button.
“I’ll buy you all drinks for the rest of the night if its not Georgia” I said with a certain air of arrogance and certainty then I whacked the middle button.
“You utter twat” says Graham quickly followed by…”Oh, ok”
OPG looks at me and smiles, I inwardly breathe a sigh of relief, Emma looks at Graham and frowns. OPG immediately presses the button marked ‘Cash Out’.
‘The Devil Went To Georgia’ is brilliant. The other two tracks on the 12″ are as follows
One Way – which despite the massively ironic nature to it, is kind of bloody wonderful in a massively dated way
The Last Days of Winter