Dire Straits has always been one of my favorite bands, as has Mark Knopfler’s (now much more extensive) solo work. They burst onto the scene in 1977 with “Sultans of Swing.” In an era where Bryan Ferry and Talking Heads were building up the New Wave while the Sex Pistols and the Ramones were tearing the shit out of things with punk, this airy little guitar-bass-and-drums song about a jazz band came out of nowhere to become an unlikely hit.
This isn’t that. This is a totally whacked out cover of the song, which starts out with Mary Spender doing Knopfler’s riff on a banjo, which lulls you into a false sense of security, before Leo Moracchioli kicks in with the metal guitar thud. Moracchioli and Spender trade off on the lyrics, and it actually works way better as a head-banger than you’d think. Check it out!