“Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” - Cage The Elephant
Genre: Punk Blues
There’s no denying it. When you first heard that guitar, you were instantly caught. Everyone has heard this song at some point in their lives, and if you found this tune to be instantly familiar even though you’ve never heard of Cage The Elephant - it’s just blatant proof that they’ve written the perfect anthem. The badass dirty feeling this song gives you is all thanks to the slimy cowboy groove of the slide guitar courtesy of Lincoln Parish, who runs by the song with just riff after riff of sheer bottleneck awesomeness. Although only released in 2008 the song itself appeared in a lot of different forms of media, including being the standout track to represent the infamous video game Borderlands, and being part of the soundtrack for the 2010 movie The Bounty Hunter. It has a few notable performances in the charts - including a Top 40 Hit in the UK, and #3 in the Billboard US Modern Rock Charts (which is especially impressive since it was re-released in 2009 in the US). The tasteful lyrical title hook of the song “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” was explained by singer Matthew Shultz, who said that back in the days he asked his co-worker why he was a drug dealer, to which his co-worker replied: “ain’t no rest for the wicked”. Because Matt was working in construction at the time, he ended up writing the lyrics to the song on a piece of drywall while he was installing a ceiling. The building is still existent to this day.
If you liked this song, check out: In One Ear (from the “Cage The Elephant” album)