Retro Single Review: Alan Jackson, “Mercury Blues”


March 1, 2012

1993 | Peak: #2

A throwaway track that ended up being a pretty big hit.

The song had been recorded several times over the years, by everyone from Steve Miller Band to Meat Loaf.  But Jackson had the biggest hit with it, with its driving beat capitalizing on the success of “Chattahoochee.”

In retrospect, it might be the least essential Jackson hit of its era.   Fun to listen to, but not worth making extra effort to seek out.

Written by K.C. Douglas and Robert Geddins

Grade: B

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  1. GloriaNo Gravatar says:

    In case nobody knows….that’s Keith Urban playing guitar in the background with the long hair!

  2. AndrewNo Gravatar says:

    The one thing I’ll always remember about this song is how much my dad hated it because it seemed like that Ford ad came on TV during every other commercial break.

  3. I’m not a big fan of this one.

    Did you leave the grade off or think it wasn’t deserving of one? ;)

  4. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    This is probably one of the dumbest songs I enjoy. I think it’s the production that does it for me.

  5. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    And not that it matters, but that song was originally recorded in 1970 by the Steve Miller Band.

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