The right song at the right time. Really, is there anything sweeter? Halloween, late-night, driving from the 101 Cafe down Franklin to Los Feliz, a friend, playing DJ in the front seat, followed up Elvis Costello’s “Accidents Will Happen” with Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down The Line.” I tell you, it was the perfect hit of fake Paul McCartney.
Sure, a lot of artists have worked the Paul angle (Badfinger, Emmit Rhodes), but Rafferty’s “Right Down The Line” has that je ne sais quoi — a mixture of earnestness coupled with pulp and pap. Pure ear candy. The track was a single off the 1978 album City To City — also home to the AOR staple “Baker Street,” which is a post in and of itself.
It’s also worth noting that Rafferty, as part of Stealers Wheel, co-wrote “Stuck In The Middle With You,” arguably one of the best “fake Dylan” songs committed to tape in the ’70s. It goes without saying that, in the ’60s, my man Donovan held that title with “Catch The Wind.” Again, great tune, but may well explain why Dylan was such a dick to him in Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back.
MP3: Gerry Rafferty :: Right Down The Line
Amazon: Gerry Rafferty – City To City