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Ten Sharp Knife-Related Song Titles

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Joan Baez Made Her First Cut Over Sixty Years Ago


With a name like Radcliff, the town should stay on the edge of what's going on. Halfway between Louisville and Elizabethtown, Radcliff was featured in the USA Today on October 12.

A business in the town, Red Hill Cutlery, recently gained entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. The popular shop officially has the world's largest pocketknife, which extends to 3 feet and six inches.

As the town celebrates its historic landmark, allow me to offer a play list to enhance the occasion. These are all songs with titles that mention either “knife” or words that serve as synonyms, not including the title track to Aztec Camera's second album simply called Knife.

Also missing from the list, ironically enough, are knife offerings from David Bowie or The Edge of U2.

1. Cuts Like a Knife by Bryan Adams

Years before he took us back to the “Summer of '69” Adams, thanks to this creative video with an attractive model in an empty swimming pool, became a household name.

2. Hot Knives by Bright Eyes

Conor Oberst continued an impressive as Bright Eyes with Casadega, which spawned this single as well as “Classic Cars” and “The Brakeman Turns My Way.”

3. Stiletto by Billy Joel

“You don't really mind the pain,” the Piano Man metaphorically admits in this highlight from 52nd Street, the long anticipated follow up to The Stranger.

4. Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis

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Debuting with Costello Music, the trio immediately won alt rock fans because of catchy cuts like this one and “Acid Jazz Singer.”

5. Daggers Drawn by the Minus Five

Down With Wilco (ironically featuring Jeff Tweedy of Wilco) was a breakthrough for Scott McCaughey's indie rock project, responsible for this track as well as album highlights like “View From Below” and “Retrieval of You.”

6. Mack the Knife by Bobby Daren

The title utensil from this standard could also be a shark, which “has such teeth that shine pearly white.”

7. Knife Edge by Emerson, Lake and Palmer

The “Lucky Man” on the self-titled debut was fortunate enough to have a half dozen mates, especially this sharp offering.

8. Knives Out by Radiohead

The Amnesiac album from 2001 provided this title track, as well as the follow up single “Pyramid Song.”

9. Silver Dagger by Joan Baez

Back in 1960, even before Bob Dylan emerged, Baez made this the first song from her self-titled debut.

10. Tiny Daggers by INXS

“New Sensation” and “Need You Tonight” remain the best known components from Kick, the sixth album which also holds this huge utensil.

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