So yesterday I popped on the Martin Scorcese directed and Robert De Niro starring Casino. The soundtracks are always so classy and apt for Scorcese’s films. It got me wondering about what are the best gambling / casino related songs out there? I did a bit of an exploration and here are Overblown’s absolute favourites. We’ll be playing them in the office for sure today. If you dig it, check out our other lists.
The Clash – The Card Cheat
One of the more eclectic tracks from The Clash’s magnum opus London Calling, ‘The Card Cheat’ is a piano led, Bruce Springsteen-esque pop jam that is infectious. There’s opium dens, barroom gin, and a king of spades. Sounds like quite a tale right? Listen to get the rest of the story.
Rolling Stone – Tumbling Dice
This has a mixture of a honky tonk and gospel vibe, which is ironically apt for a song about gambling. In typical Stones fashion it frolics and stomps along with a confident funk and groove that is sadly missing from much modern music. Apparently it was inspired by conversations that Mick Jagger had with his maid about craps. Fancy that.
Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas
Have you seen The Big Lebowski? Course you have. It’s perhaps the best film of the last twenty years. I got a rash man. This song features heavily in one scene and is a guaranteed rabble rouser on a night out. I grew up listeing to a lot of Elvis Presley as my Dad is an avid fan so he will always hold a special place in my heart. Definitely one of the highlights of the comeback years.
Motorhead – Ace of Spades
No list about casinos would be complete without this classic from the pioneers of heavy metal Motorhead. Featuring a breakneck speed and a chaotic whirlwind of guitars, the track is the perfect accompaniment to a night playing blackjack. Of course, these days with so many online casino sites, you don’t even have to leave the house to enjoy a whirlwind night.
AC/DC – The Jack
You just cannot go wrong with Aussie rock legends AC/DC. This one is a slow and sultry jam that features more double entendres than you can shake a big stick at. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. This one is probably for the way home after a long successful night at the craps.