The Knife Feels Like Justice

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The Knife Feels Like Justice
Studio album by Brian Setzer
Released 1986
Genre Rock
Label EMI America
Producer Don Gehman
Brian Setzer chronology
The Knife Feels Like Justice
Live Nude Guitars

The Knife Feels Like Justice was released in 1986 by Brian Setzer on the EMI America record label. The album was not promoted well by the label, possibly because Setzer had progressed from playing rockabilly music to the more adult-oriented and more topical rock-roots sound, as several of his musical contemporaries had recently done like Bruce Springsteen, John Cougar Mellencamp, even Jon Bon Jovi. As a result it only peaked at number 45 on the Billboard US album chart.

Although it did not sell well upon its initial release, the original pressings for both the cassette and compact disc versions have sold out. It was re-released on CD in 1990 and again in 1999. In 2007 it was released again as part of a "2 albums on 1 CD" format, paired with his 1988 follow-up album Live Nude Guitars. An import CD version is also available.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Brian Setzer; except where indicated

  1. "The Knife Feels Like Justice"
  2. "Haunted River"
  3. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
  4. "Bobby's Back"
  5. "Radiation Ranch"
  6. "Chains Around Your Heart"
  7. "Maria" (Setzer, Steven Van Zandt)
  8. "Three Guys"
  9. "Aztec" (Mike Campbell, Setzer, Bo Diddley)
  10. "Breath of Life" (Setzer, Tommy Byrnes)[1]
  11. "Barbwire Fence"


  • Brian Setzer - guitar, lead vocals
  • Tommy Byrnes - guitar, background vocals
  • Chuck Leavell - keyboards
  • Kenny Aaronson - bass
  • Kenny Aronoff - drums, percussion
  • Steve Jordan - drums (track 4)
  • Benmont Tench - organ (track 4)
  • Mike Campbell - 12 string guitar (track 9)
  • Peggi Blu - vocals (tracks 3, 8, and 10)
  • Queen Esther Marrow - vocals (tracks 3, 8, and 10)
  • Diva Grey - vocals (tracks 3, 8, and 10)
  • Dave Williams - vocals (tracks 2, 4, and 6)
  • Andrew Williams - vocals (tracks 2, 4, and 6)
  • Yvonne Zuaro - vocals (tracks 1, 7, 9, and 11)