Conventional wisdom would have you believe that the ’80s were a “lost” decade for Bob Dylan: the ’60s were, without debate, his greatest decade. The ’70s featured one of the great “breakup” albums of all time with Blood On The Tracks, not to mention “Hurricane,” a song that did no less than help to free a man from prison. The ’90s saw his GRAMMY-winning “comeback” album, Time Out Of Mind and he’s released a string of critically acclaimed albums since the turn of the millennium.
Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One (this is actually going to be a series?) features a number of indie rock acts looking to change the perception that the Bard was asleep at the wheel from 1980-1990, a decade which saw him release at least one classic album on his own (1989’s Oh Mercy), and one as a member of a band (1988’s Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1).
One notable track is a new take on “Wiggle Wiggle” from 1990’s Under The Red Sky, by comedian Aaron Freeman with Slash. Not generally a favorite of Dylan fans, Time magazine put it on their list “The 10 Worst Bob Dylan Songs.” Slash played on the original version, but seem confused about why he was asked to play on the song: at the time he told Guitar World that “Bob came up and asked me to play like … [incredulously] Django Reinhardt! l couldn’t figure out where he was coming from.”
— Brian Ives, Radio.com