“Folsom Prison Blues”
Prison always suited Johnny Cash, even if he never spent much time there beyond the occasional live performance. And while charming some 2,000 inmates would prove a tall order for most, these prisoners were Cash's kindred spirits -- it's clear in their explosive applause when the Man in Black snarls, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." The outlaw line came to Cash while envisioning "the worst reason...for killing another person," he once said. "It did come to mind quite easily, though." The live take, recorded at California's Folsom Prison in January 1968, offers a heaving helping of American goth. And these jailbirds eat it up.