I mentioned I’m in Love with my Car by Queen on my Growing up on 8 mm - #4 by brianlarsen thread this morning and @DavidP jokingly suggested a topic about car-themed songs you love.
Now there are going to be hundreds of these, so please don’t rush off and Google (other search engines are available) ‘songs about cars’, or say “I know another one”- but I do enjoy hearing what kind of music makes my friends tick.
You will be judged (in my mind )- but definitely not publicly humiliated
I’ll kick it off with what I used to think was Tom Waits when I first heard it, but is in fact the talented Robbie Robertson’s Somewhere down the Crazy River with Sam Llanas’ (BoDeans) fab backing vocals Take a picture of this The fields are empty, abandoned '59 Chevy Laying in the back seat listening to Little Willie John Yeah, that’s when time stood still
… and then of course, Mr. Waits himself from the superb Swordfishtrombones album-
A Soldiers Things
“It’s good transportation…but the brakes aren’t so hot”
… unless you go and do it yourself!
Seriously, Gordon, that’s exactly the kind of big-headed/self-deprecating/humorous response that makes it worth starting this kind of thread.
Vibes. @TheMadman_tobyjenner Yes, you and @DavidP both reaching right back to the original rockers on this one. Great minds…
I have a love-hate relationship with all things Mad They had some brilliant stuff, but were not averse to going down the over-silly-side on occasion. This is definitely one Golden Earing, now there’s a blast from the past. Must dig it out again Del Amitri- know the name, but can’t place their stuff. I had a listen to this and it sounded like a very well-crafted good song, but just didn’t move me @DarrellW ah yes, all the car songs at once… I thought you would have gone for fun fun fun by the Beach Boys first. The MLT cover- well someone was bound to mention that song, eh? I loved Gary Numan’s Cars when it came out. I thought the sound was so different and, well, new (wavish anyway). Little Symbol man’s song doesn’t float my boat, but undoubtedly a super-talented artist. Got to see him for free at a Dublin gig, cause they needed a doctor. Good job no one needed assistance @Richard_close2u Good to see you having time to relax a bit and join in trivia. You’ve been a busy man recently and have good taste. Will you be performing at the OM next month? Hope so
I shall leave you with a little more disturbing Murder by Death’s '52 Ford
Haha, Dave- you’ve got Lincoln on the brain
Never heard/saw that before. Really enjoyed it. I know jack about cars, but it reminded me of the yellow hot rod on American Graffiti
That is the tune of A Boy named Sue, isn’t it?
Took me few hours and I used this post as an excercise for my brain trying remind myself any song about a car or cars.
First ones involving the word car were Fast Car by Tracey Champan which really doesn’t focus on a car, its just a feature of this song and not a theme I would say. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol nothing to do with cars at all, it was just a thing that I believe mum of the frontman used to say to him when they were thinking about girls, so I scratched those two.
Finally got one that actually is about a car and it’s this one:
Funny enough before I copied the link from YouTube searchbar was suggesting me a song of this title done by about 5 different artists! Lot of inspiration from Black Caddie
Edit. One more thing- text is actually really cool and I really dig this song, haven’t listened to it for a while so thanks Brian for this post
I got a mind full of aggravation
I can take it if I just relax
I say a prayer for the motivation
Keep me solid, so I stay on track
But there’s a monkey on my back
And it don’t know how to act
Got me climbin’ up and down the walls
Now I gotta make a choice
Maybe then I can rejoice
'Cause I’m sick of all the same withdrawals
I got a mind full of inspiration
And I ain’t livin’ in the past no more
So feast your eyes
On the big, blue sky
And wave bye bye
From a long, black Cadillac