Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Music Blog

Welcome back in to the Friday Music Blog. Another week under our belts into 2011. In the Northeast (USA) we are being pelted by yet another snow event followed by 'Icelandically' cold weather. School is canceled where I live (again) and the hottest thing happening here is the soup I'll be making in my Crock Pot! I desperately need relief and I find that in music. Today's focus is songs about, mentioning, and/or having anything to do with cars. Cars represent escapism to me, harken to relaxing journeys, fun vacations, and simply cruising. Cars can be sexy, well-worn tools, or the embodiment of freedom. What they aren't is boring. So, construct a list of the best songs that have anything to do with cars to break me out of winter's stranglehold and transport me to a warmer, happier place.

If you are a car fanatic, check out my dear friend, Art Tidesco's, blog here: He writes and showcases photos of cars/autos/trucks/etc. in a vastly interesting, accessible, and fascinating way. It's worth adding him to your daily fun list. He features "Ferrari Fridays" while I offer the Friday Music Blog! Two great ways to jump into your weekend!!

Thanks to all of my loyal readers and commenters who make the blogging so richly rewarding for me. Typically January beats me down with the lack of sun, frigid temperatures, and post-holiday doldrums, but the daily blogging and interaction has helped immeasurably in bolstering my mood.

Looking forward to starting a new week with you all on Monday and, God willing, finishing next Friday with what should be my 100th blog at this site!

Now, off to posting on the Friday Music Blog. I'll be check in all weekend, won't you?!


  1. Humbled by your plug thanks Chief ! :-)

    As an ex pick up driver and a pick up over here in some cases is probably more a car over here than over there Joe Diffle's Pick Up man was my first thought :-

    slightly more on topic Beatles 'Baby you can drive my car :-

  2. Little Deuce Coup- Beach Boys
    Little Red Corvette- Prince
    Mercedes Boy- Pebbles
    Cruisin'- can't remember the artist- this might be stretching
    Life is a Highway- Rascal Flatts
    NASCAR Love (Let's Go Racin')- Toby Lightman

  3. Riding In My Car -Woody Guthrie

  4. How could any one for get the song Janice Joplin made so famous that the manufacturer mentioned in it thought it was of such social and political import they bought the song out right ?

  5. Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Testarossa

    Sir MixALot, My Hooptie – Used to crank this out when I had my first car, a less than mint ’79 Plymouth Volare (Tony Stewart mentioned once that this was his first car as well). A couple of fun songs from the old school of rap.

    Neil Young – “Long May You Run” It’s such a touching song and it takes some listening to and confession from Young himself, which this song is indeed about a car.

    Prince - “Little Red Corvette” Not afraid to say that Prince is an amazing musician and this song is a great story and is full of energy, and sure it may not exactly be about an actual car but the allusions and double entendres are great.

    Chuck Berry – “Riding Along in My Automobile” Quintessential cruising song. I love the way it starts with a full head of steam and really you can’t beat a great Chuck Berry guitar solo.

    “Mercury Blues” – There are 2 versions that really stick out for me. Steve Miller Band and Alan Jackson. Alan Jackson had a hit with it while I was younger and I thought it was a great song. This was also around the time I spent my time at home listening to every album my dad had. That’s when I found the Steve Miller Band version and was like “Hey, I know this song, but it’s way different.” I like the Alan Jackson version for it’s honky-tonkyness and energy but I love the slowed down bluesy versions of SMB. Here are both

    The Cars “Drive” Such a great 80’s song. One that I really loved the sound of when I was younger and appreciated more when I was older and understood it a little better.

    You might as well add the Beach Boys because they were vital for the car culture as about everyone of their songs involved or mentioned a great classic car.

    Dr. Dre “Let Me Ride” What can I say I was growing up in the height of popularity of gangsta rap and this is a great example of that music culture. Of course now with the kids running around I have to be a bit more selective when I choose to listen to it. A great sample from Parliament’s “Mothership Connection” Very chill and smooth.

    War “Lowrider” – Who doesn’t love cruising around to this song. It’s funny cause I’ve always said that if I ever won the lottery and money was no object I would want to get a decked out lowrider. Some big classic car lowered and elaborately painted. I couldn’t imagine how ridiculous I would look but if I was rich I guess I wouldn’t care.

    That’s about all the time I have at the moment but I’m sure there are a ton more I could come up with. Have a great weekend all.

  6. alright how bout "Baby you can drive my car" by the Beatles

  7. Hi Chief! Well let's see what's on the ol' ipod (is that cheating?).....
    "The Avengers" - Theme
    "Bullitt" - Soundtrack (Lalo Schifrin)
    "Cars" - Gary Numan & Tubeway Amy
    "Dalis Car" - Dalis Car
    "Dead Man's Curve" - Jan & Dean
    "Drop Top" - Billy Love
    "Fast Car" - Tracy Chapman
    "Fun Fun Fun" - Jan & Dean (and The Beach Boys)
    "Gear Jammer" - George Thorogood
    "Hey Little Cobra" - The Regents
    "Hot Rod Lincoln" - Commander Cody (etc)
    "I Can't Drive 55" - Sammy Hagar
    "Jeepster" - T. Rex
    "Life Is A Highway" - Rascal Flatts
    "Little Deuce Coupe" - The Beach Boys
    "Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)"- Beach Boys
    "Low Rider" - Gary Hoey (and War)
    "Maybellene" - Chuck Berry
    "Mercury Blues" - Linley (and Jackson & Miller)
    "Midnight Rider" - Allman Brothers
    "Mustang Sally" - Wilson Pickett
    "Mustang Sally & GTO" - John Lee Hooker
    "Night Drive" - Chromatics
    "Night Drive" - The Ventures
    "Pink Cadillac" - Bruce Springsteen
    "Ramble Tamble" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    "Riding With Private Malone" - David Ball
    "Riding With The King" - Clapton & King
    "Rocket 88" - J. Brenston & His Delta Cats
    "Route 66" - Depeche Mode
    "Shut Down" - The Beach Boys
    "Slow Ride" - Foghat
    "Speed Racer" - Devo
    "Speedway At Nazareth" - Mark Knopfler
    "Sweet Hitchhiker" - CCR
    "Taxi love" - Wilson Pickett
    "Tennessee Plates" - John Hiatt
    "Theme From Route 66" - Nelson Riddle Orchestra
    "Under My Wheels" - Alice Cooper
    I love my ipod!!!!!!!!!!!!