Name that... car?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Okay, so enough politics for now... my wife and I were driving the other day when some song mentioned a Chevy in it and it got me to thinking, which soon became a contest between her and I as to how many songs mention cars in them. We came up with a few and, for the most part concluded that Chevy's and Chevrolet's are the most mentioned cars in popular music. I've been pondering this ever since and thought I would put it to you, the ATK community, to list any other song you can think of that mentions a car of some type. Obviously, we'll get plenty from the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, stuff like that, and that's fine, but I was hoping for some more obscure stuff as well. Thought this would be a fun exercise.


Joel 11:20 AM  

"I drive fastly, call me Jeff Gord-on In the black SS with the naviga-tion" E.I. -Nelly

"We fogged up the windows in my old Chevy, I was willin' but she wasn't ready..."
Chatahoochi -Alan Jackson

"So when you see a young nigga in a Chevy hittin' switches then ya gotta give a nigga his props"
Sumpin' New -Coolio

"Thought I was the duke of Earl when I made it with a red-haired girl in a Chevrolet..."
Keeping the Faith -Billy Joel

"Don't sleep, we roll deep in a Lincoln, Four Vogues on a hundred spokes We bust Biltmore Beavers and Top Dog Coats."
Devil Without a Cause -Kid Rock

"Backseat of my Jeep, let's swing an episode..."
Backseat of my Jeep -LL Cool J

Tony 11:26 AM  

Don't forget Little Nash Rambler by The Playmates.

While riding in my Cadillac
What to my surprise
A little Nash Rambler was following me
About one third my size

Joel 11:38 AM  

beep beep. beep beep. his horn went beep, beep, beep.

steves 12:17 PM  

I can think of plenty, but the best:

bitchin' Camaro, bitchin' Camaro
I ran over my neighbors
Bitchin' Camaro, Bitchin' Camaro
Now its in all the papers

My folks bought me a bitchin' camaro with no insurance to match
So if I happen to run you down, please don't leave a scratch.

I ran over
Some Old Lady
Last night at the county fair
and I didn't get arrested
Because my dad's the mayor

Bitchin' Camaro, Bitchin' Camaro
Donuts on your lawn
Bitchin' Camaro, Bitchin' Camaro
tony orlando and dawn

When I drive past the kids, they all spit and cuss
'cause I've got a bitchin' camaro and they have to ride the bus
So you better get outta my way when I come through your yard
'cause I've got a bitchin' camaro and an exxon credit card

Bitchin' Camaro Bitchin' Camaro
"Hey man, where you headed?"
Bitching Camaro Bitchin Camaro
I'm drunk on unleaded unleaded!

Bitchin' Camaro---The Dead Milkmen

Jay 12:57 PM  

"My lover is bigger than a Honda, it's bigger than a Subaru"

Springsteen - Pink Cadillac

"I'd buy you a K car, a nice Reliant automobile"

Barenaked Ladies - If I had a Million Dollars

Joel 1:31 PM  
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Joel 1:32 PM  

"You scream and you holla 'bout my Chevy Impala, but the sweat is gettin' wet around your ring around the collar"
So Whatcha' Want? -Beastie Boys

Smitty 1:35 PM  

Does it count if every ZZ Top video has the ZZ Top car in it. even if their song doesn't mention it?

Sopor 2:11 PM  

"I will survive in my Mach 5
In my Mach 5, I will survive
Yeah, Yeah
I bring the hammer down
A tiny crushin sound
And I'm in the yard
Smashing match box cars
An itty bitty crash
And my machine is trash"

Mach 5 - Presidents of the United States of America

Jay 2:27 PM  

"I got me a Chrysler it seats about 20 so hurry up and bring your jukebox money"

B52s - Love Shack

"My Mazarati does 185, I lost my license, now I don't drive."

Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good

"Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got those Mercedes Benz"

Eagles - Hotel California

"Oh lord won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all drive Porches, I must make amends."

Janis Joplin

"Gonna buy me a Honda, gonna buy me a cuisinart"

Weird Al

Still searching memory for more obscure...

George 3:39 PM  

"Little GTO" Ronnie and the Daytonas (but also a great Alex Chilton version)
"Little Red Corvette" Prince
"GTO" Fellow Travellers
"Car" Built to Spill
"Ol' 55" Tom Waits (but the Eagles version is better known)
"M-Motor Vehicle" Ben Vaughn
"Cars" Gary Numan
"Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)" David Byrne
"Carl Perkins' Cadillac" Drive-By Truckers
"Brand New Cadillac" Vince Taylor (but The Clash version is better known)
"Mercury Blues" K.C. Douglas (but the David Lindley version is best)
"King Car" The Three Johns

I have to work at work too, so will stop.

George 3:44 PM  

Oh, and for Springsteen there's not just Pink Cadillac but "Cadillac Ranch" plus all the general car songs like "Stolen Car" and "Wreck on the Highway."

And "Racing in the Street" begins: "I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396/Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor." And you don't know what car the narrator's in, but in "Thunder Road" he's pulling out of here to win and avoid " the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets."

steves 8:14 PM  

Slick Black Cadillac---Quiet Riot

Jesus Built My Hot Rod---Ministry

It is a stretch, as it is a trucker song:

Convoy---C.W. McCall

Dufner 9:05 PM  

"Me an Lorenzo, chillin' in the Ben-zo"

-Fuck that Police, NWA

"Midnight chillin' at AM/PM, Coolin' drinkin' apple juice in Evil's BM..."

-Midnight, Ice-T

Bob "Chief Beer Advocate" 9:40 PM  

Nice work on the Springsteen tunes George.

Why don't you ever hear positive tunes about VW's, Honda's or Toyota's? Says a lot.

Sopor 7:24 AM  

Bob, because it's not exciting to sing a song about a car that lasts 350,000 miles on the original clutch!

(I like my little VW! ;-) But I can't sing...)

George 11:50 AM  

Well, there is Fountains of Wayne's "92 Subaru."

And in Billy Bragg's "Sexuality" there are the lines:

Stop playing with yourselves in hard currency hotels
I look like Robert De Niro, I drive a Mitsubishi Zero

Ah, and Grandaddy has a tune "Sikh in a VW Bug."

Joel 12:54 PM  

Wow, Mercedez gets mentioned some too...

"We'll be lookin' flashy in my Mercedez Benz..."

Get This Party Started -Pink

"So Ladies, Ladies, you wanna roll in my Mercedez? Than turn around, stick it out, even white boys got to shout..."

Baby Got Back - Sir-Mix-A-Lot

"Drivin' around in your Jeep or your Benzos, or in your Nissan sittin' on Lorenzos"

Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

"Okay get ya kids but then they got they friends
I pulled up in the Benz, they all got up in
We all went to din and then I had to pay..."

Gold Digger -Kanye West

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