Posts Tagged ‘cars’

Holden Motorcars, 1948 — 2017

October 20, 2017

Australia’s car, the Holden. Recently reborn as a part of GM, the last Aussie-made car rolled off the assembly line on October 20th (that would be yesterday if you’re in Oz).

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Jeep

October 8, 2017

“Autobiography of a Jeep” (1943), from United Films via the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, reprocessed by Jeff Quitney. The Willys MB Jeep was the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II (more here). This WWII-era film celebrates the buggy’s prowess.

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Driving Home for Christmas

December 23, 2016

“Driving Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Chris Rea. Another version is here. Despite 24 albums and 72 hit singles in the UK, the British artist is not well-known in the USA.

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Thousand Dollar Car

October 15, 2016

“Thousand Dollar Car,” written by Brian Henneman and recorded by him with his group, The Bottle Rockets in 1994.

“Replace your gaskets and paint over your rust
You still end up with something that you’ll never trust
A thousand dollar car, its life was through
‘Bout 50,000 miles ‘fore it got to you
Oh why did I ever buy a thousand dollar car”

Bottle Rockets website

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Title & Registration

September 25, 2016

“Title & Registration,” written by Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla and recorded by them with their band Death Cab for Cutie in 2004.

“The glove compartment is inaccurately named
And everybody knows it
So I’m proposing a swift orderly change
‘Cause behind its door there’s nothing to keep my fingers warm
And all I find are souvenirs from better times
Before the gleam of your taillights fading east
To find yourself a better life”

Death Cab for Cutie website

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Mercury Blues

September 25, 2016

“Mercury Blues,” written by K.C. Douglas and Robert Geddins in 1948, recorded by Alan Jackson in 1992. K.C. Douglas originally recorded the tune as “Mercury Boogie” in 1948.

“Well my baby went out
Didn’t stay long,
Bought herself a Mercury, come a cruisin’ home.
She’s crazy bout a Mercury,
Yeah she’s crazy bout a Mercury.
I’m gonna buy me a Mercury & cruise it up & down the road.”

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Camaro

September 25, 2016

“Camaro” by Kings Of Leon, 2007.

“She look so cool in her new Camaro
It’s black as coal and it goes boy, go go go”

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You Can’t Catch Me

September 25, 2016

“You Can’t Catch Me,” written and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1956.

“I bought a brand-new air-mobile
It custom-made, ’twas a Flight De Ville
With a pow’ful motor and some hideaway wings
Push in on the button and you can hear her sing”

Related:

“How the Smithsonian talked Chuck Berry into giving up his red Cadillac,” Michael E. Ruane, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Chuck Berry website

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SS396

September 25, 2016

“SS396,” written by Vince Benay and Louis John Adessa, recorded by Paul Revere & the Raiders in (perhaps) 1966. The love object here is Chevrolet’s 60’s V8 muscle car, the Chevelle Malibu Super Sport 396.

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Cadillac Cowboy

September 25, 2016

“Cadillac Cowboy,” written and recorded by Heather Myles in 1995.

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