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Friday Playlist: Car Songs

May 16, 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Playlist where members of the Times-Tribune staff submit their music picks based on a theme. As the weather gets nicer, our minds turn to the roads, so this week’s theme is Car Songs Enjoy:   John Hiatt - Tennessee Plates Pat McKenna “Landed in Memphis like original sin.....” The Playmates - Beep Beep Caitlin Heaney West Continuing my tradition of taking the week’s playlist theme entirely too on point, I present a song my dad used to play for me as a kid, and which always made me laugh. Dwight Yoakam - Long White Cadillac Jim Haggerty This Dave Alvin masterpiece is actually about the death of Hank Williams, but Yoakam put his own indelible stamp on it and his version is the definitive one. Weezer - Surf Wax America Ed Pikulski It’s about NOT using your car. In this case it’s about surfing instead. Works for me. Dave Edmunds - Dear Dad John Cole Dave Edmunds is the only musician who actually does Chuck Berry better than Chuck himself, as evidenced in this rocking treatment of Berry’s ode to Cadillacs (at the expense of Henry Ford, Jr.). The Dictators - [I Live For] Cars and Girls Ted Baird Just a fun song. The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner Joe Butkiewicz No matter the vehicle, every mile is better with the radio on. Jonathan Richman at the intersection of Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground and the Cars. Still a favorite. Tom Robinson Band - Grey Cortina John Cole The Ford Cortina was a popular, affordable and -- in certain trim levels -- performance-minded compact car for the British market during the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s. Tom Robinson wanted one, as his song clearly states. ZZ Top - She Loves My Automobile Jim Lockwood This is a great American rock record Spank Rock featuring Santigold - Car Song Patrice Wilding Though he’s a Baltimore native, I got to know Spank Rock through his prominence in the Philly alt-rap scene, and this song features one of my Top 2 Favorite-of-All-Time talents from there: Santigold. Lyrically, it’s one of my favorite Spank Rock songs, with smart gems like this: “Took New York Like ‘Cloverfield’ Now I want to go West Like Kanye? I was thinking more Cornel.” But for this week’s theme, the best line comes from the lady of the track: “I want to see how far Go ‘til the road gets dark Chasing the lines on tar ‘Til I’m where you are.” Winnetka Bowling League - On the 5 Jon O’Connell “You riding (shotgun) in my ’92 Subaru / roll the windows down / I still feel you” Drive-By Truckers - Carl Perkins’ Cadillac John Cole It occurred to me that an entire Friday Playlist could consist of nothing but songs about Cadillacs. There’s “Long White Cadillac,” “Pink Cadillac,” “Cadillac Ranch,” “Brand New Cadillac,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Joe Stalin’s Cadillac,” and this’n. It’s the best cut off a great album, and an ode to Sun Records, Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the titular Mr. Perkins.