S-25 Mix: Songs About Cars, Vol. II – Arcade Fire, T. Rex, The Ramones, Radiohead, Atlas Sound, Bright Eyes, Depeche Mode
Last week, we revved up the engines and put the pedal to the metal to set out on a road trip to gather up great songs about cars. Thanks to the help from our readers along the way, the S-25 mix Songs About Cars (Vol. I), is perhaps the most extensive and diverse collection of songs about cars to be found on the web. And if one mix didn’t achieve that goal, it’s a good thing that there were plenty of left-over, relevant songs to in fact put together another well tuned, all engines go mix of car songs for this week’s S-25 Mix.
Many of the songs in this second mix of Songs About Cars came from our own combined playlists, and of course the recommendations of visitors to the cafe. The songs are not in any particular order of importance, release date, artist, or any other categorization, other than they all have something to do with cars, and of course are songs we really like. Also, as with all of the Sunday mixtapes on IRC, the featured songs are from various genres, and time periods, of music as long as they fit whatever happens to be the theme on any given Sunday.
As you can easily imagine, there are thousands of songs that span six decades of music in which cars are the central theme. Therefore, choosing which ‘car songs’ would be included in the mix, and which would not be, was accomplished through an evolution that relied heavily on a process of elimination, wherein a number of people rated the songs in iTunes from one to five stars (only songs with at least three stars are kept). Because there are so many fantastic songs about cars, we broke up the mix into two volumes, with the first installment published last Sunday. Click on the album title to purchase an album directly from Amazon, many are on sale, including Neon Bible for only $5.99! Others, like Radiohead’s Pablo Honey, and T. Rex‘s Electric Warrior are exclusive, remastered, expanded and collectors’ editions.
“Car” – Atlas Strategic from Rapture, Ye Minions! (2001)
“Go Lil’ Camaro Go” – The Ramones from Halfway to Santiy (1987)
“Radar Love” – Golden Earring from Continuing Story of Radar Love (1974)
“Company Car” (Switchfoot) – The Gregs from Historical Doubt (2005)
Lines from “Trampled Underfoot”: Greasy, slicked down body, groovy leather trim/I like the way you hold the road, mama, it ain’t no sin
“Drive My Car” (The Beatles) – The Donnas
“Calling All Cars” – Dashdown from Rock N Roll Vacation (2010)
Double-shot: “Arrested for Driving While Blind” - ZZ Top
“Hollywood Nights” – Bob Seger from Stranger in Town (1978)
“Helen Wheels” – Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)
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