I’m way off the plantation with this — no, not that plantation — but, since you asked, here’s what my new car looks like.
It’s a 2016 base Porsche Cayman, and, no, I didn’t set out to get one with that color scheme in mind. Fortunately, it just worked out that way. School affiliation aside, the other benefit to Guards Red (that’s what Porsche calls it) is that I’ll never lose the car in a parking lot.
The car is an absolute blast to drive. It’s mid-engined, and if you’ve never driven a car with its engine in the middle, it’s hard to describe the sense of balance you have driving. Between that and the sound of the flat-six engine behind your head when you hit the throttle, it’s as intoxicating an experience as you can have behind the wheel without alcohol being involved.
The car’s not for everyone, I know. I’m just lucky enough to be at the stage in my life when I can get away with a two-seater that has modest storage capacity. The rest of the package more than makes up for its shortcomings.
I’ll leave the final word on it to the smug musings of Mr. Ferris Bueller.
Today, it’s the daddy of rock and roll car tunes, Chuck Berry.
My problem is that there are two Berry songs that qualify for a MPC. Only solution is to clip them both here.
First, here’s “Maybelline” live, from 1955.
And from a few years later, here he is performing “No Particular Place To Go”.
The man had an… um, interesting stage presence, to say the least.
Feel free to add on any musical driving selections you may have in the comments.
Here’s a song that’ll make you want to drive – from his El Rayo-X album, David Lindley’s cover of “Mercury Blues”.
Those are some meaty guitar chops, my friends.
Update the Beach Boys by a decade, filter it through some smart ass New Yorker sentiment, and voilà!
Here’s The Dictators’ classic anthem, “(I Live For) Cars and Girls”, off their ’75 release Go Girl Crazy!.
There’s nothin’ else in this crazy world…
I would be committing MPC malpractice if I didn’t include a Beach Boys tune about driving. This one’s live from 1964.
Polite audience, though.
Okay, so I got a new car last week, my first in well over a decade. Color me a little excited.
In honor of the occasion, I’m posting a week of musical palate cleansers with a driving theme to them. Kicking off the festivities is a song I played the hell out off when I was on the radio in college, The Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner”.
I know Jonathan Richman is something of an acquired taste, but The Modern Lovers is a stone cold classic, quintessential American rock and roll. You could say the same thing about driving, which makes this song a perfect start to the week.
(By the way, if you don’t mind, please hold off on your driving tunes suggestions until Friday. I’ve already got the week’s other four videos ready to go and you can load up then. Feel free to comment about Richman and the Lovers now, though.)
Remember, information, like Americans, yearns to be free.