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.)
“Silver Train” is a fairly obscure Rolling Stones tune from Goats Head Soup (I think it was the B-side to “Angie”). The official video the Stones released is good evidence that their glam phase was, shall we say, regrettable.
Anyway, here’s a cover of the song from Carla Olson and Mick Taylor. It’s off their Too Hot For Snakes live album, and, in my humble opinion, is superior to the original. Listen and let me know what you think.
Here’s one more MPC featuring a Fairport Convention alumni for you.
I mentioned in my Richard Thompson post the day a friend of mine who used my Thompson shtick to impress people. My buddy was a drummer, and as much as he liked Thompson, he loved Dave Mattacks, who was Fairport’s drummer at the time.
Mattacks was also much in demand as a session player and this is from one of my favorite gigs of his, XTC’s Nonsuch. “The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead” is the album’s opener and if you play this on a decent stereo with a little grunt, Mattacks’ initial burst will make you jump in your seat.