My friend Jeff Borden made me a driving mix tape when I took delivery on my 1986 Honda Civic CRX. That was 20 years ago, and let me tell you, “Shift Slappin’ With the Kokomos” holds up, a funny and imaginative blend of driving music that bears no resemblance to what I’m calling Lame-O List One and Lame-O List Two, from today’s Freep.
I have only this to say: To not include “Freeway of Love”?!?!? IN ARETHA FRANKLIN’S HOMETOWN?!?!?!?!
Danny said on June 6, 2006 at 10:02 am
Man, it’s like all of a sudden, everyone is a music expert. I can’t speak to the significance of today’s date, but these lists are definitely an omen of the apacolypse.
The horror, the horror.
Carter said on June 6, 2006 at 10:53 am
While garage sale-hopping on a recent beautiful Saturday morning in Chicago, I grabbed a cassette of Sly and the Family Stone(‘s) Greatest Hits off the 50 cent table. Slid that bad boy into the deck, rolled the moonroof back, and grooved away on a musical wash of EVERYBODY IS A STAR, STAND!, AND HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME. Now that’s drivin’ music!
And don’t forget ROADRUNNER from Jonathon Richman.
Dave said on June 6, 2006 at 1:30 pm
RADAR LOVE by some German group, Golden Earring, perhaps.
Sly really had it for awhile, hit songs, before that, record producer in San Francisco (Beau Brummels, anyone?). Sad case of excessive rock stardom.
Nancy, we should see your list, must have some good, obscure (?) stuff. I sure never heard of “Shift Slappin’ with The Kokomos, perhaps some of your loyal readers are more knowledgeable than I. I do have to say I love, “Don’t Worry, Baby” by the Beach Boys but I never thought of it as a highway song.
Mindy said on June 6, 2006 at 3:54 pm
Few things are happier than old mix tapes. Ours are getting brown and brittle, but death will never claim them.
You betcha, Carter! Roadrunner for sure from Jonathan Richman! We unearthed an ancient mix tape a few weeks ago and heard Dodge-Veg-O-Matic after many years away from it. Rockin’ Shoppin’ Center is another JR winner mixed away somewhere. Ah, them was the days.
As for the C-Rex, we had one of those as well. Big fun. And it was twelve years old when we got it but still a blast to drive. I miss it.