Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental flunky Hop-Sing and I are off to the second weekend of our annual Writer's Retreat in Georgetown, Texas, hosted as always by the incomparable Allen Butler, author of such literary triumphs as A Review of Camel Signature Blends. Could be a hot one -- especially if a certain Swiss runway model shows up with her beard (that's an actual beard, by the way. Not a person.)
In any case, as a result, posting by moi will necessarily be somewhat fitful for a few days.
But until then, as always, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
BEST POST-ELVIS POP/ROCK SONG OR RECORD WHOSE TITLE REFERENCES A MODE OF TRANSPORTATION!!!!!
Totally arbitrary rule: No title with the words "road" or "street" need apply. Sorry.
Okay, that said, here's my totally top of my head Top Ten.
10. Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
Did I say 'highway"?
9. Little Deuce Coupe (The Beach Boys)
Pretty much my all time favorite car song, and I love this clip, from a closed-circuit theater concert presumed lost until it resurfaced a few years ago.
8. Last of the Steam Powered Trains (The Kinks)
From the epochal "Village Green" album. Somebody -- in MOJO maybe -- was bitching recently that nobody had ever covered this. If they haven't, they certainly should....
7. My White Bicycle (Tomorrow)
Brilliant Summer of Love psychedelic pop, even if the guitarist is the pre-Yes Steve Howe.
5. A tie:
Silver Machine (Hawkwind)
Lemmy! Goddamn -- it's fricking Lemmy!!!!!
The Aeroplane Flies High (Smashing Pumpkins)
Just because I wanted something recorded within the last ten years. Although I think it's time we all faced facts -- these guys may well have been the most pompous, pretentious gasbags in rock history.
4. Chestnut Mare (The Byrds)
Because "A Horse With No Name" is just too stupid for words, and I couldn't find a video for Procol Harum's "A Christmas Camel." Heheh.
3. Another tie:
Theme from Route 66 (Nelson Riddle)
George Maharis and Martin Milner come home -- all is forgiven.
Route 66 (Dr. Feelgood)
I can't think of another rock song that's inspired so many terrific covers in so many styles -- Depeche Mode, anybody? -- but I had never seen this Dr. Feelgood clip untill now. That's the great Wilko Johnson on guitar and spastic stagger, of course.
2. Rocket in My Pocket (Jimmy Lloyd)
That's Jimmy Lloyd a/k/a Jimmy Logsdon ("The Man Without a Subtitle" in Nick Tosches brilliant Unsung Heroes of Rock n Roll, still the best and funniest book about roots music ever) and what was for many years one of the rarest and in-demand rockabilly obscurities ever recorded. You might recall it from The Iron Giant soundtrack, of course.
And the number one transportation song, it's not even a contest so don't bug me is --
1. Trains and Boats and Planes (Dionne Warwick)
For obvious reasons, of course, not the least of which it's just so gorgeously mournful. I think it's the peak of the Bachrach/Warwick collaboration, actually.
Awrighty then -- what would your choices be?
Shameless Blogwhore: My companion weekend movie Listomania is up over at Box Office. Remember -- if you can see your way to leaving a comment over there, I can convince management to up my freelance rate, thus helping me to afford that romantic week in Paris I've been invited to share with a certain shady dame.