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Al Forsyth

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Lee,
I have this:

Gold - Little GTO (sounds like Jan and Dean) - Ronnie and the Daytonas
Silver - Car Crazy Cutie - The Beach Boys (sounds like the Beach Boys!!!! Pamela is below)
Bronze - Drag City (sounds like Ronnie and the Daytonas) - Jan and Dean
Tinner - 3 Window Coupe - (didn't Jan and Dean do this?) - The Ripcords





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Larry Franz

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We're replacing our 18-year old minivan later this month. Maybe we'll get a '69 Plymouth Roadrunner. They're asking $75,000 for this particular inanimate object:
https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1969/plymouth/roadrunner/100912029

I have votes and questions.

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- One of their best car songs. The internet says Brian recorded "Pamela Jean" for the Survivors on August 27, 1963. Then he recorded the song as "Car Crazy Cutie" five days later on September 2. The Little Deuce Coupe album with "Car Crazy Cutie" is released on October 7th. Then two months later, on January 4th, "Pamela Jean" is released as a Survivors single. This is a somewhat peculiar chronology. I wonder if he felt he needed another car song for the album, so he decided to use the song he'd just recorded for the Survivors. But since they were recorded so close together, which came first? The Pamela Jean lyrics or the Car Crazy Cutie lyrics?

Silver -- Ronny & the Daytonas -- Excellent car song. But this vote is technically for "G.T.O.", not "Little G.T.O.", which should have been the title, but wasn't. Did anyone really use "Ponton" as a nickname for Pontiacs?

Bronze -- Jan & Dean -- Another excellent car song co-written by Brian. And always nice to see Dean Torrence in his white jeans, the height of fashion among some Southern Californians at the time. The internet says Brian participated at the session in November 1963. Is that him doing the background falsetto?

Pewter -- The Rip Chords -- Not bad, not great. The internet says a "three window coupe" has two side windows and a "backlight", which means a rear window. That's three windows, but don't all coupe's have those three windows? Or did other coupes have those little windows on the doors that you could push open, making them "five window coupes"?


As bonnie recently brought to our attention, this site's software seems to have changed so that the "remove the https:// from the link" method for saving space no longer works. This will mean a lifestyle change for me.

The Blasters, "Long White Cadillac" (written in honor of Hank Williams, who died in the backseat of his long turquoise blue Cadillac, shown below)

[HankWilliamsMuseum] 

The lyrics:

Night wolves moan
The winter hills are black
I'm all alone
Sitting in the back
Of a long white Cadillac
Headlights shine
Highway fades to black
I'll take my time
In a long white Cadillac
In a long white Cadillac
Sometime I blame it on a woman
Why my achin' heart bleeds
Sometimes I blame it on the money
Sometimes I blame it on me
Train whistle cries
Lost on its own track
I'll close my eyes
I'm never coming back
In a long white Cadillac
Night wolves moan
The winter hills are black
I'm all alone
Sitting in the back
Of a long white Cadillac
One time I had all that I wanted
But it just skipped through my hands
One time I sang away the sorrow
One time I took it like a man
Headlights shine
Highway fades to black
It's my last ride
I'm never coming back
In a long white Cadillac



Dave Alvin, the songwriter, recorded the song differently for his first solo album. I think the original is better.



Thanks Lee!

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Lee Marshall

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Thanks to Al and Larry I now have more mathematics to look forward to...and more songs to listen to as well.  Plus questions.  Larry...There are more questions than answers and the more I find out the less I know.

It's kind of like school...and the 'pointLESSness' of it.

The more you go to school...the more you learn.
The more you learn...the more you forget.
The more you forget...the less you know.
So...why go to school?

Question 1...Yes...He needed another car song.  T'was mainly the 'theme' of the album.  Which came first?  The one which wasn't second.

#2...Uhhhh...sure...why not?  Anything to further 'please' Murry right?

Then There Were Three.  No.  That's an l.p. title.  The answer?  Genesis.  Oh...and in Michigan...Chiefly.

And for FOUR/4...The answer is clearly 3.  Unless it's 6.  You forgot the sunroof.  And the more you forget the less you know.  So...Why ask?

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Larry Franz

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Lee -- They say ignorance is bliss, but now that you've answered my questions, I feel totally satisfied.

Cream, "N.S.U." ("Driving in my car...")


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Larry Franz

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This is rather good.

The Rip Chords, "Sting Ray"


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Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Car Crazy Cutie (The Beach Boys - 1963)
Little choice but to give this the Gold like almost everyone else. None of these songs have much of a shelf life.

You could throw a blanket on the parking lot of them, but I reckon people who tie their votes need to grow some.

Silver - G.T.O. (Ronny & the Daytonas - 1964)
Features in an episode of The Wonder Years. ‘Blow it out’?

Bronze - Three Window Coupe (The Rip Chords - 1964)
Terry & Bruce again. It isn’t ‘Summer Means Fun’.

Participant - Drag City (Jan and Dean - 1963)
Let’s recycle ‘Surf City’ and sing about cars instead. 

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Lee Marshall

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Originally Posted by Darren J. Ray

Silver - G.T.O. (Ronny & the Daytonas - 1964)
Features in an episode of The Wonder Years. ‘Blow it out’?

Participant - Drag City (Jan and Dean - 1963)
Let’s recycle ‘Surf City’ and sing about cars instead. 



'Blow it out'?  The exhaust pipe.  Then eat my smoke ya slowpoke...

Let’s recycle ‘Surf City’ and sing about cars instead."  Whoa Nelly!!! Brian D. Wilson just got dissed by Darren...TWICE in 1 'post'!  [eek]   O U C H !!!!!  [nono] 
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They've revved up their engines, burned their way down the strip, and here's how they finished:

Gold -- "Drag City", Jan & Dean. "Burn off that quarter mile", and so they did, "looking real tough with those chrome reverse wheels...Drag City races are the fastest in the nation."  They get the checkered flag!

Silver -- "Little GTO", Ronnie & The Daytonas. Another classic car song that could really "blow out" the other lesser competition this week. 

Bronze -- "Three Window Coupe", Rip Chords. Sounds too much like a rehash of their big hit, "Hey Little Cobra", but still finishes in third place, ahead of... 

Tin -- "Car Crazy Cutie", Beach Boys. Doesn't even sound like a racing car song, but more like a nice little adaptation of a Dion doo-wop song: "Run, run, a doo-run-run". Sputters in to the finish line in last place. 


A couple more old car classics to throw into this week's mix:

From the very beginning of the rock and roll era, this one by Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner, "Rocket 88":


And rumbling down the streets of East LA, here comes the "Low Rider" from War:


Fun battle this week, Lee, but I still want to know whether anybody here ever had a wimpy PT Cruiser in the early 2000s, the 21st century antithesis of the old muscle cars.  
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Tom, Rocket 88 - the BIRTH of rock and roll!  But who wrote it - stole it - recorded it?  Interesting story behind it.  Ike probably learned.  
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Lee Marshall

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A buddy of mine got a PT Cruiser for his wife Tom.  I NEVER/EVER saw him drive it...or even sit in it.  Yes Al...Jackie's '88 was mainly an Ike 'thang.'

McCartney liked his 'cars'...and his favourite 'part' of said auto?



Great song from Ram.

I guess as a car racin' song 'Car Crazy Cutie' was a little laid back and all...but what's a car related event with the idea of some ladies/"cuties"?  In just one word?   B O R I N G!!!   THAT'S what.  So?  I'll keep them involved with the 'sport' Monsieur Tobin.  I'll leave the 'slot car' skew to you. [redface]
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D.A.N

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GOLD BBs Brian sounding like Al sounding like Brian.  Not their best harmonies.

then, er, miles before the next lot...

SILVER yeah, it's Ronny...well, actually his name's John... & The Daytonas
BRONZE Drag City. 
TIN Rip Chords
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Larry Franz

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Unlike Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray, which is still in production, the Plymouth Barracuda was only produced from 1964 to 1974. The Barracudas got better-looking as time went by, but the original model was cool enough to get "Boss Barracuda" by the Surfaris included in a 1964 movie about fast cars called The Lively Set.

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"Boss Barracuda" was credited solely to Bobby Darin on a 1964 recording by the Barracudas, but to Darin and Terry Melcher on the version by the Surfaris. The movie featured other songs written by Bobby Darin, including one with lyrics by 21-year-old Randy Newman and two sung by Joanie Sommers. The Lively Set also featured Chrysler's Ghia Turbine Car, billed as "the car of the future". Only nine of the Turbine Cars still exist. Who says history is boring?



For the benefit of historians, The Lively Set's trailer is available on YouTube. As the man says, it's "crazy".

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Al Forsyth

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Some follow-ups - Jan and Brian


48 hour a day existence? Hal's in this (clubber).

Was Jan REALLY in a cast?  The accident was coming up.  Jan & Dean starring in their pilot episode that was not aired in 1966 due to Jan's accident April 12, 1966.
Last performance until the accident:

Hard to hear some of this - the recovery of Jan.  Amazing that he survived that.

Back to the cars.

Already mentioned ^



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D.A.N

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Just stumbled across this one I've never heard before but it might be what you get when you mix all four contestants together? 



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Gold - Drag City – Jan and Dean

Silver - Car Crazy Cutie – The Beach Boys

Bronze - Little GTO – Ronnie & The Datyonas

Tin - 3 Window Coupe – Rip Chords

Graciegirl [smile]
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