Every time I hear this song, it makes me think. Not that it has a deep hidden meaning, but I hear the song, and I have to ask myself what has changed. If any modern rock band released this song today, they would be berated for writing lyrics that showed no concern for their fellow man, or the environment, or blast it for its valuing of capitalism and consumerism over furthering the greater good of the poor, downtrodden line worker or some crap like that. See, a long time ago (well, not that long) it used to be cool to be a car guy. It was awesome to have a big ol’ V8, people envied your Challenger or Mustang or Camaro, the guy down the street wanted your 454 Chevelle, and driving fast was awesome and people wrote and sang songs about it. Now, well, not so much. Now all they want to sing about is their feelings and how much we are screwing up the world. The fact that a grown man can get on stage and sing “you’re body is a wonderland” without getting laughed out of the building is sickening.
We’ve stopped enjoying driving, we’ve taken the fun out of it, and it shows in our music. Today, its all about being an appliance, something isolating and quiet that will get you from point A to Point B with the least amount of input required. It is a sad state of affairs, and something I’ll be posting about here soon. Songs like this would never be popular. Still, I listen to these songs and think what life would be like if a rock band tried to make music like this today. So, for this weekend’s driving music, I give you a selection of songs that advocate driving fast, tearing up the streets, racing in the most illegal ways, and being a general hoon…and your parents wouldn’t mind a one. Its amazing we even survived this long with songs like these inspiring us to acts of horrible recklessness. Enjoy your weekend driving music after the jump.