Journal: Petrolicious Weekend Playlist #3

Petrolicious Weekend Playlist #3

By Michael Banovsky
March 26, 2015
23 Comments

Music and cars. The two have danced hand-in-hand for decades, with movies, and art reflecting the often symbiotic relationship between our vehicles and our music.

This week, we explore both popular and obscure links between cars and music, with everything from Daft Punk’s seminal full-length “Electroma” movie featuring two sad robots, a great soundtrack, and a wonderful Ferrari…to cars that don’t need music.

Sometimes, though, the right tune and the right vehicle become inseparable—after all, everyone knows who sells trucks built like a rock! We can’t include every connection between the two, so please leave your favorites in the comments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDfj9K5Fwpk

When director Guy Ritchie and Madonna were together, BMW hired the former to direct a short film about the latter, who enjoys a rather spirited ride. The car, actors, and song are perfect—whenever it’s played at the Petrolicious HQ, the whole office stops and watches.

Songs can sell vehicles; on the left, yes, Bruce Springsteen’s Bob Seger’s Like a Rock matches its Chevrolet truck subject matter perfectly. On the right, noted enthusiast Jamiroquai takes to the skies for his song White Knuckle Ride, chasing a Porsche 911 in the process—nice song, great action!

When we uploaded In Torque We Trust, we had no idea that our audience would be so enamoured with the combination of car and soundtrack. Here it is again: with no doubt about the serious V8 power under the hood.

Using cars to make music is a new thing—odspurred on by creative agencies looking to do something new. On the left, the band OK Go uses a Chevrolet to make music; on the right, Honda cuts up a road to make a song

Robots…the desert…and a 12-cylinder Ferrari—what’s not to like? Daft Punk’s self-shot film Electroma may be a little slow if you’re not a fan of electronic music, so skip the original and watch a remix above. It features lots of Ferrari action and a more upbeat song.

On the left,Top Gear borrowed a bunch of vans in order to work as roadies for The Who—with predictable results. That said, it’s easy to forget the vehicles that help to make massive shows possible. On the right, a Lamborghini Countach and goofy score, yes, but the intro to The Cannonball Run sets up the rest of this kitsch comedy perfectly. In a few hours, you’ll start whispering, “…Cannonball!” to yourself…

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Paul Steel
Paul Steel
9 years ago

My local BMW sent me a promo DVD of “the driver” short series of films (I was a pissed off Z4 coupe owner at the time), it was nice to watch, and even better when I sold it for an unbelievable amount of cash.

Evan Bedford
Evan Bedford
9 years ago

Now I feel silly. All I can think of is Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs doing the opening credits for the Beverly Hillbillies (Model T Ford?).

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
9 years ago

Guy Richie also did this one for Madonna which always goes down well https://youtu.be/qYwgG2oyUbA

Domas Rink?nas
Domas Rink?nas
9 years ago

There’s a nice theme today about cars, music and sunday here. As a Lancia owner, I think other Lancistas would admit too that track ‘Canon’ by Justice is one of the most suitable for a dynamic sunday drive. Just check this video out which was made by the owner of Lancia Fulvia HF 1600, it says a lot 🙂

https://vimeo.com/51552636

Have a nice sunday drive!

Marc Andre
Marc Andre
9 years ago

How about this one from the BMW series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ilq_Kbenyv8

Tom DesRochers
Tom DesRochers
9 years ago

I would add to the list “Self Preservation Society” from the original Italian Job.
https://youtu.be/HbeXL6AXmi0
and also (showing my age here) MOVE’s “Around the World”
https://youtu.be/rZCfJa1H8m8

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay
9 years ago

We cant for get Megadeth’s 502- Kurt
Full tanks, pocket lined with cash
Full throttle, gonna rip some ass
Drive all day, and through the night
Romance the road, winding left to right

The stars above guide me, the moonlight is free
A feeling inside me, and the whole world to see

Driving fast makes me feel good
The speed of light trapped under my hood
Breaking laws, ’cause there’s nothing to do
Driving the interstate, stopped for a 502

Hundreds of miles rolled of today
Sings lose their meaning, minutes tick away
Dirt roads to interstates, I must have drove them all
Cigarettes and burgers, caffeine and alcohol

Drive until daybreak, always on the go
Life on the freeway, night shift till dawn patrol

Stopped for a 502, next time it’s gonna be you
Stars above guide me
This feeling inside me
I drive until daybreak
Life on the freeway is hell
I’m coming through

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
9 years ago

For some electro pop mixed with Ferraris I prefer Kavinsky’s protovision video. A Ferrari Testarossa being chased by a cop in err a Ford Mustang II! The stunt driver clearly knew how to handle the notoriously high COG on the Testarossa too. The filming locations look familiar from a few Petrolicious videos too.
http://youtu.be/41_svUt5_e0

Andy
Andy
9 years ago

I feel the early morning sun. I head down to my garage, prepare for a long, long trip and will pick-up somebody special before:

Got a car…
Got some gas…
Oh get me out of here,
Get out of here fast.
Everyone’s confused,
I see ’em from my room.
I wanna go,
But I don’t want to go alone.
I hope you get this message
When you’re not home
I could be there in 28 minutes or so.
You don’t have to take no offense.
We’ll make it up as we go.
If I go,
I don’t want to go…
Alone.
With you…
I could never…
Feel alone

Listen to: Pearl Jam – Untitled

Jim Bair
Jim Bair
9 years ago

Jason – Thanks for the props to both Seger and Springsteen. “Racing in the Street” is a great American car culture song, don’t forget it’s opening lines that paint the picture of the car for us:

I got a ’69 Chevy with a 396
Fuelie heads
And a Hurst on the floor

She’s waitin’ tonight in the parking lot
Outside the 7-11 store

Gotta be a Chevelle, mostly in primer, a little rough from the outside – Dontcha think?

Samir Shirazi
Samir Shirazi
9 years ago
Reply to  Jim Bair

I think it was a Camaro, loool
He has another version for Ford,search it!

Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts
9 years ago

Dude!! Like a rock is Bob Seger, not Springsteen. Seger – whatever- but on the subject of cars and music, Springsteen is huge. So much of his oevre contains direct references to cars, driving, freedom, despair. Thunder Road and Racing in the Street, in particular. Viewed as a pair, you get this thematic-anti-thematic hope of deliverance, collapse, and hope for a new deliverance all through the freedom and speed and power of the guys car:

Thunder road – he rolls up to mary’s (dad’s) house…
“All the redemption I can offer girl
Is beneath this dirty hood
With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey what else can we do now ?
Except roll down the window
And let the wind blow
Back your hair
Well the night’s busting open
These two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels”

and

Racing in the Street –
“But now there’s wrinkles around my baby’s eyes
And she cries herself to sleep at night
When I come home the house is dark
She sighs “Baby did you make it all right
She sits on the porch of her daddy’s house
But all her pretty dreams are torn
She stares off alone into the night
With the eyes of one who hates for just being born
For all the shut down strangers and hot rod angels
Rumbling through this promised land
Tonight my baby and me we’re gonna ride to the sea
And wash these sins off our hands”

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