DJ 2020-10-07 SiriusSM Studio, New York City, NY

My Kingdom For A Car


"Hello, hello, fans, friends, car freaks, gearheads, fellow travelers and listeners from coast to coast and around the world. Welcome to Vol. 13 of 'From My Home to Yours', titled 'My Kingdom for a Car'. This is our tribute to the automobile and the open road, and this is Jason & the Scorchers, from their album Thunder and Fire, with a Phil Ochs song, 'My Kingdom for a Car'."

"That was Depeche Mode with their great version of 'Route 66'. Coming up, 'Rocket 88', recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, in March of 1951. The recording is credited to Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, who were actually Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm. This is considered by many to be the first rock 'n' roll record and, of course, its subject is the car. Brenston was Ike's saxophonist and the lead vocalist on this recording, and was credited as its author, though Ike Turner actually penned the song…. Rocket 88."

"'My Hooptie', by Sir Mix-a-Lot. A hooptie is any car that meets the following:
a) driver must enter car through passenger side
b) three different brand and size tires, three of them missing hubcaps
c) exhaust pipe is held up by half a wire clothes hanger; the other half of said hanger replaces the antenna
d) backfires every three blocks, loudest backfire being when car is turned off
e) must open door at drive-thru window, as the windows do not roll down
f) you only get one AM station and the 1970s tape deck eats all tapes inserted
g) you must manually move the blinker lever up and down as it no longer blinks on its own
h) has had the same temporary registration sticker in the window for past 18 months
i) despite all the above, still has a $200 professional tint job.
'My Hooptie'."

"That was Sir Mix-a-Lot, one of my favorite and funniest old school rappers, out of Seattle, Washington."

"Coming up 'American Muscle' by 1 AMVRKA."

"That was 'No Particular Place To Go' by the master Chuck Berry."

"She was getting out of a beautiful navy blue Cadillac with red seats. She was more exotic than the car; her date was a handsome creature too. With dark skin and dark eyes that danced. He was delighted with her. This was at least fifty years ago and I have never forgotten a glimpse of her beautiful leg as she exited this fantastic car."
Caren Krutsinger

"That was The Clash, with 'Brand New Cadillac'. Coming up, Tom Robinson Band. Tom Robinson Band were a British rock band established in 1976 by singer-songwriter and bassist Tom Robinson. '2-4-6-8 Motorway' was a Top 5 hit in the U.K."

"The Screaming Blue Messiahs were formed as a power trio in 1983 in London by guitarist and singer Bill Carter, bassist Chris Thompson and drummer Kenny Harris. They released three terrific major label albums: 'Gun-Shy', 'Bikini Red' and 'Totally Religious'. They garnered wide critical acclaim and, unfortunately, limited commercial success, particularly here in America. They however, without a doubt, were one of the great bands of the '80s."

This is The Screaming Blue Messiahs with 'Jesus Chrysler Drives a Dodge'.

"That was The Fleshtones, with their version of Lee Dorsey's 'Ride Your Pony'. This is 'Car #85' by Nas from his new album, 'King's Disease'."

"Coming up, Robert Mitchum and 'The Ballad of Thunder Road'. 'Thunder Road' was a black-and-white B picture from 1958 starring Robert Mitchum; James Mitchum, his son; and Keely Smith, who you may know as the fabulous singer in Louis Prima's band. She is just as cool and laconic and strange on film. And yeah, folks, this is where I got the title."

"That's 'Open All Night', by the Sessions Band in Dublin, featuring the Sessions Band horn section, Patti Scialfa & the Sessionettes, and Charlie Giordano, on that rockin' piano.

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
Jack Kerouac

"That was Bob Dylan, 'From a Buick 6', from the history-making 'Highway 61 Revisited' album. I played that record till it fell to pieces on my little box stereo in my bedroom in Freehold, New Jersey. It remains a modern masterpiece.

"Because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again, we had longer ways to go, keep rolling under the stars, the road is life."
Jack Kerouac

"That was Jackson Browne with 'Running On Empty'."

"Your dad and his car. Those were two things that could not be separated. All I remember was my old man coming home, bringing home a new used car. Park it out on the grass in the backyard. We'd all come hustling out of the house, stand around it. Couldn't get in it yet. Not till he said it was all right. But we'd run our hands over the fins, all over the hood and finally pop would say, 'All right, everybody in, and we'd hustle in that car. He'd start that thing up, slip it into gear, and pull us out on the main street. And we just went for a cruise. And for a short while, we felt like the Springsteen family are the kings of this highway. And yeah, it was just one of the deepest memories of my childhood."

"This is Jo Dee Messina with 'Silver Thunderbird'."

"Coming up, this is one of our great Texas singer-songwriters, Guy Clark, with 'Out in the Parking Lot'."

"That was the fabulously unknown Vulgar Boatmen, with 'Drive Somewhere'. A real beauty. This next song is 'Brothers Under the Bridges', 1983, a very distinct version from the one I cut later, about these young street races out in the Midwest, building their cars in garages over the winter, bringing them out in the spring and running them down on the dried lake beds. So, let's go, 'Brothers Under the Bridges'."

"I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility."
Jack Kerouac

"That was Jonathan Richman, with the all-time classic 'Roadrunner', and that, ladies and gentlemen, is our show for today. So stay safe, stay healthy and strong behind the wheel, keep your radio on and God bless you."

"This is 'Drive All Night'."

By Bruce Springsteen via E Street Radio.
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