Scott Hardie | March 2, 2004
We've had several polls about songs lately, so I begin another: What are your favorite songs to hear while behind the wheel? This can be for singing-along purposes, or just listening. Some songs just make great soundtracks for cruising down the highway.

Anna Gregoline | March 2, 2004
Back when I had my car (sniff, sniff!) I used to listen to a lot of dance type stuff. Basement Jaxx, etc. And hip hop. I like upbeat stuff in the car.

Jesse keeps about 6 CD spools full of burned CDs in the car, so we always have a plethora of mix CDs to listen to now. I kind of like that better, to have lots of different kinds of music, but I don't like not knowing what's coming next.

Lori Lancaster | March 2, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | March 2, 2004
Yeah, I remember driving home one very blizzardy night from Peoria to Elgin, and getting very close but stuck in snow and traffic. I was listening to Radiohead. Got very very peaceful and slow. Had to open a window and replace the music with something I could scream to. =)

Lori Lancaster | March 2, 2004
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Dave Stoppenhagen | March 2, 2004

Harley Davidson Road Songs

is always good for a road trip. It is a compilation of artists this kept me awake on a road trip from Ft. Collins, CO back to San Diego.

Steve West | March 3, 2004
Pure 70's baybeeeeeeee!

Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' with Disaster
Blackfoot - Highway Song
Lynyrd Skynyrd - I Know a Little

What can I say, I'm old.

John E Gunter | March 8, 2004
Sammy Hagar - I can't drive...55!

I'm old too!

Jackie Mason | March 8, 2004
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Erik Bates | March 9, 2004
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Scott Hardie | March 9, 2004
I guess I should weigh in on my own (terribly titled) poll, though I listen to whole albums instead of just one or two favorite songs. Whenever I bring along CDs in my car, which is about every two weeks, they tend to be a half-and-half mix of recent purchases and old favorites. This past Saturday, spending three hours behind the wheel, I brought Duncan Sheik, Southern Culture on the Skids, Less Than Jake, and the Distillers. Does that reflect my truest musical tastes? Not especially well, but I mention it for relevance.

My all-time favorites for singing along in the car are Fiona Apple's "When the Pawn Hits" and disc one of Metallica's "Garage Inc," the only time Het loosened up at the mic. My all-time favorites for cranking up the big bass that I can only hear in the car are Daft Punk's "Homework" and Candy Dulfer's "Sax-a-Go-Go" (dance-hall jazz). As far as I'm concerned, the all-time best wake-up music is Slayer's "Undisputed Attitude."

I will also mention that I like to listen to the music LOUD in my car. The main reason is that the sound system in my car sounds so much better than either of my stereos at home (though I admit it does not sound this good). I can hear so much more detail when I listen to it at that volume, and getting to listen to it in the car is a rare treat, so I crank it up whenever I get the chance. I don't care what other drivers think, which is strange because I almost never crank up the volume at home because I do care what my neighbors think. I have a few dance-music CDs that sound so much richer in the car that I will no longer bother to play them at home, where I can only pick out maybe half the sounds.

Denise Sawicki | March 9, 2004
Well I only have tapes in the car and I don't own that many tapes so my two favorites are The Bends by Radiohead and Different Class by Pulp. It is fun to sing along with Pulp and try to sound like a lecherous British man.

John E Gunter | March 9, 2004
I used to have 8 tracks in my car, but I've moved forward with the times, now I have a 6 disc cd changer in my current car. Though no extra equalizers/boosters for me, yet!

Melissa Erin | March 10, 2004
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Steve West | March 10, 2004
Crash course? Oh, I get it (laughing till I lose consciousness).

Melissa Erin | March 10, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | March 10, 2004
Drove into, more like it.

Melissa Erin | March 10, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | March 10, 2004
I aspire to be just WRONG.

Angela Lathem-Ballard | March 13, 2004
Well. . . my fave is "Blue Skies" by Tori Amos -- it is perfection when you are beginning a long road trip!!!

Angela Lathem-Ballard | March 13, 2004
Wait, Scott I have to share this....you said "Duncan Shiek." I used to think the words to that AC/DC song were "Dirty deeds and uh, Duncan Shiek" -- Daniel had to work hard to convince me otherwise. . .

Anyway, that's just my "aside"for the day :)

Scott Hardie | March 13, 2004
I first thought it was "Dirty Deeds and Thundercheeks" -- I had heard a fat kid called that name the day before.

John E Gunter | March 14, 2004
Ahh, AC/DC, they have some good music for driving also. In fact, when I was writing for an online free form zombies have risen from the grave, I had a part where some maniacs were playing AC/DC really loud while torturing some people.

Course, my character went to save the people, but I just enjoyed adding that part to the story.

Anna Gregoline | March 15, 2004
"AC/DC - Good Music for Driving and Torturing."

Scott Hardie | March 15, 2004
I don't want to turn this discussion into a referendum on one band, but am I alone in admiring AC/DC for never changing? The recording quality of their albums has improved, but they're still cranking out the same music they wrote in the late seventies. When you buy an AC/DC album, you know exactly what you're getting. Normally that's a sign of stagnation for a serious artist, but they're not serious, and I love 'em for it. They're middle-aged boys.

Anna Gregoline | March 15, 2004
AC/DC is one of those bands that I probably know a lot of songs to if I heard them, but when asked I have no idea.

Scott Hardie | March 15, 2004
I encounter those artists myself sometimes. I didn't realize how many classic songs I already knew had been originally performed by Bob Seger or Jackson Browne until I read about their upcoming Hall of Fame inductions.

John E Gunter | March 16, 2004
Another group who's music doesn't change is Zztop. Course, that's more of an album by album sound, but hey...

Course, I love both bands, but I'm the type that usually buys a CD for only 1 or 2 songs.

Melissa Erin | March 16, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | March 16, 2004
I kind of followed Melissa's method back in the day. Nowadays, I buy maybe 5 CDS a year. Most of the time, I just download music, because I am cheap ass poor and especially the way Jesse devours music, it's the only way.

Melissa Erin | March 16, 2004
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John E Gunter | March 16, 2004
What, don't you believe what the music industry is telling everyone, all this downloading is going to make them go bankrupt! Come on folks, we've gotta go out and spend, spend, spend or the industry as we know it will cease to exist!

Melissa Erin | March 16, 2004
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Scott Hardie | March 16, 2004
I have found eBay to be a cheap alternative to buying new music. I just bought three CDs on there for six bucks altogether, with another three bucks for shipping. The trick is to find a seller who is offering a lot of discs at once, to get combined shipping rates.

Anna Gregoline | March 16, 2004
Beware of the spector of Amazon.com sellers! I've been burned. Make sure they have good ratings, or better yet, are a used CD resaler in the non-virtual world.

Lori Lancaster | March 16, 2004
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