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What’s your favorite “speeding ticket” song? You know, that song you hear in the car that pumps you up and turns your foot into lead without you even realizing it. You look down at your speedometer and you’re driving waaaay over the speed limit!
But besides the song provoking an adrenaline rush, I also want my speeding ticket songs to have an emotional or conceptual connection driving and speed. I have two favorites that meet the criteria. The first is “Radar Love” by Golden Earring.
I’ve been drivin’
all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel
It’s my baby callin’, says I need you here
And it’s a half past four and I’m shiftin’ gear
“Radar Love” was on an album called Moontan, that had its original cover banned because it had a semi-nude, feather dancer on it. It is now a collectors’ item. (I own a copy!) It was replaced with a picture of a… golden earring.
Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” has the same effect on me.
Get your motor
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
… and the track uses the phrase “heavy metal” and is credited with inspiring rock critic Lester Bangs to use it to describe a genre of music. Heavy metal music is now a common term in our lexicon.
I like smoke and
Heavy metal thunder
Racin’ with the wind
And the feelin’ that I’m under
The song’s placement in a road scene in the classic movie Easy Rider nails it as the perfect road song.
What is your favorite speeding ticket song?
Enjoy… until next week.
Six Days upon the Road – Taj Mahal
Yeah, Six Days is a good one. I have a whole bunch that have nothing to do with driving, but this one is my absolute fave on-topic. The low slide gear-shifting, the way the tempo hits the gas…saw this band opening for Spooky Tooth and Peter Frampton in about 1974 and they just blew us away.
Okay, this isn’t as bad ass as Montrose or Steppenwolf (which is one of my faves) but this one is a terrific song that Cody would personalize in whatever county he was playing, calling out the favorite speed-driving roads there.
Always dug the Hot Rod Lincoln. “The lines on the road just looked like dots.”