Takin’ It To The Streets
When it comes to a road trip there should be some type of planning involved. Folks need to know where they are going, how to get there, and have an idea of what they need to take with them. Our concern here is the road trip rock CD or playlist for the trip. We like road songs, so here are a few suggestions that are fine examples of classic rock songs that keep us moving down the road.
Foghat – Eight Days On The Road – This mobile jam is from Rock and Roll Outlaws, the fourth album by Foghat. The album was released in October 1974 and kept the band in the public eye. Foghat gave us hard-rock mixed with blues-rock, and the band put out several best-selling albums in the mid-’70s. While never losing sight of simple basic boogie, they continued to amass a significant audience until the end of the decade, selling out concerts in America and garnering several gold and platinum albums. The band remains active today, despite the deaths of original members Dave Previtt and Rod Price. In fact they are in the process of recording a new album, Under the Influence. Everyone say it together, “More Foghat please.”
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Foghat – Drivin’ Wheel – Another rocking road tune from “Lonesome Dave” Peverett and Foghat, this one from Night Shift, the 1976 album. This tune has all the ingredients the makes for good rock and roll – the searing intro guitar, the driving bass and the great slide guitar riffs. You can’t keep a good boogie band down, however, and before the ’80s were out, Foghat were back — and they’ve stayed in the ball game, even after the retirement of Rod Price in 1999, and the loss of Peverett, who passed away in2000. The band released its most recent album, Last Train Home, in 2010, and still continues to tour. It’s amazing that it has been over forty years since Fool For The City came out and put the band on the map. The album was recorded in a Vermont studio that kept losing power, so it took the band almost a month just to complete the tracks for the album.
Golden Earring – Radar Love – “Radar Love” was starting to make inroads as an up-and-coming popular tune on American radio stations during 1973-1974, when Golden Earring was on tour with Kiss and Aerosmith as their opening acts. During their tenure with the UK Track Records label the band went out and rented the quadraphonic sound system that was usually set aside for the exclusive use of The Who. Golden Earring enjoyed a spot in the limelight with a brief period of U.S. stardom but were unable to secure further chart success until 1982’s “Twilight Zone”. The music video for the song was one of the first played on the new network MTV in the United States, which helped the song become a Top Ten hit for the Dutch rock group. The group has been celebrated with a devoted web page called Radar-Love.
BTO – Roll On Down The Highway – During a 1995 interview, Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive indicated that he thought BTO music could be “dropped and kicked” without breaking, so with no inference to Yes and their album Fragile, BTO called their album Not Fragile. The record was released in 1974, and it proved to be the group’s most popular album (aside from compilations), and is the only BTO album that managed to reach the top of the U.S. Pop Album charts. On the U.S. Cash Box Top 100 the record made it up to number eight, while on the Billboard Hot 100 Not Fragile stopped at spot number 14. The tune is still played daily on many U.S. classic rock stations. To catch up on the latest doings visit the band on the way-wacky-web at Bachman & Turner.
.38 Special – Rockin’ Into The Night – Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan wrote this tune for their band Survivor, which had recently formed and signed a deal with the Scotti Brothers label. Their A&R man was John Kalodner, who was also in charge of .38 Special. Survivor recorded the song as part of their first album, which was released in 1979, but the band’s producer, Ron Nevison, decided that the band wasn’t suited for the record since it offered more bluesy and southern influences than the rest of the songs. Nevison had given Kalodner a haphazard version of the song, and when it was eventually rejected as a tune for the upcoming album, he passed the song along to .38 Special, who used the rough mix as an outline and made it a spur of the moment addition to their third release. We’ve updated this page and added this link to the webpage for .38 Special. Please take a look and tell ’em BoomerSwag sent you!
Montrose – Bad Motor Scooter – When the ‘motorbike’ intro for this pure rock standard cuts loose you know that Sammy Hagar was on a lap steel slide guitar. While the entire album is a real standout, this powerful tune will keep everything moving. Moving too fast, since Warner Brothers was unsure as how to put the music in the public eye. The Montrose album has often been held out as “America’s answer to Led Zeppelin”. Founder Ronnie Montrose is considered to be in a handful of the most noteworthy guitarists in American hard rock history. For further info check out Ronnie Montrose Remembered.
Queen – I’m In Love With My Car – From late 1975 comes this single found on A Night at the Opera, an album named after the movie by the Marx brothers. When it was recorded it turned out to become the most expensive album ever produced. Just like the previous Queen album, it has an assortment of musical styles and features manipulation and experimentation with stereo sound. The release became quite a success in Europe, and earned triple-platinum status in the United States. In England the public selected it as the 13th greatest album of all time during a Channel 4 poll taken in 2004. After a worldwide Guinness survey the record was voted the 19th best album of all time, while an ABC poll in Australian found A Night At The Opera ended up as the 28th greatest of all time. We’ve added this link to their on-line headquarters at Official International Queen Fan Club.
Deep Purple – Highway Star – This tune came to life during a tour bus journey bound for Portsmouth in 1971 after a reporter asked one of the band members how they went about writing their songs. That is when Ritchie Blackmore picked up an acoustic guitar and took off playing a riff made up of a single “G” chord which was repeated over and over, while singer Ian Gillan made up lyrics as they went. The song was touched up and then made the set list and was performed that same night. Drawn from the 1972 album Machine Head, this high energy jam remains as one of the band’s signature songs on the concert circuit, and was promoted to the set opening song even before it was released. “Highway Star” came in at 5th place in Top Gear’s Greatest Driving Songs of All Time. The somewhat long (6:05) song is also all over the place in video games: Rock n’ Roll Racing, the music video game Guitar Freaks, and in Grand Theft Auto IV, the song appeared on the in–game radio station Liberty Rock Radio. During our update of this feature we have found two websites claiming to be the “Official Deep Purple” pages – you can take your pick: DeepPurple.com and Deep-Purple.com.
ZZ Top – Waitin’ For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago – Released in July of 1973, Tres Hombres is the third album from ZZ Top. The album turned out to be their best-selling album and it reached number eight on the Billboard 200. The singles from the record are the song above and “La Grange”, which debuted at number 33 on the U.S. Top 40 list during the end of June, 1974. On the album the two tracks blend into each other, but not by design: the album’s engineer splicing tape cut too much so songs in 4/4 time and 6/8 time ended up on the album without any gap between them. They are headed to Europe to jam for the beer drinkers and hell raising innovators of Pilsen, Czech Republic. The tour caps off in the UK, Scotland and Ireland, with a closing appearance at Ramblin’ Man in Maidstone, England on July 30. Catch the latest from the trio at their homepage.
Grand Funk Railroad – I’m Your Captain – The band formed in 1969 as a trio with Mark Farner on guitar and vocals, Don Brewer on drums and vocals, and Mel Schacher bringing up the bass. The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, the rail company in Flint, Michigan, the band’s home town. In 1970 Terry Knight, the band’s producer, launched an intensive advertising campaign to promote the album Closer to Home, which was eventually certified multi-platinum despite a lack of critical approval. This song is one of their best efforts, although the band’s last two top ten hits, “Some Kind of Wonderful’ and “Bad Time” are probably more popular and memorable. We’ll stick with the Captain. The new facts on the band are found on their web outpost Home of the American Band!
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird – The best American Rock and Roll Band, as far as we’re concerned. True Southern boogie in every sense of the word. The group began musical life as My Backyard in 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida, and tried catchy names such as One Percent and The Noble Five before switching to Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1969. A real person, Leonard Skinner, a physical-education teacher at Robert E. Lee High School, was the target of the mocking moniker. Some may say that this song is the unofficial rock anthem of the South, and most folks would agree with that. We just love the way it sounds. Another update: visit the boys on the web and see how they rock!
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild – The two singles “A Girl I Knew” and “Sookie Sookie” were Steppenwolf’s first venture in the record world. After the release of the third single, the iconic and everlasting “Born to Be Wild” rocketed the group into global popularity in 1968. They also got radio airplay with a “hippie” version of the Hoyt Axton song “The Pusher”, and both tunes found their way into the 1969 anti-establishment and also everlasting cult film Easy Rider. This tune is a true roadworthy jam that certainly does remind us of the music and happenings in the late sixties. Steppenwolf recorded a sped-up and rearranged version of “Born to be Wild” that AllMusic’s Hal Horowitz described as “a roaring anthem of turbo-charged riff rock” and “a timeless radio classic as well as a slice of ’60s revolt that at once defines Steppenwolf’s sound and provided them with their shot at AM immortality.” The band is still rockin’ the halls and updated info is at Steppenwolf Online.
REO Speedwagon – Keep Pushin’ – REO Speedwagon has been cruising the concert scene for decades, and then some. They got started way back in 1967 at the electrical engineering program at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Formed in 1967, the band did shows throughout the mid-west for years while cultivating a following during the 1970s, and they managed to achieve substantial commercial success during most of the 1980s. Hi Infidelity, their 1980 offering, contained four U.S. Top 40 hits and is the group’s best-selling album having sold over ten million copies. We love this tune when the volume is at maximum overdrive. Give it a spin, you won’t be sorry. We also believe that the chorus (“…keep pushin…”) refers to your volume control, unless one of the band members tells us otherwise… The “Wagon” ride continues and you can find out what’s up on this internet destination.
Aerosmith – Train Kept A-Rollin‘ – When we started looking into the history of this tune we discovered that the Aerosmith tune is just the latest in a long line of bands that have recorded or performed the song. It was penned by jazz and R&B musician Tiny Bradshaw in 1951, and his arrangement encouraged other musicians to showcase the song. Johnny Burnette and The Rock and Roll Trio recorded and released a version in 1956, and the Yardbirds version, “The Train Kept A-Rollin”, was recorded on the American leg of their 1965 concert tour. In his 2005 book, Led Zeppelin: The Story of a Band and Their Music 1968–1980, Keith Shadwick states that “When the future members of Led Zepplin rehearsed together for the first time in 1968, the first song they played was ‘Train Kept A-Rollin”. From When Giants Walked The Earth, Mick Wall relates a comment from Jimmy Page: “[W]e did ‘Train’ … It was there immediately. It was so powerful that I don’t remember what we played after that. For me it was just like, ‘Crikey!’ I mean, I’d had moments of elation with groups before, but nothing as intense as that. It was like a thunderbolt, a lightning flash – boosh! Everyone sort of went ‘Wow’.” After reading that we think that Jimmy Page felt like he just got hit by a train. The train keeps rolling – get on board right here right now.
And our update is now complete. We hope you enjoy the enhancements we’ve made – tell us what you think.
We would love to hear how you rate our choices here — what tunes would you add to a road trip playlist? Let us know what you think, good or bad.