Aug 092011

Nothing cures the summer time doldrums like hopping in the car for a road trip.

I’m looking for songs containing the sounds of a car/motorcycle revving up and/or pealing out. The automotive sounds may be real or artificially created.

I’ll start off with the number one Billy Joel song that I love to hate: “Moving Out.”


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  1. pudman13

    “Rev Up” (The Revillos)

  2. “Detroit Rock City” by KISS.


  3. BigSteve

    Roxy Music, Love is the Drug

  4. 2000 Man

    Montrose – Bad Motor Scooter. That’s an awesome one, and good enough to be the winner!

  5. Kick Start My Heart by Motley Crue

  6. Love and Rockets – “Motorcycle”. Artificial but still cool.

  7. Bonnie Hayes: “Shelley’s Boyfriend”

  8. ladymisskirroyale

    “I’m In Love With My Car” – Queen.

  9. tonyola

    Steve Miller Band – “Living In The USA”.

  10. BigSteve

    Boy that’s a blast fro the past. I really loved that album.

  11. 2000 Man

    Helen Wheels – Wings

  12. A subtle one: The Undertones’ “Girls Don’t Like It”! Now let me get back to recording chickenfrank’s bass and guitar parts. Maybe we’ll add a car noise to one of the songs we’re working on to ensure winning this challenge.

  13. tonyola

    Davie Allan & The Arrows – “Theme from Wild Angels”.

  14. I swore that Bat Out of Hell by Meatlump had a peal out but I tried to confirm it on youttube and I couldn’t find where it was in the song. Now I have a headache. I still consider that song up for grabs so if anyone can ID where it is in that song, I will will gladly give them credit.

  15. tonyola

    Where are the car sounds? I can’t hear them.

  16. misterioso

    Does the beginning of the Kinks “Apeman” qualify? Incidentally, I had never seen this promo film before!

  17. The Specials (or is it the Special a.k.a.? I’m not going to check) “Gangsters”.

  18. The Doors, “LA Woman.” LMS!

  19. trigmogigmo

    Havana 3AM, “Joyride”

  20. tonyola

    Pink Floyd – “Run Like Hell”.

  21. The Minutemen “D.’s Car Jam and (bonus answer!) “Three Car Jam”.

  22. misterioso

    Jan & Dean, “Dead Man’s Curve.”

  23. tonyola

    The Tigers – “GeeTO Tiger”. Pontiac and Hurst briefly got into the rock and roll business with this attempt at self-promotion.

  24. ladymisskirroyale

    The’s – “Motorcycle Go Go Go!”

  25. ladymisskirroyale

    Sonic Youth – Scooter and Jinx.

  26. Grateful Dead: Hell In a Bucket


  27. tonyola

    LMS? Don’t be so sure about that.
    The Detergents – “Leader of the Laundromat”.

  28. ladymisskirroyale

    Art of Noise – Beatbox (around the 4:30 point)

  29. ladymisskirroyale

    Anarchy and the anti-Jonbenet Ramsey: Art of Noise (again) with “Close to the Edit”

  30. Another Art of Noise – “Kiss (The AON Mix)”. AON also used a engine start/rev sample on a few songs like “Peter Gunn”.

  31. ladymisskirroyale

    Here’s a hot little number: The Duals with “Stick Shift”

  32. Madness – “Driving In My Car”.

  33. ladymisskirroyale

    I see your excellent Madness and raise you with Pink Floyd “Run Like Hell” (at the 3:47 mark).

  34. 2000 Man

    Wow, you made me go listen to it and I now wish my memeory of Linda making some semi car shitfting noises at the end was real. It’s not. And that makes a weak song even weaker!

  35. 2000 Man

    I thought that too! But I hate it so much I couldn’t go as far as you. You should have saved it. Who would have called you out?

  36. Sorry, but I already put that one in earlier this evening.

  37. Mungo Jerry – “In The Summertime” at 2:02 (I really, really loathe this song).

  38. Thick and Thin by the Black Crowes.

  39. mockcarr

    Panama by Van F’n Halen

  40. tonyola

    Elton John – “All the Girls Love Alice” at 3:50.

  41. ladymisskirroyale

    Hod Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody

  42. bostonhistorian

    Steve Miller Band “Living in the USA” Somebody get me a cheeseburger!

  43. ladymisskirroyale

    This song doesn’t meet the criteria but I’m posting it anyways since it’s nice. It uses processing of the sound of cars going over a metal-topped bridge:

  44. ladymisskirroyale

    And in the meantime, how about the Latin Playboys doing “Latin Trip.” I couldn’t find a video of it on YouTube but there’s a car start up at the :18 mark.

  45. Jan y Dean – “Rockin’ Little Roadster

  46. ladymisskirroyale

    For his birthday today, I just gave Mr. Royale Ariel Pink’s last album, “Before Today.” The album/first song (“Hot Body Rub”) opens with a car pealing out.

  47. Also recently posted in the songs that reference themselves in the lyrics LMS: Joyride by Built to Spill

  48. Eminem “Stan” (when Stan drives his car off the bridge). New LMS.

  49. alexmagic

    There are multiple automobile noises at the beginning, including the prominent one the zooms by, right as “She’s A Rainbow” starts.

  50. tonyola

    Harry Nilsson – “Driving Along”.

  51. Big Stick – “Drag Racing”

  52. Soul Survivors – Expressway to Your Heart

  53. BigSteve

    I know there are car horns, but aren’t some of those sounds in Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer in the City car or motorcycle engine sounds?

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