Sunday, November 21, 2010

Turkey Week Travel--Planes, Trains N Cars

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The day before Thanksgiving is supposed to be the most heavily traveled day, at least for flying. I'm thinking that lots of people travel during the entire week. As we're rapidly approaching the big day itself, I'm bringing up a Thanksgiving-theme comedy movie and putting a music wrapper around it. Planes, Trains & Automobiles. which came out in 1987, stars Steve Martin and John Candy. From the IMDB site, the short introduction states, "A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion."

The movie title is about the modes of travel that the two main characters use to get from here to there, and there, and there, …. The time setting is long before 9/11, and well before TSA. It's amazing how air travel rituals have changed. Even now, maybe especially now, who knows the next paths that air travelers follow, willingly or not?

This article focuses on music that feature the movie's three modes of travel—planes, trains, and cars. I've listed songs, artists, lyrics sites, and video sites (if possible). During my web research travels, I had encountered songs that featured additional travel modes. Having accumulated lots of references, I'm publishing two parts. For this part, take a trip down memory lane with songs that feature the movie's travel means. The second one—well, wait for it (the next article). Let's say it'll be another trip with more ways of locomotion to sing about.

Song Artist(s) Lyrics Video Comment(s)
Leaving on a Jet Plane Peter, Paul, Mary; John Denver Click PPM, JD Catch the duet with John and Mama Cass Elliot.
Daniel Elton John Click EJ
Jet Airliner Steve Miller Band Click SMB
Back in the USSR Beatles Click PM; Beatels Paul McCartney in Red Square 2003,
Beatels—decent Aussie tribute band
Eight Miles High Byrds Click Byrds

Song Artist(s) Lyrics Video Comment(s)
Night Train James Brown Click JB
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight and the Pips, 2012 Yale Whiffenpoofs Click GK & Pips, YW I encountered links to the Yale Whiffenpoofs during research for this article.
Midnight Special Johnny Rivers Click JR
City of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie Click AG younger, AG older Arlo sounds the same after all these years.
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash Click JC

Song Artist(s) Lyrics Video Comment(s)
Fun, Fun, Fun Beach Boys Click BB
Little Deuce Coupe Beach Boys Click BB
Little GTO Ronny and the Daytonas Click R & D
Hey, Little Cobra Rip Chords Click RC
409 Beach Boys Click BB
Pink Cadillac Natalie Cole, Bruce Springsteen Click NC, BS
Hot Rod Lincoln Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel Click CC, RB
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett Click WP
Sister Christian Night Ranger Click NR "You're motoring, What's your price for flight …"
Little Old Lady from Pasadena Jan and Dean Click J & D
Nadine Chuck Berry Click CB
Maybelline Chuck Berry, Johnny Rivers Click CB, JR
No Particular Place to Go Chuck Berry Click CB
Drive My Car Beatles Click Beatles
Vehicle Ides of March Click Ides
Taxi Harry Chapin Click HC
Cab Driver Mills Brothers Click MB
Low Rider War Click War
Beep Beep Playmates Click Playmates
Shut Down Beach Boys Click BB
Dead Man's Curve Jan and Dean Click J & D

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BAC said...

Wanda, thanks for the post. I'd forgotten about that movie. And now I've got "Low Rider" in my head.
Happy Thxgiving.
Barb Clauson

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