The best rock band in the world never really sung about cars

The best rock band in the world never really sung about cars

Heaps of rock bands have sung about cars. Mostly it’s American nostalgia, and if your Daddy didn’t take your T-Bird away, or you ever managed to get your Chevy to the levy, you may have been able to tune into the radio and listen to The Who. I’m a bit of a Who fan – I’ve just bought VIP tickets to their March 09 concert in Auckland. As far as I’m aware, the only song really to feature a vehicle is Magic Bus (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong).

Public transport is not quite as compelling as touring Route 66 in a muscle car, but England didn’t really do the ‘car culture’ thing like the US did. The Who certainly liked their cars – Keith Moon even parked a rather expensive one (a Cadillac) at the bottom of a Holiday Inn swimming pool. Moon also had a soft spot for Bentleys and Rolls-Royces. He owned a lilac Rolls, painted with house paint – making an upper-class icon a working class icon.

Car culture and rock ‘n’ roll have gone hand-in-hand, but it wasn’t necessary to propel the Who to become undoubtedly one of the most influential rock bands in the world.

Heaps of rock bands have sung about cars. Mostly it’s American nostalgia, and if your Daddy didn’t take your T-Bird away, or you ever managed to get your Chevy to the levy, you may have been able to tune into the radio and listen to The Who. I’m a bit of a Who fan – I’ve just bought VIP tickets to their March 09 concert in Auckland. As far as I’m aware, the only song really to feature a vehicle is Magic Bus (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong).

Public transport is not quite as compelling as touring Route 66 in a muscle car, but England didn’t really do the ‘car culture’ thing like the US did. The Who certainly liked their cars – Keith Moon even parked a rather expensive one (a Cadillac) at the bottom of a Holiday Inn swimming pool. Moon also had a soft spot for Bentleys and Rolls-Royces. He owned a lilac Rolls, painted with house paint – making an upper-class icon a working class icon.

Car culture and rock ‘n’ roll have gone hand-in-hand, but it wasn’t necessary to propel the Who to become undoubtedly one of the most influential rock bands in the world.

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