Time to retire “Friday Follies,” mostly because it takes too much effort, and these are serious, serious times.
On the other hand, it’s slapdash fun to pull up a song from the video vaults, hence the new feature: Friday Factory Tune.
We’ll try to find a manufacturing angle, although there are not many pro-business, pro-manufacturing songs we know of, at least in the rock ‘n roll world. “The Erie Canal” is a good tune, but the kids haven’t been singing it for a while now. (Although now we see that Suzanne Vega did a version. It’s even cheerful.) Gang of Four was a great band, but “It’s Her Factory” leaves something to be desired as a sales pitch.
Still, there will always be some industrial connection. This week, it’s cars. The rock critics at Sound Opinions (never miss it) dedicated their Chicago public radio show last week to great driving songs, including such fine choices as Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn,” The Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner,” and Chuck Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go.”
Our choice for a great driving song, another upbeat, Chuck Berry-influenced tune that also pays tribute to the new Cash for Clunkers program. It’s Dave Edmunds and Graham Parker (that’s Dion in the cap) circa 1990 peforming “Crawling from the Wreckage,” opening with the line, “Got off really early from the factory, went driving like a nut in the rain.” Inspirational refrain:
Crawling from the wreckage, crawling from the wreckage, into a brand new car…
Now that’s stimulus.
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