The Truth About Cars » Road Music http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:03:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Road Music http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Car Wreck Humor, 1904 Style: Is That My Eye On the Dashboard? No, That’s One Of My Ears! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/car-wreck-humor-1904-style-is-that-my-eye-on-the-dashboard-no-thats-one-of-my-ears/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/car-wreck-humor-1904-style-is-that-my-eye-on-the-dashboard-no-thats-one-of-my-ears/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480925 These days, with the nanny-state enforcers of IngSoc and Agenda 21 mandating 3,000 pounds of safety gear on each new motor vehicle, it’s refreshing to hear that folks in the very early days of motoring got some good yuks out of the idea of impalement on the tiller of a curved-dash Olds. We’ve dug up this 1904 Cal Stewart recording of “Uncle Josh In An Automobile” to demonstrate.

Yes, those “benzene buggies” and “kerosene wagons” seemed like intergalactic starships back 109 years ago, and a scratchy 78 was the state-of-the-art medium for pop-culture commentary on the subject. Thanks to Archive.org for the music!

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R.I.P. Captain Beefheart, Creator of the Greatest Driving Album of All Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/r-i-p-captain-beefheart-creator-of-the-greatest-driving-album-of-all-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/r-i-p-captain-beefheart-creator-of-the-greatest-driving-album-of-all-time/#comments Sat, 18 Dec 2010 08:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377650
Back when I was doing the Los Angeles-San Francisco round-trip in various heaps, beaters, clunkers, and jalopies at least twice a month, I wore out several cassettes of Captain Beefheart’s masterpiece, Trout Mask Replica. No other album seemed quite so perfectly suited for that stretch of Interstate 5. Now Mr. Vliet is gone, forever.

Yes, TMR is a difficult album— in the same way that the Citroën SM is a difficult car— but when it’s 4:00 AM on some feedlot-stinking rural interstate and “Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish” comes on, you’ll be glad for all those excessively complicated timing chains.

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