Cars and music go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s no wonder that the topic of cars and driving come up quite often in music. The ’80s offered many, many different takes on the subject within a wide choice of styles and genre. Here are just a few samples of the awesome marriage between music and having the pedal to the metal.
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (1988)
Great song from the good movie, License to Drive. At least it was good to 12 year old me at the time it was released.
Duran Duran – The Chauffer (1982)
If you think this video is weird, just remember this is the edited version. Granted the original has a little nudity but over all it is a much better video. The original is very arty in a French cinema way while this version takes the French nuances and beats them like a dead horse. We get it….it’s artistic to have woman dancing around in black and white.
Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night (1989)
I’m happy to discover that this video still gives me…um….feelings. Was a fan than, still a fan of this video.
Prince – Little Red Corvette (1983)
Since Prince was a Scrooge with his music I guess his estate is following the same guidelines and banning the use of his music online…for free of course. So in it’s place I bring you a cover version of the song. I really wanted to use the acoustic version by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor (which is excellent) but in keeping with the theme of ’80s awesomeness I will use a cover by a Prince tribute band called Purple Veins…really? Wow, that’s the name they came up with…ugh.
The Cars – Drive (1984)
God I love this song. Written by Ric Ocasek, the track was sung by bassist Benjamin Orr. Another interesting factiod is that the video was directed by actor Timothy Hutton and features model and actress Paulina Porizkova who would later wed Ric Ocasek. And guess what, they are still married today, 28 years later. Who says rock star marriages don’t last.
Judas Priest – Heading Out to the Highway (1981)
Aretha Franklin – Freeway of Love (1985)
Aretha effortlessly entered into the ’80s after being on the scene since 1956. Constantly putting out albums, today Franklin has 41 albums to her name. In the ’80s alone she produced 7. For a time it felt like she was everywhere and she had hit after hit. Freeway of Love was one of those songs that seemed to be on the radio every hour on the hour…and it was great.
Gary Numan – Cars (1980, US)
Hailed as a pioneer of commercial electronic and synth music, Numan was one of the first heavily played new wave musicians in the late ’70s and early ’80s. His videos appeared in the early days of MTV and have endured until today with various covers and tributes.
Pebbles – Mercedes Boy (1987)
Oh, the era of excess!! Name dropping one of the most expensive car companies in the auto world is a sure fire way to make you seem at the top of the money game. The video looks more like a fashion runway show than an actual music video…and that makes it sooooo ’80s.