Tag: music

12 Posts

Jun 17, 2016

He Can't Drive 55: Sammy Hagar and His Real-Life Fast Cars

Jim Motavalli

Sammy Hagar says  "I Can't Drive 55" is the reason he never gets a ticket from traffic cops when he's out airing his performance car collection--which includes seven Ferraris. 

music law enforcement

Jetta plays radio with no key
Nov 12, 2015

What's Come Over Lisa's Volkswagen Jetta?

Dear Car Talk

Lisa's Volkswagen Jetta will play the radio and CD player without the key in the ignition. It never did this before. Can Car Talk explain what gives?

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Convoy
Jun 16, 2015

The "Convoy" Story, or "What If the Quaker Oats Guy Had a No. 1 Hit Record"

Craig Fitzgerald

Tom Bodett now famously outed himself for hating the song "Convoy," to the point that it made him evacuate from the lower 48. But the story behind the song "Convoy" is one of the greatest swindles ever to be perpetrated on the American public. It's at the intersection of bumpkin music, twin oil crises, the truckers' strike, and the close of the Mad Men era, and you've got to read it to believe it.

music

Jun 11, 2015

Seven Great Summer Driving Songs, and Six Misses

Jim Motavalli

Some songs are perennial reminders of the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Others just make your headache worse.

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History of music in cars
Jun 12, 2015

Before Bluetooth: The History of Car Audio for Dopes

Craig Fitzgerald

You kids have it easy. You jump in the car with your phone in your pocket and your car is smart enough to recognize the music there and starts playing it automatically, LIKE MAGIC. In my day, we had primitive methods for getting music in the car AND WE LIKED IT. Here's a look at how we got music in cars in the days before Bluetooth.

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taxi cab music
Jun 12, 2015

Catch You on the Flip-Flop, Good Buddy

Tom Bodett

How one terrible song drove Tom Bodett away from civilization and into the wilds of Alaska.

music

Mar 29, 2012

Our Banjo Player!

Staff Blog

Car Talk bids farewell to Earl Scruggs, who plays banjo on our theme song.

music

Feb 17, 2012

Car Talk Talks Shop With OK Go!

Staff Blog

Car Talk talks shop with the band OK Go on the making of their auto-musicological feat, a music video featuring a car that plays 1,000 musical instruments.

music

Jan 23, 2012

My Engine Is Making This Strange Sound...

Staff Blog

What happens when a drummer learns how to be an auto mechanic? Check out one of the more creative uses for recycled auto parts we've seen lately.

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Jan 06, 2012

A Car Tune for a Good Cause

Staff Blog

This weekend, the show features a car tune with special meaning to Car Talk Plaza. Here's the scoop.

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