Rest in peace, Tom Petty: “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (1985)

(Above: Tom Petty from the coolest video of 1985.) This one's going to be hard to write. I have a list of them in my head: the musical obits that will be tricky ones for me, because the music that the people who will be featured in them meant so much to my formative years. … Continue reading Rest in peace, Tom Petty: “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (1985)

Car tunes: The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1967)

(Above: My 1969 Chevrolet Impala, nicknamed "The Chariot of Death.") April 4, 1985 was a Thursday.  The end of my junior year of high school was in sight. While many of my classmates were making plans for the junior prom, I had no such prospects. Instead, I made a rather questionable investment of about $700 … Continue reading Car tunes: The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1967)

Car mixtape review: 60’s Cruising Tape (1986)

(Above: The 1969 Buick Electra I bought for $400 in February of 1986.) In the last post I referred to buying a '69 Buick and driving around listening to mixtapes put together full of Oldies music.  I was a constant anachronism in high school: whatever was in, I wanted no part of, instead choosing to … Continue reading Car mixtape review: 60’s Cruising Tape (1986)

Car tunes: The Grateful Dead, “Touch of Grey” (1987)

(Pictured: My 1987 Nissan 300 ZX on a day when I drove around and gave away concert tickets. Find me and win.  I'd never play this game today.) Quick now: name all of the Grateful Dead songs to make the Billboard Top 40.  I'll wait. That's correct - there is only one, and it's the … Continue reading Car tunes: The Grateful Dead, “Touch of Grey” (1987)