Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today's Happy Hour Soundtrack: Dee-troit!

This is the first and prolly the last time I'll ever post a tune from Bob Seger.  Herewith "Detroit Made:"

I wanted to post the "official" video available at Vevo, but Blogger has issues with Vevo's embed code.  About which, this:
Above, watch the music video for the record's lead single, "Detroit Made," a John Hiatt-penned tribute to the singer's hometown and the cars that it has produced. Shot largely at Detroit's Woodward Dream Cruise, a hot rod parade that passes through the city on the third Saturday of every August, the video features footage of classic rides owned by other Michigan natives.
The offical vid is cooler than cool and I hope you chase that link.  Just a couple o' things... the first bein' any and every time someone/anyone mentions the Dream Cruise I can't help but tell those someones/anyones that I drove my ol' Caddy* in the first-ever Woodward Dream Cruise, and what a fan-fuckin'-tastic THAT day was.  Second: why no Seger here at EIP?  You go live in Dee-troit for ten years and then come back and ask the question again.  I'm the victim of severe Seger burnout due to MASSIVE over-playing of his songs.

* The Cad:

I loved that car even though it was a serious money-sink.  I had other reasons to love that car, aside from it bein' our ride in the Woodward Dream Cruise.  From an old post:
T (he)S (econd)M (rs.)P (ennington) christened the car “The Smokin’, Drinkin’, Partyin’ Car” and she most certainly was that. The best story about that car can only be told in “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” terms and involved TSMP and I splitting the upholstery in the Caddy’s back seat. Or, to put it another way…we were exuberant and the upholstery was old. In our garage. On a Saturday afternoon. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.  (more on the car here)
Ah, Former Happy Days.  We remember them fondly.


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  2. So you were there in the 70s??? That's when the Woodward cruises actually started... ;-) Did you ever see the Silver Bullet???

    1. I think Woodward cruises prolly began in the '50s, when high school kids started getting their own cars. The Dream Cruise began in '95, and there's this from the Dream Cruise web site:

      In August 1995, Nelson House and a group of volunteers looked to relive and recreate the nostalgic heydays of the 50s and 60s, when youth, music and Motor City steel roamed Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway. That year, 250,000 people participated—nearly ten times the number expected. The rest, as they say, is history.

      You really, rilly HAD to be there for that first one. It was MAGIC.

      Finally, which Silver Bullet are ya talkin' about? Seger's band? Coors Light? What?

  3. I'm guessin' the Old NFO is talkin' about Seger's Silver Bullet Band, from the 70s. . . Pretty sure it's not the Lone Ranger. . . ;)

    But I know of which you speak regarding Mr. Seger and the over-playage. It's been years since I went to a wedding in Michigan that didn't include 'Old Time Rock-n-Roll'. . .

    But we do love us some Seger here, like noplace else. . . it's a Michigan thing; you wouldn't understand. . .

    1. it's a Michigan thing; you wouldn't understand. . .

      Hey! Doesn't living in Dee-troit for ten years and being married to a Michigander for over 20 years (23, if ya count the years we lived together before marriage) count for anything?

    2. Uh, Buck, if being married to a Michigander counts, I have more time in grade than you.
      Oh, and she lived withing spittin' distance of Woodward Ave.

    3. I lived about ten houses west of Woodward (or about three-fourths of a block) while I was in Dee-troit. I couldn't spit that far, but I sure could run it without getting out of breath. Then. (Google 351 West Oakridge Ave, Ferndale)

  4. We cruised the ECR (El Camino Real) in the late 50s and beyond.
    On the San Francisco Peninsula you could pick your territory and distance.
    Then, the next week try another spot.
    It was 50 miles from SF to San Jose.
    Don't ask me what music we listened to.

    1. I cruised the ECR in (parts of) high school, too... in San Jose. Tully's drive-in on the south side was our hangout.


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