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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Newsflash: Music Blasting Out of Vehicles Is Rarely Good

Posted by on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

You’re probably aware of the phenomenon: Music that you hear blaring out of vehicles driving by or stopped at a red light rarely is anything you’d actually want to listen to. The songs are usually LCD mainstream rap or fluffy rave cheese or pop-diva trifles or molar-loosening electro or AOR warhorses you’ve already endured 19,000 times or (shudder) opera.

But this week that dismal trend was overturned, and I was stunned. First, on Sunday on Broadway, I heard T.L. Barrett’s gospel-funk classic “Like a Ship” which was the best song ever (this week) in August 2010. The second great tune I heard from a passing car (on Bellevue Ave E, fact fans) was Stereolab’s “Metronomic Underground,” the trance-funk highlight from their excellent Emperor Tomato Ketchup LP [video after the cut].

Belated blessings to those two motorists for providing unexpected sonic fulfillment. I hope these occurrences represent a good omen for the rest of 2012’s random aural auto pollution.


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yos-wa 1
i would have never heard trick daddy's "tonight" if not for somebody blasting it while i was on my scooter next to them. one of the funniest songs ever.
Posted by yos-wa on June 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Megan Seling 2
Last weekend an SUV full of obnoxious girls were blasting that "Call Me Maybe" song while driving on Lower Queen Anne. They were singing along, not paying attention at all to the road, and nearly ran a guy over in the crosswalk. He had to do a hop/skip/jump move to get out of the way. They all just laughed and then the driver yelled out "Oops! Call me! Maybe!" TEE HEE. And then I threw up.
Posted by Megan Seling on June 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM · Report this
Last night my drunk neighbor was sitting in his car, at 2:30 A.M., blasting Mexican pop music and singing along in Spanish. Loudly. I kinda liked it.
Posted by BallardBoy on June 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM · Report this

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