Volume Up, Windows Down

 

Driving around with the volume up and windows down is requisite every summer. Preferably on a wide, open road headed to the canyon, lake, mountains, anywhere except home. Ok, sometimes in town. Here are some of my favorites to listen to.

You knew this one was coming!

There are too many, but these make me happy!

Please share yours! Feel the wind in your hair and sing along!

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  1. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    @ArizonaPatriot

    One more thought, about the title.

    I live in the Arizona desert.  Summer is not the time to roll the windows down, for me, unless it’s a really bad day on which the car a/c has broken.

    I am old enough to remember what we called “240 air conditioning.”  Roll down 2 windows and go 40 mph.  It didn’t really work.

    We have been blessed by advances in materials science.  I don’t know if it’s the plastics, or the window glass, but my steering wheel is no longer untouchable in the summer.  Back in the 80s, an essential piece of car equipment was a towel, so that you could grip the wheel without burning your hands.

    So I need a song to go along with these silly comments.  On the theme of hot summers, I’ll go with my 7th favorite Meatloaf song:

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  2. Randy Webster Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    I am old enough to remember what we called “240 air conditioning.” Roll down 2 windows and go 40 mph. It didn’t really work.

    That’s because you really need 260 air conditioning.

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  3. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    I am old enough to remember what we called “240 air conditioning.” Roll down 2 windows and go 40 mph. It didn’t really work.

    That’s because you really need 260 air conditioning.

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    One more thought, about the title.

    I live in the Arizona desert. Summer is not the time to roll the windows down, for me, unless it’s a really bad day on which the car a/c has broken.

    I am old enough to remember what we called “240 air conditioning.” Roll down 2 windows and go 40 mph. It didn’t really work.

    We have been blessed by advances in materials science. I don’t know if it’s the plastics, or the window glass, but my steering wheel is no longer untouchable in the summer. Back in the 80s, an essential piece of car equipment was a towel, so that you could grip the wheel without burning your hands.

    So I need a song to go along with these silly comments. On the theme of hot summers, I’ll go with my 7th favorite Meatloaf song:

    You’re forgetting the greatest air conditioning device ever made:  Vent Windows (sometimes called Quarter Glass; also, I remember hearing them referred to as wing flaps)  On a hot day, I would crank them open as far as they would go (on my 55 Chevy) and in no time the car would be tolerable.  Of course, I’d have to “open up” my Chevy a bit to force the air in but, hey, what do they make straight stretches of highway for?

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  4. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Roadrunner!

    I pretty disappointed in myself for not thinking of this, having spent about half my life driving past Stop n’ Shops with the radio on.

    The good news is that somebody else still remembers it, and it got a bunch likes.

    @dotorimuk

     

     

    It just hit me. What a song…and album!

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  5. Hoyacon Member
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    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Roadrunner!

    I pretty disappointed in myself for not thinking of this, having spent about half my life driving past Stop n’ Shops with the radio on.

    The good news is that somebody else still remembers it, and it got a bunch likes.

    @dotorimuk

     

     

    It just hit me. What a song…and album!

    Do you have any Boston/Massachusetts connections?  I always assumed that this was a regional hit at best

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  6. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Roadrunner!

    I pretty disappointed in myself for not thinking of this, having spent about half my life driving past Stop n’ Shops with the radio on.

    The good news is that somebody else still remembers it, and it got a bunch likes.

    @dotorimuk

     

     

    It just hit me. What a song…and album!

    Do you have any Boston/Massachusetts connections? I always assumed that this was a regional hit at best

    I’m an Okie, but I’m in love with Massachusetts (and modern moonlight) because of this song, and the great looney album it comes from. 

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  7. Hoyacon Member
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    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Roadrunner!

    I pretty disappointed in myself for not thinking of this, having spent about half my life driving past Stop n’ Shops with the radio on.

    The good news is that somebody else still remembers it, and it got a bunch likes.

    @dotorimuk

     

     

    It just hit me. What a song…and album!

    Do you have any Boston/Massachusetts connections? I always assumed that this was a regional hit at best

    I’m an Okie, but I’m in love with Massachusetts (and modern moonlight) because of this song, and the great looney album it comes from.

    Looney is very apt when it comes to JR.  I congratulate you on your taste, as someone born and raised there.

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  8. Ed G. Inactive
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    Speaking of Bob Seger, Night Moves is probably my favorite of his. When he slows it down toward the end…. I woke last night to the sound of thunder, how far off I sat and wondered. Started humming a song from 1962. Ain’t it funny how the night moves, when you just don’t seem to have as much to lose, strange how teh night moves…..

    Man I wasn’t born until 1974 but damn the way he sings it I’m right there.

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  9. Quintus Sertorius Coolidge
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    Rush 2112

    Rush Xanadu

    Rush Headlong Flight

    Rush in general!!!

     

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  10. Ed G. Inactive
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    It’s kind of difficult keeping the distinction between songs I like and windows down, volume up kind of songs.

    Let’s start with old school numbers:

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  11. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    About driving, for driving:

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  12. ShaunaHunt Coolidge
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    This one’s fun.

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  13. Ed G. Inactive
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    I always liked this better than Born to Be Wild

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  14. Ed G. Inactive
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    This is a must

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  15. Ed G. Inactive
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    @EdG

    Deep Purple is made for this kind of thing

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  16. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Speaking of Bob Seger, Night Moves is probably my favorite of his. When he slows it down toward the end…. I woke last night to the sound of thunder, how far off I sat and wondered. Started humming a song from 1962. Ain’t it funny how the night moves, when you just don’t seem to have as much to lose, strange how teh night moves…..

    Man I wasn’t born until 1974 but damn the way he sings it I’m right there.

    Well, the first part was pretty good also:

    “She was a black-haired beauty with big dark eyes                                                   Points of her own settin way up high                                                                          Way up firm and high”

    The stuff of adolescent dreams!!!

     

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  17. Ed G. Inactive
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    Lots of Led to choose from but here are two:

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  18. Judge Mental Member
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  19. Ed G. Inactive
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    Also lots of Sabbath to choose from, both Ozzie and Dio. My choices would probably qualify as a little obscure to most people, so you can’t go wrong with these two:

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  20. Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. Coolidge
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    I’m pretty sure it can be scientifically proven that the ultimate driving-with-the-windows-down song is this one:

     

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  21. Hoyacon Member
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    Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. (View Comment):

    I’m pretty sure it can be scientifically proven that the ultimate driving-with-the-windows-down song is this one:

    I always thought that it was cool to have an extended solo (Mike Campbell, I assume) into the fade-out.

     

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  22. Matt Bartle Member
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Also lots of Sabbath to choose from, both Ozzie and Dio. My choices would probably qualify as a little obscure to most people, so you can’t go wrong with these two:

    I remember those well! One of my brothers had the album and played it many times.

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  23. Ed G. Inactive
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    Representing early 80’s – and he’s so dreeeaaamy too!

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  24. Ed G. Inactive
    Ed G.
    @EdG

    I like Van Halen and Jump. Not only does it rock, but it also served as the opening theme music for Cubs telecasts in the mid to late 80’s. I like this one too for the purpose of the OP:

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  25. Ed G. Inactive
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    I’m firmly team David Lee Roth, but Hagar could rock too:

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  26. Hoyacon Member
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

     

    I’m firmly team David Lee Roth, but Hagar could rock too:

    Well, this sure fits here.

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  27. Ed G. Inactive
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

     

    I’m firmly team David Lee Roth, but Hagar could rock too:

    Well, this sure fits here.

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    My links didn’t come over. I updated the comments above to include my links.

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  28. ShaunaHunt Coolidge
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Lots of Led to choose from but here are two:

    So many from Led Zepplin!

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  29. ShaunaHunt Coolidge
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  30. Judge Mental Member
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    This one for driving.

     

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