Aw, lookathis. Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald & The Roots. In sailors’ caps. With two drummers. Doing 70s taxicab classic, “Ride Like The Wind”. S’nice!
Tonight I intend to attend the Christmas party of power ballad night extraordinaire Ultimate Power. The theme of this night, of course, ties in quite nicely with this site’s criminally neglected Taxicab Classics category. After all, taxis and power ballads go together like… taxis and septum-melting air fresheners.
So let’s all take a moment to clench a fist, place a foot upon a nearby monitor (or similarly-positioned substitute) and make our neck veins pop out to John Waite’s “Missing You”. Click over, y’all…
Did you know that Daryl Hall (left, click image to enlarge) from legendary blue-eyed soul combo Hall & Oates has this, like, whole internet TV show thing going on? S’true! You can even buy punctuation-free t-shirts for it!
Live From Daryl’s House sees Dazza collaborating on all manner of tuneage with folk who he’s dragged to his crib. Unsurprisingly a fair bit of Dazza’s back catalogue makes it in, which is no bad thing. If you go here, for example, you can see him perform billowing-curtain classic “Sara Smile” with, um, some dude called Monte Montogemery.
This week’s show, moreover, will feature shitbrilliant electro-funk pair Chromeo joining the smooth old hermit.
The sun’s shining, you’re bombing around in your motor (or a cab, if you’ve been hitting the cider), and you need some classic rock. You select Toto’s “Hold The Line”. You sing along to both the words and the riffs. You recall the video, with the slightly chubby singer and the frankly appalling hairstyles. For three minutes and fifty-eight seconds, all is right with the world.
Then it ends
I made a rare trip to London this weekend and as such, spent loads of time in taxis. The tune of the weekend (for the cab drivers at least) would have been a fictional tune about ripping people off, or Chicago’s sumptuous crap-but-good pop of ‘If You Leave Me Now’. So, seeing as I can’t find a video for a made up tune, let’s have a look at Chicago and their lovely hair.
Hall and Oates ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’ is, without question, the greatest Taxicab Classic ever recorded. There is no better. As far as MOR goes, this is the apex, the pinnacle, the Mona Lisa… listen, stop reading and press play already! [tax]
It’s hard to believe that the soft country pop of ‘Indiana Wants Me’ by R. Dean Taylor was released through Motown Records. However, the fact Taylor was behind loads of Motown hits, the whole thing gets a little clearer. Taylor’s pop magic is evident in this easy on the ear ditty… so easy on the ear was it that it was a big hit in the US and in Britain, and landed a #1in Taylor’s native Canada. It does sound Canadian when you think about it. Anyway, give a truckers 11 out of 10 and press play. [video:coljaz]
In a taxi yesterday, going to the airport to drop someone off (never mind who, you nosy parkers), a truly wonderful sound seeped from the tinny taxi speaker. It was the sound of thunderous thighs strutting around a studio and a voice crackling about being a saucy dancer. Of course, I’m talking about the big hair croon of Tina Turner (in the 80s) singing ‘Private Dancer’. Check out the ballet-dancing sailor boy in the video (you don’t get to say that very often do you?)! Pay tribute to Tina by doing her walk around the office. I dare you.
I jumped in a taxi last night and noted that my cabbie was listening to “Silk FM”. What a great name for a radio station. Turns out that Silk FM is “soft adult contemporary music for Macclesfield and North East Cheshire”. Glamourous eh? Well, the first thing to hit me was some soul-y type thing that was so inoffensive that I forgot what it was whilst it was still playing. Madness. Then, the taxi air was filled with the wonky strains of ‘I’m Not In Love’ by 10cc. Bona fide!