Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

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Thank Joni it’s Friday.

Welcome to the cosy fireside chat of Broadsheet; a place where you can rest your weary legs after a long, hard week of tearing strips off each other!

Still no voucher, more’s the pity.

This week, as Canada’s truckers make their way en masse to Ottawa, I want to know what’s your favourite driving song?

Here’s mine.

Please include video link if possible.

Lines close on Saturday Midnight.

Meanwhile…

Al Stewart – Year of the Cat

Last week, in honour of Meat Loaf’s passing, I asked you to name your favourite song mentioning an animal. Controversially, I’m calling a tie between Millie and Scottser. (PS: Capernosity, you’re right: ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ is a masterpiece.)

The Millie Obnoxious wrote:

“I’m gonna throw Year of the Cat by Al Stewart into the mix because it’s a great song with a great melody (I just love that piano), it’s ideal for prancing around the house after a few glasses of wine and, most importantly, it’s named after my favourite animal.”

Meanwhile…

Thin Lizzy – Johnny the Fox meets Jimmy the Weed

Scottser wrote:

“Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed. That’s what I’m going to do tomorrow; head up to Johnny Fox’s for a pint and a cheeky spliff.”

Nick says: Well done, Mille and Scottser and thanks all.

Last week: Win’s Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Bunker Vinyl, Cork

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101 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

  1. stephen moran

    Surely the ultimate truckers anthem is Little Feat with the timeless classic “Willin'”
    “If you’ve got it, a truck brought it” as Jimmy Hoffa once said

    I been warped by the rain, driven by the snow
    I’m drunk and dirty don’t ya know, and I’m still, willin’
    Out on the road late at night, Seen my pretty Alice in every head light
    Alice, Dallas Alice

    I’ve been from Tuscon to Tucumcari
    Tehachapi to Tonapah
    Driven every kind of rig that’s ever been made
    Driven the back roads so I wouldn’t get weighed
    And if you give me: weed, whites, and wine
    And you show me a sign
    I’ll be willin’, to be movin’

    I’ve been kicked by the wind, robbed by the sleet
    Had my head stoved in, but I’m still on my feet and I’m still… willin’
    Now I smuggled some smokes and folks from Mexico
    Baked by the sun, every time I go to Mexico, and I’m still …Willin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il9VFC6-Inw

  2. scottser

    *fistbumps millie*
    our lips our sealed is indeed a class tune – i spent friday evening playing it on guitar :)

    1. The Millie Obnoxious™

      Delighted to be sharing a win with you, me aul pal.

      Thanks Nick! Have a great weekend

  3. TenPin Terry

    Thinking that this thread is going to be a list of hard-rocking classics I thought I’d throw in something a little mellower with a vague driving link.
    Nick Lowe’s Stoplight Roses is a paen to broken romance, foolish manliness and sad relationships.
    It’s four minutes of stunning simplicity and showcases The Jesus of Cool’s fantastic song-writing ability combining basic melody and poetic lyrics.
    If Nat King Cole was still alive he’d have covered it.
    I absolutely love the low-budget and noirish video too.
    This is for any man who knows he has fupped up and is going home to face the music.
    We.Have.All.Been.There.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBhsWuTgNQo

  4. TenPin Terry

    Thinking that this thread is going to be a list of hard-rocking classics I thought I’d throw in something a little mellower with a vague driving link.
    Nick Lowe’s Stoplight Roses is a paen to broken romance, foolish behaviour and desperation.
    It’s four minutes of stunning simplicity and showcases The Jesus of Cool’s fantastic song-writing ability combining basic melody and poetic lyrics.
    If Nat King Cole was still alive he’d have covered it.
    I absolutely love the low-budget and noirish video too.
    This is for any man who knows he has fupped up and is going home to face the music.
    We.Have.All.Been.There.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBhsWuTgNQo

  5. Paulus

    Ok, Knopfler may be a bit middle-of-the-road for cool dudes here; but I like a few songs from some of his later solo albums. Border Reiver is a homage to the 1960’s Albion Reiver. Where else will you hear a song referencing the ‘Heel and toe’ manoeuvre? Flute (or is it low-whistle?) is by the superb Michael McGoldrick.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzqNSAbE7Fo

    1. f_lawless

      I’ve always thought the lyrics to that song make more sense as the inner dialogue of someone battling with a drug addiction – despite the video with the attractive woman!

        1. f_lawless

          Actually, “always thought” isn’t accurate- what I mean is: after having listened to the lyrics again in more recent years. ;)

  6. Tarfton Clax

    It really has to be this version of this song:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zKAS7XOWaQ

    Deep Purple: Highway Star from Made in Japan.
    I have thousands of Metal/Hard Rock/Blues/jazz Rock albums with some of the greatest virtuosos of the guitar performing at extreme levels of brilliance, but the short guitar solo on this song is my favourite of all time. The Man in Black, the one and only Blackmore. Never equalled in his prime.

      1. Fergalito

        Ah they’re gone a while now, Molina struggled with alcohol for a long time before it caught up with him and he passed away as a relatively young man.

        Captain Badass has something really special about it, a howl of sincerity deep from within his gut. Riding with the Ghost a tune a lot of us can or could once upon a time relate to…

  7. f_lawless

    The Rolling Stones – No Spare Parts (1978 studio out take)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2LLZx023yg

    A song that never made it onto the original release of the ‘Some Girls’ album in 1978. I read that, in 2011, a ‘deluxe edition’ of the album was released with a re-worked version of the song included. Jagger re-recorded the vocals and came up with new lyrics but, to my ear, his vocals on that later version just don’t have the same charm as the ’78 out take. He over-egged it, past his prime at that stage, maybe. The version above is pretty rough around the edges but I still rate it as a stand out Stones track

    Lonely hearts, they’re just made to break
    Ain’t no spare parts, ain’t no oil to change

    1. Fergalito

      Got to agree with you on that one, love the scuzzy noisy guitar squall at the start as it makes way for the melody

  8. CapernosityandFunction

    Divine Comedy – National Express

    https://youtu.be/p_GLSgJ39Dc

    Congrats to Millie and Scottster on the win. Thanks Nick for the recognition.

    I bellowed this out in the car last week while taking my daughter to school. She wasn’t impressed.

    It has a wonderful tune that clips along and one of my favourite ever lyrics:

    “but it’s hard to get by when your arse is the size of a small country”

    Neil Hannon presented a typically eccentric portrait of his career on BBC NI last year. Well worth checking out.

    1. Tarfton Clax

      Fantastic. Saw them many times over the years. They were Motorhead and they played Rock and Roll.

    1. Fergalito

      Legend, can’t wait to see him live again

      Have you heard the album of covers himself and Bonnie Prince Billy released recently!?

      1. Otis Blue

        Love to see him but haven’t managed to yet.

        I posted their cover of David Berman’s The Wild Kindness here a couple of weeks back. Cassie, Berman’s ex-wife, also appears on it as do some of the others on the album.

        Any excuse…

        https://youtu.be/-Xug9Ty0FD0

  9. CapernosityandFunction

    White Lies – Bigger Than Us

    https://youtu.be/B271ERwcz20

    One of my favourite songs of this century. This a powerful song with an amazing, anthemic chorus. The quality of this performance is unreal. Even Letterman can’t spoil it.

    “You took the tunnel route home. You’d never taken that way with me before. Did

  10. Ben Madigan

    It’s been a long week but you’ve knocked off early on Friday to head west for the bank holiday weekend… The sun is batin’ down, the shades are on and as you leave the city behind you’re playing this:

    World Shut Your Mouth – Julian Cope

    https://youtu.be/DhRrr6ZqiXI

    1. Tarfton Clax

      I remember bringing a small village in the Basqueland to a standstill many years ago with my rendition of this classic tune. It was after I had visited three wineries, and there was a wine festival in the village going on when we arrived there. Not saying it was particularly brilliant. But it was particularly LOUD. Happy memories. Good times. I may prefer Slayer or Morbid Angel but you can’t beat a power ballad from a Hard Rock band for a drunken sing song.

  11. Johnny 'Diego' Keenan

    Roadhouse Blues by The Doors or Rear view Mirror by Pearl Jam.

    Serious cruising riffs outside the obvious road theme’s.

    1. Mad

      Well done Johnny

      Here is another one

      Take it Easy by the Eagles

      “I’m standing on the corner in Wilmslow, Arizona
      Such a fine sight to see.
      A girl my lord in a flat bed Ford
      Slowing down to take a look at me”

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