Saturday Car Post: The Changing Of The Guard?

The 1970’s was a rough time for the automobile business in the United States and Canada-

— it represented a fundamental and permanent shake-up not only in what kinds of domestic cars consumers were willing to buy, but also in the penetration of the market by imports, particularly of Japanese origin.

The big domestic car makers
had been reticent to commit the necessary resources to improve build quality and
fuel efficiency – and North American buyers started to look elsewhere – and they
haven’t looked back since,
it seems.

While in 1975, almost 90% of
the cars on the road were
American (or Canadian) made,
the sad and hard reality of
today’s situation is much different:

“There are no purely American
vehicles,” said Michelle Krebs,
senior analyst at AutoTrader.

“These are global automakers
who use global sources for
all types of parts.”

Which, perhaps, goes a long way to explain why the new cars appear so similar to each other.

Several of my favorite vintage
models were built in the 1970’s, and the whole question of ‘style’ as it relates to current automobile models seems somehow no longer germane.

That notwithstanding,
one can’t help but wonder
whether such dependency
on foreign products,
especially one as iconic and
essential to the American
lifestyle, is a good thing
or not –

– and about how
long policies about such
things should be left in the hands of multi-national corporations that care, not about North American security,
economies, or jobs,
but only about profit.

HOY !

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Sunday Morning Music

Hello and welcome to
another one of our
super-sonic Sunday
Morning Music Posts.

We’ve decided to go
1960’s on ya today,
mixing the psychedelic
with the soulful to
hopefully come up
with a combination
that will make you
wanna get yer
YA YA’s out.

Ya.

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Rolling Stones —
” Jumpin Jack Flash (Live)

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Peppermint Rainbow —
Will You Be Staying
After Sunday

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The Honeycombs —
” Have I The Right
To Hold You

.

Gary Puckett and Union Gap–
Over You

.

Gregg Allman —
One More Try

.

Merrilee Rush —
Angel Of The Morning

.

Beatles —
I Wanna Hold Your Hand

.

The Supremes —
Come See About Me

.

Cufflinks —
Tracy

.

Animals —
San Franciscan Nights

.

Beverly Bremers —
Don’t Say You
Don’t Remember

.

Esquires —
” Get On Up

.

Dave Clark Five —
Because

.

Traffic —
Many A Mile
To Freedom

.

The Association —
Along Comes Mary ( TV )

.

Mary Wells —
You Beat Me
To The Punch

.

Janis Joplin —
Maybe (TV) ”

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The Tremeloes —
Here Comes My Baby

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Jose Felicano–
Don’t Let The Sun
Catch You Crying

.

Doors —
” L.A. Woman

.

Patti Drew —
Workin On A Groovy Thing

.

Buckinghams —
Don’t You Care

.

Tower Of Power —
You’re Still A Young Man

.

Joe South —
” Games People Play

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The Clovers —
Don’t Play That Song

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Glen Campbell —
Gentle On My Mind (TV)

.

Seekers —
I’ll Never Find
Another You

.

David Gates —
Never Let Her
Go ( BBC LIVE)

.

and finally,
a request from Deanna :

Tom Waits —
” Downtown Train

.

!!! HOY !!!

Sunday Morning Music

Hey –

Well, it’s nice
to have
you drop in on us
this morning for
another Sunday
Morning Music post !

It’s got a distinctly
60’s-70’s-80’s vibe,
I think, and
I hope you
enjoy it.

And, I got a couple
requests that’ll get
mixed in there, too.

Like this one,
for C !

Bishop Briggs —
River

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Michael Franks–
Island Life

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Wall Of Voodoo —
Mexican Radio

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Chuck Berry /
Keith Richards —
” Nadine

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Emilie-Claire Barlow —
The Waters Of March

.

Tower of Power —
So Hard To Go

.

Nick Lowe —
Cruel To Be Kind

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Joe Jackson —
” Is She Really Going
Out With Him

.

America —
Today’s The Day

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Depeche Mode —
Master and Servant
( for D )

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Fifth Dimension —
Day By Day

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Bloodstone —
Natural High

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Gordon Lightfoot —
Early Morning Rain

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Sergio Mendes / Brazil 66 —
Night and Day

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Frank Sinatra —
Strangers In The Night

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David Ruffin —
Walk Away From Love

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Patti Smith Group —
Because The Night

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David Myles —
Night After Night

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David Bowie —
(for SC )
The Stars Are
Out Tonight

.

Pat Benatar —
Shadows Of The Night

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The Cars —
All I Got Tonight

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Neil Young —
Tonight’s The Night

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Weather Report —
Elegant People

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Al Jarreau —
” After All

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Johnny Cash —
” Sunday Morning
Comin’ Down

.

Scanners —
Baby Blue
( for C )

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!!! HOY !!!

 

Sunday Morning Music

Hiya and
a big
‘How Y’all Are’
from your ole buddy
Muscleheaded.

I know yer
chompin’
at the bit
to get started
with our weekly
Sunday Morning
Music segment….

Ow…
that’s my finger, man.

Maestro !

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Warren Zevon —
Desperadoes Under The Eaves

and one for Katie :
” French Inhaler ” 

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Dire Straits–
” Skate Away

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David Bowie —
” Let’s Dance
(album version ) 

.

Santana —
” No One To Depend On
(album version) “

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Ten Wheel Drive w/ Genya Raven —
” Tightrope (album cut)  ” 

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Beach Boys —
” Disney Girls ” 

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New Order —
” Age of Consent
(album content) “

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Isley Brothers —
” Summer Breeze
(album version ) ” 

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Bruce Springsteen —
” Rosalita (album version) “

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The Zombies —
” Tell Her No ( Shindig 1965 )

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Van Morrison —
Sense of Wonder

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Lydia Pense and Cold Blood —
You Got Me Hummin’ (album version) 

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Linda Ronstadt —
” Silver Threads and Golden Needles (LIVE)

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Association —
” Cherish ” 

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Rod Stewart —
” You Wear It Well (album version) “

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Talking Heads —
Take Me To The River “

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Humble Pie —
Good Booze and
Bad Women” 

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Outsiders —
” Time Won’t Let Me ” 

.

Pure Prairie League —
” Amie (album version ) “

.

Warren Zevon —
Poor Poor Pitiful Me

.

Malo —
” Suavecito (album version)”

.

The Cure —
” Push (album version ) ” 

.

Tom Waits —
“Downtown Train “

.

Chicago —
” Dialogues (album version) “

.

Heatwave —
” Boogie Nights
(album version ) 

.

Depeche Mode —
” In Your Room (album version)

.

War —
“Summer (album version ) 

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Sunday Morning Music

Hi —
I hope you’re having
a groovy weekend.

Today we thought
we’d bring you some
cool stuff from the
1960’s and 1970’s
that you mighta missed .

(or maybe you’re one
of them there
whippersnappers that
never had a chance
to hear the stuff in
the first place )

Either way, I hope
you enjoy our collection.

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Cold Blood —
If You Will

.

The Babys–
Everytime I Think of You

.

Led Zeppelin —
Immigrant Song

.

The Crystals —
Then He Kissed Me ”

.

Yardbirds —
Shapes Of Things

.

Chicago —
Movin In

.

Curtis Mayfield —
The Makings Of You

.

Laura Nyro —
It’s Gonna Take A Miracle

.

Sly and The Family Stone —
If You Want Me To Stay

.

The Easybeats —
Friday On My Mind

.

Nick Lowe —
Cruel To Be Kind

.

Jerry Butler —
Only The Strong Survive

.

Janis Joplin —
A Woman Left Lonely

.

The Box Tops —
” You Keep Me Hanging On

.

Neil Young —
” Cortez

.

Four Seasons —
Walk Like A Man ”

.

Fleetwood Mac —
” Oh Well

.

Beach Boys —
Wendy

.

Eric Burdon —
Hold On I’m Comin’

.

Redbone —
” Witch Queen of New Orleans”

.

George Harrison —
I’d Have You Anytime

.

The Equals —
Baby Come Back

.

Seekers —
The Carnival Is Over

.

Todd Rundgren —
” I Saw The Light

.

Pilot —
” Magic

.

Little Anthony and Imperials —
Out Of My Head

.

Joni Mitchell —
Coyote

.

!!! HOY !!!

The 1975 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet

I’m not much
into import cars….

although, of course,
vintage English
sports cars
are completely
excluded from that rule.

And, truthfully,
in Europe,
and for that matter –
most of the rest
of the world,
you won’t see a
ton of vintage
cars puttin’ around
that you’d really wanna
bring home to American Mother.

Unless you got the money
for the one Ferrari Modulo
ever made, ( with the cute
blonde driver included )
or a vintage 288 GTO,
in which case,
I ain’t talking to you anyhow.

😛

But, this little French
number is certainly
pretty enough –
and rugged enough –
to meet Mom, Dad, or
any of the bad roads
in your old R.F.D.-

It’s the tough as nails
1975 Peugeot
504 Cabriolet.

Yes,
it is French.

Sure, I know —

France is the land
of architecture,
sensuality,
art, and love.

Mechanics?

They are not,
generally speaking.

Just ask Monsieur Hulot.

Just remember
the infamous
Citroen 2CV – a top speed
of 60 and a rollover
just waiting to happen —

France was also the home
of the K-V Mini 1 – the
car that made it seem
possible for anybody to
build one in the garage
out of scrap metal and
motor parts.

— and don’t forget
Renault’s answer
to the Chevette —
“Le Car”.

ACK.

But, I have to tell you,
the 504 is different.

Rough and ready, used 504’s
are still popular in all those
places where car comfort
is important, but road
quality ain’t a priority……

Which is one of the reasons
over 3 million were built and
sold between 1968 and 1983.

I like the ’75 504 Cabriolet –
the first year with the new
163 c.i. V-6 making about
120 horsepower —
– sure, not powerful enough
to show off your speed
on the Autobahn, but perfect for
most of the roads in Europe
of that era…. and the body
design on the Cabriolet
was top notch and
beautiful.

There was also a 2304 cc
diesel offered that year,
which was less powerful
(70 HP) but absolutely
bulletproof.

As proof of how
great a car
the 504 was-
I only need
to offer these
examples of
the road rally
championships
the car won in
the mid 1970’s–

The East Africa Rally
in 1975 and 78
The Morocco Rally
in 1975 and 76-
The Ivory Coast Rally
in 1978 –

These races were over
some of the worst roads
and roughest terrain in
the world.

So, next time you see a
vintage 504 pass you on
some dusty back road —
remember to shout:

” Vive l’automobile
Peugeot 504 Française ! “

.

!! HOY !!!

Sunday Morning Music

Hey ya……..

Welcome to our Sunday
Morning Music festival.

This week we’ll turn on the IPOD
and go totally random off one of
my gym playlists.

(excluding a request or two-
see if you can figure out
which ones those are…. )

It’s mainly 1970’s-1980’s
rock with a smattering of jazz,
bossa nova, and R&B……

So, let’s see what kinda musical
mischief we can get into…..

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River Matthews–
Sunshine

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Van Halen —
” Drop Dead Legs

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Byrds —
Renaissance Faire

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Chris Rea —
” I Can Hear Your
Heartbeat “
(live)

.

Isaac Hayes —
Walk On By

.

Beach Boys —
Wild Honey

.

Randy Newman —
Shame

.

Shannon —
” Let The Music Play (remix)

.

Elvis Costello —
” What’s So Funny Bout Peace 
Love and Understanding (live)”

.

Swing Out Sister —
Am I The Same Girl (live)

.

Outsiders —
” Time Won’t Let Me

.

Quincy Jones and Nancy Wilson–
” In The Name Of Love “

.

River Matthews —
Undo Ordinary

.

Gino Vannelli —
People I Belong To

.

Bebel Gilberto —
Port Antonio

.

Spanky & Our Gang —
Like To Get Know You

.

Tom Petty —
Breakdown (live) ”

.

Incognito —
Still A Friend Of Mine

.

Jamiroquai —
Virtual Insanity

.

Mercy —
“Love Can Make You Happy

.

Michael Franks —
Heart Like An Open Book

.

Al Green —
You Oughta To Be With Me

.

Earl Klugh —
” Pretty World

.

Marvin Gaye —
You Sure Love To Ball

.

Bee Gees —
” Night Fever

.

Isley Brothers —
” Groove With You

.

Steely Dan —
Everyone’s Gone To The Movies

.

River Matthews —
Light The Way
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