Old Yellow Cadillac by Bankrupts

Bankrupts
Rock
Road Songs
Current Round: 1  
2.56
 

First, ultimate thanks to shankarji for arranging and playing and singing everything except the lead. I wrote it while driving from Virginia to Texas in April, and I get to sing the lead. It is just another fun car song, and I think the world needed one more. This is my unauthorized mix with a little car wind effect and louder lead guitar and bg vox.

Featured Review

Ooh, drum distortion. I’m not sure I can live with that, but I’ll give it go.
Okay, I can, because now we’re moving into another sphere. It’s the 1950s underneath with a 1970s guitar on top. Unlikely bedfellows, you might think, but it’s working alright. The singer comes in with this laid back, back-in-the-mix attitude, as a narrator and an observer. Sometimes it’s like an old episode of Top Gear or a more aesthetic article in Classic Car magazine.
The lyrics are intriguing. I like the detached standpoint, which comes with a wry smile. Apparently it all revolves around this car, the adventures and contacts of which we're going to be party to. Or maybe it's a metaphor for something more radical.
The backing vocals are certainly the cheese on the chalk, so to speak, and the dude does a great job thickening it all up, adding lots of nice tones and some character – and characters! One does sound like a bloke from Slough tryina do a valley girl innit :) Choosing a near-pastiche of the of doo-wop backing vox most commonly associated with this under-genre was wise, I thought. Nice fit.
The lead guitar flourishes colour what might otherwise be a performance which lumbers on, reaching its end without purpose. But the foundation is a good one; the two work together. They share the driving, and Mr Smooth gets good in the back seat. Heh.
The lead singer’s voice is rich and velvety, juxtapositional to the backing girls’ sweetly nasal pitch.
Yeah, the kind of song that wouldn’t be out of place in a Grease score, except it’s too distinct in its arrangement. A little bit too dark and Chris Isaak’s 'Blue Hotel' haunting for Travolta-lite in brothel creepers rolling all over your bonnet.
Well, everyone had a nice time on this song, including me.

Krispy

Featured Review

I absolutely loved it, the drum intro, guitars soon bristling in, and straight into the song!

Great lead vocal, a la Lloyd Cole, and great backing vocals - Brilliant.

In fact, as the song went on, it got better and better!

The lead guitar provided all the hooks for me, and there's nothing wrong with that, as others might listen to the song and pick out the vocals! Like the echo put on them too.

Good outro too, and this is the best 4Min 12Sec that I have had today!

Ailwyn Rees

Lyrics

Verse 1:
rolling down the road in an old yellow cadillac, yeah
rolling down the road in an old yellow cadillac, yeah
got the top down and playing mp3s with a tape adapter

Verse 2:
suspension's so soft it feels just like you are floating
suspension's so soft it feels just like you are floating
and you sink in the seat as if it were a sofa cushion

Verse 3:
there's a gauge on the dash that used to display the gas mileage
there's a gauge on the dash that used to display the gas mileage
but you don't care, it's not about economics

Verse 4:
the front seat is heaven, but the back seat is even better
the front seat is heaven, but the back seat is even better
'cause in the back with your babe you think you're in a bed of white leather
'cause in the back with your babe you think you're in a bed of white leather

Bridge:
windows rolled up, stereo turned up
cruise control on 83
sunglasses on, now you're having some fun
as everyone can easily see
the original owner was a little old lady
I hear she used to drive it nearly every Sunday
parked in a garage all the rest of the time
it's not new, but it looks mighty fine
and for two thousand dollars, I'm sure I don't mind

Verse 5:
it's fast and quiet and the a/c blows so cold
it's fast and quiet and the a/c blows so cold
and it has a trailer hitch so I can haul a boat
(if he had a boat, then he could haul a boat)

Verse 1 refrain:
rolling down the road in an old yellow cadillac, yeah
rolling down the road in an old yellow cadillac, yeah
got the top down and playing mp3s with a tape adapter