Thursday, February 2, 2012

Getting There: Motorcycle Mama

Sailcat: Motorcycle Mama


For my money, a motorcycle anthem should roar like Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild"-- unmuffled, dirty and heavy. And yet, in 1972, from the Shoals of Alabama, came Sailcat ...strumming acoustic guitars like the Lovin' Spoonful and singing like a pair of frat brothers about sleeping on the grass and living peacefully with squares. The song hit #12 on the Billboard Charts. (Even the concept album about a drifting biker went Top 40).

   Twenty years later, Bjork's Sugarcubes recorded a cover for Rubaiyat, an Elektra album celebrating the label's 40 years.

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