Auto Tune: “Crawling from the Wreckage” by Dave Edmunds

April 29th, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

dave_edmunds-repeat_when_necessary(1)Disco might’ve been ruling the roost in 1979 but that didn’t stop new wave artists from making their impact felt. Super producer Nick Lowe teamed up with pub rocker Dave Edmunds to form the group Rockpile which not only issued its own album but the same team of musicians played on Lowe’s “Labor of Lust” record as well as Edmunds’ “Repeat When Necessary,” the home of this week’s Auto Tune.

Dave Edmunds was an incredible guitarist however not much of a songwriter. He relied on his contemporaries like Elvis Costello and Graham Parker for that sort of heavy lifting. In fact, Parker wrote “Crawling From The Wreckage” about a rather rambunctious young man, his crazed acquaintances and driving, of course, which ended up on this, perhaps Edmunds’ best all around album.

All this background info is fine but the reason “Crawling from the Wreckage” is this week’s Auto Tune is because it’s a full-throttle no holds barred sing-a-long about driving. Kind of a theme song for the Fast and Furious crowd.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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