Auto Tune: “5ive Gears in Reverse” by Elvis Costello

March 18th, 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.

Elvis_Costello_-_Get_Happy!!Arguably one of the most mislabeled artists to come out of the punk movement in the ‘70s, Elvis Costello is a lot of things, but perhaps what he may value the most is the title songwriter. And when it comes to songs there wasn’t a topic he wouldn’t touch. “5ive Gears In Reverse” has long been one of my favorite tunes from his 4th album 1980’s “Get Happy.” And though its title may have a little Beach Boys/Jan & Dean flair to it — as do select automotive nouns & verbs in the body of the song — it’s far from what you’d consider a car tune. Check it out and see what I mean.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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