Three songs about seeking salvation through technology:
233. Gary Numan, “Cars” (1979):
234. Kate Bush, “Cloudbusting” (1985):
This song is actually based on the real-life story of Wilhelm and Peter Reich:
235. The Clovers, “Love Potion No. 9” (1959):
The 1964 Searchers cover is probably better known:
But I grew up with the Herb Alpert version (it was years before I knew there were lyrics):
I was ten years old when Gary Numan’s “Cars” came out, and back then, I believed every word of it.
Now here I am at fifty. I spend 700 minutes a week in my car, driving the highways of northern New Jersey. Hard to believe how wrong he was.
“It’s the only way to live.” My ass it is.
I’m not sure whether this video proves how right Numan was or how wrong he was, but it’s definitely relevant: