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Gomez — Airstream Driver
Album: A New Tide
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 563









Released: 2009
Length: 3:52
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All the angels on the wire
Getting dizzy from the heights
Go carefully, carefully
Oh, airstream driver

She shoots but never misses
Stare down, passin' traffic
Go carefully, carefully
Oh, airstream driver

I would return the favour
Oversleep the rapture
Go carefully, carefully
Oh, airstream driver

Your watermelon candy mouth
The penthouse at the sands
Go carefully, carefully
Oh, airstream driver

Go go go go carefully, airstream driver
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I can hear "gonna gonna gonna eat cat food".  I appreciate camping, but that is pushing it!
 Larrygrrl wrote:
All I could hear in the lyrics was "go go go get cat food".  What a strange song.{#Stupid}

 
According to the Lyrics link it's "Go carefully, carefully".  But I think your version is more interesting.
All I could hear in the lyrics was "go go go get cat food".  What a strange song.{#Stupid}
Go Go...
 lily34 wrote:
i love gomez. this isn't my fav of theirs, or even off this cd...but they are awesome.
 
My thoughts exactly.
i really love this song. it makes me dance in my seat!
 sirdroseph wrote:


A year later, the bands have changed, but you have a point. Now it is the Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel and the like. But......if Bill likes em, then he is gonna play em. After all, above all, it is his station, not ours.
 

This is true.  However.  As Americans, it is our God given right to complain.  My complaint is that we need more Gomez!
i love gomez. this isn't my fav of theirs, or even off this cd...but they are awesome.
Great song.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Y'know, Airstream did make a motorhome in their signature silver turd mode. This isn't it.



 
That is one spectacularly ugly vehicle. It looks like a camper van eating a saloon car. A head-turner, right enough.

Vintage Airstream holidays near to where we live in the UK. 

https://www.vintagevacations.co.uk/trailerdetails.htm


Too cool!
Thanks for this chronicle! I'd never seen one of these before now.
Do you care to enclose a photo of your Tortuga Blanca? Even if it is not in the Airstream tradition, it sounds pretty interesting!

 
Businessgypsy wrote:
I used the same platform for my stealth camper, Tortuga Blanca - but made up for 1/4 the cost
The originals are very cool, however and pretty rare.



Y'know, Airstream did make a motorhome in their signature silver turd mode. This isn't it.

Is a cool use of a Toronado, the first production front wheel drive made in the US, however.
NASA uses a vintage AIrstream motorhome to take astronauts from the Command Center to the launch site

and Jet Blue employs a fleet made up in their livery for promotion purposes

Airstream is now using the Mercedes Sprinter as a compact motorhome, priced at $127K+++

I used the same platform for my stealth camper, Tortuga Blanca - but made up for 1/4 the cost
The originals are very cool, however and pretty rare.



 sirdroseph wrote:


A year later, the bands have changed, but you have a point. Now it is the Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel and the like. But......if Bill likes em, then he is gonna play em. After all, above all, it is his station, not ours.
 
I don't know. . . I'd say these is a good chunk of listener control. I often see new tracks that have pretty dismal ratings and don't seem to get played again. That is not to say Bill has his faves that linger here, and that is fine too. 

 toomanyollys wrote:

Yeah, know what you mean. I love RP, but some songs/artists seem to be played way too much (Gomez, Coldplay, U2, Neko Case...). It seems like the music's aimed more at the 'every now and then' listeners as opposed to someone like me who listens at work every day...

I never used to notice this much repetition (been listening for years), it seems like a fairly recent thing..?

Don't get me wrong - RP is still the best thing out there by a looooooong way. I even managed to convince my boss to let me hook up some speakers so the whole room can enjoy :)
 

A year later, the bands have changed, but you have a point. Now it is the Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel and the like. But......if Bill likes em, then he is gonna play em. After all, above all, it is his station, not ours.
 Danimal174 wrote:
Hair-Cream Driver

 
I'm a Dapper Dan man!

Nice to have some gratuitous cowbell to start my morning!  

Gomez is extremely diverse. Sometimes that is good, sometimes not so much. This one is good.
This song has the most unexpected and satisfying drum solo, however brief.
Maybe it's just me, but I like to hear good songs more than once!
Hair-Cream Driver


Eeeek! I like this song! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 BillG wrote:


FYI, this has never been played more than once per day & was only played 2 days in a row when it was brand new (< 1 mo. old). 
 
Go, go Anchoring Heuristic!

You can probably draw conclusions about how firm people's opinions are (love or hate the song) based on their perception of how often it is played. 

Ice cream driver? I'll take 2 drumsticks. {#Tongue-out}
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Hippostar wrote:
I have no doubt that today our own U.S. auto labor workforce would also agree that this vehicle, built completely by foreign labor, by one of the largest foreign automotive "huge corporations" and transported halfway across the globe by boat is a very progressive and people-oriented statement.
robco1 wrote:
Kind of like the people-oriented decision-making that the big three execs made when they decided to market gas-guzzling giant SUVs instead of building practical and reliable cars that people would want? The auto worker unions that worked hand-in-glove with those same executives to lobby against an increase in CAFE standards? Oh, it is the leftie progressives' fault for not wanting to pay $60k+ for an ungainly truck that gets 4 mpg to "support the Amer-cun werker..."

 {#Beat}
Wait a second, you could argue that the auto-companies were only giving the people what they wanted. Until gas prices started to spike, sales of the gas guzzlers were high. People wanted the big SUVs and half-tons. Even now sales of half-ton trucks are strong. I agree that the companies were very happy to sell the big vehicles to people because they made a bigger profit on them. In addition they did fight tooth and nail against higher emission and gas millage standards, so they certainly have to shoulder some of the blame, but lets not forget that most consumers weren't marching in the street demanding better gas mileage and smaller vehicles.

  But that would ignore 25+ years of coordinated marketing by the industry to get suburbanites to buy a vehicle that had been a niche market product for the outdoors set. But yes, the easily-manipulated public can certainly take their share of the blame for the mess we're in. Here endeth the soapbox. Great Gomez tune!

 Jelani wrote:

friends don't let friends drive Prius's.
 
Boy howdy! {#Mrgreen}.

 The_Enemy wrote:
I've heard this song a lot on RP and only today did I look at this page.

All this time, I thought they were singing "ice cream driver".

7
 
No, no, no, it's "our esteemed driver"!  You see, they really like their chauffeur.

I've heard this song a lot on RP and only today did I look at this page.

All this time, I thought they were singing "ice cream driver".

7
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:

It would get better mileage without all the stickers.
And what about all the oil products used to make those stickers?
Or the wasted backing material from those stickers clogging our waterways and landfills? {#Mrgreen}
 
friends don't let friends drive Prius's.
 MrGreg wrote:


Left-wing driver?
 
It would get better mileage without all the stickers.
And what about all the oil products used to make those stickers?
Or the wasted backing material from those stickers clogging our waterways and landfills?
Or for that matter... all that battery acid and lead waste!  {#Mrgreen}


I hear a little syntheziser backgrounds, that reminds me to some old music tunes!
I might think about taking back what I just wrote!
Sounds better and better...
a girlie band?
 RockinBlueVoodoo wrote:

 
{#Lol} Awesomely funny!

Cowbell AND the main guitar lick is Jailbreak!!!! Love it!
I needed some cowbell today! :yes:
I'm going to eat a cream tea while this is playing
Hippostar wrote:
I have no doubt that today our own U.S. auto labor workforce would also agree that this vehicle, built completely by foreign labor, by one of the largest foreign automotive "huge corporations" and transported halfway across the globe by boat is a very progressive and people-oriented statement.

 robco1 wrote:
Kind of like the people-oriented decision-making that the big three execs made when they decided to market gas-guzzling giant SUVs instead of building practical and reliable cars that people would want? The auto worker unions that worked hand-in-glove with those same executives to lobby against an increase in CAFE standards? Oh, it is the leftie progressives' fault for not wanting to pay $60k+ for an ungainly truck that gets 4 mpg to "support the Amer-cun werker..."

 {#Beat}
 
Wait a second, you could argue that the auto-companies were only giving the people what they wanted. Until gas prices started to spike, sales of the gas guzzlers were high. People wanted the big SUVs and half-tons. Even now sales of half-ton trucks are strong. I agree that the companies were very happy to sell the big vehicles to people because they made a bigger profit on them. In addition they did fight tooth and nail against higher emission and gas millage standards, so they certainly have to shoulder some of the blame, but lets not forget that most consumers weren't marching in the street demanding better gas mileage and smaller vehicles.

Hippostar wrote:

I have no doubt that today our own U.S. auto labor workforce would also agree that this vehicle, built completely by foreign labor, by one of the largest foreign automotive "huge corporations" and transported halfway across the globe by boat is a very progressive and people-oriented statement.

Kind of like the people-oriented decision-making that the big three execs made when they decided to market gas-guzzling giant SUVs instead of building practical and reliable cars that people would want? The auto worker unions that worked hand-in-glove with those same executives to lobby against an increase in CAFE standards? Oh, it is the leftie progressives' fault for not wanting to pay $60k+ for an ungainly truck that gets 4 mpg to "support the Amer-cun werker..."

 {#Beat}


I remember when Gomez were a big deal. Then they vanished. Wonder why? RP seems to be the only place I hear them regularly.
Naive... sooo nice
I love the opening to this...but then it morphs into something familiar yet lost in a dusty corner of my attic.  I hear strains that remind me of a femalele singer or girl group who did something similar to this in sound and structure...but I'm damned if I can recall who.  i'm slipping for sure.

Great song! Nice Ian performance on vox.
 Sleepytyme wrote:
I LOVE this song...Kinda has a 60's sound to it.
All negitive comments be damned!!
 
If you look closely, you will see that most of the negative comments origin from the same person who seems to believe he or she did not get the point across the first 10 times or so.

But I digress. About the song - it is only rock'n'roll, but I like it!  

{#Dancingbanana}What a great album (and song).
very cool song.  Different sound for Gomez (I think—at least different from what i've heard from them)
8
 erichb wrote:  Oh how cool ENJOY!

Seeing these guys in concert tonight!  Can't wait!


 


Seeing these guys in concert tonight!  Can't wait!


Gomez is goood!

 Sleepytyme wrote:
I LOVE this song...Kinda has a 60's sound to it.
All negitive comments be damned!!


 
I couldn't agree more. This is a great song to listen to in the car.

There is nothing more tiresome than repeated negative comments from the same listener over and over on the same song. If you don't like it - hit mute and move on. No need to say the same thing 20 times in the same thread.

I LOVE this song...Kinda has a 60's sound to it.
All negitive comments be damned!!


How strange... I just posted under Airborne Toxic Event's "Something New" (which played right before this track) that I had gotten their album at the used CD store last week and was enjoying it. Same thing goes for this new Gomez album, I picked it up at the same time.
 
Bill, you tracking my music purchases these days for some reason?  

BillG wrote:
FYI, this has never been played more than once per day & was only played 2 days in a row when it was brand new (< 1 mo. old).

Coo! A response from the Great Man himself!

Akmegan, I rated this 8 and it's good to hear it! (and I've yet to hear any song played more than once a day)

 akmegan wrote:
OMG! AGAIN?!! Seriously?!{#Puke} C'mon Bill this song is ok once or twice but JEEEZ! Not 3 times a day! Why not rotate this album evenly? The other songs on this album arent nearly as lame as this one is. Love, love RP, but this song is totally played out!! (mutes)
 

FYI, this has never been played more than once per day & was only played 2 days in a row when it was brand new (< 1 mo. old). 
 ilibjorn wrote:

^^^^^  one of the few true sources of left wing media in the world (not owned by huge corporation).  For refreshing and people oriented views....read cars like this.  Power to the people.

 
I have no doubt that today our own U.S. auto labor workforce would also agree that this vehicle, built completely by foreign labor, by one of the largest foreign automotive "huge corporations" and transported halfway across the globe by boat is a very progressive and people-oriented statement.

{#Puke}(MUTES)
 akmegan wrote:
OMG! AGAIN?!! Seriously?!{#Puke} C'mon Bill this song is ok once or twice but JEEEZ! Not 3 times a day! Why not rotate this album evenly? The other songs on this album arent nearly as lame as this one is. Love, love RP, but this song is totally played out!! (mutes)
 
Yeah, know what you mean. I love RP, but some songs/artists seem to be played way too much (Gomez, Coldplay, U2, Neko Case...). It seems like the music's aimed more at the 'every now and then' listeners as opposed to someone like me who listens at work every day...

I never used to notice this much repetition (been listening for years), it seems like a fairly recent thing..?

Don't get me wrong - RP is still the best thing out there by a looooooong way. I even managed to convince my boss to let me hook up some speakers so the whole room can enjoy :)


Great pop song! {#Dancingbanana}
Great set Bill! Thanks!
OMG! AGAIN?!! Seriously?!{#Puke} C'mon Bill this song is ok once or twice but JEEEZ! Not 3 times a day! Why not rotate this album evenly? The other songs on this album arent nearly as lame as this one is. Love, love RP, but this song is totally played out!! (mutes)
 Dave_Mack wrote:
I'd prefer not to hear this song every day.  So I turn it off now.
 

we heard it driving home last night through the lincoln tunnel - hasn't even been 12 hours now.....
but that's alright with me.  think i might pick this disc up today  {#Cowboy}

I'd prefer not to hear this song every day.  So I turn it off now.
 MrGreg wrote:


Left-wing driver?
 
^^^^^  one of the few true sources of left wing media in the world (not owned by huge corporation).  For refreshing and people oriented views....read cars like this.  Power to the people.

Smoove_D wrote:
Every time I hear something by Gomez on RP, it makes me sit up and listen. Every time I buy one of their albums and pop it into my CD player, I quickly get bored. What's up with that?

Well in my case it's that I listen to RP on Sennheiser headphones ... and then at home (or worse: in the car) the song gets played on inferior equipment. (Even a good hi-fi at home is inferior, unless it's turned up high enough — which we don't like to do.)

What's the theme in this thread?  (Airstream Driver, The Who/ Real Me,Radiohead/Go to sleep...)
I'm guessing: fantastic drummers.
The term "earworm" was coined with this song in mind.
Every time I hear something by Gomez on RP, it makes me sit up and listen. Every time I buy one of their albums and pop it into my CD player, I quickly get bored. What's up with that?
 akmegan wrote:
DIE!! {#Skull}
 
"lame" was your most accurate description yet.

Gomez doesn't usually do much for me, but I kinda liked this one.
akmegan must not have children
 akmegan wrote:
 every damn clear channel radio station. 
 
I think I see the problem...
DIE!! {#Skull}


Left-wing driver?
I give this song a WOW. If I say WOW the next time I hear it, I will bump up the rating. 
Like the Partridge Family, meeting up with the Doors there at the end. Not that I don't like it! :)
I keep hearing "go go and eat cat food"
{#Yell}AHHHH!  MAKE IT STOP!!  {#Frustrated} Bill, PLEASE put this on the KILL list! Its so lame! I usually like Gomez, but this song is already waay too played out!

Airstreams however, are still waay cool. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airstream

 annersjen wrote:
I totally love Gomez, but I find myself disappointed in this song. It doesn't seem to be growing on me like it has on other commentators. How's the rest of the album?
 
The rest of the album is growing on me more than this song, although it was really pretty great when I saw them a few weeks ago.

I'm SOO sick of this song!!! {#Silenced} Its here everyday and on every damn clear channel radio station. Enough already!!! {#Beat}
They played this live during SXSW on KUT.  John  Aielle went off on a tangent about the similarities of this song and "Walk Like an Egyptian".  Gomez noted that they didn't write it, and that they were all about grade-school age when the Bangles released that.

But he just went on and on and on about it. 

I am glad the rest of the world takes the song for what it is, and doesn't go down the same rabbit trail as KUT's guy did.


I'll have to give this a few more listens before I can truly rate it.  But overall, Gomez really peaked with "In Our Gun"....what an incredible album.  The albums since then have been ho-hum with spots of great songwriting.
Thought he sang extreme driver... {#Ask}
I totally love Gomez, but I find myself disappointed in this song. It doesn't seem to be growing on me like it has on other commentators. How's the rest of the album?
I've never had a song grow on me so fast!
 pinklife wrote:
The more I hear it, the more I dig it.  Party on, Bill!{#Bananajam}
 
I agree completely. Time to hit iTunes, I guess.

Sorry, I couldn't resist...


Airstream trailer
 coolfish wrote:

Gotta have more cowbell!
 

Agreed! More cowbell! lol
 Darlington wrote:

Going to see them (along with Josh Ritter, yay) in Asheville, NC in about a month. Can't wait...



 
How was the show, Darlington or anyone who's caught this tour? I'm seeing them tomorrow night in Lancaster, PA.

High Five to Bill on that smoking set! {#High-five}

Gomez - Airstream Driver
The Airborne Toxic Event - Something New
Nada Surf - Always Love

That set gets a 10! {#Devil_pimp}


perfectly simple & fun
genialer song!!
 MojoJojo wrote:

Solid  {#Devil_pimp}
 
Gotta have more cowbell!


Going to see them (along with Josh Ritter, yay) in Asheville, NC in about a month. Can't wait...



7 -> 8
Dancing_banana wrote:
This song gets better and better with time!{#Dancingbanana}

Have to agree the the dancing banana!

This song gets better and better with time!{#Dancingbanana}
The more I hear it, the more I dig it.  Party on, Bill!{#Bananajam}
 cc_rider wrote:
I like this more every time I hear it. I have no idea why.
 
Exactly. Growing on me more each listen.

I like this more every time I hear it. I have no idea why.

Although Airstreams ARE cool...
{#Music}
keep it coming, never can get too much Gomez
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Is that cowbell I hear? {#Motor}
 
Solid  {#Devil_pimp}
Would've rated it a 6 but that would have knocked it down a tenth of a point — didn't seem right, so a 7 it is. Peer pressure anyone?
for some reason all i hear is bow wow wow's 'i want candy' in this...{#Think}
Is that cowbell I hear? {#Motor}
I think I like it . . . so far!

Looking forward to the rest of the album.
One of my uploads finally made it!  I'm not sure it was on the LRC very long.  :-)
sounds like gomez is getting back into their amazing groove of the past..  this is more like it..  wasn't a big fan of Split the difference and later.
This was a so-so 4 until the cowbells kicked in, which knocked an immediate 1 off the rating.
LOVE Gomez, but was a little disappointed with the last album.  I felt that the last album was the slight departure for them; this feels to me like a return to their sound :) 
the boys in gomez are giving this track away at https://www.gomeztheband.com/
I like this band Gomez...thanks for the introduction, Bill.  You play a number of their tunes here and so far, I like most of them. {#Dance}
I love GOMEZ but this is a little different than their other music. Still, it's a good song.
I wasn't paying attention to the intro from Bill. Is this new?
Like it!