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So I never had a Chevette. But i've known two. Not in a biblical sense. Well, maybe.

My buddy Jeremy had a '79 Chevette with an 8 track cassette adapter (hence the lyric). He was a year older than me so he'd drive and i'd try not to be scared in the passenger seat as he pushed it way past it's intended limits on the twisty back roads of our hometown. He had a mixtape called 'Top Jimmy' (after the VH song, 1984 had just come out) and we'd sing along to that. Jeremy was a preacher's kid who always wore a suit jacket with jeans and a t shirt. I'd never seen anyone wear a suit jacket except for church and when I asked him about it he said 'what? Dylan wears this all the time' and so that settled it for me - I began to hit the goodwill for mismatched suit jackets (although my parents wouldn't let me wear jeans to school so i looked more like a mormon than dylan). The second Chevette was owned by my much older girlfriend. I was one of those guys that always got the older girls (probably an inadvertent side affect of my parentally enforced clean cut appearance). It made me unpopular with the older boys but i wasn't trying to get the older boys naked so I didn't care. Anyway this girl was 17 and I was 15 and so when I could escape from the house she'd drive me around to where we didn't know anybody and i'd switch places and drive. This arrangement made us both feel better about us. That Chevette was so much more than a car, it was the place where we played house, and we both grew up in it. She to realize that she was nuts for dating a 15 year old, me to realize that when I could afford a car, it sure as shit would not be a Chevette.

Musically this is the same old tempie thing, a little bit of 70's game show theme, a little bit of Earth, Wind, and Fire, a little bit of 80's radio, but I think i'm getting better at arranging, or rather composing - I'm trying to get a little more sophisticated with the layers, in terms of melodies and counter melodies and what notes and sounds can be forced to live together without fighting. So there you have it. Another teenage song. I have some grownup tunes in the queue, but summer brings back all those old memories (I wrote this while writing Dead Milkmen, so the vibe is KIND of the same).
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Lyrics
i'm bragging about you to my buddies on the half pipe
four more hours and it's saturday night and i'll see you
we're heading down to the shake and skate
we're gonna make it in the dark of the arcade, all night

yeah me and my little chevette
we'll pick you up
windows rolled down
and the radio up
like a rocket ship
flying through time
singing along to the tire whine

(Counter Meldoy...
cha cha cha little chevette
just add an 8 track adapter
and she's screaming like a turbo jet)

we're holding hands over the hurst shift knob
that I pulled from a camaro
in the county junk yard

i let me fingers wander onto your knees
vince neil singing about the birds and bees...

chorus
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Uploaded: May 10, 2012 - 08:08:11 AM
Last Updated: May 10, 2012 - 08:08:11 AM Last Played: Mar 25, 2017 - 12:58:21 AM
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Comments
PaddyNavinCaryatid said 1816 days ago (May 10th, 2012)
older girls
Man those older girls were hot, and now they're still 21! Great layers dude, especially the backups. Your production skills have leapt in great boun this last 12 months. There's so much going on but it all has its place. Cool tune.
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 1816 days ago (May 10th, 2012)
oh i forgot
First! Yay me.
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tempie said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
i never understood
why girls wold want to bother with a kid two years younger. the scott baio syndrome i guess. yeah i'm happy with the production on this. i can think of a couple things i'll add for the 'finished' version but i like how evocative some of the sounds are.
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li3detect0r said 1816 days ago (May 10th, 2012)
Had to show love
A little too abstract for me, this is seriously 80's retro, catchy chorus. The description above was the most entertaining for me.
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tempie said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
thanks for the love
man i like your most recent tune. great stuff. it's 80's retro for sure but i like to think reimagined for the 2000's. glad you like the description, i have fun writing those...
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alackbass said 1816 days ago (May 10th, 2012)
Little Chevette
Mine was a Plymouth Duster with a three speed manuel transmission. But I feel ya! Fun tune! Joyful comes to mind! Love the arrangement.
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tempie said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
plymouth duster!!!
my first was a '78 honda accord hatchback, the first gen with all the rounded bits, the little scoop in the hood etc. standard of course, great clutch that could take a beating and it could scoot along pretty good to van halen. glad you like the arrangement, I worked at that alot. thanks for the listen!
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woofer3 said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
Little Chevette
Lives up to it's title, I can imagine the Turtles doing this. Great pop song which belongs to an era when pop used to make you feel good.
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tempie said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
turtles!
pop that makes you feel good is what I try to be about. glad you liked it man, thanks for the listen. your fascist doo-wop tune is outrageous...
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that80sboy said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
cool
had a girlfriend with a blue chevette....spent a lot of time parking in that....still can't believe how roomy they actually were...haha....really did all the goings on in this ....sounds great!
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tempie said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
put the back seats down and it's like a mini camper. kind of...
hey man thanks for the listen and glad you liked it...i really enjoyed your most recent tune - you've got that high gloss 80's composition and production down flat. especially enjoyed the guitar solo...
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michael2 said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
niiice
true story: I used to work with Top JImmy at a lithograph warehouse in Hollywood (we mostly did a lot of inappropriate daytime drinking). I love how you always give a back story to your songs. I feel like I'm there with you, drinking warm beer and listening to some music while parked somewhere talking about girls. Hope you never start writing grown up songs.

this is a great pop song, I always like when you add the synths. they're unexpected enough to blow a breath of fresh air into the proceedings, and musical enough to make me forget they're even there.
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tempie said 1812 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
So...i used to work with top jimmy
Dude, on an intellectual level, i refuse to be impressed. everybody shimmies into their britches like everyone else. but on a 13 year old emotional level, NO FUCKING WAY! How cool to have those memories, man. You should write a book. Some day your kids will appreciate those stories...
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michael2 said 1812 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
well
to be honest, I never understood why they had a song about him. I never saw DLR at any of the shows, so I'm going on the assumption that he just saw the name in the paper and wrote a song. Top Jimmy definitely didn't swing; more apt would be "dragged his bloated aging carcass from bar to bar."
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tempie said 1811 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
LOL
that's the way it usually is...that's why we need pop songs to put a shine on things :)
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Vic Holman said 1815 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
yes i did own......
....... a brand new 76 chevette. drove it over the west on summer back then. i think i had to install the 8 track

excellent song craig it has a lot of ........drive
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tempie said 1812 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
factory new
nothing like new malaise era car smell. i prowl the automotive forums and there's actually a big demand for Chevettes. cheap parts, great gas mileage...
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Relic67 said 1814 days ago (May 11th, 2012)
vince neil
another chewy musical concoction, like usual had to listen a few times to digest everything going on with the different layers... a fascinating approach. I think I already proclaimed you king of the outro but you remain undefeated in that department, a great ending.
Judging from the description of your teenage success with the ladies, I can see why you keep returning to that era in the songs! My dad wanted me to wear a blazer to school but I was having none of it... evidently I was a &*^)ing idiot!
Great song dude!
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tempie said 1812 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
and then miami vice came along
my teenage years are much cooler remembered in song than they actually were. that's why i sing so much about them. mid life revisionism - a great way to go out on a high note lol...
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PeterB7858 said 1814 days ago (May 12th, 2012)
Little Chevette
Another upbeat, infectious pop outing, Craig. My first car was a '64 Toyota Crown station wagon... I don't think I'll write a song about it :-) Thanks, Peter.
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tempie said 1812 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
i don't think i'll write a song about it
LOL! that made me laugh out loud. great comment, glad you liked the song..
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Outtaorbit said 1813 days ago (May 13th, 2012)
Damn good tune
Rocking in the small mountains
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particledots said 1812 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
wow
this is great
you have a fantastic voice
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KCsGROOVE said 1812 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
little chevette
Man, I dig those arrangements, in particular the horns
Very cool song..
Edgy guitars in a cool mix!
Fine vocals!
KC
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Char said 1812 days ago (May 14th, 2012)
You just
have a knack for channeling youthful pride in enjoying life as it comes. I had a red Studebaker convertible to get me to my college classes. I think that was the first time I ever attracted any attention. Besides that experience I never cared about cars at all. Enjoyed your sound. Thanks.
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jiguma said 1811 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
Cool track Craig
I'm hearing all sorts of references here: Beach Boys (obviously); Dream Academy; The Cars and probably lots more I can't put my finger on (no EWnF though). You sure have got the multi-thing thing happening here - lots of ear candy!
Terrific track!
Neil
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papag said 1811 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
Car songs
always touch a nerve. I remember the disdain that was the chevette...just below the vega and pinto in low end regard...but still wheels to cruise in.

Your arrangement is cool and the story hits the spot.
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gadzooks said 1810 days ago (May 16th, 2012)
Little Chevette
Love that photo! I remember those ... mine was a chevy impala ... it was a big white boat that leaked oil and I fixed some holes with bondo ... man I thought I was a chick magnet with that thing.

Very cool pop references ... your vocals are killer as is the tune. Reall enjoy your pop sensibility and the great back story. You're a good song writer.
Cheers
SG
SG
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dave_b said 1810 days ago (May 16th, 2012)
Little Chevette
I like how it starts down and then the energy is amped in the chorus. And the counter-melody part is cool. Stay young for us, someone has to :)
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Daugrin said 1809 days ago (May 17th, 2012)
Laughin wheels
A car song... about someone else's life! Thanks for posting, the horns where a great addition... "beep beep" would have been nice :)

Daug
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johnwhitehead said 1809 days ago (May 17th, 2012)
Chevette
I always look forward to your posts which read like journal entries on your process. Love the DIY wall of sound here--sleigh bells, horns, synth, and guitars, of course. This has great sounds, energy and ambience galore. Lyrically, I'm right there in the back seat. For me it was a Chevy II and Yes on the 8-Track.
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