Back in the dark ages, an actual print magazine (remember those?) - probably 'Car&Driver' - asked readers to send in suggestions for music to listen to while driving. I don't remember any response but one, where some genius wrote in to say:
"Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' while driving at night between cities, very fast."
I have a Porsche 928 and I came of age in the early 80s. In my psyche the 928 is inescapably wrapped in music and the night and Rebecca De Mornay's thighs.
The lifting of that suburban garage door is an instant of creation; before it there was nothing, after it there was everything. The play list and our drive begin with Jeff Beck.
But this music, this mood, this spirit, this night run across the dark coursing blood-hot asphalt of America would never have happened if Lapine and Möbius hadn't immaculately conceived the 928 with inspired, mystical sex magic and thrust the Stuttgart Shark unto the world. And like the act of love with a beautiful partner, the 928 only reaches everything it promises in the night, when scenery disappears and vision narrows into the tunnel of the headlights and everything else falls away, when what you touch with your hands and feel on your skin is the focus of your entire existence.
"...the 928 only reaches everything it promises in the night, when scenery disappears and vision narrows into the tunnel of the headlights and everything else falls away..."
Phil Collins, though. But not here. Unfortunately 'In The Air Tonight' didn't reach its full potential for our theme of night and machine for another few years, and not with a Porsche 928 on a Chicago night, but with a Ferrari Daytona on a Miami night.
But, yeah, put that on the list.
"Have you ever made love on a real train?" Lana asks Joel. He hasn't, but he will; and we will be part of that moment of music and machine as the electronic sex of Tangerine Dream's ‘Love On A Real Train’ reaches its peak, as 'Risky Business' reaches its peak, as Joel and Lana reach theirs, and the train throws sparks and chases dreams through the Chicago night. Add that to the list.
“Betrayal’ (Sorcerer Theme), by Tangerine Dream. Check.
And we'll add 'The Making of a Cyborg’.
● ‘The Pump’ – Jeff Beck
● ‘In The Air Tonight’ – Phil Collins
● ‘Love On A Real Train’ – Tangerine Dream
● ‘Betrayal (Sorcerer Theme)’ – Tangerine Dream
● ‘The Making Of A Cyborg’ – Kenji Kawai
● ‘Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio)’ – Aram Khachaturian
● ‘Miss You’ – The Rolling Stones
● ‘Riders On The Storm’ – The Doors
● ‘The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys’ – Traffic
● ‘True Companion’ – Donald Fagen
● ‘Speak To Me/Breathe (In The Air)’ – Pink Floyd
● ‘Heaven And Hell’ – Vangelis
*Below is a link to the night drive playlist: