Dumb ideas from amsterdam, #2, in a continuing series

This comes in email from Dan Hill and the fine team of people at BBCi Music:

J.G. Ballads – Various Artists

“Drive” – The Cars (Concete Island)
“Always Crashing In The Same Car” – David Bowie (Crash)
“Airport” – The Motors (The Unlimited Dream Company)
“Crawling From The Wreckage” – Dave Edmunds (Concrete Island)
“They Shoot Horses Don’t They” – Racing Cars (Crash)
“Under My Wheels” – Alice Cooper (Crash)
“Cocaine” – JJ Cale (Cocaine Nights)
“Human Fly” – Sonovac (The Sound Sweep)
“I Believe I Can Fly” – R Kelly (The Unlimited Dream Company)
“High Rise” – Hawkwind (High Rise)
“Inner Space/Outer Space” – Flanger (“Which Way To Inner Space?” for New Worlds magazine)
“On The Beach” – Neil Young (The Drowned World)
“Turning Japanese” – Vapors (Empire Of The Sun)
“Atrocity Exhibition” – Joy Division (The Atrocity Exhibition)
“Walking on The Moon” – Police (The Man Who Walked On The Moon)
“Octopuses Garden” – The Beatles (The Drowned World)
“The Urban Spaceman” – Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (The Impossible Man (featuring the line ‘and here’s the twist, I don’t exist’)

“California Uber Alles” – Dead Kennedys (Why I want to fuck Ronald Reagan, short story)
“Independence Day” – Comsat Angels (The Comsat Angels, short story)
“China Girl” – David Bowie (Empire Of The Sun)
“Nobody To Love” – 13th Floor Elevators (High Rise)
“Crash” – The Primitives (Crash)
“To All the Women That I’ve Known” – Willie Nelson/Julio Iglesias (The Kindness Of Women)

[couldn’t remember your contribution at the time (except 13th floor elevators, due to ‘environmental conditions’ when we thought of the idea – apologies – any more to add?]

Additions/suggestions below please!

0 thoughts on “Dumb ideas from amsterdam, #2, in a continuing series

  1. Someone missed The Normal’s Warm Leatherette. Oh, and the Divine Comedy’s Booklovers mentions JG Ballard in passing, with the comment ‘instrument binnacle’. If there’s another song that can work that lyric in, I’d love to know what it is.

  2. damn, Paul beat me to Warm Leatherette. Still:

    Steinski – “The Motorcade Sped On” (“The Assassination of John F Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race”, short story)

    Madonna – “Drowned World” from Ray of Light (erm, The Drowned World)

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