July 29th, 2015 at 3:00pm
Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.
Taken from his second album that was as political as it was introspective, Matt Johnson, the sole member of The The, tackled diverse issues with Infected. His previous effort, though you probably don’t know it by name (Soul Mining), you’ve no doubt heard much of it thanks to its soundtrack-ready song list for mainstream American advertising the last decade or so. Infected would not be as lucky, but despite that, there were great benefits to anyone who took a spin with this disc. From start to finish, this quasi-concept album was filled with interesting and, in a way, inspiring songs.
This week’s Auto Tune is a duet from Infected called “Slow Train to Dawn” with Matt Johnson and Neneh Cherry, a terrific British singer. And obviously you don’t need a Ph.D. in Psychology to know they’re not singing about the No. 6 train from Pelham Bay Park. Hope you enjoy the song, which, despite its age, sounds if it were just produced last week.
- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline
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