The tropical suburbs of Jersey City are burnin' these days, my friends. The air is thick and chunky to the point where it sticks to your body as you navigate from your spread-legged stance over the fan to the cooler of Coronas across the room. To the air conditioner-deprived among us, days like this signify life becoming a frustratingly expensive hobby of trouncing from Mexican restaurant to movie theater to bar to bookstore to friend's car to... the local drag strip? Maybe if you're lucky enough to have one in your neighborhood, but if not, you'd do right to check out the greatest musical harbinger of the sweaty season: Big Stick's summertime anthem "Drag Racing". Right click to download the MP3, and then consider the legendary lyric:
"...In the summer I wear my tube top and Eddie takes me to the drag strip..."
"Tube tops?" you ask... I hear they're much easier to pull off physically than aesthetically. All I can say with any authority is they're exceedingly difficult to do google image searches for without having your co-workers think you're a pervy weirdo. (Apologies to Ken, Bill, Liz, and Megan.)
Drag racing is another story entirely -- En route to the Jersey Shore last week for the ribbon cutting ceremony of Shark Summer II (click to stream Real Audio from Ken's show), drag racing surged to the tip of my imagination as I drove past the famed New Egypt Speedway. I don't know if it was the heat, the roar of the idling hot rods, or the smell of the festering bucket of chum that was riding shotgun in my lime green '82 Pacer, but it became plainly apparent that it was time to wheel out the Big Stick record.
One of the strangest songs ever to become an underground "hit" in any capacity, my mental connections to this one are many. They're the only band I'm aware of to have shared a split single with Dinosaur Jr. and have had Traci Lords guest-DJ for them on tour. Their website features a full bio, a bunch of old flyer reproductions, and a bunch more cool MP3s. Check it all out here, and don't forget your racing gloves.