Saturday Morning CarTune: Drivin’ Sister by Mott the Hoople

mott-the-hoopleCarTunes returns—for this week, anyway. In the ’70s, British blues/glam rockers Mott the Hoople scored big in the USA with catchy tunes like this one: “Drivin’ Sister,” an ode to the 8-track tape player. Crank up your 6x9s and listen. 



As a car song, Mott the Hoople’s “Drivin’ Sister” has everything, even a reference to the in-car 8-track player. (Who of the era doesn’t remember those trusty low-fi music machines?) But here’s something we never noticed listening to the band way back when. Looking over the 1973 album, Mott, on which the song appears, now we recognize that much of the record was about cars, traveling, and the road. Other tracks include “I’m a Cadillac/El Camino Delo Roso” and of course, one of the classic rock and roll road songs, “All the Way to Memphis.”

Many of Mott the Hoople’s most memorable songs, like “All the Way to Memphis,” were composed by the group, including singer/guitarist Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs. However, some were created by the top songwriters in the business, for example “Sweet Jane” by the late Lou Reed, and “All the Young Dudes” by David Bowie, who passed away only last week. On “Drivin’ Sister,” Hunter and Ralphs are credited as the songwriters. From the band’s YouTube Vevo channel, here’s a nice live version. Enjoy.


2 thoughts on “Saturday Morning CarTune: Drivin’ Sister by Mott the Hoople

  1. All right, CarTunes!!! Please bring it back more often. While I never cared for “live” versions of anything, this song got me 4 more miles down the boulevard years ago. On the studio version, after the middle quiet part, you can hear what sounds like a British cars (possibly a Jag) distinctive starting and exhaust note and a gear change, and the loud horn that would go from one speaker to the other.( missing on the live version) I always thought that was cool. Thanks, MCG for the flashback. ( man, I got the munchies now)

    • Wow, Howard, I didn’t think anyone else in the world would remember the studio version and its real car sounds. Even though this live version is lacking the Jag rumble, it proves what a great road band Mott was. Thanks to Mac for making my time on the exercise bike go a bit faster this morning.

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