By request, this morning’s CarTune is Marc Cohn’s 1991 tribute to fathers and their automobiles, “Silver Thunderbird.”
Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn broke onto the national music scene in 1991 with a powerful debut album, the eponymous Marc Cohn, and a monster breakout single, “Walking to Memphis,” that seemed to be playing on every radio station at once that year. But lest we forget, the album also featured one finely crafted car song:
Great big fins and painted steel
Man it looked just like the bat mobile
With my old man behind the wheel
In “Silver Thunderbird,” Cohn perfectly captures the time when the identity of a man and his car could be perfectly intertwined: Here was a Thunderbird man, make no mistake. Thank you to Mac’s Motor City Garage reader Harlan Butler for the suggestion—much appreciated. Here’s the artist’s official 1991 video.