After weeks of hype, it’s upon us: the weekend the 405 freeway closes in Los Angeles. Gulp, it’s Carmageddon time. National news outlets became captivated with a road closure and public officials sent out warnings to Angelenos, suggesting we explore alternative means of transportation–or stay at home. (Could Michael Bay be working on a movie about this? Maybe with a plot about the group of bikers trying to race the Jet Blue jet from Burbank to Long Beach?)
Here at Global Green, we’re proud to be working on projects and initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions on the road. For those in Los Angeles, we’ve got a suggestion for a car-free way have fun this weekend, and next week we’re presenting an open forum at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to explore a bike-share program. We take transportation issues seriously, but we’ll admit we had fun with our Facebook call-out for songs to put on a Carmageddon-themed playlist.
Most of the songs suggested are about driving or other forms of transport (biking, walking) and many of the titles are obvious and self-explanatory. Others have lyrics that are fitting and mention driving (“Get your motor running/head out on the highway…” and “I will walk 500 miles…”). Then there are the clever ones: We started by suggesting on Twitter that “Karma Chameleon” be adapted to have a chorus of “Carma-carma-carma-carma/Carma-Carmageddon,” and someone else suggested “Karma Police.” We even had an artist suggest a song: Rocky Duwani, who performed at our recent Millennium Awards, suggested his own “Take it Slow.” And so here it is; song titles below and our official playlist (published on Grooveshark).
“It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.
“Drive” by the Cars
“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC
“Traffic Jam” by James Taylor
“Panic” by the Smiths
“Car Song” by Woodie Guthrie
“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman
“Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell
“The Bike Song” by Mark Ronson and the Business Int’l
“Walking in LA” by Missing Persons
“I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
“I Can’t Drive 55″ by Sammy Hagar
“Take it Slow” by Rocky Dawuni
“Slow Ride” by Foghat
“Come a Long Way” by Michelle Shocked
“Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club
“Karma Police” by Radiohead
“Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” by Bob Dylan