MMMM: “Three Window Coupe”

First off: I’m the guest conductor for the merry, merry month of May. Normally, the guest conductor inserts the Linky somewhere on his or her page, but I can’t do that, because WordPress wants all kinds of money from me to do just that. So, if you decided to join us (and Lord knows we would LOVE to have you join us), write your post including at least one song (or Cathy will deal with you) and either go here and add all the important stuff they ask you for, or visit Cathy, Alana, Stacy, or Sandee, all of whom have the Linky embedded in their MMMM post, and drop it in there. OK? OK!

Also want to give a shoutout to our head conductor Marie, aka Xmas Dolly, who has been ailing. Get well soon, Marie. Things just ain’t the same without you.

Enough of all that…

The theme I chose for today was "songs about cars and racing, because of the Indy 500." I have a list of songs I normally choose for that topic, and I realized that that’s kind of boring. Anyway, as I was looking at my options, I found an album by The Rip Chords called Three Window Coupe and said, "hey, why not?" First, from the Wikipedia article:

The Rip Chords were an early-1960s American vocal group, originally known as the Opposites, composed of Phil Stewart and Ernie Bringas. The group eventually expanded into four primary voices, adding Columbia producer Terry Melcher and co-producer Bruce Johnston (best known as a member of the Beach Boys). This group came to be associated with the hot-rod and surf genres of that day, although their first single ("Here I Stand") did not reflect those styles. They recorded for Columbia Records in Hollywood from 1962 to 1965. The group placed five singles on the Billboard Hot 100. They are best known for their number-four single: "Hey Little Cobra".

Three Window Coupe was released in September 1964. It originally had twelve tracks, so apparently three bonus tracks were added. Five of the fifteen songs are under two minutes, with the longest being 2:38. A few of the songs are more surfing and beach songs, but really, the whole Southern California culture revolved around the car. Music is provided by the famed session musicians The Wrecking Crew.

  1. “Three Window Coupe”
  2. “Bonneville Bonnie”
  3. “Gas Money”
  4. “This Little Woodie”
  5. “Hot Rod U.S.A.”
  6. “Old Car Made In ’52”
  7. “Surfin’ Craze”
  8. “Beach Girl”
  9. “My Big Gun Board”
  10. “Surf City”
  11. “Summer U.S.A.”
  12. “Big Wednesday”
  13. “One-Piece Topless Bathing Suit”
  14. “Wah-Wahini”
  15. “Red Hot Roadster”

Hope you’ve enjoyed the music of The Rip Chords. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 16, 2022.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

27 thoughts on “MMMM: “Three Window Coupe”

  1. This gets me into the surfing music and riding in a woodie mood, remembering all that good music from my childhood. There’s definitely a Beach Boys kind of vibe in a lot of these songs and I did enjoy their cover of Surf City, which was co written by Brian Wilson. I never did ride in a woodie in real life (or surfed), though. Alana ramblinwitham

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  2. Thanks for bringing our car culture to the forefront this week. I had completely forgotten about the Rip Chords until I heard the song. Well played.

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  3. John, this is one of the best themes I’ve seen on our blog hop. Everyone who participated chose different songs, and all the songs were great. I really enjoyed putting my post together and seeing what everyone else came up with.

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        1. I don’t generally think of Florida as being a hotbed of surfing activity (California has better advertising). Surf music was hot all over the country in the early and mid ’60’s, and we’d get into the spirit, as far away from the ocean as we were…

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  4. John,

    Great music to listen to while working on our vacation iteanrry. I really love your long playlists! Oh goodie, I see you have a BOTB post. I’ll hop over to cast my vote now before I forget. 🙂 Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

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    1. All the songs are roughly two minutes long, so even if there are a lot of songs it only takes about a half hour to listen. This is some great music…

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