Cars – the Selection

Elektrojazz CD cover high resWith the help from car lovers around the world, combined with our own personal preferences, we have compiled the ultimate list of great cars from the seventies. Each of the eleven cars we came up with deserved a song to be named after them. Read more about the cars and their songs below.




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1970 Dodge Challenger
Many of the greatest American muscle cars were manufactured in the sixties, but lost some of their appeal in the seventies, like the Mustang. However, a 1970 Dodge Challenger is still a really hip car, it was immortalized in the movies Gone in 60 Seconds (1970) and Vanishing Point (1971). With its distinctive design, cool interior and 330 hp, we welcome Challenger to our track list! Runners up: Pontiac Firebird and GTO, Chevy Camaro.

The song “Groove Challenger” has a distinctive bass line, and the cool, relaxed groove fits the car well. Imagine late night cruising through a rainy San Francisco.

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Maserati Bora and Merak
If you drove a Maserati in the seventies, you were seriously cool. If you drive a seventies Maserati today, you are still seriously cool. Bora was the big brother with a 4.9-liter Italian V8 and 315 hp, and Merak the younger brother with a 3.0-liter V6 and 217 hp. But since they will probably break down in protest as soon as you try to utilize them to their full potential, you’re better off just cruising.

With a mysterious intro leading into a groovy Latin section, “Maserating” sets the perfect mood for some first-class Italian cruising down a coastal Mediterranean road.

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Datsun 240Z
Japanese cars were generally not very exciting in the seventies, but there were exceptions. The Datsun 240Z was an affordable sports car built by Nissan. If there should be one Japanese car on this list (and there should), it has to be the 240Z! Runners up: Mazda RX7 and Honda Civic.

“240ZET” is a straightforward funky tune, switching between 7/4 and 4/4. Much like the car, the song feels faster than it actually is. Both the song and the car are best enjoyed on a Tōge, the Japanese word for a narrow, winding mountain road.

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AMC Pacer
“People seem to want small cars nowadays. So let us build a small car. But let us make it wide and put a V8 in the front (just make sure it is thirsty, big and not very powerful); and make sure it looks like no other car.” These could have been the words spoken by AMC Product Group VP Gerald C. Meyers, leader of the Pacer development prior to building the car. Designed from the inside out, it sure looks strange, but we love this little thing!

“Pacer Blues” is a groovy tune with a twist of circus music. Use your imagination, and the muted wah-wah trombone will sound like it is placed inside a two-tone brown Pacer.

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Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini came up with several great car designs in the seventies, like the Jarama, the Silhouette and the Urraco, but their true game-changer and head-turner was the Countach. It looked like no other car, and its design DNA has been carried on to every Lamborghini since. With tons of power, handling that calls for both guts and muscles, no comfort, no rear vision and a general lack of reliability, the Countach was probably better on a boy’s bedroom poster than on the road…

After a slow start (you have to ungracefully climb into the car first), “Mambo Lambo” folds out as a fast Latin tune. Find a straight road, drive the Countach at the song’s pace and you won’t be needing any rear visibility…

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Porsche 911 Turbo
This was an easy decision. We had to have a Porsche onboard, and the logical choice was the 911 Turbo, launched in 1975. It was nick-named “the Widow Maker,” but they could also have called it the Ketchup Bottle, due to its power delivery. Why drive around a tree when you can crash into it? Predictable handling was not its prime feature. A wonderfully irresponsible car, with power, looks and acceleration to go with it.

Find a twisty forest road, keep the car in the turbo zone, and make a bet with your friends that you will actually survive. “911T Cruise Blues” will guide you.

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Lotus Esprit
The Esprit is synonymous with extreme wedge-shaped cars, and it is a great example of seventies straightline car design. It’s light, reasonably fast and übercool. The front is designed to prevent broken legs when hitting pedestrians; it chops their feet off instead. Show me a modern car that can wear 14” wheels with the same level of elegance.

The ambient ballad “L’Esprit” is the perfect sound coulisse for a Bond-ish underwater trip in your custom-built submarine Lotus. Please mind the coral reef on your left.

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Ferrari 308
To me, the 308 is one of the most recognizable and iconic Ferrari designs. It’s not as pretty as the Daytona and not as fast as the 512BB, but the 308 has a great blend of features, and with only two seats, there will be no terrified kids in the back, slightly puking and sobbing while trying to get you to pull over.

Turn on the tight and funky song “Three-o-eight”, find a forgiving race track and let the screaming engine drown the music. You probably won´t go as fast as it feels and sounds like, but that is not the point.

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Saab 99 Turbo
This was the car that made Saab cool. Like the Porsche 911 Turbo, the 99 Turbo had quite a lot of turbo lag. But unlike the Porsche, the Saab’s moderate power meant that you could enjoy the sensation of power instead of getting killed by it. 145 hp in a lightweight, small family car was pretty impressive in 1978, and since I am the proud owner of a Swedish passport, I had to feature a Swedish car on the album!

The song “aab turbo” is the only real jazz tune on the album. It sets up trench coat-colored scenery, perfect for a private detective driving around in a mid-sized Swedish town covered by gray clouds (the town, not the detective).

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Alfa Romeo Montreal
Alfa has a roller coaster approach to building cars – they make a great car design and follow it up with a surprisingly ugly model (GTV vs. Alfetta). They also master the art of combining the joy of driving a well-engineered car with the frustration of everything breaking down that can break down. The word for these sensations is Alfabivalence; the urge to compensate for greatness with poorness.
The song “Alfabivalence” is a tribute to the amazing-looking Alfa Romeo Montreal. It is a soft soul-jazz tune, made for stylish downtown Monaco cruising in one of the prettiest Alfas ever made.

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Chevrolet Corvette (C3)
An elegant cruiser in the fifties, a lean hipster in the sixties and a sturdy sports car in the seventies, the Corvette C3 was as powerful as the design indicated, delivering around 400 hp in the wildest versions. Being last on the Elektrojazz track list has nothing to do with this great machine’s qualities; it is purely based on musical preferences.

Our tune “Stingray” begins softly with airy chords and a secretive melody (this is where you drive your precious Corvette out of the parking garage), and gradually ends with a furious and intense groove (where you do power slides at an abandoned industrial site).

Elektrojazz “Cars” – the perfect album for the perfect road trip.

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All music appearing in this work is fictitious. Any resemblance to real music is purely coincidental.

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The hippest cars of the 1970s

Help us pick the hippest cars from the 1970s!
Elektrojazz is about to make an album about cars, and since our music is inspired by the sound and the vibe of the seventies, we are trying to find the hippest cars of that era. Our goal is make the perfect album for the perfect road trip.

As a tribute to those great cars of the seventies, we will dedicate each track on the album to a specific car model, and we need your help to choose which them!

Which are your favorites? The list I have made, is far too long (many nice cars…), and since there will only be ten tracks on our record, it has to be narrowed down.

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Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Montreal

Alfa Romeo Montreal

It is said that you cannot be a true petrol head without having owned an Alfa Romeo – that is a great compliment to the brand! Alfa have a roller coster approach to building cars – make a great car design and follow up with a surprisingly ugly model. And they master the art of combining the joy of driving a well engineered car with frustration when everything that can break down breaks down. At the same time. Or the next day.

The 1970s is no exception of these brand values. But let´s focus on the great models of that era. Alfa Romeo Montreal – one of their greatest designs and a good sample of seventies esthetics at its best. Then came the Alfasud, the ugly duckling with great handling. The pretty GTV was based on the very unpretty Alfetta. The sexy Spider (1966-1993!) was sold side by side with the Alfa 6.

Alfa Romeo GTV

Alfa Romeo GTV

And how could the company that built the astonishing Alfa T33 race car also come up with the 1977 Giulietta? They have kept love/hate approach to making cars through the years – thanks for daring to do things differently, Alfa! Or not knowing better…

AMC Pacer

AMC PacerThe AMC Pacer is one of the weirdest cars of all times. An failed american attempt to make a compact car. It´s short and wide, fitted with windows that would make an medium sized aquarium jealous. It came with a large and thirsty V8 with amusingly low output – 5.0 liter and 125bhp! Wonder why it did not become a hit? But I find it very hard not to love this strange little thing! Pacer Blues

American muscle

AMC Matador

AMC Matador

Before the dark ages in the american motor history (the eighties), they pumped out quit a few nice models. Big cars with muscular design and voluminous V8 engines – a nice blend of features!

Besides the Pacer, AMC also produced the Matador Coupe, which is actually one of the better looking american muscle cars from that time. It was a mid-size (US standards, that means enormous in the rest of the world) alternative to cars like Lincoln Continental and Cadillac Eldorado (both 5,7m long!).

Lincoln Continental

Lincoln Continental

Cadillac Eldorado

Cadillac Eldorado

Pontiac Firebird is another american 1970s hero, fitted with up to a 7.5 L V8. The Second generation Pontiac GTO also deserves mentioning. It evolved during the 70´s with an iconic design and more cool than Greenlandic frozen shrimps…

Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac GTO

Pontiac GTO

…which leads me to the 1st gen Dodge Challenger and 3rd gen Dodge Charger – american muscle does not get much hipper than theese bad boys.

Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger

Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger

Plymouth Superbird was a special version of their Road Runner. It´s over the top styling with a rear wing (which doubled as a helicopter landing zone) made it an instant legend. Why settle for less?

Plymouth Superbird

Plymouth Superbird

Second generation Chevrolet Camaro is also in the finals for being the most memorably american car of the seventies.

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

The always present Ford Mustang peaked during the ’60s with the first generation, but with the facelifted versions from the early ’70s, the model was still in great shape.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

While being introduced in the late sixties, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C3), kept its status as Americas no.1 sports car throughout the 1970s. Its wonderful over-the-top coke bottle styling is more coke than coke, and could make a blind man thirsty.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C3)

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Others are left out, not because they are uncool cars, but the competition to achieve celebration on the Elektrojazz album is fierce!

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