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Radio XLI, side B, track 3: “Sausolito Summernight” by Diesel

Diesel - Sausolito SummernightOh, Diesel, so many thoughts about this song.  While I didn’t completely remember it by the title, as soon as that guitar kicked in, I was totally like “Oh yeeeeeah!  This is a GREAT song!”  But I gotta tell ya, I was expecting something a little manlier.  No offense, Diesel, but your name’s Diesel.  Plus that picture of you guys on that album cover, you guys looked like manly, manly men.  And I’m sure that you are.  But the singing’s pretty high-pitched for a band called Diesel with guys sporting such great mustaches.  It’s fine, though.  I don’t want to take anything away from such a great song.

And I learned that you guys are Dutch.  So am I, Diesel!  Well, half-Dutch, anyway, and I grew up in a very Dutch community.  Lots of pictures of windmills, lots of porcelain wooden shoes, lots of pictures of Dutch milk maidens.  There even used to be a Pannekoeken restaurant in Sioux Falls, but we never went.  But I remember the commercials for it.  I will even sometimes randomly exclaim “Pannekoeken!” for no real reason, much to the consternation of my wife.  Wearing T-shirts that said “If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much” was normal.  My grandparents were the first in our family to be born on American soil, and they speak Dutch now and again.

I’m also half-German, and that side’s quite a bit more boisterous.  When my wife and I had our wedding reception last year in my hometown, you could clearly delineate which side of the American Legion housed my Dutch relatives and which side housed my German kin (here’s a hint:  my German kin were the ones drinking and swearing).

My point is, Diesel, that when I was listening to this song again after knowing you guys are Dutch, I could totally tell.  I don’t know how it is over there in Holland these days, but the Dutch I grew up with are known for their frugality.  As I got older and started learning more about the world, I realized that all those jokes I heard about how Jewish people have a lot of guilt and are always looking for a deal, Peter Cetera, Peter Cetera, well, you could interchange that with all my Dutch relatives.  If it weren’t for that whole religion thing, you could almost say I grew up Jewish (Dutch-ish?).

Seriously, Diesel, only a Dutch band would write a rock and roll song that expressed anxiety over the cost of repairs to a car and have lyrics that gave details about you trying to get your finances in order.  Anyone on my Dutch side of the family would totally get how much of a rip-off the cost of that gasket was (and this was in ’80s dollars!!!) and would have passive-aggressively seethed that your friend had talked you into the trip in the first place.  The only thing they would balk at is the idea of rolling that old Rambler into the bay.  For one, it’s illegal.  And for two, you could still totally make some money off that car.

Wow, Diesel.  I was not expecting to get in touch with my Dutch roots on a summery awesome rock and roll song, but here we are.  I don’t know if it’s true that if you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much, but I do know that you guys are pretty great.

“Sausolito Summernight”

<awesome Diesel jam>

We left for Frisco in your Rambleeeer

The radiator runnin’ dryyyy

I’ve never been much of a gambleeer

And had a preference ta flyyyy

<awesome Diesel jam>

You said, “Forget about the airliiiine”

“Let’s take the car and save the faaare”

We blew a gasket on the Grapevine

And eighty dollars on repaaaaaairs
All aboooooard (Sausalito summer night)
All aboooooard (Sausalito summer night)
All aboooooard (Sausalito summer night)
All aboooooard

<awesome Diesel jam>

Another mile or two ta Friscoooo

Two hundred gallons from L.A.

The engine’s thumpin’ like a discooo

We oughta dump her in the baaaaaay
All aboooooard (Sausalito summer night)
All aboooooard

<awesome Diesel jam>

Cashin’ all my checks
Straightenin’ out my bank
Spend it on a Rambler with a whirlpool in the tank

Look out over here
Watch out over there

Can’t afford a blowout ’cause we haven’t got a spare

<awesome Diesel jam>

All aboooooard (Sausalito summer night)
All aboooooard (Sausalito summer night)
All aboooooard (Sausalito summer night)
All aboooooard

<awesome Diesel jam>

Hot summer night in Sausalitooooo (Sausalito summer night)
Hot summer night in Sausalitooooo (Sausalito summer night)
Hot summer night in Sausalitooooo (Sausalito summer night)
Hot summer night in Sausalitooooo (Sausalito summer night)
Hot summer night in Sausalitooooo (Sausalito summer night)
Hot summer night in Sausalitooooo (Sausalito summer night)

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