Nighthawks at the Diner
What happens when you jam 30 people into a recording studio, decorate it like a nightclub, roll tape and fill it with unique American stories played to the sounds of lounge jazz? Well, you get Nighthawks at the Diner a record that captures the quintessential bar experience of the 1970s.
One of the best examples of this experience is "Putnam County." This track staggers through a small town with a colorful description that's spot on. "The GMC's and the straight-eight Fords were coughing and wheezing and they percolated as they tossed the gravel underneath the fenders... you're grinding gears, shifting into first and that goddam tranny's just getting worse."
Other standouts include "Eggs and Sausage" and the incredible bachelorhood lament "Better off Without a Wife." Load up the car and take a night drive with the phenomenal Nighthawks at the Diner, the view is great from the window seat.