Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ghost Town


  1. Wow. I literally considered this song to be apt in thinking about Flint, when it was =released=, some 25(?) years ago.

  2. I've always loved this song, but I never connected it with Flint, even though it's so obvious now.

  3. Oh, man. I first heard this song while working at Halo Burger on Pierson Road. (On a tape -- no way a radio station would be playing ska back then.) Definitely captured a Flint vibe. The Specials were formed in Coventry, England, which is (was) the automotive center of Britain, so they knew what they were writing about.

  4. more songs for a shrinking city:

    My Favorite Buildings - Robyn Hitchcock
    Ohio - The Pretenders
    Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
    Hoover Factory - Elvis Costello

    please feel free to add more...

  5. sorry, the pretenders song is aptly named "my city was gone"... i was never that great with actual titles...


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