What's the Second-Generation Camaro Anthem?

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Sure, the Dead Milkmen references we all use when we're talking about the Chevy Camaro are fun and all, but "Bitchin' Camaro" is obviously about a third-generation Camaro. Recognizing that Friday's Tiny Bitchin' Camaro was modeled after a second-gen F-body, it becomes clear that what we really need to do is decide on the song that best speaks for the weltanschauung provided by the 1970-81 Camaro , particularly the later Malaise Era examples. So, we've selected some songs we think might be appropriate... and you get to vote!

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Remember, no irony is permitted with second-gen Camaros, which means no punk stuff makes the cut (though we realize Joan Jett edges into punk territory, the song we present here comes straight from her inner Camaro driver and thus qualifies). Since the pinnacle of second-gen-F-body-ness was reached when they were new enough to be common, yet old enough to be cheap, we're focusing on the mid-70s to mid-80s here. We're drawing from a pool of songs you might hear in a 12-year-old '75 Z/28, with a 406, B&M Megashifter, Holley double-pumper, and plywood over the rust holes in the trunk floor. Feel free to make your own suggestions, though links to some means of hearing your preferred Second Generation Camaro Anthem are appreciated.

Krokus- "Long Stick Goes Boom"


Ozzy Osbourne- "Over The Mountain"

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Y&T- "Black Tiger"

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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts "I Love Rock and Roll"

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Billy Squier- "The Stroke"

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Van Halen- "Unchained"

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AC/DC- "Back In Black"

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Montrose- "Bad Motor Scooter"

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Judas Priest- "Hell Bent For Leather"

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Metallica- "Hit The Lights"

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Nazareth- "Hair Of the Dog"

DISCUSSION

parkrndl
parkrndl is enjoying his midlife crisis

First off, for some reason, I always thought the Dead Milkmen song WAS about a second-gen Camaro, but... well, whatever. If I had to choose a second-gen anthem, I'd run along the lines of the early posts about Speedwagon and Van Halen and Meatloaf and Bad Company and uber-cheesy and go with something by Journey... probably Don't Stop Believin'. I was a HUGE Journey fan back in the day...

—rick