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GHOST RIDE THE WHIP: AUTO AMERICANA Part One:

Posted by Billyjam, December 1, 2007 02:33pm | Post a Comment

What makes the still popular US pastime of ghost riding the whip so adaptable is that it is the ultimate all-American type past time that everyone can do, or at least relate to; one that is based around the automobile. The auto, the car, the ride, the whip -- whatever you call it, since the 1950's when young rebellious Americans first started getting their own wheels and the automatic freedom that came with it, has gained its own subculture. And this auto subculture has been closely linked with music, sex, alcohol, drugs, and (of course) driving stunts. 

And ghost riding the whip, which has been extremely popular the past two years, is the current offshoot of this ever-evolving auto American pop culture. Since last year it has gotten a lot of sensationalist mainstream coverage which has only fueled its popularity and as a result flooded YouTube with lots of "ghost riding the whip" video clips being posted daily.

How to ghost ride the whip: "the whip" is the car, the ride, and "ghost ride" is how it is driven -- by the ghost, meaning that the car drives itself and the driver hops out of the drivers seat to sit on the hood or run around the car and tries not to crash, and if s/he does, then tries to remember what type of auto insurance s/he (though predominantly a male past time) has. S/he may also need medical insurance.

The soundtrack to ghost riding is Bay Area hyphy rap, which directly helped fuel its current popularity, including such faves as Mista F.A.B.'s "Ghost Ride It" (video below) and, of course, E40 and the Federation as featured in the ebaum's world video clip below with the crashes (when ghost riders attack). These ghost-ridin' songs are the latest in a long tradition of Bay rap that celebrates illegal car activity and is rooted in the beloved but outlawed tradition of sideshows, long an ingrained part of underground urban Bay Area culture, with songs such as 415's  single "Sideshow"  (featuring Richie Rich and from the album 41Fiven), reflecting the illegal car activities back in the late eighties.

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Southland Tale Of The Day

Posted by phil blankenship, December 1, 2007 12:36pm | Post a Comment
According to Hiland, this was the most lyrical & moving scene in the movie.

Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel, Jr. 1938-2007

Posted by Whitmore, December 1, 2007 09:24am | Post a Comment
Here are a few images of some toys I really … REALLY … wanted for Christmas as a kid!!
It was no accident I got my first motorcycle at 11 years of age.
Rest in peace Evel.

Secret Society of the Sonic Six SAT Dec 1st @ MRX in Chinatown!!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 30, 2007 07:47pm | Post a Comment




2 Dance rooms w/ DJ's Detonator (Quarantine), Eric Dead, Tony X, Job Leatherette, Adam XVI, and Reanimator spinning Minimal-Elektronik-Synth-Wave-Goth-Deathrock-Industrial etc...

18+!!!

Venus Was Her Name

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 30, 2007 05:09pm | Post a Comment
All data seems to indicate that this planet is going to be uninhabitable by 2012. Jack van Impe says it's a good thing. Jesus is going to take charge.
 
"Don't be scurred!"

I, for one, don't plan on hanging around. I honestly heard that the Bush administration set aside billions of dollars for some project in Antarctica. I can't remember where I heard it or any specifics but my theory is that global warming will soon cause a major disaster. Sea levels will rise, causing hordes of displaced, massive, occasionally cannibal Samoan and Maori populations to invade the continent-dwellers' homes- eating the skinny first and saving the chubby for last. The rich and powerful will retreat to the newly tropical Antarctica Maximum Security New Eden Colony like monks in the Dark Ages whilst those of us who've survived work the sand mines of the wastelands, occasionally fending off bands of marauders.

             
Halt! You have violated New Eden's borders.                               "Give us the sand and we may let you live!"

Too far fetched? Beyond our puny imaginations? OK, just look at Palestine and imagine apartheid on a global scale.

 
"Exterminate the bioforms! Exterminate the bioforms!"

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