Pet Peeve #9: Songs That Contain Traffic Noises

One of the great things about taking a solo road trip, as I discovered this past weekend, is that you can do whatever you want in the car. You can:

  • wipe your sticky hands on your jeans
  • undo your belt. And your jeans. And your zipper
  • fart at will
  • sing at the top of your lungs

I’m sure you’ve had this happen. You’re lost in your own world, singing some Lady Ga-Ga song (I use that purely as an example…not a fan), hitting all the key notes (not really), and all of a sudden:


Instantly you’re snapped out of you’re revelry. You glance all around you–mirrors, blind spots, everywhere–for the car that’s honking at you.

And then you realize that Lady Ga-Ga put traffic noises in her song.

That’s not even the worst. Honks and beeps are one thing, but police and ambulance sirens are on a whole new level. Those noises will scare you.

So to all you musicians out there: Please, please don’t put traffic noises in your cars. Leave me in peace with my sticky jeans, farts, and off-key singing. Please.

Daily Quickie: There are only a few bands that I love so much that I would buy their entire album without testing a single song. Arcade Fire is one such band, and their latest album, The Suburbs, dropped today. Yeah, I just used the term “dropped.” I went there. Deal with it. (And let’s hope Arcade Fire didn’t use any traffic sounds in their new songs!)

11 Responses to “Pet Peeve #9: Songs That Contain Traffic Noises”

  1. @JMJKDulce says:

    I totally agree with you. I still get spooked from sirens in a song even if it’s an album I’ve been listening to for years. I think one is just tuned to those sounds when in the car, because that is what is learned in driving school…well, I went to driving school. As for things I do when taking a solo road trip, I’ll keep this family friendly, HAHA.

    A similar situation is when my dogs hear doorbells or phones ringing in movies and react like they do for the real thing. Absolutely hilarious.

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      Wait, don’t keep things family friendly! What do women do in the car when they’re alone for long periods of time?

  2. @JMJKDulce says:

    HAHA, well, I for one do the singing at the top of my lungs. My bra usually comes off on long trips if I start getting uncomfortable, and yes, I can remove it while driving without taking my shirt off. Is there a law against that yet? If I start getting bored, I’ll make kissy faces at truckers and bikers and try to get them to honk or rev the engine.

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      Wow, really? Do all women do this? This is fantastic news.

      I doubt there’s a law against taking off your bra.

      • Gabby says:

        Actually ninja bra removal is legal in 47 states, only Utah, South Dakota and Alabama still oppose it.

      • Katie says:

        I definitely do this, or at least I used to. But one car accident where you find yourself buttoning up your pants in front of complete strangers in the middle of Kansas will break you of that habit.

        I make kissy faces and truckers and bikers on any trip, even if it’s just to the grocery store!

  3. Amanda says:

    Oh thank goodness other females take off their bras ninja style in cars, I was scared I was the only one! If my trip in the car is going to be more than 2 hours, the bra comes off usually. Sometimes it doesn’t even make it on my body and just tags along, riding shotgun with me. 5 hour drive to Chicago= bra stays off and just enjoys the ride.
    Now then, getting back to the original blog topic…the siren thing happened to me today! I forgot what song but it scared the mess out of me! 6am on Clayton Road and this siren noise comes on and I’m looking around like a crazy person seeing if I need to get over and wondering what I did wrong and where the cop is. Sleep deprivation might have played a part in that too, but still it’s definitely not a good idea to put traffic noises in songs.

  4. BigWords88 says:

    Everyone in LA is probably thinking that gunfire on rap songs ain’t such a good idea. As soon as they hear the shots they’ll be ducking down under the steering wheel and hoping it some other person being shot at.

    Okay, so maybe it’s a slight stereotype. 😀

Leave a Reply to @JMJKDulce