Vegetable Car

Album: Simple Times (2008)


  • Radin told the story of the song to IndieLondon: "That was about a girl that I've never met. She used to drive by my house all the time in that car that I describe. In LA, a lot of people take these old beat up Mercedes that run on diesel gas… you can convert them very cheaply to run on vegetable oil. We call them vegetable cars and you see them all over LA. It'll say this car runs on vegetable oil on the bumper sticker… but this beautiful girl would drive by my house all the time while I was sitting outside playing guitar. I didn't really have the courage to go and talk to her, so I figured I'd write a song about her and maybe it would be on the radio. In my mind she'd drive by with the windows down and it would be on the radio [smiles]. That would be my in, I'd be like: 'Hey, I wrote that about you. I'm Josh.' But it never happened and then I moved back to New York City, so I never met her. Maybe I'll run into her one day."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Kim Thayil of SoundgardenSongwriter Interviews

Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.

When Rock Belonged To MichelobSong Writing

Michelob commercials generated hits for Eric Clapton, Genesis and Steve Winwood in the '80s, even as some of these rockers were fighting alcoholism.

Carol KayeSongwriter Interviews

A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Timothy B. SchmitSongwriter Interviews

The longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

A Monster Ate My Red Two: Sesame Street's Greatest Song SpoofsSong Writing

When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.