Friday Five: Time Machines

Juli Thanki | April 30th, 2010

When I was a kid my favorite movies were the Back to the Future trilogy and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey was in heavy rotation as well. Basically, I like movies with time machines. Songs that feature time machines aren’t too bad either. Here are a few.

  • 2nd Time Around5. “Time Machine” – Mark Wills

    If Wills could turn back time—if he could find a way—he’d take back those words that hurt her, and she’d stay, but not before he prevented the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lennon. Or maybe his heroic ways screw up the space-time continuum and the woman he’s in love with is never born. Time travel does have its consequences.

  • Ride4. “Time Machine” – Shelly Fairchild

    Since only one of her singles ever broke the Top 40, Fairchild might want to go back in time and record “Before He Cheats” before Carrie Underwood does. Here she wishes for a time machine to transport her to the summer she was 17 and got frisky in some dude’s car while “Maggie May” played in the background. Girl, if you have a fantasy time machine, go back until the dude is James Dean and the car is a Spyder.

  • I Think About You3. “The Time Machine” – Collin Raye

    No plutonium-fueled, flux-capacitor-outfitted DeLorean or telephone booth for Raye: his time machine is a barstool. You sit on it and suddenly you’re back with the gal you loved. Oh, and (surprise!) it runs on “a few drinks.” This soft rock/country hybrid—written by Gary Burr—is on Raye’s 1995 album I Think About You.

  • Toby Keith 35 Biggest Hits2. “We Were In Love” – Toby Keith

    If Toby Keith could invent a time machine, he’d want to be seventeen too, that age “when dreams were too young to die.” I think this is one of my favorite Keith songs, and, watching his ’90s mullet undulate under power of a wind machine, it might be one of my favorite Keith music videos too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upyKhnGRKXs&hl=en_US&fs=1&

  • Man I've Been1. “Texas Time Travelin’” – Cory Morrow

    Texas artist Morrow wants to hop in his Caddy and be transported back to “see this land before it drowns underneath the city streets.” Lest you think his mission is purely an educational one, he also wants to go skinnydipping with his girl. Well, nobody’s perfect. But this song is excellent.

  1. numberonecountryfan
    April 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Can we go back to specific years? Like John Anderson’s 1959 and Randy Travis’ 1982?

  2. Bob
    April 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I love the Collin Raye/Gary Burr song. How about Ronnie Millsap’s “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” written by Mike Reid, Troy Seals and Fred Parris?

    (My favorite book on time travel is “Time and Again” by Jack Finney in which the main character steps out of his 20th century apartment into NYC in the winter of 1882.)

  3. Noeller
    April 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Love the epic curly Moo-Lay on Toby in that vid – stellar!! Definitely a great song and vid – right up there with “My List” as my fave TK stuff.

  4. Ben Milam
    April 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    texas in 1880 by radney foster

  5. Mayor JoBob
    April 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Dream Walking is still TK’s best album.

  6. Rick
    May 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Catherine Britt’s cover of the Paul Kelly song “If I Could Start Today Again” is superb. I thought the song was probably about about a bad romantic break-up, but in the original Paul Kelly music video its about murder! I guess that’s about as bad as a break-up can get come to think of it. Yikes!

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