It may be a surprise to some that Bob Seger is still recording. His peak was almost 40 years ago, although Chevrolet truck commercials from the mid-1980s (Like A Rock) helped carry his popularity into a new generation of fans. Still, he has a new album (“Ride Out”) with a song called Detroit Made which oozes Motor City culture. But what’s this about a a “deuce and a quarter?”
Indeed, Seger is singing about a Buick Electra 225, as smooth a saloon as there ever was from America . . . but Buick was based in Flint, a short jaunt from Detroit Rock City. The Electra was built in Flint (among other places) from 1959 through 1984, upon which it switched to a FWD platform and was built elsewhere.
Buick continues to be the oldest existing American automotive brand and is still located in Flint despite General Motors headquarters being in downtown Detroit. And, yeah, we get it − this isn’t necessarily amounting to a geographic blunder, but if someone has issues with this, take it up with songwriter John Hiatt.
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