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This site has three sections: (1.) songs about motorcycles (Harley and other biker music) and classic car music including songs about Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Dodge, etc., (2.) other country rock and rock-a-billy songs, including some funny ones (3.) ballads, inspirational and political protest songs.

Clicking on the song title or image, wait a couple of seconds and you will hear a free sample. For six of the songs you can stream the entire song for free. To jump past these images and audio samples click here to download individual songs online (99 cents), or here to buy CD albums.

MOTORCYCLE MUSIC and CLASSIC CAR SONGS:

OLD HARLEY BREAKDOWN BLUES (2015 version)

Fast paced country swing style song about an old Hog breakdown and how the rider gets help from other riders. If you are a real biker of Harley, Indian, or English brands of the 1950-75 era, and in the mood for a chuckle, this song will bring a smile to your face. The image you see to the left is Randy's old 1951 EL, which he often worked on. (Produced by Mark Sepic.)

Rusty Cadillac in Desert

Ode to America's Old Automobiles

This song is a tribute to the American cars of the 1930's thru 1970's, and their importance to our culture and economy. Slightly melancholy medium paced country style music with guitar and harmonica by Mark Sepic. Produced by Mark Sepic.
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The Mighty Mercury

This song is a Rock-a-billy tribute to the Ford Mercury car, focussing on 1949 thru 1961. (Production and instruments played by Mark Sepic.)
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I Want to Ride (Let's Ride)

STREAM ENTIRE SONG HERE FOR FREE.
Bouncy, upbeat biker song in country-surfer style about a guy who wants to ride his Harley decker and his chopper. (Production and instruments played by Mark Sepic.)

Lonely Retiree

The Lonely Retiree

(The Pontiac Grand Prix song.) Country music song about a guy who has had many different jobs and finally retires to the country, alone. Much of the song refers to the cars Randy has owned over the years. (Production and instrumentation by Tom Paterson.)
Olds

Tribute to Oldsmobile

Light rock song dedicated to the Oldsmobile car. Lyrics set out the history of the company and the many famous Oldsmobile models over nearly 100 years, and praises them. Five minutes and 50 seconds long. (Produced by Tom Paterson. Guitar and piano by Mark Gillogly.)

HOLLISTER 1947

A change of pace from country rock, this is a sort of 1950's jazz, pseudo-documentary based on the major incident in Hollister, California in 1947 where drunken bikers from competing gangs partied hard, entertained the locals with their antics, and fought each other and basically took over the town until state police arrived. Randy envisages this as an imaginary theme to "The Wild One" movie of 1953, the first outlaw biker film, starring Marlon Brando as "Johnny" and Lee Marvin as "Chino". Trumpet and saxophone played superbly by Ron Matthews. Motorcycle and police sound effects and narration by Mark Sepic, who also sings the part of the Sheriff whom the bikers lock up in his own jail. Reminds some people a bit of the Pink Panther movie theme from the sixties and others of music in Fellini films. One musician said it reminded him of Chet Baker, a great trumpet player with a sad life. The sample runs just over a minute; the full version of the song runs about 6.5 minutes. This new shorter version simply called "Hollister" runs 3.3 minutes.

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The DODGE Name

Tribute to Dodge cars and trucks. The history from the beginning to now. References to the many models of Dodge cars and engines, racing wins and the Dukes of Hazzard. Rockabilly style. (Production and instruments by Mark Sepic.)

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DeSOTO

Tribute to DeSoto cars. History and models, also references to Chrsyler where they shared the same new technology. Country style, upbeat, toe tappin'. (Production and instruments by Mark Sepic.)

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Fast Frenzy

Dedicated to hot rods, racing cars (and boats and motorcycles), dragsters, anything to do with engines and acceleration. (Production by Tom Paterson, guitar and piano by Mark Gillogly, harmonica by Bird Stafford.)

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The GRIM REAPER

A change of pace - not the typical Randy and the Retreads style; more hard rock, Heavy Metal (Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Metallica) or at least "Light Metal" to coin a phrase. The song is about death which is always riding with us. However as with many of Randy's songs there is a humorous thread woven into this one (especially near the end). Steppenwolf style guitar riffs played by Mark Sepic, who produced this song.

COUNTRY ROCK and ROCK-A-BILLY SONGS


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A Little Bit of Paradise

Country pop style song about a guy praising his girlfriend/wife, very upbeat. (Guitar and production by Al Smith. Remixing by Tom Paterson. Violin superbly played by Peter Smith.)
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Drinkin' Buddies

The world's new drinking anthem! Fun, catchy, upbeat country pop song with background babble and tinkling glasses recorded at a Latino night club, a musicians' party and a blue collar bar. You will want to sing along after a few beers. It may remind you of Merle Haggard or Johhny Horton. For a Youtube video of about 2/3 of the song go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHJdhXXii8Y&feature=youtu.be
(Produced and instruments by Mark Sepic.)

Stress head

How Much Stress Can a Man Take?

subtitle: "Recession Depression"

Catchy country song about a dude who gets laid off, creating financial and marital stress. Sad story but not a downer song - has a couple of lines which makes everyone laugh. Stylistically similar to Tennessee Ernie Ford, Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings. (Instruments and production and backup vocals by Mark Sepic.)

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JENNY and JILLY

1950's style hard rock song with faux Jerry Lee Lewis piano style. (Mark Sepic plays the instruments on this one and produced it.) This song was originally composed by Randy back in 1963 when he was still in High School, but the lyrics have been updated to make it more contemporary. Now its about a pair of exotic pole dancers who drive the audience wild.

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Stuck in the City with a Country Heart

Rock-a-billy, country-blues with really cool guitar and harmonica by Mark Sepic about how so many of us feel about having to live in a big city with its crime, noise and road rage, because of job or relatives, but longing to live in the country.

Cowgirl

The COWGIRL PROMENADE

Catchy, danceable country tune about an attractive cowgirl and square dancing. In the Billy Ray Cyrus "Achey Breaky Heart" style. Another lawyer-musician said it reminded him of Merle Haggard. (Mark Sepic plays the guitar on this catchy tune and produced it.)

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IF THIS AIN'T COUNTRY

Upbeat country song, patriotic tribute to the country and western lifestyle and working class heroes. Mark Sepic plays the guitar on this catchy tune and produced it.)

Texas horse rider

Long Way to Texas

STREAM ENTIRE SONG HERE FOR FREE.
Upbeat country rock song about a cattle drive and a sexy cowgirl, en route to Texas. (Production and instruments played by Mark Sepic who also did backup vocals.)

Hand Me Downs

Hand Me Downs

Funny song about a poor kid who has to wear his older cousins' clothes once they have grown out of them, and gets fed up with the limited menu in the fridge, and having to listen to his parents' old fashioned music. Imagine a hillbilly family sitting in front of their cabin for this one. (Instruments and production by Mark Sepic.)
The Argument

The Argument

a.k.a. "Irreconcilable Differences". A bouncy, humorous argument between a couple; mixture of Reggae and country guitar for the melody, while an increasingly drunken Mexican mariachi band plays the chorus. Duet with Naomi Tyrrell. Produced by Mark Sepic.
Pair of Pears

Don't You Know

STREAM ENTIRE SONG HERE FOR FREE.
Easy Listenin' Country Pop. (Production, instruments and back up vocals by Mark Sepic.)

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The Stumblefoot Blues

STREAM ENTIRE SONG HERE FOR FREE.
Easy Listenin' Old Style Country Western song. (Production and back up vocals by Tom Paterson. Instruments played by Tom, except harmonica by Bird Stafford.)


ROMANTIC BALLADS, INSPIRATIONAL and POLITICAL SONGS:


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How the Hell

STREAM ENTIRE SONG HERE FOR FREE.
Reminiscent of CCR/ John Fogerty country rock, but with a 1950's bass guitar, also a bit of a cross between an early 1960's folk "protest" song and the AC-DC style, sung in an angry style with political and ecological lyrics about how and why the world became such a mess, blaming corporations, politicians, military, religious fanatics. (Production and instruments by Mark Sepic.)

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So Easy to Love

Romantic pop music ballad, male female duet with Kim Doolittle. Produced by Mark Sepic. Superb flute playing by Bryan Vaillancourt. The flute really takes the song to a higher level.
Seize the Day

Seize the Day

An idealistic call to change the world. Sung by Mark Sepic. Produced by Mark Sepic.

World Vision

World Vision

a.k.a. "Vision for the World". This beautiful, poignant song urges us to either donate money or time and effort to help victims of famines, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters, natural or man-made. Sung by Mark Sepic. Produced by Mark Sepic.

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Bring Back the Reform Party

STREAM ENTIRE SONG HERE FOR FREE.
Canadian political song - lyrics and melody by Randy with superb acid jazz guitar work by Mark Sepic. A humorous satire which pokes fund at all three main political parties and laments the passing of the Reform Party of the 1990's.


New CD featuring ten of the car and motorcycle songs plus "Jenny and Jilly" and "Drinkin' Buddies" and "Cowgirl Promenade" is now available. Title is: OLD CARS, MOTORCYCLES, BUDDIES & NEW GALS) Price $12.97 + shipping from Oregon, USA.



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Canadians can order from Toronto to save time and shipping costs from the US, and get a better exchange rate, by paying only $17 Cdn (includes postage to a Cdn address) using INTERAC. The email address is Randy and Retreads @ gmail.com (but without any of the spaces). We will connect via email with the secret password and your mailing address. Not familiar with INTERAC? You can use it quick and easy to transfer money using email between about 100 Canadian banks and financial organizationst. Check it out: INTERAC website

To buy the CD "Canuck" which has eleven (11) songs (price $11 Canadian or $10 U.S., plus postage) click HERE.

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If you like some of the samples (see images and info further below) and want to download the full songs at 99 cents each, simply click on the links directly below which takes you to each digital song at the CDBaby web site. (That website also provides samples, some are same as above and some are a different 30 second slice of the songs. You can also buy from i-tunes, Amazon.com, Napster, Rhapsody etc. but we get a much lower percent and it is hard to locate our songs.)

All songs written by Randy. All songs sung by Randy except where noted.

A LITTLE BIT OF PARADISE

The ARGUMENT Sung by Randy and Naomi Tyrrell.

COWGIRL PROMENADE

DeSOTO

The DODGE Name

DON'T YOU KNOW

DRINKIN' BUDDIES

EASY TO LEARN, EASY TO LOVE (R & B version, raunchy Barry White/Eartha Kitt style, sung by Mark Sepic and Karen Richards)

THE ELEVATOR RIDE
simple jazz song by "Dick Tease and the Gropers"

FAST FRENZY

The GRIM REAPER

HAND ME DOWNS

HEY GIRLIE!
bouncy jazz song, adult themed lyrics by "Dick Tease and the Gropers"

HOW THE HELL!

HOLLISTER (3.3 minute version)

HOW MUCH STRESS CAN A MAN TAKE? (Recession Depression)

I WANT TO RIDE (Let's Ride)

IF THIS AIN'T COUNTRY

JENNY AND JILLY

The LONELY RETIREE (Pontiac Grand Prix song)

LONG WAY TO TEXAS

MEMORIES OF LIFE sung by Randy with a female backup for the chorus

The MIGHTY MERCURY

ODE TO AMERICA's OLD AUTOMOBILES

OLD HARLEY BREAKDOWN BLUES (2015 version)

SEIZE THE DAY sung by Mark Sepic

SO EASY TO LOVE (unplugged, romantic version, sung by Randy and Kim Doolittle)

STUCK IN THE CITY (With a Country Heart)

TRIBUTE to OLDSMOBILE

WORLD VISION (Vision for the World) sung by Mark Sepic

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:

Randy and his band are all at least 50 years old, hence the name "Retreads" as in tire retreads. Randy idolized Buddy Holly and started composing and singing songs in High School, and he played trombone in the school symphony, but then he got distracted by other things for many years. After a career as a social scientist and then a lawyer, and a couple of divorces, he has returned to his "first love" music. Doing family law (divorce and separation) has inspired some of his country song lyrics. His law office is at unit 206, 2075 Lawrence Ave. E. Scarborough (Toronto).

Randy was born in Toronto and has lived in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Victoria, B.C., Vancouver B.C., Edmonton, Alberta, Auckland New Zealand, Wellington N.Z., and Western New York (Buffalo/Niagara area). He also spends time with friends in the Hamilton/Burlington area of Ontario. His classic motorcycle riding and restoration hobby has inspired his "Biker Music". He has several old English bikes (Triumph, Ariel, Matchless, Panther, BSA) and two old Harleys (1964 Duo-Glide and 1966 Sportster) and a 2001 Moto-Guzzi and 1968 Honda Hellcat, also a 1972 CB450 and a 1976 CB500T. He is the webmaster of Indian Chief Motorcycles , a website he started about 15 years ago to honor that American brand of motorcycles.

HIRING THE BAND TO PERFORM

At present we only play in the Southern Ontario region of Canada, no more than a four hour drive from Toronto. e.g. Montreal to the East, Ottawa to the NE, Sudbury to the N, Windsor to the W and Niagara region to the S. We do not perform to audiences of less than 50 people in the GTA or 100 outside of it. email: randyandretreads@gmail.com at least five weeks in advance of the event date.

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RANDOM IMAGES OF RANDY and VARIOUS RETREADS

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The two photos of me working on an old Harley were taken 48 years apart. Progress? Still trying to start the latter one. (Lesson learned: throw out twin points on 1961-64 Panheads.) In the 1967 photo the Hog was 17 years old, and in the 2015 photo the Hog was 51 years old. The image of me on my 1966 Sportster XLH in the logo at top of this website was taken in Seattle in 2006 after a forty year search for one. I finally got that bike running in 2015, thanks to superb, perfectionist Harley mechanic Jim Dixon of Sanborn NY. tel 716-201-2008. Next shot is me on my 2001 Moto-Guzzi California in 2012. (Lesson learned: buy a Guzzi 1100 or the new 1400). The Jeepster Commando below that is a 1971 model, photo taken around 1999. Last photo of me and Margaret Kasala and my 1947 Indian Chief chopper was taken in Niagara Falls in 1970. (Lesson learned: If you got a good wife who loves you, hold on to her.)

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