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The only band I can listen to in my car

Written by Scott Mervis on .

Would you believe ... BTO?

As in Bachman Turner Overdrive.

You see, my 4-year-old son, lovable little guy who dictates much of my free time and has more control over the car stereo than should, is obsessed with Bachman Turner Overdrive.

Ever since the day I picked up a cheap copy of the band's greatest hits, it's been in the car CD player. It's been several months now.

He's selective about his BTO. He's not bothering with lesser hits like "Roll on Down the Highway" or "Looking Out for No. 1."

The routine is that first we have to skip to track 5 for "Let it Ride," which, let's face it, is still a pretty awesome hit. A blend of acoustic and electric guitars has rarely sounded better. He knows every word and, although I've heard it hundred times, it's still hilarious to hear him sing along to it.

Next is track 9 for "Takin' Care of Business," which he calls "Dust Lot" and I still have absolutely no idea why. I keep listening for "dust lot" in the lyrics and nothing has turned up. Probably because "dust lot" doesn't mean anything. Great song, nonetheless.

After that it's "Sha La La La," which BTO actually titled "Hey You." That's a popular sing-along. And then it's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," which makes me wish I could play touch football with Brett Favre.

sawyerWhen those four are done, we repeat cycle, because, well, BTO didn't write enough catchy songs for 4-year-olds.

All in all, there are worse things than having to listen to Bachman Turner Overdrive over and over and over again -- like the Wiggles or... Journey -- but my plan for now is to try to work some Doobie Brothers or Deep Purple into Sawyer's musical diet.

Update: The mystery of "Dust Lot" has been solved! According to my older son, "Takin' Care of Business" was used in the movie "The Sandlot 2." Sand Lot, Dust Lot. Makes sense now.

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