To­rana XU-1song

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Syd­ney three-piece band The Mael­strom is help­ing spread the leg­end of the To­rana XU-1 to a new gen­er­a­tion via its salute to the gi­ant-killing Holden.

The Mael­storm de­scribes it­self as “a clas­sic rock band that spans rock­a­billy, hard rock, clas­sic rock, blues and we even dab­ble into pop.” Drum­mer and song-writer CJ Bali says the surf-style song is a tribute to more than just the car.

“It came after my beloved Rose passed away from Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease,” CJ says. “Rose, she was from Manly and she lived her life near the beach and en­joyed surfing. Since Rose and I both loved cars – mus­cle cars – and we’d go to car shows... it be­came ap­par­ent that I had to write an Aussie mus­cle car song with a surf tone.

“There are so many car songs out there which fea­ture Fords, Dodges, Cadil­lacs and I never heard on the ra­dio a song about an Aussie mus­cle car. The XU-1 to me is the epit­ome of Aus­tralian in­ge­nu­ity of en­gi­neer­ing of its time. And so the song it­self is about the To­rana XU-1 and it touches upon win­ning Bathurst 500 with Peter Brock.”

The other mem­bers of The Mael­strom are gui­tarist Jeff Cripps and lead singer and bassist John Kater. The song be­gins... I gotta tell ya ‘bout a car that’s to­tally cool, She’s a mini thor­ough­bred on the road it rules. She chews up the Fords and the Charg­ers too, She’s a real Aussie beauty through and through! She’s got what it takes and she ain’t no fake, My To­rana’s gonna leave ya in the straight. CHORUS She’s my XU-1, my XU-1 – a sporty lit­tle car that’s a lot of fun! She’s my XU-1, my XU-1 – an Aussie mus­cle car that’s num­ber one! She’s a top lit­tle car and she has me spun! She’s my XU-1, my XU-1...

When AMC vis­ited iTunes to have a lis­ten, we found that it was ac­tu­ally one of three To­rana XU-1 songs pro­duced!

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