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Todd’s Take: Do NOT Listen To This Song In Your Car!

Music has the power to elicit an emotional response from us. Sometimes we can be taken back to an exact moment in time just by hearing a certain song. Even smelling the same smells!

That said, not every song can help you remember something good. Case in point for me, Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With the Devil.” I love that song, but I’ll be damned if I let it play through when it comes on the stereo in my car while I’m driving.

It all stems from an incident that happened over 25 years ago. Sept. 19th, 1990, to be exact. I was going to see Robert Plant on his “Manic Nirvana” tour. MY all-time favorite band — The Black Crowes — were the opening act. After picking up my brother’s girlfriend, we were headed back up I-5 toward the Seattle Center Arena (now known as Key Arena).

Our spirits were high and the radio was blasting 96.5 KXRX when suddenly — BOOM! — I was plowed into from behind by a King County Sheriff’s car! Long story short, the WSP was called in and, somehow, I was given a citation. Ever since then, when that song comes on the radio, I HAVE to turn it down or change the channel!

I asked some other co-workers if they had a song like this for them personally:

KATS own Kelly West: “Country Roads” by John Denver
On separate occasions, and coincidentally near Elko, Nev., that song was playing when she had a tire blow out and again when her windshield busted out and her brakes failed!

Townsquare Media Operations Manager Rik Mikals: “Fallen Angel” by Poison
Rik was “jamming” out to this on his cassette (!) deck when he was blinded by the sun, ran a stop sigh and T-boned another vehicle!

How about you? Is there a song that you absolutely cannot listen to for fear of conjuring up bad juju or karma?

Let me know in the comments below!

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