When considering a used Citroen for purchase, buyers and mechanics will typically listen for the periodic click of the hydraulic pressure regulator. But there's got to be something better to listen to while riding around in your personal bit of French history (or French state of the art for those in countries where your government does not interfere with your to right to purchase new Citroens).
References to particular
automobiles in music, and in fact entire
songs about certain cars are pretty common, and our favorite
techno-marvels are no exception. What follows is a list of
is somehow related to Citroen automobiles.
Songs are listed by: Artist - Album - Song, but are in no particular order. Links are provided to purchase some of the referenced music on Amazon.com. I receive no profit from linking to Amazon. I choose Amazon because they sell music in standard, unencrypted (DRM free) format that is compatible with most devices, and does not restrict fair use of purchased music.
Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm - Slave to the Rhythm
Grace Jones appeared in a 1980's TV advertisement for the Citroen CX, and video from the ad is included in the music video for this song. It is said that Grace Jones' hair style was supposed to look like the aerodynamic shape of the CX. Be warned - The ad and the video isÖ WellÖ it's Grace JonesÖ if you don't like it, don't watch it. Some have suggested that the TV ad may have actually reduced sales of the Citroen CX.
Jane Child - Jane Child - DS 21
Child owns (or
did own) at least
one US version DS 21. The car is featured in photographs on
official website. She wrote the song DS 21 about, or even
car. Jane Child is a brilliant song writer and keyboardist.
Strongly recommended especially if you have not heard her
to a Sample/Buy on
Amazon.com MP3 Music Downloads
This is the music from the revolutionary Dancing Robot TV ad for the Citroen C4. Even thought the Citroen C4 is not available in North America, the ad garnered worldwide attention, and prompted not only several follow-ons from Citroen as we will see below, but also several parodies and even a real "rebuttal" ad from Chevrolet.
The Egg - David Waxman pres. Ultra Electro - Walking Away (Tocadisco Remix)
Heard on the Citroen C4 "Skating Robot" follow-on advert.
videos on Citroen UK websites that were previously on this
stopped working. It looks like Citroen moved some of
to different websites. These websites now either
attempted to do a
reverse DNS lookup (likely to see if you are in the UK or
require a password. Am I naive if I think this was
to this website?
Luke Dzierzek - One Day/Echo - Echo
to a Sample/Buy
on Amazon.com MP3 Music Downloads
Yet another C4 Transformers ad, and more electronica/techno/what-ever-you-call-it music. This one Shows a C4 converting into a robot while traveling along a bridge. It runs past some bicyclists who don't seem particularly alarmed by the event.
MC Lita - Club remake of Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gee's
last Citroen C4 Transformers ad. I feel I have to
for completeness. Interestingly, the ad is set in
New York city,
and a voice over says "100% New York" even though the car
available to us here in the 'States. This remake of
the Bee Gee's
seem to be available on Amazon.com.
One in a Million EP - One in a Million
Listen to a Sample/Buy on Amazon.com MP3 Music Downloads
Citroen is bringing back the "DS" name, in a car they are advertising as "Anti-Retro". Several dozen CGI Citroen DS3's do some CGI synchronized driving to "One in a Million" by DATA in this ad.
Richard Wagner - Wagner: Great Overtures - Ride Of The Valkyries
Wagner. No trendy Club/Electronic mixes here.
Citroen is seriously out for a piece of BMW's market with
the C5, and
means serious music. The ad portrays a driver
apparently can have anything German he wants, including the
bar maid, but is content to just
look at his C5. If
your musical tastes require tunes that are a
up with the times than something from a decomposing
composer, there are
several heavy metal remakes for your speaker-immolating
pleasure. Follow this
search link as a start to finding some of them.
Sacha Di Manolo - Ride On / Side Of Your Life - (Single) - Ride On
Most of the song is used as the music for the very cool Citroen 90th anniversary advertisement. Clips from various Citroen ads and historic footage is shown in time with the music. Worth watching just for the way the music and the video is made to work together, even if you have no interest in automobiles of any kind. The very first part of the song, where a voice says "'It cost me a lot" is not included in the ad. Search YouTube for this, and some of the other videos mentioned on this page. Specific links are not included due to the fact that YouTube content frequently changes, and some material may have copyright issues.
Luscious Jackson - Greatest Hits - Naked Eye
A Black Citroen CX Prestige appears at the beginning and end of the music video for this alternative music.
Air - Virgin Suicides - Dirty Trip
This song is playing as the Citroen C6 is introduced during it's review by the British show Top Gear. Sort of mellow chill electronic music by the French group Air. The effect of the music, and some artistic photography really work well to introduce this striking car in the Top Gear episode.
Kelly Obsourne - One Word - One Word
a ride in an 1960's DS or ID19 for the video for "One
Another one of my personal favorites, and when I have to buy
speakers, this song may well be the reason. Say what
about the Osbournes, but if Kelly's talent were on trial,
this song and video as evidence.
- Immersion - Witchcraft
The Official FIA World Rally Championship Game for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be released shortly, and this music accompanies an ad for the game. (Follow the Games Link from the FIA WRC Official page.) WRC, the Game, and thus the advert for the game feature the Citroen WRC cars prominently. I owned an older version of the game for PS2, and it did not have the quality or realism of GT4, so I would not recommend this game over GT5 without trying it, but I do like the music. It's Intense, Musical Electronica that's really hard not to like even if this sort of thing isn't what you normally listen to. The newest album, "Immersion" is not available yet on the US Amazon MP3 Downloads Store. You can buy the CD Single, or get the MP3 alblum on the official Pendulum US web store, or buy from the Amazon UK Download Store.
- Mean Monday
Not available on Amazon Music Downloads. Allegedly available on iTunes.
Please note - Songs purchased on iTunes may not play on, or may be more difficult to move to devices other than those made by Apple.
This is the first I have heard of Yello, and I must say that the only thing impressive about this song/video is the early DS or ID that is featured throughout the video-- Well, OK, I guess Melanie Oertig's not bad to look at either, -- but as far as the music and lyrics are concerned, the fact that I cannot buy it in a format that will play on my devices really does not bother me that much. The director must have liked the Citroen too, as there are lots of cool shots, including a final scene of it lowering it's suspension. Recommendations: Put Melanie in a Stop Smoking program -- Nix the band -- Keep the Citroen.
- Kokopelli - Avalanche
This song was featured in a video of Citroen Junior WRC driver Thierry Neuville training in Finland for the 2012 Rally Sweden. The video was featured on Best of Rally Live. The song is so awesome, and the winter wonderland scenery so surreal that not much editing was needed to produce an incredible Audio/Visual sensation. (It was a Subaru they were using for practice, not the Citroen DS3 WRC, but hey, it's still Citroen Related.)
Harris - Feel So Close - Feel So Close
The song Feel So Close by Calvin Harris was featured during the Paris Auto show this year when Citroen used the song during an attempt to create a "Flash Mob" at their display. It was actually quite successful, with a crowd forming and dancers dancing around the incredible Citroen Numero 9 prototype. Check the video, and learn the dance: http://youtu.be/J_7q66SuRx0
Ballet - True - True
(This Much is) True by Spandau Ballet has become the victim of is featured in an advert for the Citroen DS3 Cabrio. In an almost disturbing "dream sequence" an alien baby - or at least a baby with un-humanly long hair - is riding a horse along a beach. Fortunately, it is a law abiding long-haired alien baby, because when it comes to a traffic light, it obediently stops (even without having any reins on the horse). The stop light brings us back to the waking world, where we find that the baby is, in reality, exactly the type of guy you would expect to find listening to Spandau Ballet and day dreaming while he is driving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcolhXYrOlg
Montmartre - - Hope
In the lead-up to the Paris Motor Show, Citroen has unvield yet another prototype in their flagship CX/C6 line -- The Citroen CXpirience:
song "Hope" by MontMartre provides a pleasant accompaniment
to the awesome setting and videography.
more about the car, find a link to the video, and the
Official Citroen CXpirience page here
near the bottom of the CarCynic.com CX/C6 webpage.
Lots More! See Links Below. (The linked page is the source for some of the material on this page.)
Citroens in Movies:
In the 3rd Harry Potter
movie -- Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban -- a Citroen Xantia is
the beginning of the movie. In one of my favorite
the entire series to date, The Knight Bus picks up Harry
delivers him to the Leaky Cauldron (That's in London).
Bus seems to be capable of amazing (I suppose I should say
acceleration among other feats. Despite this, upon arriving
of the Leaky Cauldron, the Knight Bus bumps the rear of the
Xantia, setting off it's alarm. One can't help but wonder if
that it is a French car that gets bumped in a British series
than coincidental. Would Ernie (the driver), or
Knight Bus itself, have been more careful approaching a
Jaguar? Reference: Internet Movie Car Data Base
-- See links below.
Comments on the IMCDB specifically identify the vehicle as a
Citroen Xantia 2.0i. The IMCDB has reference to dozens
movies (most French, of course) in which Citroens can be
There is a famous chase scene in the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only". James Bond (played by Roger Moore) drives a Citroen 2CV to escape the bad guys. Singer Sheena Easton sang the theme song of the same name.
In the movie GATTACA, Irene Cassini (Played by Uma Thurman) drives what is supposed to be (in the movie), a futuristic turbine powered car. In actuality, it was a 1960's DS 19 Cabriolet. The music for GATTACA was composed by Michael Nyman. A 1960's Avanti also stands in for a car of the future in this film.
A Citroen DS 21 is seen regularly in the CBS TV series "The Mentalist". Music for the show was written by Blake Neely.
Celebrity and Musician Citroen Owners:
Carlos Santa is said to have owned at least a couple of Citroen CX's, so I guess it is appropriate to add anything by Carlos Santa to this list.
The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts owned a Citroen SM. To limit it a bit, The SM was introduced in 1970, so technically one could add Rolling Stones music from any album after "Let it Bleed" to this list.
Dr. Theo's Citroen CX website states that the lead singer of the band Pro-Jekt owned a Series 1 Citroen CX, but the name listed does not match any current or ex Pro-Jekt band member according to Wikipedia or anything else I can find. Additionally, it lists Pro-Jekt as an Austrian band, but Wikipedia states that they are from the UK. Never the less, if you like Darkwave/Goth Metal, load them up anyway.