We celebrate a tradition when buying a new car. It started with the creation of a “First Drive” mix tape which was a cassette tape with a few carefully chosen songs for that first drive.
The days of mix tapes are gone, now replaced by the playlist. Given the Micra’s history, I opted for the following rules for selecting the songs for my “First Drive” playlist:
- Given that the Micra was part of a “New Wave” of cars, an “Alternative” choice that entered the global market at the height of new wave/alternative music, all songs must be of new wave or alternative genres.
- The songs must be from relevant years. I chose 1982 (the introduction of the Micra), 1984 (the year the Micra came to Canada as a 1985 model), 1985 (the first model year of the Canadian Micra), 1990 (the model year of my first Micra), and 1995 (the year I bought my first Micra).
- The songs should have some relevance.
And so, I present to you, my personal new Micra first drive playlist:
Song: Steppin’ Out
Artist: Joe Jackson
This fun, uplifting song about a night out on the town, out the same year as the Micra, perfectly embodies the spirit of the Micra. I think it’d make a brilliant song for a Micra ad campaign. Get into a car and drive to the other side.
Song: Nova Heart
Artist: The Spoons
Two things were big in 1982: Small hatchbacks, and The Spoons. Is the Micra the Nova Heart we can hide in as things come apart?
Song: Big in Japan
The Micra…also known as the March…is big in Japan. 🙂
Song: It’s my life
Artist: Talk Talk
It’s my life. The choices I make are mine. The Micra was and is a choice I made, not one that someone made for me.
Yes, I admit it…I’m a little obsessed about the Micra.
Song: Don’t You (Forget about me)
Artist: Simple Minds
I didn’t forget (about the Micra).
Song: Here’s Where the story ends
Artist: The Sundays
My Micra was a 1990 model, which was the end of the story for the Nissan Micra in Canada. Technically, it sold into 1991, but as far as I’m concerned, the story ended for that generation of the Micra in Canada in 1990.
Song: Common People
1995, the year I bought my Micra; quite clearly, an excellent car choice for the common people. 🙂
Total playlist length: 36:57