Dylan Joke On XM Gets Taken Too Seriously
August 31, 2009 at 4:45 AM (PT)
An off-the-cuff comment made by BOB DYLAN on his SIRIUS XM show, "Theme Time Radio Hour," about his voice being used for the sound of a GPS navigation system, was picked up by various media outlets in EUROPE, and made its way back to THE NEW YORK TIMES and THE WASHINGTON POST, among others.
DYLAN was hosting an episode of his satellite show entitled "Street Maps," which featured music by artists from WOODY GUTHRIE to GREEN DAY. After airing ROGER MILLER’s "King of the Road," DYLAN got into a discussion about the origin of the word "Hobo" and, having fun, pretended to share a secret with the audience, saying:
"You know I don’t usually like to tell people what I’m doing, but I am talking to a couple of car companies about possibly being the voice of their GPS system. I think it would be good if you’re looking for directions and you heard my voice saying something like, ‘Take a left at the next street -- no, a right -- you know what, just go straight.’ I probably shouldn’t do it, ‘cause whichever way I go, I always end up in one place -- on Lonely Avenue. Luckily I’m not totally alone. RAY CHARLES beat me there."
Check out the original TIMES coverage here.