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The Autopian Staff Has Strong Opinions About Steve Martin And Drake, Except For David Who Is Simultaneously Too Old And Too Young: Tales From The Slack

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Thank you for reading The Autopian! If you’re seeing this text it means this content is for official members only. This is part of our “Tales From The Slack” series, which involves telling members about the weird stuff that happens behind the scenes at The Autopian, namely on our site’s slack channel. It’s where Jason, David, and the rest of the crew act as if nobody’s looking. Needless to say, things get strange.

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Bruce McDougall
Bruce McDougall
1 year ago

Not signing up for this BS just to find out why Martin Short is in that photo, not Steve Martin. Please don’t Jalopnik this site with this silliness.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
1 year ago

Honestly, the entire image could’ve been “NEW COMMENTS ARE HERE!” and we’d have probably clicked.

(Also, “Soundcloud music” really undersells 100gecs. I know there’s some good stuff in there, but there’s a lot of “lol someone made a mixtape about Conroe” on there and I’ll forever associate it with “some guy’s unremarkable project.”)

JC Miller
JC Miller
1 year ago

So how do we get into the slack chat? or is it for staff only?

Jblues
Jblues
1 year ago

I think it’s time for an annual “Autopian Movie Festival for David Tracy” event.

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
1 year ago

I laughed out loud at Hardigree’s analogy to describe DT’s pop culture knowledge. Definitely earned my big Vinyl money right there.

Joining the Steve Martin Fan Club here with a tip to his movies “L.A. Story” (which he wrote), “Roxanne” (which he also wrote), and his memoir “Born Standing Up.”

And I rise in defense of “Honestly Nevermind,” which was on heavy rotation with “Renaissance” in our house last year.

Dennis Frederickson
Dennis Frederickson
1 year ago

DT’s 1.) astonishing and incomprehensible lack of social awareness and 2.) lack of need for normal human comforts like food, heat, sleep, electricity, entertainment and 3.) other so-called human qualities and attributes like not craving for attention, not seeking praise, not caring one iota about physical appearance, a preference for working in the frozen cold dirt, etc. indicates he may be a non-human ‘machine’ or perhaps ‘cyborg’ masquerading as a human being.

Look closely along hair lines and in other more private areas (he won’t care, he’s not human I’m convinced) for hidden access panels for charging ports, battery hot swaps, and other opportune places to add additional or expanded CPU capacity or memory.

You may wish to, as an abundance of caution, attach a ground wire to yourself while you (and others) conduct this belated but necessary investigation.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago

Big Steve Martin fan but the jerk? That is probably his weakest fart joke movie.
1. You got SNL Two wild and crazy guys.
2. King Tut as mentioned.
3. All of me with Lily Tomlin.
4. Planes trains and automobiles with the great John Candy mentioned.
5. First arrow through the head guy.
6. That marriage movie trilogy. I think Lisa Williams Paisley was his daughter getting married. Then the 2nd one his daughter and wife are pregnant at the same time.
7. I think he did a movie where he was serious not sure.

Rafael
Rafael
1 year ago

Hey, I finally found someone else that knows about Mail Call, I thought I was the only one!
R. Lee Ermey was amazing!

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  Rafael

Everyone knows that but they forget til reminded. Wasnt Full Metal Jacket he was in that started his career.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
1 year ago
Reply to  Rafael

Mail Call was amusing, NGL.

Parsko
Parsko
1 year ago

I am a member on a 3d printing discord server where there is a weekly movie group watch for a member who has basically not seen any movie. Maybe you guys should do that same for David??? You have to live in a mightly small box to not know who Steve Martin is. Like TINY

Mr. Asa
Mr. Asa
1 year ago

Oh shit. Didn’t know Danny B had a new album. Love that man, much as I don’t understand where his head is at.

Also, yes, David has some really weird blindspots.
I’m kinda wondering what classic car movies he has or hasn’t seen. Might be a good article, DT rating classics based on how many Jeeps are in it.

David Tracy
David Tracy
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

Haven’t seen Blues Brothers.

(Please don’t throw things at me)

Dudeoutwest
Dudeoutwest
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

You lived in Detroit and couldn’t find time to watch Chicago get destroyed? Isn’t that what us Detroiters live for? Kinda like Boston having some schadenfreude when NYC has some kind of issue?

We need a “what movies that aren’t car movies should I watch” article from you, my man.

I get it. I hate most sports, but I also know that since I’m a dude, I need to be a little informed, at least, about what’s up in sports. Every other dude I encounter during my work day seems to care and I should be able to talk to them.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  Dudeoutwest

How about Cannabilistic Humanoids Under Detroit?

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

But…cop motor, a 440ci plant, cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks!

Iwannadrive637
Iwannadrive637
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Fix the cigarette lighter.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  Iwannadrive637

It was built before catalytic converters, so it runs just fine on regular gas! 😉

Jblues
Jblues
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Dude, it’s like you’ve never been home on a Sunday afternoon before.
Have you also not seen “Road House”?

David Tracy
David Tracy
1 year ago
Reply to  Jblues

I don’t think I have.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Do you own a TV? DO you at least have an antenae?

David Tracy
David Tracy
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

I just got my first TV! (well, someone gave me one)

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

SELLOUT!

(Fine, I’d probably take one if I was given it, but I don’t know where I’d put it or if it’d get used. Like, I’m not rearranging my living room for a TV.)

Mr. Asa
Mr. Asa
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Fairly sure you’ve mentioned that before.

I am as disappointed in you, and depressed by that fact now as I was then.

How about Vanishing Point? The original Gone in 60 Seconds? Smokey and the Bandit?

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

You’re my hero for bringing up Vanishing Point. That and Two Lane Backtop are two of my 70s favorites. I’ll also kinda include Electra Glide in Blue too.

Mike Smith
Mike Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Counterpoint: Vanishing Point is one of those oddball self-important 70’s movies that is convinced that it is all art-house fancy and full of deep meaning, but in reality it is just nonsensical drivel dreamed up by some writer who was out-of-their-skull stoned one one psychoactive drug or another during the entire creation of it. Even my deep abiding love of Dodge Challengers couldn’t rescue that movie for me.

SAABstory
SAABstory
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

DT you have to fix this. Besides seeing Ray Charles and Aretha being awesome there’s classic car shenanigans. How else will you know how to respond when someone mentions how many miles, cigarettes and sunglasses it takes to get to a destination?

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  SAABstory

How about the most amount of cars destroyed in a movie record?

Trust Doesn't Rust
Trust Doesn't Rust
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

My wife hasn’t seen a lot of these movies. Or, if she has, it was only until recently. Her excuse is “I played outside”.

It’s a piteous excuse.

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Still? Ok, you are hereby required to sit down and remedy that. It’s got it all: car chases, great music, funny dialogue, Carrie Fisher in a Pontiac Grand Prix, Nazis in a Pinto being dropped from great heights…

Last edited 1 year ago by Mark Tucker
Inthemikelane
Inthemikelane
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

We won’t, but we should.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

You embarrass us all by your presence. All I can say is DUDE!

Mike Smith
Mike Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

David. Fix This. One of the best movies of all time imo, on top of being one of the best *car* movies of all time. That movie introduced me to the blues music genre, and my life has been much richer for it.

Laurence Rogers
Laurence Rogers
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

I did try while DT was here to at least show him some classic Aussie car movies!

We watched Running On Empty and The Man From Hong Kong.

If I knew Dave hadn’t seen the Blues Brothers I would have forced him to down tools and watch that too, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen that movie from about age three til now!

Inthemikelane
Inthemikelane
1 year ago

Watched when I was finishing school, bunch of us must of watched it a million times. Have to check out the Aussie movies, they look like a fun watch.

David Tracy
David Tracy
1 year ago

Running on Empty is SO GOOD

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

Or rate them from a jeep to 5 jeeps?

Chris Wright
Chris Wright
1 year ago

Uh, um, er… Is it me, or is that Martin Short in the picture with Drake? Instead of Steve Martin?

Or is that part of the experience I’m missing because I’m waiting until my birthday to become an Autopian member?

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Wright

Autopian must be having an Ed Grimley moment.

Industrial_design_guy
Industrial_design_guy
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Wright

I was having a head scratching moment as well. I guess Steve Martin and Martin Short do a lot together, or maybe it’s that Drake is Canadian and so is Martin? Or perhaps, it was intentional to show that if you don’t know him, you might easily confuse him with Steve for some reason

David Tracy
David Tracy
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Wright

It’s because I was the editor.

LTDScott
LTDScott
1 year ago

I can understand not being familiar with Steve Martin’s recent work, but as a gearhead how has he not seen Planes, Trains, and Automobiles?! It has probably the most famous K-Car ever put on film. I remember this was the first movie I watched in the theater in America when my family first moved here in ’88.

Last edited 1 year ago by LTDScott
Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  LTDScott

Not to mention it’s become THE Thanksgiving movie. Christmas has a ton of movies that cycle in terms of popularity (currently it’s Christmas Vacation after we all burnt out on A Christmas Story), but Thanksgiving doesn’t really have too many.

Inthemikelane
Inthemikelane
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Force my wife to watch it every year. She complains, then laughs but good. Another one with great cars is Home for the Holidays. Very under rated. You get to watch RDJ all coked up and a great performance from the whole cast.

SAABstory
SAABstory
1 year ago

So saying “Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me” or “let’s get small” are pretty much non-starters, then?

My parents had Martin’s comedy albums on 8-track. Someone get DT an 8-track for his i3.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  SAABstory

Mine is on cassette 12 cassettes for a penny.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago

I’m with Jason on the “jfc” comment. Come on, David. Know some of the biggest pop culture references once in a while.

SAABstory
SAABstory
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

Probably not the best time to reference “perfectly good waste of a white boy” but here we are. For the record I have $2.

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
1 year ago

Aaaand, the top photo with Martin Short is there because DT couldn’t tell the difference between him and Steve Martin?
You definitely made the right decision keeping The Jerk reference. That movie is a classic and DT needs to watch it ASAP, as well as Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and The Man with Two Brains.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

I’m assuming the same, but I really would have liked it better if Drake were also replaced to drive home the point.

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt Hardigree

For sure. OMITB is one of the best series in the past decade. Martin and Short and Gomez are fantastic! But I agree with Drew that having the Weeknd instead of Drake would have made this more obviously funny 🙂

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

Ooh, the Weeknd would have been perfect.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

Three Amigos anyone?

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt Hardigree

I recognized the Only Murders still, but I don’t really know Drake’s work. I just figure messing with David could have included Elton John instead of Drake and he would be none the wiser. Or, like, a male duck, and you convince David people have bought millions of CDs of duck sounds.
(I am aware that David seems to know who Drake is, but he is unsteady enough with pop culture that you could sow doubt.)

Last edited 1 year ago by Drew
Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt Hardigree

Whew! I was beginning to wonder if DT was actually a space alien or something. Having a dense knowledge of one of the most creative and amazing musicians ever, who’s had an incredibly long career, isn’t a very high bar. But it’s something.

David Tracy
David Tracy
1 year ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

One of four concerts I’ve been to.

Elton is my favorite singer of all time.

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

I saw Sir Elton in concert about 15 years ago. My wife and I sat in the first row, center stage at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. Also one of maybe half a dozen concerts I’ve ever been to and it was INCREDIBLE. That man had more energy in his 60’s than I had in my 20’s, and he just kept on going until nearly midnight, with 2 encores. And to make it even better, a buddy of mine gave me the tickets for free because I brought him and his family some pizzas in nearly blizzard conditions, with little visibility, on country roads that were nearly impassable. So it was all thanks to my trusty, somewhat rusty, 1996 4×4 Chevy Silverado.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

You may not have experience, but you might just have taste, at least.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 year ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Did you see Sir Elton when he appeared as himself on the Simpsons? The Simpsons are a cartoon family that hss been on TV for 32 years more or less.

Slirt
Slirt
2 months ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Wait. There’s too much other stuff, but: You’re in your 30s & have only been to 4 concerts? ???? Living in L.A. now you can (read should) rectify that! And now I wanna know the other 3, pls.

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