» Home » Life & Style

Updated: August 27, 2009 13:42 IST

Bob Dylan in talks to be voice of satnav

print   ·   T  T  
In this 1999-file photo Bob Dylan, left, and Eric Clapton perform at New York's Madison Square Garden. Photo: AP
AP In this 1999-file photo Bob Dylan, left, and Eric Clapton perform at New York's Madison Square Garden. Photo: AP

The answer, my friend, is not blowin in the wind the answer is turn left on to the A222 and this time we don't want to end up on Yazoo Street or at the Gypsy Cafe or in your wife's home town (it sounds grim, frankly). The truth is, I am sleepy and there is a place I'm going to and its called Chislehurst.

As if satnav was not frustrating enough, Bob Dylan has revealed he is in talks with a couple of car companies to become the voice of their next global positioning system. In his weekly Theme Time Radio Hour show, broadcast at midnight BST on BBC Radio 6 Music, Dylan, who takes street maps as his theme, said he has been approached by two firms wanting him to record the turn left, stay in right hand lane etc instructions.

You know I don't usually like to tell people what I'm doing, he told listeners. But I am talking to a couple of car companies about possibly being the voice of their GPS. I think it would be good, if your'e 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 because whichever way I go, I always end up in one place. On Lonely Avenue. Cue Ray Charles.

Should Dylan take up the offers, it raises the possibility of some imprecise driving. Do we want to be told that there is no direction home? That the M6 is an endless highway? That we can take the A38 but the road is long, and it winds and winds? That we can put our foot down on the A590 into Barrow. Yeah, 90 miles an hour down a dead end street. And what happens if you are stuck inside of Mansfield with the Matlock blues again? Getting anyone but the female voice who comes with your original satnav is big business, with John Cleese, Mr T and Eddie Izzard (bear left, monkey right) among those available as alternatives.

Keywords: Bob DylanMusicSatnavMotoring

Reporter Alerts

Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: The Need for a Border States Group

The aim of the research report by Tridivesh Singh Maini is to examine the approach of the political leadership, as well as the business community, in three ‘border States’ towards India-Pakistan ties.This paper has sought to look at a number of factors, which include politics, economics as well as security issues.Read Article »

  • facebook Facebook
  • twitter Twitter


More Resources »

Sunday Magazine

More Sunday Magazine »

Friday Review

More Friday Review »


More Habitat »

Young World

More Young World »



Recent Article in Life & Style

Elegant dwelling Thaliath House, built around 80 years ago, was inspired by a house in London Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Very English in style and setting

Sometime in the 1930s Joseph Thaliath, who was studying to be a barrister at law in the United Kingdom, returned home to Puthenpally, nea... »