Rockers Pimp Their Rides
By Paul Semel

Jeordie White of A Perfect Circle Drives: 2004 Subaru Baja

You'll have to excuse A Perfect Circle bassist Jeordie White if he seems a bit unfamiliar with his car. He just got it. "Yeah, it's brand spankin' new," he says, admiring his ride. "I used to have a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, but I just got rid of it, because it was too cool, and I looked too cool in it. And since your car defines you in Los Angeles -- and this is sporty but rugged, cute and fun, and has room for my friends -- I just thought this worked with me much better."

It also doesn't hurt that the Subaru Baja is something of a chick magnet. "Yeah, if you pick up a nice young lady in this thing," the bassist formerly known as Twiggy Ramirez concedes, "your chances of getting lucky are much better than if you had a Mercedes."

It's also good, he adds, for going around incognito. "People don't really recognize you in a car like this," he says. "And even when your friends see you in it, they're not sure if you're kidding or not. It also has a sunroof, though I like to call it a moonroof, since I like to drive at night, listening to Rupert Holmes' 'Escape (the Pina Colada Song)'."

Beyond all that, White explains, the Baja is practical. "It's just big enough to carry a bass and maybe an amp," he says. "I didn't want to get a big truck, because then you become the guy who has to lug all the band's equipment around."

First Car: Datsun station wagon
Dream Car: Big Foot