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Old 07-10-06, 05:34 AM   #1
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Cool songs that go through your head when en route.

When I choose not to don the mp3 player, I usually have a song with a good beat going through my skull.
The one that's been going through alot lately is that new song by Too $hort called "Blow the Whistle".
I heard it for the first time on one of the local indie alternative stations in my area of all places.
The bass track and the lyrics just keep you moving and in a throwing mode in case an obnoxious motorist tries to rush you.
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When I'm not listening to my mp3 player, I only have annoying songs going through my head.
At least lately, I've been more preoccupied with completing my bathroom remodel and my new position. No room in my head for annoying songs.
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Old 10-06-06, 08:16 AM   #3
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(Rather than start a new thread, I searched for existing ones to resurrect, and this one looked like a good candidate.)

I sometimes listen to internet radio at the Pandora.com site (my profile here), and I'm really taking a liking to a song they've been playing by George Harrison, "Any Road". Lyrics are here. Seems like a good candidate for a bike commuter's theme song, so I thought I'd point it out here. Anyone else know it? Other suggestions?

Some of the lyrics from "Any Road":

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Oh I've been traveling on a boat and a plane
In a car on a bike with a bus and a train
Traveling there and traveling here
Everywhere in every gear

But oh Lord we pay the price with a
Spin of a wheel - with a roll of a dice
Ah yeah you pay your fare
And if you don't know where you're going
Any road will take you there

I've been traveling on a wing and a prayer
By the skin of my teeth by the breath of a hair
Traveling where the four winds blow
With the sun on my face - in the ice
and the snow

But oooeeee it's a game
Sometimes you're cool, sometimes
you're lame
Ah yeah it's somewhere
And if you don't know where you're going
Any road will take you there

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Old 10-06-06, 08:22 AM   #4
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I am not familiar with George Harrison's song.
However, I was listening to Be Your Own Pet.
http://www.lyricsmania.com/lyrics/be...cs_290313.html
Good god the members of this group are young. Still amusing. IMHO
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Old 10-06-06, 08:28 AM   #5
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I usually have the Shuffle with me, but when I forget it, I'll often have a Dandy Warhols song floating through my head (they have some of the best cycling songs), usually The Dandy Warhols' TV Theme Song or Crack Cocaine Rager.
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Old 10-06-06, 08:31 AM   #6
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if i forget my iPod, i try to think of songs to keep my cadence up. lately it's been "bastard" by motley crue.
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Heeeeeeeeey Baby! I wanna know-oh-oh, will you be my girl?

Stuck in my head on and off for a couple of weeks now.

Soon I'll get a new MP3 player (my original was broken doing a stupid human trick and fighting Sir Isaac Newton) and end the carnage.
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Minutemen- "This Ain't No Picnic" On my way to work of course!
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For some reason these two have been in my head a lot while riding:
Steady as she goes - The Raconteurs
You're so Vague - Queens of the Stone Age
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Concrete Rage by wumpscut. Rammstein Te Quiero #$@! (bad word in spanish).
Karma police by radiohead. Sing sing sing by Louis Prima.
Doin' the cockroach and cowboy dan both by modest mouse. What's in it for me by pitchshifter.
Spiders from system of a down. One day he went out for milk and never came home by Paper Chase. Honey bear by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Funeral diner by wumpscut.
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I usually listen to a song before I leave, so that I have it stuck with me for the ride. These are some that make it into heavy rotation on my morning playlist.

Ana Ng - They Might be Giants
Unbeautiful - Too Much Joy
This Wake I Myself Have Stirred - Shai Hulud
Shake Hands With Beef - Primus
Sally MacLennane - The Pogues
Defiance - One King Down
I Hate Jimmy Page - Mindless Self Indulgence
Do That Thing - Lyrics Born
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Minutemen- "This Ain't No Picnic" On my way to work of course!
Perfect! Despite the the fact in a past life I made records for a living, I am absolutely incapable of playing a song start to finish in my head; all I get are loops or riffs or pieces of a chorus, and that's a perfect candidate. That and pretty much anything from "Double Nickels."

Has anybody heard the demo version of "I Am the Walrus"? (It's on one of the Beatles' "Anthology" discs.) It has none of the goofy "psychedelia" that George Martin added. It's pure, bilious Lennon. It was raining today, and I had this phrase over and over: "Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun... If the sun don' come you get a tan from standing in the English rain...."

And John Brooking, an excellent idea! I'll check out your station and maybe post mine if I figure out how...
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Perfect! Despite the the fact in a past life I made records for a living, I am absolutely incapable of playing a song start to finish in my head; all I get are loops or riffs or pieces of a chorus, and that's a perfect candidate. That and pretty much anything from "Double Nickels."

Has anybody heard the demo version of "I Am the Walrus"? (It's on one of the Beatles' "Anthology" discs.) It has none of the goofy "psychedelia" that George Martin added. It's pure, bilious Lennon. It was raining today, and I had this phrase over and over: "Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun... If the sun don' come you get a tan from standing in the English rain...."

And John Brooking, an excellent idea! I'll check out your station and maybe post mine if I figure out how...
I recently saw the minutemen "We Jam Econo" documentary great, but sad. As a bass player, Mike Watt/Double Nickles changed my life! I met/spoke to Mike a number of times ( my band opened for firehose a couple of times & I saw the minutemen everytime they came through philly) he was very nice, always very encouraging. His website got me back into cycling after a long hiatus (Watt cycles regularly for fitness etc.) and I have been commuting now for about a 1 1/2 years. "Double Nickles" still blows me away and to think it was recorded for $1200 (Double Album!) and most of it it first take, little to no overdubs! Amazing stuff!

I too have that Beatles stuff, my brother got it as a bootleg years ago. It still amazes me how raw/ rocking some of it is prior to the additional production!
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At least lately, I've been more preoccupied with completing my bathroom remodel and my new position.
I will be trying hard to NOT envision that on my way home.

Joking aside. Congrats on the job and good luck with the remodel.

Back to the topic. I'm get the weirdest songs in my head. Chirstmas songs, hits from 30 years ago that I knew but weren't my favorites - you know songs I probably haven't thought about in 30 years.
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Danka.

This thread is a tad old. The bathroom is finished and my promotion is a thing of memory. I'm now fully entrenched in my new department and completely swamped. Why oh why did they put me on a project that is running one month behind? ugh
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I usually get a random mix of stuff. Last night included:

Dean Martin - Sway
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Rammstein - Mein Teil
A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour
Johnny Cash - One Piece at a Time
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For a while I was into "Bicycle Race" by Queen, an obvious candidate and a good pumping up song. However, "Any Road" seems more suitable for commuting, a bit more relaxed and more about the journey than the arrival. (Although that would make it even more perfect for touring, I suppose.)

By the way, I've just bookmarked the song at my Pandora profile so you can hear an actual sample of it.
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Cake - You Part The Waters:

"You've got your grand piano
You don't even play piano
I'm the one who plays piano."

mp-what-player? I don't do techmologie, and nor do I want to shut out the sounds of the world. Hell, that's why I'm on the bike! I just sing to myself. Sometimes out loud They already think I'm an idiot for being on the bike -- why not be the singing idiot on the bike?
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Yes! Finally, someone else who listens to the Tribe. I really love the tracks they did with Busta Rhymes.

Sometimes I get "Understanding (In a Car Crash)" by Thursday stuck in my head. That's pretty much the only song that gets stuck in my head while riding. I usually just think about things I need or want to do. Well, that and not getting hit by motorists.
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Whatever I was just listening to while eating breakfast usually sticks in my head. Sometimes its something I heard yesterday. Sometimes songs just come out of nowhere.

And I'm sure glad it's not just me that admits to this happening...
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pink floyd's run like hell usually gets me pumping a bit faster
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Got that stupid "Tainted Love" song stuck in my head by almond.
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Got that stupid "Tainted Love" song stuck in my head by almond.
Ooooh, that's pretty bad.
I was listening to some old school techno last week, and "I Feel Love" by Messiah was in the rotation. I had Jimmy Sommerville's voice stuck in my head the rest of the day. Try as I might, not even large doses of Motorhead could dislodge Jimmy's squeaky voice.
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