Friday, August 19, 2005

"Go!"
Okay, by kind sugestion of porn*, I am compiling a Music to Run To list, which will eventually be recorded onto minidisc (alas! no iPod!) and listened to as training goes on. I'm also hoping to invest in a pedometer so I can measure more accurately how far I am running, my speed etc - all to be recorded lovingly, frankly and neurotically in my running log. I've looked up the different models out there and will be steering clear of the body fat checkers and calorie counters - I'm not doing this running with any of those concerns and I don't intend to take on any either.

So, the music list so far, with an emphasis on boosting my energy and keeping me upbeat as I run:

Crosstown Traffic - Jimi Hendrix
This Is Love - PJ Harvey
Good Fortune - PJ Harvey
Waiting for the Man - Lou Reed
Venus in Fears - Velvet Underground
Children of the Revolution - Marc Bolan and T-Rex
Paranoid - Garbage
Cherry Lips - Garbage
Hey Ya - Outkast (this one is for the Londonist lads - go Andre 3000!)
Fortress Europe - Asian Dub Foundation
Nadia - Nitin Sawnhey
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Little Red Corvette - Prince

There are loads more I can think of but why should I do all the hard work when I can sit back and rake in recommendations from all of you? Any ideas? What songs would you run to?

6 comments:

Greg said...

Steve Reich, "Music for 18 Musicians"
John Adams, "Short Ride in a Fast Machine"
Lou Harrison, "Concerto in Slendro"
Richard Wagner, Prelude to "Parsifal"
The Hanover Band playing Rossini overtures

I would almost include "De Snelheid" by Louis Andriessen, but it might drive one insane.

TRES CEE said...

je'taime mons plus or plain je'taime, and we all live in a yellow submarine, is that the correct name, anything by may ann faithful from the sixties, GUANTANAMERA, SPANISH AND ITALIAN VERSION, BOTH EXCELENT SONG VERSIONS, SOME OF FIRST SHIRLEY AND LEE DUETS, IN FIFTIES OR SIXTIES, CEE LOVE UORS LIKE TO HEARR URS TOO AND TRACY'S TOO, AMEN, ANYWAY, LATER CEE AMEN,

Mr. DUDE MAN said...

Axel F -Harold Faltermeyer
music from Beverly Hills Cop
it would prob. make you feel like eddie murphy heheh..although i've never ran with that song.

I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
???
i have too much to mention heheh.

McReadie said...

Hmmm, let's see... A quick search of my iTunes library with the word "run":

Keep on Running - Spencer Davis Group

Running on Empty - Jackson Brown

Roadrunner - Barenaked Ladies

(Yeah, OK, those are a bit obvious).

How about:

On the Road Again - Willy Nelson

Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen (I know it's a slow and somewhat depressing and loaded-with-meaning song, but it always makes me feel like running - well, OK, walking - through a city. I think it's cos of the video).

Reach Out I'll Be There - The Four Tops
Could be uplifting, and also has a sort of horse-galloping sound at the beginning which may set a useful running rhythm

boatie Flatmate said...

you can't beat a bit of low grade ROCK cheese for running to. I'd recommend:
- Smells like team spirit
- Bat out of hell
- Eye of the Tiger
And anything off the Top Gun soundtrack

porn * said...

I'd go with the Top Gun style soundtrack too, mixed in with a bit of old school dance and some galloping classical.Nothing too intellectual.

My running tapes include:

Theme tune from fame ( you can do star jumps in between running so it feels less like running and more like you're just in a high-octane dance sequence)

Snap: Ryhytm is a Dancer

The Strokes: Last Night. The Killers: half of Hot Fuss.

iggy Pop: I am a Passenger

The Band: Take a Load off Annie ( don't know if thats the actual title). Paul Simon, Graceland.

Soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou.

handel: Zadok the Priest (but only the long build-up at the beginning and the first shouty bit, then it gets a bit staccato).


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