I came across this article on the Beeb website, listing tracks to which serious runners listen whilst they run:
'Eye of the Tiger' is number 1.
Let me make this clear: I do not run unless I want to catch a bus. But some of the tracks on that list certainly make me feel much bouncier. :-)
So...what's your most favourite 'motivational' piece?
I like to add:
Radar Love by the Golden Earring
Get Off of My Cloud by the Rolling Stones
Bookmark (just curious about your opinion)
I don't listen to music when I'm exercising. I prefer to get my mind blank, concentrate on my rhythm or enjoy the peace & quiet (if I'm up a hill, for example).
I get irritated by runners, walkers & cyclists who have their headphones on - don't hear me coming. We almost killed a cyclist in the car the other week because he was so engrossed in his music he didn't see/hear us coming.
Wouldn't fancy any on the BBC list. How about "Tu es Foutu" by In-Grid? Or "Nas ne Dagoniat" by t.aT.U.
I won't translate the French one (asking for deletion). The Russian one translates as "They're not going to catch us".
Nah, they don't do it for me, sorry. 'Perpetual Dawn' by The Orb works for me.
Been a few years since I was a runner but I'd made a recording back then that timed a 3-mile workout from warmup, to flat-out run, to cool down. Some of the songs of it were:
Running on Empty - Jackson Brown
Running down the Highway - Doobie Brothers
Flirtin' with disaster - Molly Hatchet
Would I lie to you - Eurythmics
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
Get Over it - Eagles
They were chosen more for the tempo than anything: I tended to have to run to a beat.
These days, the sets I have for walking are all over the place!
It's my life by The Animals.
Ever since I crossed a finish line to the very loud sounds of "Viva Colonia" I associate this song with running. It's a carnival song from Cologne and has nothing to do with running at all.
I used to listen to music while running, but gave up because the fiddling with the earphones was too distracting.
I don't use any music at all when I'm out hiking but for motivational or energising or getting me bopping in the car it has to be : Everyday people by Sly and the Family Stone.
I love that one, Paul!
OK, for a purely empowering, non-excercise, motivational, feel-good standpoint?
Shaking the Tree - Peter Gabriel
Forever Young - Bob Dylan
Words from the Wise - Gentle Giant
Born at the Right Time - Paul Simon
Beautiful Day - U2
Celebrate - Rare Earth
Free - Phish
If I was running, it would be to get to the House of the Rising Sun......heh heh.....d:o) (Reggae version...)
Wonderful world, beautiful people.....Jimmy Cliff
Back to my Roots......Lucky Dube
Many rivers to Cross....again, Jimmy Cliff (one of the world's top ten joints)
Get up Stand up....Bob Marley
Exodus.........Bob Marley (The Exodus album was chosen by Time magazine as the No 1 album of the 20th Century....)
All three above would be the extended "live" version.
One love mi brederen.....d:o)
Great stuff Erik, but what do you do wiv yer dreads man ?
" Yuh nah 'ave to be dread to be Rasta".....by Morgan Heritage
Erik darling, it's common knowledge that I love love madly, but I will have to be really drunk for you to inflict your music taste on me ... (take this as licence to administer the necessary liquid anaesthetic!)
Oh dear ... good question ... so many depending on circumstance ...
My favourite Happy Song and Personal Anthem: Greatheart (Johnny Clegg and Savuka)
My Get Up and Be Positive Song: Solesbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)
Statement of intent (and the kick off song at our wedding reception): It's My Life (Bon Jovi)
Kickstart to a Difficult Day song: Don't Stop Me Now (Queen) : when Freddie's watching your back, others medsle at their peril
Being Seriously Active At The Gym (if I must): Underneath the Radar (Underworld)General Feel Good (Gotta Love That Bassline) Stuff: Somethin's Got me Started (Simply Red)
This is all absolutely fascinating...thank you! I'm glad I asked! :-)
Cathy darlin', - I am quite fond of Johnny Clegg and Savuka. That's why I am a bit puzzled that you would not like Lucky Dube. They are quite similar in style. Similar but different. His early recordings were all done in Zulu with his band Zulu Mbaqanaga, before getting inspired by the Jamaican reggae artists. That early music stage is all over his later music.
How can one not like this. When my marriage fell apart, this song made me scream. If you play it, suffer through the whole thing, at least past the introduction. If the ending does not make one cry, one is made of stone.......
I firmly consider Lucy Dube the only true successor to Bob Marley and for a non-Jamaican, this South African son carried on Marley's struggle for human dignity.
(Sorry no hijack intended.....)
Erik - MHAAAAH!!! (but still preferably to Scatterlings!)
Hijack away, me duck, hijack away. I'm not prissy about the threads I start: I like them to be like real-life conversations, wandering all over the place as various people chip in. :-)
Boy do I turn up that volume with...
Fat Bottomed Girls- Queen.
Born to be Wild- Steppen Wolf.
Radar Love- Golden Earring.
Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival.
How come nobody mentions Country Music, like Kenny Rogers or Johnny Cash or Dixie Chicks? Superb rhythm and meaningful. Positive drive.
Oh, I'm quite open to the country stuff as well, Anik!
"This Kiss" by Faith Hill
Pretty well anything upbeat by Taylor Swift.
38 Specials .. we can do!
Not that crazy about country music, but would exclude Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. That's about it though........d:o)
Now blues, real down home blues the "...nobody loves me but my mama, but she might be jivin' too...." kind of blues, - the kinda "juke joint" blues, that the old blues men used to call a "brown liquor song".
Not the blue eyed blues, although Clapton is is exceptional and a few others, but the pitch black juke joint screamin' jivin' buttshakin' blues from before even my time. Old timers like Lead Belly, Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Willie Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
Anyone seen Screamin' Jay Hawkins do "I put a spell on you"...? Although ol' Screamin' became almost a caricature of himself, as he was first and formost a juke joint showman, he still had a presence. Note, the skull stick he has, used to have a joint in its mouth, not a cigarette........
Many more people heard that songe covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
....but Screamin' Jay was thehit, as they used to say, back in the day....d:o)
Country music doesn't do it for me, nor blues. Never has done. Apart from that I have hugely eclectic tastes; it's the particular piece of music which works, rather than any particular artist or group.
Anything by Queen, several things by Abba, loads of individual pieces by various 'rock' groups and artists, traditional folk songs, Elgar's cello concerto, Vaughan Williams' 'Lark Rising', 'Albinoni's' Adagio (though it's not actually his at all), Barber's Adagio...
....I should add to be fair, that "I put a spell on you" was covered not only by CCR but almost all of the rockers that embraced the blues, like Eric Burdon (Animals), Joe Cocker, Pete townsend and many others.
I will say that Burdon is likely, along with the incomprable Joe Cocker the best pale blues singers out there ''..
Eric Burdon live in 2006...
...and Joe Cocker live in 2005...
I was always amazed that it took the British boys to appreciate the old blues from America, and not their own native youth......until much later, when the Brits had already made it their own.
I think there are probably cultural reasons for that, into which I will not go on the forums.
Oh absolutely J. I know exactly why. Back then though I had a hard time understanding it, - but I wised up........d:o)
Aw man - great thread!
I LOVE Johnny Clegg and Savuka!!!! Also "Get up, Stand up"!
Makes me shake stuff that I'm, er, a little too old to be shakin, baby.
My very favourite and I am surprised no one has mentioned it yet - Staying Alive by the BeeGees
-->> Erik, "best pale blues singers" - Did you never hear Jo-Ann Kelly ? Now there's a voice that puts a tingle in your toggle...
Nice to se Peter Gabriel getting some airplay, I would also include "Sledgehammer" and "Steam" in his hip-shaking, bum-swinging songs.
More to getting me moving :
Rolling Stones - Start me up
Bruce Springsteen - Pink Cadillac
Joe Cocker - You can leave your hat on
The Fabulous Thunderbirds have a whole raft of songs that'll get you out of bed, or at least off the sofa...
Talking about blues, there should be at least one Eric Clapton song in there. Let's go with 'Layla' - but the original Derek & the Dominoes version, complete with wild, flailing guitars (not the wussy acoustic version)
Cathy, I wouldn't really class "Layla" as blues. For me, once Eric left John Mayall he was finished with the real blues. Some of his stuff with Cream is a decent take on the blues but I don't think he has a blues singing voice, which lets him down for this type of singing.