Wednesday, July 02, 2008

this summer I'm going to get us a motorbike

I get bored with exercise very easily. To keep myself motivated, I need to change up my music a lot, so I have stacks and stacks of mix cds that I have made over the years with the express purpose of burning fat.

Yesterday I needed something new, but was too lazy and too time-constrained to burn a new mix, so I looked back through some really old ones to find something refreshing to entice the sweat glands to release their precious cargo. I came across a mix that I had originally made for a summer road trip and listening to it instantly transformed me back to that dusty highway, the sun glinting off the crack in the windshield, the bag of Hawkins Cheezies open on the dashboard.

Here's a bit of a taste from my Hot Noise mix:

blister in the sun - the Violent Femmes
Crabbuckit - K-Os
all hell for a basement - Big Sugar
Ilfracombe - Hawksley Workman
the tide is high - Blondie
can't stand me now - the Libertines
phantom pains - Christine Fellows
Mass Romantic - the New Pornographers
sit down - James
A Summer Wasting - Belle and Sebastian

There's more, of course, or it would be a pretty short workout, but those are the ones that really fired up the Tardis for me yesterday. And today, our heatwave over, the rains making everything clammy and chilly, I'm welcoming the memories.

What songs transform you back to a summer roadtrip?


Allison said...

Hahaha! I'm laughing at your label, feeling the same thing at the moment eating Cheese Doritos.

One road trip in particular, down the coast highway in Vancouver - I am immediately transported there whenever I hear any song off of RHCP Californication.

Good times. Thanks for the reminder, I might load that onto my ipod for my train journey tomorrow!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Cheese Doritos do a pretty decent job of shredding your mouth in just the right way, too, Al, although nothing quite beats Cheezies.

Californication has some great road trip memories for me as well. In fact Road Trippin' is on the original Hot Noise mix.

Have a great train track trip! And I can't wait to hear all about Wireless Festival.

justacoolcat said...

I can't pick a summer song, but I can get into the extra cheesy and the motorbikes.

How about that Janes Addiction song, Summer Rolls?

Westcoast Walker said...

Nice mix Barb!

Great minds do think alike - I had Crabbuckit and Mass Romantic on a workout mix last year & also added some of those ridiculously long Depeche Mode remixes to keep my booty shaking.

I remember the year I graduated from high school (many moons ago) listening to the Stone Roses and The Sundays pretty well non stop - my friend also had the Pixies "Surfer Rosa" literally stick in his car tape deck so it became our default summer soundtrack!

bloody awful poetry said...

Well, I've never been on a roadtrip, let alone a summer one. But I especially like listening to Bloc Party's "Vision of Heaven", Coldplay's "Don't Panic" and The Constantines' "Soon Enough" during night-time drives.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Summertime Rolls has certainly got that summery feel to it, JustA - hell it's even in the title. Goes good with Cheezies.

I can certainly think of worse tapes to have stuck in your car than Surfer Rosa, Westcoast Walker! I'll bet your friend was forever grateful for their tape choice that fateful day. Ugh, I don't even want to tell you what was being listened to the year I graduated from high school. I have repressed those memories.
I like throwing some long remixes into my workouts too, and I zone out to them. I've been liking the Presets for that lately. MSTRKRFT fits the bill as well.

Very nice choices, BAP. My boys, the Constantines, are always up for a roadtrip! And Bloc Party - you can drive far and fast with Bloc Party.

Serah said...

Off to the beach as a child, with my mum "Raspberry Beret" Prince.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That is beach music, if I ever heard it, Serah! Your mom is pretty cool.

Will said...

This is interesting ... Since I just made the summer '08 mix, I was thinking of making a "best of Summer" that pulled songs with summer memories. Oddly, it was things l;ike u2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me," Smashing Pumpkins "The End is the Beginning is the End," Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You." I think its fascinating what music can remind you of summer - for me its not even always my all-time favorite music.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh me too, Will, it's not necessarily my favourite songs that hold the strongest memories for me. But they sure have a way of instantly transforming you back to that past summer, don't they?