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The soundtrack

Me: Ok, I’ve been thinking about music for the trip home. Now, as far as I see it, we have two options. Number one: we can load up a memory stick with both our songs. Strict 50/50 split. Neither of us can fast forward the others songs. Or maybe we can allow one FF per ten songs- actually, no. That gets complicated. You would cheat-

Husband: And the second option?

Me: What? Oh, yes. Ok, option two: we both prepare memory sticks. Although I only have a 1Gb stick, so you’re only allowed to have . . . er, the equivalent number of MP3s. And whoever’s driving gets to play their stick- no, wait. Even play-time. Maybe three-hour stints. Although three hours of your musical choice might fry my brain. Yeah, make that one hour. And no moaning, whining, groaning or other expressions of displeasure while-

Husband: Tell you what, why don’t you prepare a playlist for the journey?

Me (tremulously): Seriously? You’d- you’d trust me to do that?

Husband: Yeah.

Me (all choked up): Oh, sweetie! I- I won’t let you down!

Husband: But no Alison Moyet-

Me: Of course- of course not! And plenty of lamé rock, and the rest of the sort of shite you like. You won’t regret this! I will compile the best road trip soundtrack EVER!

I took the challenge seriously. I soon realised that I had underestimated the weight of responsibility – it nearly crushed me. As the date of departure loomed, once – in the dark, chill hours of early morning – I reared up in bed gasping ‘Led Zepplin!’

After several days agonizing, I put together a selection of hard pop and frothy rock with the occasional surprising little nougat amongst the vanilla fruit and nut. The total numbered 237 songs, which, at an average play time of 4.12 minutes, gave us 15 hours, 57 minutes and 30 seconds of quality music. That fell 2 minutes and 30 seconds short of the total drive time, but I figured we could just drive a little faster.

For those who have far too much time on their hands, or are preparing for a road trip at this very moment (in which case, why aren’t you packing the car? Get on with it!), the complete list follows. Some general comments though:-

Songs/artists I totally don’t regret not including:-
Celine Dion: let’s face it, she’s creepy

Songs/artists I regret including:-
Artists that feature heavily on easy-listening radio stations

Bryan Adams: I don’t know if it’s just me, but his songs make me want to widdle, an unfortunate result when pounding up the SH1. Forget the call of nature; Run To You is like the ROAR of nature. Go on, try it: listen to any one of Bryan Adams’ songs, and see whether it doesn’t vigorously massage your kidneys

Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie’s version is better

Once Soundtrack: the movie is sweet and uplifting, a paean to the triumph of the human spirit. Unfortunately, the songs made me wish I hadn’t wrists due to the compelling urge to slash them with the broken lid of a polystyrene takeaway coffee cup

Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive: I only included this song to avoid accusations of discrimination. In the end, his song didn’t make the cut with the random selection, and I can honestly say I didn’t miss it

Sentimental value songs:-
Andreas Johnson – Glorious
Billy Myers – Kiss The Rain
Little River Band – Man On Your Mind
Rolling Stones – Angie

Songs for which I have no reasonable excuse:-
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus / Vienna Calling
Human League – Fascination
KC & The Sunshine Band – Baby Give It Up
Michael Jackson – any of them

But no apologies for:-
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

Songs/artists I wish I had included more of:-
Metallica: much to my surprise, it appears I am a closet Metallica groupie.
REO Speedwagon: after MarkJ‘s endorsement

Artists that made me drive faster:-
Led Zepplin

Dodgiest copy:-
Stranglers – Always The Sun

Hands clashing over fast forward button:-
OMD – Enola Gay

Surprise hit:-
Queen – Radio Ga Ga. Not even in my Top 50, but the random play selected this as we approached Blenheim in the dusk. For some reason, it made the blood surge in my veins

Tragic mistake:-
Bugs Bunny – Kill The Wabbit: first composition up at 05:34 hrs. We were en route to the Picton Ferry, we were late and lost. I can’t begin to tell you how inappropriate it was

Memorable moment:-
Cream – White Room:
Deadlyjelly: Yeaaaaaaaaaaow! Oh, sorry. I guess the electric guitar kicks in later-


Adventures – Broken Land / One Step From Heaven / The Sound Of Summer

Aerosmith – Cryin / Dream On / Janie’s Got A Gun / Livin On The Edge / Rag Doll / Sweet Emotion / Walk This Way

Alanis Morissette – Head Over Feet / You Outta Know

Alice Cooper – Poison

America – A Horse With No Name

Ana Johnsson – We Are

Anastacia – Heavy On My Heart / Sick And Tired / Left Outside Alone

Andreas Johnson – Glorious

Animals – House Of The Rising Sun

Aretha Franklin – Respect

Badly Drawn Boy – You Were Right

Barry White – The First The Last My Everything

Beatles – Twist And Shout

Billy Idol – Hot In The City / Mony Mony

Billy Myers – Kiss The Rain

Blondie – One Way Or Another

Blues Brothers – Rawhide / Sweet Home Chicago

Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine / Blaze Of Glory / Wanted Dead Or Alive / You Give Love A Bad Name

Bonnie Tyler – I Need A Hero / Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Bruce Springsteen – Can’t Start A Fire Without A Spark / Cover Me / Eyes On The Prize / Gypsy Biker / Last To Die / Thunder Road / You’ll Be Comin Down / Your Own Worst Enemy

Bryan Adams – Cuts Like A Knife / Run To You / Straight From The Heart

Bugs Bunny – Kill The Wabbit

Coldplay – Everything’s Not Lost / Shiver / Speed Of Sound

Cream – White Room

Creed – Higher

David Bowie – Heroes / Modern Love / Sound And Vision / The Man Who Sold The World / Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie and Queen – Under Pressure

Deacon Blue – Dignity

Def Leppard – Hysteria / Let’s Get Rocked

Depeche Mode – Policy Of Truth / Walking In My Shoes

Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms / Local Hero / Private Investigations / Romeo And Juliet / So Far Away

Don Henley – In A New York Minute / Boys Of Summer

Doors – Riders On The Storm

Dr Hook – Spirit In The Sky

Eagles – Desperado / Take It To The Limit

ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down / Love Is Like Oxygen

Elton John – Blue Eyes / I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues / Tiny Dancer

EMF – You’re Unbelievable

Eric Carmen – All By Myself / Hungry Eyes

Eric Clapton – Knockin On Heaven’s Door

Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again / It’s Alright / Love Is A Stranger / Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves

Falco – Rock Me Amadeus / Vienna Calling

Fatboy Slim – Praise You / Right Here Right Now

Five For Fighting – Superman

Foreigner – That Was Yesterday / Waiting For A Girl Like You

Garbage – I Think I’m Paranoid

Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues

Gary Newman – Cars

Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On

Human League – Fascination

Idlewild – You Held The World In Your Arms Tonight

Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child / The Passenger

INXS – New Sensation / What You Need

Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower

Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot

John Mellencamp – Check It Out / Hurts So Good / Jack And Diane / Small Town

John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire

Kasabian – Club Foot

KC & The Sunshine Band – Baby Give It Up

Keane – Bedshaped

KLM – Doctor In The Tardis

Led Zepplin – Kashmir / Stairway To Heaven

Little River Band – Man On Your Mind

Lynard Skynyrd – Comin Home

Marc Cohen – Walking In Memphis

Matchbox 20 – Push / Real World

Metallica – No Leaf Clover

Michael Jackson – Shake Your Body / Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough / Rock With You / Can You Feel It / Beat It / Human Nature / Thriller / The Way You Make Me Feel / Dirty Diana / Leave Me Alone / You Rock My World

Mike & The Mechanics – All I Need Is A Miracle / I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight / Silent Running

Moby – Lift Me Up / Look Back In

Mr Mister – Broken Wings / Kyrie

Music – Take The Long Road And Walk It

Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World

Oasis – Do You Know What I Mean / So Sally Can Wait / Stop Crying Your Heart Out / Supersonic

OMD – Enola Gay

Once Soundtrack – Falling Slowly / If You Want Me / Leave / Lies / Trying To Pull Myself Away / When Your Mind’s Made Up

Otis Redding – Love Man

Pat Benetar – We Are Young

Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive

Pearl Jam – Even Flow

Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers / In Your Eyes / Red Rain / Solsbury Hill

PJ Harvey – This Is Love

Placebo – Every You Every Me / Taste In Men

Pretenders – Spiritual High

Prince – Raspberry Beret

Puddle Of Mudd – Blurry

Queen – Flash Gordon / Radio Ga Ga / Who Wants To Live Forever

REM – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth / All The Way To Reno / Imitation Of Life

Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers / Check The Meaning

Richard Marx – Endless Summer Nights

Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

Rolling Stones – Angie

Roxy Music – More Than This

Run Lola Run Soundtrack – Believe / Casino / Introduction / Running

Simple Minds – Waterfront

Simply Red – Sunrise

Smiths – Every Day Is Like Sundays / What Difference Does It Make

Stereophonics – Handbags And Gladrags

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile

Stevie Nicks – Desert Angel / Rooms On Fire / Sometimes It’s A Bitch / Talk To Me

Stranglers – Always The Sun / Walk On By

Suede – Animal Nitrate / Beautiful Ones / Trash

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

T Rex – Get It On

Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels / Laid So Low / Pale Shelter / Shout

Texas – Inner Smile

The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

The Muppets – Manamana

The Seekers – Morningtown Ride

Thin Lizzy – Don’t Believe A Word

Tina Turner – Better Be Good To Me / River Deep Mountain High

Tom Petty – Life Is A Highway / Refugee / Stop Draggin My Heart Around / Don’t Come Around Here No More / Free Fallin / Learning To Fly / Into The Great Wide Open / Waiting For Tonight

TV Theme – MacGyver / The A-Team

U2 – Beautiful Day / Mysterious Ways / The Unforgettable Fire

Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love

ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Loving / Sharp Dressed Man


Comments on: "The soundtrack" (4)

  1. Bloody bloody, you wrote them all – I have to admire that kind of determination … but I was itching, simply itching to tell you to be more careful with your words.

    I read ‘about music for the trip home.’ and I thought YAY, SHE’S COMING BACK TO IRELAND, WE CAN ORGANISE BETTER ……………………….. but it turns out you weren’t.

    Be careful eh … I’m a granny, excitement is risky.

  2. deadlyjelly said:

    Unfortunately, as a practicing writer, I am required to be carefree with words. However, there’s a fair chance I will indeed make it back to Ireland at some point 😀


  3. solartap said:

    Sooooo, when are you going to Ireland and are you gonna stop off in Dubai?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

    And none of your vaguage (vague + wordage) 🙂

  4. deadlyjelly said:

    Definitely maybe perhaps sometime soon. 😀


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