3/2/11

Retrospace Mix Tape #13: Bicycle Tracks



When I think of bicycle songs, Queen's "Bicycle Race" instantly comes to mind.  After that, it make take some time to think of more.... but there's actually quite a few nice odes to the bike.  In fact, this may be my favorite mix tape to date - there's some real goodies in here.  Tomorrow (Steve Howe's psychedelic band before Yes) recorded a particularly acid fueled ditty called "My White Bicycle" which was later covered by the gravel throated band Nazareth.

The early synth band from Germany, Kraftwerk, put out a bicycle tune called "Tour De France".  I must admit, I've never been much of a Kraftwerk fan - they remind me of Mike Myer's "Sprockets" skit on SNL.  Although, I can respect their gigantic influence upon later synth-pop groups like New Order and Depeche Mode.

Even Englebert Humperdinck makes an appearance on this bicycle compilation.  His music hasn't stood up well over time here in the States; however, the dude can sing. He was also quite the ladies man.  Supposedly, he ranks up there with the all time leaders of lay: Wilt Chamberlain, Gene Simmons and Bill Wyman.

Pink Floyd's "Bike" deserves inclusion as well.  Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I much prefer the LSD driven psychedelia of the Syd Barret days over the somber and serious "arteest" days of Waters/Gilmore.  Dark Side of the Moon's got nothing on "Lucifer Sam", "Arnold Lane", and "See Emily Play".

Well, I've rambled long enough.  Here's your track list...




Tomorrow - My White Bicycle
The Archies - Bicycles, Roller Skates and You
Bruce Cockburn - Bicycle Trip
Jah Thomas - Bicycle Skank
Early B - Bicycle Bicycle
Queen - Bicycle Race
The Orange Bicycle - Trip On An Orange Bicycle
The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song
Doc Watson & Merle Watson - The Preacher And The Bicycle
Pete & Tina - Bicycle Baby
Swallows - Bicycle Tillie
Kes Wyndham - Broken Bicycle
Kraftwerk - Tour De France
Engelbert Humperdinck - Les Bicyclettes De Belsize
Fats Domino - Rockin' Bicycle
Madness - Riding on My Bike
Nat King Cole - On A Bicycle Built For Two
Nazareth - My White Bicycle
Pink Floyd - Bike
Erskine Hawkins - Bicycle Bounce

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And here's a few songs from the mix...





The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song





Early B - Bicycle, Bicycle





Kes Wyndham - Broken Bicycle

5 comments:

  1. These Gas Prices get much higher, were all gonna be on Bicycles, rather we like it or not !!!

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  2. Man, almost nobody mentions "My White Bicycle" by Tomorrow. Thanks! :D

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  3. Lots of fun, good work, gilligan.

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  4. The history of the Pushbike song is interesting. Thanks for keeping the song alive.

    http://www.poparchives.com.au/feature.php?id=510

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  5. Well, like most Americans my age (54), I had a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon on the shelf and played it to death. Absolutely loved it, and everything that came after. Halfway through college, though, I started getting curious about the stuff that came before Dark Side -- stuff like Meddle, Obsured By Clouds, Atom Heart Mother, More, Saucerful. I've tried really hard to like Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, but it's just a bit too raw for me, though I really dig "See Emily Play".

    I still dig the later stuff as much as ever, but I've developed a special place in my heart for "Cymbaline", "See Saw" and "The Narrow Way".

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