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


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

The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song

Early B - Bicycle, Bicycle

Kes Wyndham - Broken Bicycle


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

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

  3. Lots of fun, good work, gilligan.

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


  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".