Bike Songs

So I had a bit of a High Fidelity moment the other day, possibly inspired by the fantastic Leeds PlayList blog and wondered about merging two of my favourite things, bikes and music to come up with a Top Ten of Bike Songs.  There were some obvious ones that jumped straight out eg Queens double A side, Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls or you could think about the play on words for example The Pretenders Back on the Chain Gang or what about bike bands for example BMX Bandits, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Spokes.

I went in the end for songs about or featuring bicycles which all of my top 10 do in one way or another.  The odd one out is Bat for Lashes but it had to go in and I think you’ll understand when you have a look at the video.  There were stacks that missed out and thanks to those of you on twitter who suggested actual songs or play on word songs – they may form another post at some point.  I was tempted to go for 11 songs to squeeze in Pedal Your Blues Away by R Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders but in the spirit of Rob Gordon I wanted to come up with the definitive list.

Do let me know what you think – what would you have put in ?

10. Kraftwerk – Tour De France

9. Fyfe Dangerfield – Firebird

8. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Bicycle Song

7. Mark Ronson – The Bike Song

6. Tom Waits – Broken Bicycles

5. Matthew Price – Freedom Machine

4. Coco Love Alcorn – I Got a Bicycle

3. Bat for Lashes – What’s a Girl to Do

2. The Vaselines – Rory Ride me Raw

1. The Decemberists – Apology Song

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10 thoughts on “Bike Songs

  1. The Song Against Doping in the Sport of Professional Cycling

    Roy Harper ‘ How Does It Feel?’

    Lyrics:
    ‘How Does It Feel?’ (To Be A Doper) by Roy Harper

    How does it feel
    to be completely unreal?
    How does it feel to be a doper?
    How does it feel
    to be a voluntary heel?
    I wonder who’s it is? (maillot jaune)

    I see it cueing up outside
    St. Peter’s Gate (Pantani, et al.)
    You can feel bona fide
    If you ride
    with the tide (99% of the peloton)
    But, it’s not real.

    How does it feel
    to be out on the run? (Emma, Betsy, et al.).
    How does it feel
    to be thinkin’?
    (Ask yourself)
    How does it feel
    to be out on the run? (LA)
    With a mindless world at you heels?

    I wish I had no answers
    to put to you.
    Cause it got me so high tide
    I feel that most of me
    has died.
    And, it’s very real.

    And, outside on the Dragon (mountain climb)
    And, inside in the cold (thermos / poe, EPO insulated in the cold)
    Mommy’s on the bandwagon (UCI)
    Daddy’s just gettin’ old (athlete).

    And, through the blood spew heavens (EPO / blood transfused climbs in the Alps & Pyrenees)
    the roar of lust complains
    Please let me in I have no
    sin.
    But, I’m not real.

    How does it feel?
    How does it feel
    to be the Master’s right hand nose?
    How does it feel
    to have two faces?
    How does it feel
    to be leftenant? (lieutenant George, Floyd, Tyler, et al.)

    Just thinking about it all…
    what a big mess we live inside.
    ‘See you soon.’

    How does it feel
    to be the Master’s right hand nose?
    How does it feel to be leftenant?
    How does it feel
    to be stood on someone’s toes?
    With a leech bleeding you for rent

    You say you want a bit more rank.
    You want to be a Big Wheel?
    Well, you can feel magnified
    if you hide
    in your pride
    And, you’ll be telling me next
    that it’s real.

    How does it feel
    to hold a white flag in your fist?
    How does it feel to have two faces?
    How does it feel
    with your God strapped to your wrist (Livestrong band)?
    And, him leading you such a chase?

    You’ve got one set of words for him (UCI for LA)
    You’ve got another for me (other riders)
    You’re going to feel mystified
    when you’re identified (UCI , et al.)
    ‘Don’t worry kid’
    It’s not real.

    And, outside on the Dragon (climb)
    And, inside in the cold (EPO syringes in ice thermoses)
    Mommy’s on the bandwagon (Mommy = UCI)
    And, daddy’s just gettin’ old (athlete)

    And, through the blood spew heavens (Alps & Pyrenees)
    the roar of lust complains
    ‘Sing’ (I want to hear singing tubular tires! Ride fast! Get it done!)
    Please let me in I have no
    sin
    But…I’m not real.

    And, through the blood spew heavens
    the roar of lust complains
    Please let me in I have no
    sin
    But…I’m not real.
    I’m not real.
    Not real.
    I’m not real.

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