We have a guest for today’s Music Monday: Lissy! Between the flapjack, the lipstick and the awesome podcast recommendation, you saw on yesterday’s post that I listen to Lissy’s advice. So if she says that these songs are a must for your marathon playlist, I think you should add them to it!
When I was in my teens and early twenties, music was so, so important to me. I went to Leeds or Reading festival every August, spent all my spare money on CDs and always had ‘meaningful’ lyrics as my MSN messenger status (oh, don’t pretend you didn’t too!). The first things that were unpacked in my bedroom at halls when I arrived at uni were my Razorlight and Green Day posters.
Now I just don’t have the time to be so ‘into’ music. I’m not at home for hours on end to listen to the radio and I don’t spend my days hanging out around the jukebox in the college common room (those were the days…) All this being said, I love music. My taste is deeply uncool – I pine way too much for noughties indie and have an unhealthy thing for eighties pop, but it’s what I like, so I think it’s all ACE.
Generally I don’t listen to music when I run, but training for a marathon is long and really bloody boring sometimes, so y’know, needs must. So, here are a few of the tracks currently on my long run playlist.
Shamir – On The Regular
I am obsessed with this track. I’ve tweeted about it about 347 times in the last couple of months. I put it on when I’m in a bad mood and immediately feel awesome – in particular my favourite lyric is “don’t try me, I’m not a free sample”. Damn straight.
Boxed In – Mystery
Just a lovely little upbeat dance-pop song, it always gets me wiggling. Their debut self titled album is a piano infused cracker too.
Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire
This song reminds me of the marathon. It’s long; it builds steadily and ends in a crescendo of noise and emotion. It’s also great to run along to.
Betty Wright – Clean Up Woman
A running playlist shouldn’t just be three hours of purely uptempo dance tracks. After a while that gets annoying. So I love mixing in a bit of soul (as a quick aside, Craig Charles’ Saturday night 6music show is one of the best things on the radio, in my humble opinion) with something classic like this.
Nowhere To Run – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Another classic soul track – and it’s always great to shoehorn songs that have the word ‘run’ in the title. Also features one of my all time favourite lyrics: “It’s not love I’m running from, it’s the heartbreak I know will come”, which would absolutely be on my 2015 MSN messenger. If that were still a thing.
Lay It On Me – Smoove & Turrell
At the complete other end of the tempo scale, this fast and furious soul track from last year’s brilliant Broken Toys album is three and a half minutes of sex in musical form. Not quite as good as the real thing but good for the ears nonetheless.
Stronger – Britney Spears
I know that the other ‘Stronger’ track is pretty much a running playlist staple, but this one by Britney is clearly the overlooked and superior choice for the cheesy power track spot.
Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler
What’s on your marathon playlist?