Thursday, February 14, 2013

Soundtracking a Road Trip

When Vicious and I decided to go on our trip last summer, literally the first thing I did was open up iTunes and start making a Road Trip Mix. 

A Road Trip Mix is a wonderful and magical thing.  For me, there are a few criteria that need to be hit to have a successful Road Trip Mix:
  • You want music that makes you want to drive (and probably drive fast)
  • There need to be a few sing-a-long type songs
  • You need to mix in quieter songs so that you can actually talk over the mix
You also have to consider the person that will be your co-pilot.  Luckily, Vicious and I have very similar taste in music – even when I'm not familiar with a song or artists she's playing, the style is usually something I am already into.  So, instead of worrying about picking songs she won't like or will want to skip, I had to worry about things like "How many Iggy and The Stooges songs are too many?*" or "Do you think she's get that this is a reference to my favourite episode of LOST?"

Instead of just putting together a good collection of "driving music," like I usually do for a Road Trip Mix, I constructed this one a little differently.  The fist half of side one is the opening songs to our favourite films ("Reservoir Dogs," "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels," "Trainspotting," and "Layer Cake" – notice a theme here?) and the rest are songs from our past or new songs I wanted to share with her.

Anyway, if you are going on an aimless road trip adventure, you're welcome to use this mix.
Listen on Spotify

Side 1
  1. Little Green Bag .. George Baker Selection
  2. Hundred Mile High City .. Ocean Colour Scene
  3. Lust for Life .. Iggy Pop
  4. She Sells Sanctuary .. The Cult
  5. American Slang .. The Gaslight Anthem
  6. You Make My Dreams .. Hall and Oats
  7. Shambala .. Three Dog Night
  8. It's Thunder And It's Lightening .. We Were Promised Jetpacks
  9. Tell 'Em .. Sleigh Bells
  10. I Wanna Be Your Dog .. The Stooges
  11. Where Eagles Dare .. Misfits
  12. Personality Crisis .. New York Dolls
  13. Constructive Summer .. The Hold Steady
  14. This Year .. The Mountain Goats
  15. Point/Counterpoint .. Streetlight Manifesto
  16. Stop .. Jane's Addiction
Side 2
  1. Stuck In The Middle With You .. Stealers Wheel
  2. Intro/Sweet Jane .. Lou Reed
  3. Peek-A-Boo .. Siouxsie and The Banshees
  4. Bang A Gong (Get It On) .. T. Rex
  5. Man Machine .. Robbie Williams
  6. Tall Cans in The Air .. Transplants
  7. Holiday In The Sun .. Sex Pistols
  8. California Über Alles .. Dead Kennedys
  9. Gimme Danger .. Iggy & The Stooges
  10. Animal Nitrate .. The London Suede
  11. Yeah Sapphire .. The Hold Steady
  12. Oh My God .. Ida Maria
  13. Nice Day for a Resurrection .. Nekromantix
  14. A More Perfect Union .. Titus Andronicus
  15. English Civil War .. The Clash
  16. Keasby Nights .. Streetlight Manifesto
  17. Younger Us .. Japandroids
  18. Sons & Daughters .. The Decemberists 

*the answer to this question is that 3 is apparently an appropriate amount on a 24 song mix... go figure.

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