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A little light music for the road

These are a couple of road tapes I made for Australia and New Zealand, the first time in our trip that weíll be doing any substantial driving. The plan is to get these shipped over along with the relevant  fieldguides and Lonely Planets. Hopefully weíll be able to rent a car with a cassette player, or the entire exercise will be pointless. More pointless than it already is, I mean.

The idea behind the selection process was to choose mostly noisy, up-tempo tunes, the sort of thing that'll help keep us awake on long stretches of nowhere in the middle of the outback. Within reason of course Ė you always need a few slow ones to leaven the mix. Consequently these tapes represent only a partial list of favorites Ė there are plenty of songs I love that would unfortunately make Doreen leap out of the car at any speed (Health & Efficiency, for example) and vice versa. So what we have here is a compromise solution, the sort of stuff that we can both enjoy. 


Tape 1


The Modern Lovers

I Saw the Light

Hank Williams

Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

The Kinks

Love Goes to a Building on Fire

Talking Heads


The Breeders

Sound & Vision

David Bowie

I Love You, You Big Dummy


If You Gotta Go, Go Now

Manfred Mann

Rock the Casbah

The Clash

We Love You

The Rolling Stones

Rebel Rebel

David Bowie

I Am a Pilgrim

The Byrds

I Canít Stand It

The Velvet Underground

Ring of Fire

Johnny Cash

Eye of Fatima

Camper Van Beethoven

Ship of Fools

World Party

Motorway to Roswell


Spinning Away

Brian Eno & John Cale

Summer Wind

Frank Sinatra

Bring On the Dancing Horses

Echo & The Bunnymen

Louie Louie

The Kingsmen

Pump It Up

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Some Jingle Jangle Morning

Mary Lou Lord

Iím Moving On

Hank Snow

Subterranean Homesick Blues

Bob Dylan

Detouring America with Horns

Yo La Tengo

Still Hears Voices


Tape 2

Hawaii 5-0

The Ventures

Lust For Life

Iggy Pop

Beautiful Morning

The Young Rascals

Iím So Bored With the USA

The Clash

Saturday Nite Special

Lesa Cormier & Sundown Playboys featuring 16 yr. old Pat Savant & his French Accordion. Cajun vocal: Darrel Higginbotham

Step On

Happy Mondays

Wooly Bully

Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs

Lost Highway

Hank Williams

Whole Wide World

Wreckless Eric

Perfect Day

Lou Reed

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Waterloo Sunset

The Kinks

Practice Makes Perfect


Ruby, Donít Take Your Love to Town

Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

The Price of Love

The Everly Brothers


Sex Pistols


David Bowie

The Dolphins

Fred Neil

Beginning To See the Light

The Velvet Underground

Honky Tonkiní

Hank Williams

Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys

All or Nothing

The Small Faces


The Jesus & Mary Chain

Canít Take My Eyes Off You

Andy Williams

Needles in the Camelís Eye

Brian Eno

Mrs. Robinson

Simon & Garfunkel

The Last Date

Floyd Cramer with The Music City Pops

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