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SoundS of cycling

                                                                                                                                    Luka Bloom,

                                             Attila Horvath,                                                                        ‘The Acoustic Motorbike’ ’
                                             ‘Ride On’                                                                               (from ‘The Acoustic Motorbike’,
                                             (from ‘Bike Rock’, 2006, self-releas                                             1992, Reprise Records)
                                      available at www.bikerockmusic.c
                                                                          om)                                               “I never thought I could have com
                                   “Yes I get a little weary, gears turn                                                    this far,
                                   wheels spinnin’ round,                                                                   Through miles of mountains, valle
                                    But I feel like a king sometimes,                                                       strea  ms
                                    albeit with a plastic crown,                                                             This is the right stuff, filling my
                                    Freedom and speed and balance,                                                           dreams
                                    somebody asks me why,                                                                    So come on, get up on your bike
                                    Deep down inside there’s a feeling,                                                      Ah go on, get up on your bike”
                                    it’s one you can’t quantify”                                                                                      n from Bloom’s
                                                                                              Wonderfully titled , ‘The Acoustic Motorbike’ is take
     Forget Bob Dylan, Neil Young   and Bruce Springsteen, here’s                                                                   Irish folk-rock musician’s
                                                                                              1992 album of the same name. The
                                            l, perhaps one day…). Attila                                                             ane and poetic, and these
     cycling’s very own rock legend (wel                                                      songs are always warm, tender, hum
     Horvath is a singer songwriter, musician and cyclist. ‘Ride On’, an                                                          this track, which describes
                                                                                              characteristics are epitomised on
                                         t the pleasures to be found out                                                         g his bike through the Irish
     acoustic guitar-driven tune abou                                                         the pleasure Bloom finds in ridin
     on the road, is the gentle, melo dic last track of a whole album of                                                       orbike’ is a cycling song that will
                                                                                              countryside. ‘The Acoustic Mot
                                              g bikes, ‘Bike Rock’ is full of                                                    self says, ‘pedal on’.
     songs based around his love of ridin                                                     appeal to everyone. As Luka him
                                        uely I think, there’s even a tune
     pro-cycling sentiment and, uniq                                                           See
      for mountain bikers, ‘Singletrack

                                                                                                                                      Tom Waits,

                                                Wild Billy Childish & the Buff                                                        ‘Broken Bicycles’
                                                Medways,                                                                                (from Tom Waits and Crystal
                                                ‘Bike’                                                                          Gayle, soundtrack to One from the Hear
                                        (from ‘Medway Wheelers’, 2005, Dam                                                      1982, CBS)
                                        Goods, DAMGOOD239CD)                                                                    “Broken bicycles,
                                       “She joined the Medway Wheelers                                                          Old busted chains,
                                        In June 1944                                                                            With rusted handle bars
                                        She grew up in Wigmore                                                                  Out in the rain.”
                                        Wanting to see the big outdoors”                                                        One for fans of off-beat jazz-blue
                                        If it’s some good, raucous garage                                                       folk, this is a gorgeous song, written
                                        punk you’re after, look no further.                                                      and sung by Waits in his typical,
                                         England’s answer to The White                                                              nied only by his superb piano
                                                                        finest –                gravely-voiced delivery, accompa                                  the
       Stripes, ‘Medway Whe   elers’ is the Buff Medways at their                               playing. It’s taken from the soundtrack that Waits wrote for
                                            powerfu   l riff pedalling you along.                                                  From the    Heart’. It feels hugely
       up-front lyrics and a simple but                                                         Francis Ford Coppola film, ‘One
                                                ride back in cycling’s ‘golden                                                         concern for the abandoned,
       It makes you yearn to be on a CTC                                                        appropriate that it’s Waits, with his
                                              youth hostels, when Billy’s mum                                                        nt?) to discarded old bicycles.
       age’ – quiet lanes, warm beer and                                   Who,                 who sings this paean (or is it lame
       was having fun with the   Medway Wheelers. If you love The                               This song could be the them    e tune to every recycled bicycle
                                               ies of The Jam, and the punk                                                         antic last dance at your next
       the spirit and the localist sympath                                                       project – or a splendid, slow, rom
                                                 Buff Medways will be right up
        rock attitude of The Buzzcocks, the                                                      cycling party.
        your street. See www.damagedgood

                                                                                                                                                ‘My White Bicycle’ ’

                                                David Rovics,                                                                                   (from ‘Tomorrow’, 1968,
                                                ‘The Bicycle
                                                                                                                                         “Riding all around the street
                                          (from David Rovics,
                                                                                                                                         Four o’clock and they’re all
                                         ‘Make It So’, 1998, self-
                                                                                                                                         I’m not tired and it’s so late
                                       “They’re doing it in                                                                              Moving fast everything looks
                                       Eugene, Havana and                                                                                great.”
                                                                                                                                          This song is a classic of late
                                       Even folks in Boston-
                                       town are giving it a try,                                                                          1960s British psychedelia.
                                                                                                                                          Tomorrow were
          Throwing    out their gastanks, the clean air by
                                                                                                                                          championed by the late,
          their side,
          Get on that bicycle and ride”                                                                                                   great John Peel. The band
          Its tremendous spirit gets this song
                                                     close to the                                                                         recorded the first ever Peel
          top spot. Everyone will love       singing along to its                                                                         session – which included
          rousing chorus, ‘Just get on that
                                                  bicycle and ride,                                                                       ‘My White Bicycle’ – on BBC
           ’Neath the sunny skies or      along the ocean side,                                                                            Radio 1, on 21st September
                                                     political folk                                                                                           went on,
           Just ride, ride, ride, ride’. If you like                                                                      ies Pink Floyd and Soft Machine
                                             Pete Seeger, Steve                       1967. Yet while their contemporar                     ound success, Tomorrow,
           music (think Phil Ochs and                                                                                      m and undergr
                                                                                      respectively, to massive mainstrea
           Earle and Billy Bragg), you’ll love
                                                   David Rovics.                                                              around only briefly, and have been
                                                                                      and with them their best song, were                                      ter fame
            ‘The Bicycle Song’ is both     personal and political                                                         rist, Steve Howe, did achieve grea
                                                      er to get out                   largely forgotten. Their lead guita                                    song, and
            – it’ll make you feel a whole lot bett                                    with the 1970s prog-rock band    Yes. ‘My White Bicycle’ is a classic
            on your bike, and it’s good     for the planet too.                                                          ch of Velib in Paris, the time of Ams
                                                    nload via his                     with the recent high-profile laun
            The song is available for free dow                                                                             ired the song, has finally come.
                                                                                       white bicycle scheme, which insp
             website, www.davidrovics.      com

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