As I write this I am in the middle of my second summer holiday. As you know, I spent the first riding round Europe, discovering twisty mountain passes and cold beer. Now I am once again in the mountains, in a tent but this time without the bike. I know, “how on earth could I let such a thing come to pass?” Well the answer is easy, I am on the family holiday now.
So what has this got to do with bikes? Nothing really, but it does give me time to think of other bike related things that I can post about and the first of them is songs that have a bike related theme, or a bike related meaning (to me) or are just dodgy biking songs! I’ll try and be original, but I doubt I will be…..
First up is Freebird, Lynard Skynard… I know it is predictable but for me it is really special. It was my mate Charlies favorite song and was played at his funeral, nuff said?
Next, The motorcycle song by Arlo Guthrie... this is one that is “special” but only because it is not at all normal. Any song that has the line “I don’t want a pickle, I just want to ride my motor sickle” has got to be a winner in my book.
A little bit more modern now, Firestarter by the Prodigy, not a motorcycle song but their most famous song and the reason I include it here is because Keith Flint, their front man, not only rides and races bikes but he also sponsors a team that rides in the Isle of Man TT.
Why would I include “The leader of the pack” by the Shangri-La’s in this line up? Well for the very simple reason that when I was a lot younger one of my mates worked for a local engineering company. One day I was dropping a head off to be skimmed and this song came on the radio. All the guys in the shop shouted out “name deleted to protect the guilty” it’s your song. They then proceeded to sing along until they reached the famous line “and that’s when I fell for the leader of the pack” except they changed it to, “and that’s when I fell for that stupid ugly prat”. Ever since then I have been unable to hear that song without singing that line and smiling.
Biker by the Pretenders, because I fell in love with Chrissie Hynde when I was a lot younger and in my dreams this song is for me !!!!
To round thing up for now, and just because it is so technically good, Richard Thompson’s Vincent Black Lightning 1952 has to be included. Not only is it musically brilliant, but it tells a good story and I often find myself singing it in my crash helmet. My mates are so lucky that I have never invested in blue tooth intercom technology!
Time for a beer by the lake in the sun…it is a hard life but someone has to do it!