Falkirk Wheel, Panoramic view.

Falkirk Wheel, Panoramic view.
Image by Cameron Lyall, GNU license Wikimedia

14 June 2011

My Definitive Soundtrack for UK Travels

During my travels to and throughout the United Kingdom, I have spent much of my time listening to old music and hearing some new tunes. Below is a list to songs I have found to define certain moments of my trip so far.

  • Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (I heard this song while at a club in London on our first night in the U.K. Danielle and I were standing next to each other, heard the chorus and exchanged puzzled looks. Since then, this song has been stuck in our group members' heads.)
  • God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols (Yes, I'm a fan and that's why I spent so much time listening to them on the plane. Other than that though, they're kind of a big deal. After all, they did ignite the punk movement in the United Kingdom.)
  • Tickle Me Pink - Johnny Flynn (One of my friends saw him play in London a few days ago and subsequently introduced me to his music. Since then, I can't stop listening to this song. This English folk artist's work has been critically acclaimed.)
  • On Melancholy Hill - Gorillaz (This was actually the last song I heard when hanging out with a bunch of my friends back home. Seeing us all together for the last time in a long time, while paired with this song, was rather striking.)
  • The Boy With the Arab Strap - Belle & Sebastian (Simply put, this is catchy. And they're from Glasgow. How about that?)
  • Kids (Cover) - The Kooks (I enjoy this cover almost as much as I enjoy the original. The fact that they're British has nothing to do with why I like this song so much, but I'll just put that fact out there.)
  • Last Night - The Strokes (Some of us stayed out extra late one night at a local nightclub and heard this song right before we left. Everyone went nuts when the DJ played it, because quite frankly, nearly everyone loves The Strokes.)


tcsalvo said...

Nice list! The Belle and Sebastian album of the same name has a song that mentions Dundee.

salvo said...

Ska Primer:

The Specials: Ghost Town (1977)

Bob Marley: Judge Not (He was 16 in 1962)

Toasters, 2-tone Army (1990s)