Songs For The Road(ie)
November 16, 2010 @ 00:00 am
The official Roadies anthem is out! If you don't already know this, you might as well catch the first flight out of the country. Which brings me back to point... performed by a band called Airport, the anthem's a trip in it's own right.
The only thing that bothers us (we get bothered when we see irony and don’t point it out!) is why a band called AIRport is performing a song about bikers for ROADies. But let’s not get vehicularly racist. The song is kickass and before we could take the keys out and head off to our respective khataras and pretend we are on the highway, we realised that there’s something you should never get out on a ride without... riding music.
So here's our list of the must-listen proper road-rage (like honking loudly and stuff) biker songs:
1. ‘Bad to the bone’ by George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers
Think of a Harley (okay, stop drooling). Now think of a song for the Harley (okay, stop drooling). Yes, this is the song (okay, the drool is now on your keyboards, so stop it already!). This song is originally a blues riff by Muddy Waters and has been covered by everyone from George Thoroughgood to Bryan Adams. This is THE ULTIMATE song for a bike like the Harley (okay, now even I’m drooling!).
2. ‘Rebel yell’ by Billy Idol
Sex, bikes, rebellion, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL! This was the ‘70s and Billy Idol, with his legendary baritone, was probably the most extreme thing (music wise, not orientation wise) out there in the biz. His song is perfect for a midnight ride to the middle of nowhere.
3. ‘Turn the page’ by Metallica
We prefer the Metallica cover to the Bob Seeger original but die-hard fans of the song swear by Seeger’s version. James Hetfield belts out line after line and Kirk Hammett rips a solo that really hits notes that seem to be scientifically proven to give riders goosebumps. Hail science, Hail Hammett!
4. ‘Layla (Electric)’ by Eric Clapton
Okay, so Eric Clapton is the guy who apparently wrote it and played it and made insane money of it. But the actual riff was made by one of them Allman brothers; Clapton debuted it when he was in the band, Derek and the Dominos. OR this song has another back story that's equally confusing. Either way, if the song’s opening riff doesn't send shivers down your spine, you need to get off the bike and use public transport!
5. ‘Born to be wild’ by Steppenwolf
The name says it all (the name of the song, not that of the artiste… because Steppenwolf doesn’t say it all, does it?). Listen to this biker gem and ride into the rising sun with your mates to destination nowhere. It's the journey that counts, right? (Maybe not if Raghu’s riding with you…)
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