Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Media -> Bicycle Musicality!

Update: I've added half a dozen videos and links based on the few comments I received. Quite a selection.

I'm succumbing to media. I watched Act One of Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, and when it reminded me that I have an account on Hulu, I went back there after a hiatus and discovered I can watch the second season of 30 Rock and The Daily Show. All of this interrupted watching Weeds and the First Season of Dr. Who on Netflix, as well as G4TV, a Ruby for Rails cast, and movie trailers on Miro, the Netflix movies I have sitting on top of the television, and the Arrested Development season TallBrad loaned me. It certainly explains why my reading has dropped off a bit.

Running with an over-mediaed theme, I realized there must be a number of bike-related videos, like the Bat for Lashes one at the Bicycle Film Festival, that I haven't seen. I felt better realizing I was doing something that smelled like research instead of just passively digesting entertainment.

The Mixtures - The Pushbike Song. They also did a cover of In the Summertime, although after Mungo Jerry, but the songs are very similar. Slugbug! (alt. Pushbike version)

Gayantha and Shanika, The Bicycle Song. More of a Bollywood vibe. I don't know what they're singing, but there are a lot of bicycles.

Walter Schreifels, The Bicycle Song. A sad tune about the separation one feels when a jerk drives off with your baby.

Ugly Kid Joe - Bicycle Wheels. Should have got myself some bicycle wheels, on the wings of steel. Way better than Bon Jovi singing about his Steel Horse.

Katie Melua, Nine Million Bicycles. Who the hell is pulling on her feet? That second lyrics about 12 billion light years makes me think of Monty Python.

Aqua City Motel goes Bicycling Across the Universe. No video, but they have a bike song, and if you search my blog, you'll find some low-quality video.

Sweet Joyce Ann's Bicycle Song. Lots of strumming. Mean Mr. Mustard, was she ever Miss San Diego City Limits?

Be Your Own Pet - Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle. See their boundless cruelty and foul deeds!

You can't have a bicycle video list without Queen's Bicycle Race and its reference to fat bottomed girls. I knew a guy who looked just like Freddie Mercury. I love the bells solo with them all ringing - that's poetry.

Pink Floyd - Bike

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bicycle Song. How could I forget to mention, the bicycle is a good invention. I don't think they give the rollercoaster of love that much credit.

Double, The Bike Song. I love my bicycle, and I love you... I don't know, Tall Brad, that two girl on the bike facing each other thing looks down right dirty.

Handlebars, by the Flobots. The other video is nice. I too know all the words to De Colores. There are a dozen versions of this on YouTube.

Tatopani, Nepali Bicycle Song. Very World Music-ish.

Mr. Verg's Bicycle Song. Puppet Cycling Music.

Not exactly a video, but The Mixtures doing Pushbike on The Paul Hogan Show. This might not be safe for work depending on your work. I include it here to show my sister, LissyJo, what my brother in law used to enjoy as an Australian. The Brits didn't have anything on him with Benny Hill.

Speaking of which, there's a band called the Bicycles that sings about Australia. At least they're not chanting about how they come from a land down under, where beer does flow, and men chunder. Isn't it more impressive when your men can drink their beer and not vomit?

Whew...let's call that a wrap, although I'd appreciate more recommendations.

Sarah's a genius:
Old Saint Nick, I Want to Be Your Bicycle Seat:

Carrie Rodriguez, 7 Angels on a Bicycle:

Bodden Towner, Bicycle Seat. A mere 139 views. I'm several of them.

Classic - a bicycle built for a two. A nod to tandems:

Probably not safe for work, given the topless guitar player and stripper pole. Also probably not about a bike, despite the title, Tandem. But I'd like to think so. I have my translator working on it. Vanessa Paradis. Hey...I saw her in a picture with Johnny Depp earlier today - she's his girlfriend of the last 10 years:

The Dukes of Stratosphere (XTC), Bike Ride to the Moon

Tomorrow, My White Bicycle

Nazareth, My White Bicycle

Luka Bloom, The Acoustic Motorbike (courtesy of

Eric Herman, The World's Fastest Bicycle.

They Might Be Giants, Dirt Bike

Ghoti Hook, My Bike

XTC, I'd Like That (bike reference)

Melanie Safka, Brand New Key (I'm pretty sure everyone will recognize this one by the time it gets to the chorus)

The Cartoon version of Brand New Key I remember from the misty days of childhood:


Anonymous said...

It's somewhat strange, but years ago, when this radio station was going off the air, they played some CRAZY songs. One of which had the line "I want to be a bicycle seat." I'm not sure which song it was and it's driven me nuts. Maybe it's "bicycle seat by max splodge?" Maybe you would know?

MeanMrMustard said...

Not specifically a bicycle song, but mentioned in XTC's "I'd Like That".

More to the point would be "Bike Ride to the Moon", also by XTC (recording as The Dukes of Stratosphear), and "Dirt Bike" by They Might Be Giants.

Eclectchick said...

Aha! I see you not only mention "Dr. Horrible" BUT also list "Donnie Darko" amongst your favorite films.

And now Dr. Who? Haven't watched that yet, but have it on my list. Currently watching season 2 of Torchwood online, however, whenever I can wrest the laptop from my hubby.

All this and bikes, too. Fantastic. I'll be coming back to this blog, oh yes. ;-D

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