Tuesday, January 15, 2008

can i read your ipod?

as i've said before, something about running on a treadie really taps into my neurosis. the counting and the repetition and the inability to stop watching the numbers move, trying to make more numbers and faster. add to that the way i assault a song i like and how much easier it is to navigate my ipod, as opposed to, say the rewind button on a boom box. this can get ugly during a workout.

if you had to guess, how many times do you think that i could loop the killers' song "read my mind" over the course of an hour without before i try to dig my own brain out of my head through my eyeball. hint: the song is 4 minutes, seven seconds long. answer: as many times as it takes because i'm physically unable to get sick of this song under these circumstances. i've tried.

something happens in the middle-to-end of that song that makes it a perfect song to run to. it moves toward this really great apex and truly makes me want to run faster and further. this sounds as cheesy in my head as it does in your's.

last week i read a story in the new york times' newsletter urban eye that talked about what people listen to when they are working out. that a song should have 120-140 beats per minute. things mentioned included "push it" by salt n peppa, "the heat is on" by glenn frey and that apparently some people get really psyched by the theme from rockey, as kitchy as that sounds. in the comments, someone mentioned a web site where you can download complete workout mixes. also this podcast of music for an hour-long workout.

while i was running -- and spinning "read my mind" a dozen or so times -- i decided i would ask what that one great song in everyone's workout mix is. then i saw that one of my blogger friends had also posed the question on her site today. but then i thought: eh, who cares. i'll ask here, too.

so: what's your good workout song?


Beret said...

Like Ted from Six Feet Under, I've beecome tragically un-hip in my music selections in the past few years. But I enjoy what I enjoy.

I run almost everyday and this is what I listen to: (reading directly from my iPod)

Battleflag (Lo Fidelity All Stars)

Bigger Than My Body (John Mayer)

Rapper's Delight (Sugar Hill Gang)

Crazy (Knarls Barkley)

Crazy (Seal)

Killer (Seal)

Don't Drink the Water (DMB)

The Bends (Radiohead)

So What'cha Want (BB)

Fire Escape (Fastball)

Silver Lining (cool down only) (Amanda Ghost)

Don't Leave Me This Way (Thelma Houston)

Ride With( Wit?) Me (Nelly) Heh heh.

Freedom 90 (George Michael)

Exit (U2)

One (the one with Bono and Mary J. Blige)

Lots more of course.

Starfire said...

Anything by Moonshine Willy.

Miss Kate said...

Honestly, my favorite is "O.P.P.". Something about the bumpa-dump-bump ba-daba-dumpa-dump-bump entertains me. Then again, I have mee knee-deep in a "MTV Party To Go" (circa 1995) phase lately.

fannie said...

looooove 'read my mind'. have it twice in my workout mix (as well as 'mr. brightside'). the other song that really does the trick - and makes me forget i'm in my basement staring at a brick wall - is Janet Jackson, 'All for You'

Maurey Pierce said...

Right now it's "Stronger" by Kanye. I know, I know.

I also like "Born to Run," "Groove is in the Heart," "Smooth Criminal," "Urgent," "Never Been Any Reason" and "The Chain."

CDP said...

"Heart of Stone" (Erasure)
"If I Can't Change Your Mind" (Sugar)

mage2001 said...

Dancin with myself - billy idol
an oldie but a goodie
Franz Ferdinand - "Do you want to". This one is a brand new favorite - o mine. Essentially its a song about how lucky someone is because Franzie decided one day to love some one and that some is so damn lucky. what an arse - but it totally made me laugh.

Clare said...

Oh, man, I need to download that song. The Killers were quite essential in getting me through that brief, misguided period in my life when I tried to be a runner--and I still constantly listen to them and my other standby, Angry Britney ("Stronger," "Overprotected," etc.), on the elliptical trainer at the gym. More recent favorites include Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene," Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and Pink's "U + UR Hand." Since I hate being confined indoors to the machines in the winter, I give myself a free pass to listen to crappy music and read crappy magazines while I'm working out.

P.S. I've also recently discovered that "Toxic," while in my opinion not angry enough to qualify as Angry Britney, has the perfect tempo for running. And Eminem's "Lose Yourself" always keeps me motivated. OK, I'll stop now. I could seriously go on about this all day.

diatribes and dish said...

my future mother in law cut that article out of the NY times and sent it to me. maybe she's trying to tell me something. like to get off my fat ass or something. whatever.

L Sass said...

I really like Podrunner, actually, for running music. Especially outside where you can't depend on the treadmill to keep you on pace!

Beverly said...

The Eurythmics' "Would I Lie to You?" And you know I'd be lying if I said I ever ran anywhere.

Anonymous said...

"Jump" by Girls Aloud. Give it a try.

Flee said...

Missy Elliot - "Work It"
Is it worth it? Damn right it is.

Lollie said...

For two different tempos, Take me Out - Franz Ferdinand.

The ultimate elliptical machine workout id Philip Glass' In the Upper Room, Dance IX (Glassworks). It kicks your ass, gets really hyped at the end and is 6 minutes and three seconds long.

Kristin said...

My elliptical workout fumbles along to the following:

Best of Bollywood 2005 (the whole album)

Let's Get Loud (J. Lo - Pablo Flores remix)

Too Funky (George Michael)

Freedom 90 (George Michael)

California Love (Tupac, Dre, etc)

You Can Do It (Ice Cube)

Evenflow, Porch, and Corduroy (Pearl Jam, live versions)

Know Your Enemy (Rage Against the Machine)

Credit in the Straight World (Hole)

Little White Pills (Meat Purveyors)

And then I cool down to Stranglehold (Ted Nugent)

Whiskeymarie said...

I sing to myself while washing dishes. Does that qualify as music? Does that qualify as working out?

kristabella said...

Mine, lately, is Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats. I think it is because I picture someone doing that and it makes me smile on the inside.

I also like Cascada’s Miracle. And I’m sure there are others. But my brain isn’t working.

Mach1 said...

I have listened to George Acosta's version of "Blue Monday" over and over for about eight months now and I'm still not sick of it.

Beverly said...

Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend

feistyMNgirl said...

2 favs:
Ozomatli- Can't Stop
REO Speedwagon - Time for me to Fly

Flenker said...

"New Noise" and "Tannhauser/Derive" by Refused are two of my all-time workout/pump up songs. I get all worked up listening to them, so I'll always put them on before playing a sport or something.

christina said...

thanks everyone! i'm making my way through all these songs to see if they fit.

in the meantime, i'd like to add that robert plant and allison krauss song to the mix. that does the job.