Good Running Music – My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
I can’t think of anything to post today so I’ll talk a little about my favourite music to run to.
Saying that, I no longer run with music as it’s too dangerous. If a rapist is after me, I want to hear his wheezing so that I can pull a 9-minute-mile on the fucker.
When I was just starting out with outdoors running, I’d often run the 5 miles home from work listening to My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless album.
I found it to be the perfect album for me at the time as it put me in an uninhibited, semi feral state.
I made a bet with myself that I would one day be able to run the 5 miles home from the University before the album finished. I think the album is 47 minutes long. That should have been easy. But it wasn’t.
Anyway, what follows is a track by track description of why I loved listening to this album whilst running.
- Only Shallow – Might well be a bit of an obvious rip off of ‘Smoke On The Water’ but it’s the perfect song to get you started. The guitar sounds like elephants fucking. Love how it seems to collapse back in on itself yet comes back stronger.
- Loomer – Bit more of a subdued this one. The bottom end of the track is great. Sounds kinda like a train. Great for starting to focus into the journey ahead.
- Touched – A spanner in the works. A dying whale being molested by a chainsaw. I tried to skip it if I caught it in time.
- To Here Knows When – Love the droning in this song. It’s like aural smack. I could just zone out and focus on running and not worry about anything going on around me. Except cars.
- When You Sleep – And then it hits. The last track drones out into feedback and then it smashes like fuck in with that other-worldly-noodly synth bit coupled with the guitar attack. The super jangly verse charges up into the blast-yer-fucking-face-off bridge. Intense and immense.
- I Only Said – The album really gets going at this point. The pain of running isn’t a problem by now. Feeling disinhibited and wildly manic, yet strong. I don’t really know what’s going on with the sampling at the start. The guitar in the verse roars in tides and then the insanely catchy noodly bit comes straight back in again.
- Come In Alone – Bit of a come down from the last song. Too slow as well. I guess it was handy as it helped moderate my pace.
- Sometimes – Even slower still but an excellent acoustic number with overridden guitar at the top end. Still, not great running music.
- Blown A Wish – Hate this one so I either persevered with it or pressed the ‘Next’ button.
- What You Want – This is more like it. The guitars seem to be going absolutely nowhere, yet they are driven to fuck. Elevator music for the hell bound. The flute over the top is a great touch. I can play it on my dad’s Tin Whistle. I spent 2 hours one night after a run around Greenisland learning it.
- Soon – And finish strong! I fucking love this one. I nearly lost my bankcard and £10 on the dancefloor of Lavery’s in Belfast raving to this one night. It starts with the schizophrenic haze of ‘What You Want’ ending and merging into it. Has a Madchestery feel with a shuffling drum sample but then the noodly sampler come in again it kinda fucks up your head. At 0:45 the riff comes in and kills everything. Energy coming off that fucking guitar is something fierce. It chews your face off, spits it out and bays for more.
And that’s it. I never managed to run the 5 miles before Loveless ended. I was always caught wheezing at the dual-carriageway when Soon was just getting started.