Music for a Tube Strike

Day 2 of the Tube strike. Decided to forgo the buses and just walk, apart from the Ealing Broadway to Paddington leg, which is a nifty 8-10 minutes on the train.

So 25 minutes from home to EB and 45 from Paddington to Victoria, via Hyde Park. A great opportunity to stick the iPod on and enjoy some music as well as the scenes around you. Hyde Park below.


Chose my staple Rockmix playlist, which has more than just rock – a bit of reggae, soul and dance too – put settings on shuffle and started walking!

Made a burden into a pleasure. Here’s what came on….

Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure. Chose this one with a random flick of the wheel. Love the indie-pop-electro combination.

The Faith Healer – Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Awesome riffage from Zal Cleminson.

All Down The Line – Rolling Stones. Keef and Mick Taylor laying down the rhythms on Exile From Main Street.

Old England – The Waterboys. Such a magnificent tune I played it twice.

Star – Primal Scream. Everybody is a star….!

Mary Queen of Arkansas – Bruce Springsteen. This and Primal Scream were all I needed to get from Ealing Broadway to Paddington. Quick.

Black Dog – Led Zeppelin. Put a spring in my step as I set out from Paddington station!

I Follow You – Melody’s Echo Chamber. She’s French.

Oh! No not my Baby. Rod Stewart. Rod at his soulful best

This Wheel’s on Fire. Bob Dylan and the Band. Direct from the Basement Tapes.

Look Wot You Dun – Slade. My early teens!

FM – Steely Dan. This was a great moment. The song worked so well as I strolled through Hyde Park, with the the central London skyline starting to emerge. Urban.

Buzzin’ – Asian Dub Foundation. What a great song! Drum’n’bass, reggae, Bhangra, punk, all in one feisty number.

Tommy Gun – The Clash. Straight after the ADF. What a combination. Absolutely rocking!

Lost in the Flood – Bruce Springsteen. Second track from Asbury Park. Wondrous.

Sun – Two Door Cinema Club. It’s not all nostalgia.

Going to California – Led Zeppelin. Another from Vol 4. Love it!

I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats. Big song in its day. Prefer Rat Trap.

The Whisky Makes You Sweeter – Laura Cantrell. A lovely, lovely song. I paused outside the office so I could hear it to the end.

Bob Crow, you cannot defeat us while we have music!

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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4 Responses to Music for a Tube Strike

  1. dc says:

    love the faith healer….stonking riffage from ZAL

  2. Dood says:

    Great work, John. The genius of shuffle is that even though you know what’s there, the song often feels like a delightful surprise. I usually listen to albums end-to-end on my long London yomps, simply because the rhythm sometimes seems to complement the walking. (I think I mentioned to you that I listen to a lot of high-tempo stuff – trance, house, psychill – for that reason.) But I accidentally hit shuffle on a five-hour stretcher to Southall and back last weekend, and the joys kept on coming.

    Very intrigued by some of that playlist, and not only the guilty pleasures. Will explore.

    Back to the strike, and I grants it’s easy – heaven knows – to hate Bob Crow. I just somehow feel a bit more conflicted this time, and I do think Boris sometimes acts like an arse. I just wish they could have found a compromise settlement.

    But you’ll say it’s easy for me to pontificate – working at home, with the biggest commute from the kitchen to the spare bedroom……

  3. John S says:

    My Rockmix playlist has about 3000 favourites on it – guaranteed delight, but like you say, still full of surprises. Had to laugh – at myself – this morning, still with that playlist, listening to “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath as I strolled into Pret to pick up a bacon roll!

    As for Bob…. no-one makes me more angry. It’s that complete disregard for the problems he’s causing so many people, especially the school kids, some of whom are doing mock exams around this time of year. Grrrrr….

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