I was thinking to myself this morning while I was singing along with the radio (my favourite past time while stuck in rush hour traffic) I wonder if my idea of 'driving music' is the same as everyone else's.
Interesting article on the bbc news website today(www.bbc.co.uk/news) about some research into the effect of music on driving. By hooking up some students to a "driving simulator" (probably a Playstation ) the researchers find that the students were twice as likely to have an accident or run a red light when listening to "fast" (120+bpm) than slow (60bpm) music. Yes, it's just a small-scale survey and simulators are different from the real thing, but it makes you think...
If I'm going with the flow (of traffic) or stuck in a jam, I usually go for some melodic blues, which I can sing along to when crawling or stationary - something like Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Tommy Castro, ...
When there is an empty, open, twisty bit of road ahead, I turn off the stereo and turn up that gorgeous V6 soundtrack instead... Life is good.
My wife's favourite album! That Bass Baritone voice is strange, but memorable.
Have to agree about Radio 1 - I too am an R2 person now, but I do like Century 105 - a Commercial equivalent in the North West.
A few years back, I was working on some equipment at Manchester's Picadilly Radio, and I met Noddy Holder, ex of Slade, who was presenting on their AM service. Had a wonderful chat, he really is a gent.
We should not forget Birmingham reggae band, UB40.....The lead singers Robin and Ali Cambell joined in the march to save Rover, and entertained us all afterwards at Cannon Hill park, with an emotional rendering of "You'll never walk alone". Do try the debut album "Signing Off" as the ideal sampler.
Now Steroephonics, I think are great - that's an album that's in the car. Took my son to see them in Reading 18 months or so back - brilliant. I reckon I was the oldest person there - all I had to do was jump up and down to be part of the scene!
Kylie - who? Haven't got any of her albums! Australians Nat, thats' a good subject, I fly with 'em and they call us "whinging poms."
In 88, I was in Oz for month for a RAF competition - there was also something about a bicentenial celebration going on.
Had a great time - a week in Canberra and 3 in Adelaide. Drunk our way through the sponsors beer and then polished off some wine in the Barossa Valley. Cultures a bit suspect though - but I would retire there - houses half UK price and with pools - all those Barbies and Tinnies.
I have a bicentennial coin to mark that event
I believe that coin is still in Australia at my Mum's house
I was born in Melbourne - about a 20 minute drive from Altona and Williamstown beaches. I grew up in a little place called Yarraville and went to school in Footscray before dropping out to educate myself via distance education. It was the best thing I ever did
Then after I'd finished my schooling I came here and I haven't looked back. I get homesick quite often because my family are still there but I wanted to broaden my horizons and see the world - and here is where I ended up