So, Bex and I were just having a... Strenuous debate over the potential perfect Formula One soundtrack album. So, being the douchebag I am, I just had to throw out a challenge. Bex and I are both going to create our own perfect F1 album, and see who comes up with the goods. It'll be me, of course. But I like to give her a sporting chance.
So, the two ground rules:
There will be duplicate entries. Contrary to popular opinion, Bex and I do have some similar tastes, and some songs just resonate. And of course, The Chain is THE Formula One song.
The Album shall be thirteen songs in length.
So... Here we go:
1) Fleetwood Mac - The Chain.
Where else was this song going to go but as the first song on the album? It's been the BBC F1 intro for a long time, and I guarantee you that any F1 fan who hears that baseline will instantly perk up like a startled meerkat.
2) Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild.
Does this really need any explanation? Better known as the theme tune from Easy Rider, there are very few better driving tunes, and this is a rev-up special.
3) Linkin Park - Bleed it out.
This is my 'three red lights tune.' The buildup to that second when the clutches engage, the accelerators get floored and the cars scream away in a cloud of rubber smoke.
4) 30 seconds to Mars - Kings and Queens.
Simply an awesome power tune, and great for a mid-race adrenaline burst.
5) Embrace - Ashes.
Another one thats associated with the 2009 season for me, and specifically Brawn GP's phoenix like rise to both championships.
6) Oasis - Stay Young.
Not Oasis' most rocky track, but definitely one that fits into the racing music category. It's rhythm just seems to fit.
7) The Killers - When you were young.
A nice, Growly rock tune that Bounces along at a good speed with a bass line that sounds like an engine going. Perfect F1 music.
8) Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade.
One Bex and I agree on: This is Red Bull Racings signature tune for us now.
9) Chris Cornell - You Know My Name.
I have to admit, this one was a toss up between this and Live and Let Die, and this won for me. Also known as the theme tune from Casino Royale, like a lot of Bond theme tunes, it has that Action Movie Adrenaline feel.
10) Carly Simon - Nobody Does it Better.
This one is perfect for a champion montage. Perfect for slow motion highlights.
11) Queen - We are the Champions
What else? Really, this is one of those tunes that would simply have to be on this album. Especially since it's tradition that the winner of the Japanese Grand Prix sings it in the circuit Karaoke bar after the race.
12) Florence + The Machine - You've got the love.
This song will always be associated with the 2009 season for me, since it was used as the outro. It would make a very smooth driving song as well.
13) Alistair Griffin - Just Drive.
Bex pointed out that this isn't exactly a classic song, but to me thats not the point - it's a song that will always be irrevocably linked with Formula One, since it was used by the BBC for their highlight video:
I will admit, it may be more of a testament to the BBC Team's editing skills than the song itself, but its still says 'F1' to me. And, if nothing else, it deserves it's place here for getting Eddie Jordan's voice onto the Radio One top 40.
So, theres my perfect Formula One Album. Bex is going to do her own version, and if you want to comment with your own suggestions, feel free.