Unless you are rich and willing to suffer Michael Hodson’s vengeful fury by flying short-haul everywhere, most of us travellers will have to go through the very modern hell of extended bus trips from time to time. Like the adaptable human beings we are, we all develop our own methods of coping.
For me, it’s a large pot of Pringles, a bottle of Coke and pre-95 dance music.
Here are my top five tracks.
Kometenmelodie 2, Kraftwerk—Autobahn
It’s on an album called Autobahn.
Storm 3000, Leftfield—Leftism
Melt is by far my favourite Leftism track, but it’s much more suited to daydreaming in fields than surviving torturous bus journeys.
This one is a little more euphoric and mixes well with the stimulants required to keep you awake so that your bag doesn’t get nicked.
And by stimulants I mean Caffeine. Obviously.
LUSH 3-1, Orbital—Brown Album
I could listen to the high-pitched doo-weee-ooohs forever. The drummer in me loves the way they play with the rhythms and their mildly hypnotic effect helps distract me from all of the potholes.
Passenger, Deftones, White Pony
Not only is the name entirely appropriate but it’s full of positive forward-looking travel advice like “Who cares what’s behind?” and “Drive faster.”
(Most bus drivers in South America don’t really need that last one.)
Heliosphan, Aphex Twin—Selected Ambient Works 85-92
This one conjures up images of flying in to futuristic space ports.
Granted, the Bangkok bus terminal isn’t quite the same thing but it still adds a certain amount of ‘I’m in an exciting, alien, and possibly dangerous new place’ gravitas.
Recommend Me Some
As you can probably tell by the fact that basically all of these tracks are over TWENTY years old (and you have no idea how much this fact depresses me), I don’t listen to a lot of dance music but I’ve found it to be the most soothing for those long and bumpy road trips that we as travellers are destined to suffer from time to time.
I am therefore very interested in recommendations for other albums along similar lines (I guess ambient? Electronica? I have no idea what the kids are calling it these days). I would like to get my collection up to at least 8 hours.
Ideas in the comments.
Coming soon: Simon’s Top 5 Tunes for Sitting In A Field
Your top 5 bus travel tunes in the comments below, please.