MUSIC FOR PAIN

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Cycling is an antidote. An escape from the mundanity of existence. A cure for a broken heart. Or just a laugh.
It helps with life. Like music. The daydream country lane folk tune. The thunking house croon warmup or the thrashing guitar rock jump.
But right now my soundtrack is pain.

Cycling is an antidote. An escape from the mundanity of existence. A cure for a broken heart. Or just a laugh.
It helps with life. Like music.

Music and cycling are linked by biology and binary code. The metronomic tapping out of a rhythm in both. The interception of incidental vocal choruses and noise create a landscape.

Cycling benefits from a soundtrack. The daydream country lane folk tune. The thunking house croon warmup or the thrashing guitar rock jump.

But right now my soundtrack, my landscape, is pain. I want pain to numb the voices in my head telling me I’m fearful, looking back, feeling small, hiding. I want pain to make my body flow faster than I dare and the acid to burn my cares away. I want to feel larger and stronger and to conquer the tiny me. Music will help me get there.

My medicine is drum and acid squelch. The driving chest-ripping thrum of ultra-base and too-fast beats. Techno. Drum & Bass. Hard House. Darkcore. You know, Dance Music. I’ll be gentle…

Probably the greatest dance album of all-time is the Prodigy’s Music For A Gilted Generation. An record of such intense anger and passion it makes me want to jump on an Audi Q7 and beat the occupants with a loofer.

There are two tracks I have in mind. Tunes to tear muscle to. The first quad-removal track is Full Throttle

A bouncing spinning high speed pogo through narcotic oblivion. Which is handy because human brain-gift endorphins are free and natural.

Full Throttle has two key mentalist breakdowns that make me fist pump the air EVERY TIME. And handily they’re 30 seconds long. SPRINT YOU THRASHING PIECE OF MEAT! Then a bit of Techno Duck interlude (you’ll know what I mean when the time comes.)

Great, that’s a bit of all-out done. Now for scary Prodigy. Claustrophic Sting:

The sound of a mind falling apart. Of tearing your own skin off and flapping it into the sink for later. Luckily these emotions are essentially what’s required for a series of all-out leg-twunters. This is a tune to bare your teeth to and bask in the hell of it all. Oblivion in lactic smash.

A steady stream of lung ripping gorgeousness? Climb anyone? Escape into the repetition. Underworld – Jumbo.

Probably the one tune that defines cycling for me. Losing myself. The turn and turn of feet and intense empty thought.

One track to play on repeat for hours of teeth grinding beatific tri-bar clawing?
Daft Punk – Alive

Incredibly motivational, it says "I will not lose I will not tire I am better than that I must not cry to Mummy I must punish myself" over and over and over again.


Boards of Canada – Zoetrope.

The sound of mountains, solitude and melancholic otherness. You hurt yourself to this because you are a speck. An Insignificant looking out over trillions of tonnes of rock and pine and marmottes. Feel the climb, remember the sight. Uplifting nihilism.

That’s enough maudlin introspection. Now for a dose. Building building BUILDING. SMASH! Get it all out.
Vitalic – U and I

Ok, now stop. Cry. Moan. Swear. Grin. ROAR. Feel better for feeling worse. Feel the opiates flood your system. Escape the matrix. Whatever gets you off.

Warm down and listen to this.
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On.

The most soul-filling beautiful tear-duct fettling track ever. You’ve castigated yourself. Now feel the love. Your back again.

Repeat. Obliterate yourself. Find the edges. They’re always just beyond reach.

Escape into Hell.

3 thoughts on “MUSIC FOR PAIN”

  1. Music is a brilliant escape for tough days on the bike.

    Deadmau5 featuring SOFI – Sofi needs a ladder is a personal favourite of mine for hill climbs, especially when the legs are screaming louder than anything else, the song shuts out the pain and lets you batter the pedals to the top and at a proper rate and a half.

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