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Not a profound New Year entry

I may yet write something substantive with reflections re: the date ending in a different digit, but I have reason to suspect that if I do, it will be melancholy, and right now, I’d rather go for frivolity.

So let me tell you about my dumb problem. No, really, it is a dumb problem.

I have playlist block. Specifically, I have workout playlist block.

I know there are fabulous songs out there that would help increase my heart rate on the elliptical trainer or get me through one more set of curls.

Yet I end up resorting to songs that have been on my workout mix since said mix was on cassette (seriously): Beastie Boys, Fishbone, Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Etc.

And it’s not that I don’t have newer music! I do! Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand, Eagles of Death Metal, Franz Ferdinand, M.I.A., the Gossip, Okkervil River. Etc.

But when I scroll through my library, I’m paralyzed: is this song fast enough? Will it sound good next to that one? “Just put a lot of songs on; if you don’t like one, you can skip it,” says practical Steve. But! But! Which songs??

Guide me, Internet friends. Favorite fast workout songs? Songs that start slow and get faster are good, too.

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  • mk
    January 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I recommend Le Tigre, several tracks from Gwen Stefani’s Love Angel Music Baby, Gorillaz…

    As for specific tracks–“Maneater,” the Nelly Furtado version. Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop the Music.” Timbaland, “The Way I Are.” “Seventeen Years” (though a lot of Ratatat qualifies).

  • MEP
    January 3, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I know of a few artist that have slow songs that turn faster, although I can’t remember them now. Try Pixies, Radiohead, early Geffin Sonic Youth, Nirvana just off the top of my head.

  • Brooke
    January 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I have the same problem! My stand bys are The Rat by The Walkmen, followed by Sound of Settling by Death Cab. LCD Soundsystem recorded something for Nike called 45:33 that is supposed to be the greatest thing to run to, but I have never done so. Good luck!

  • Sara
    January 4, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Thanks, guys!
    And Brooke, glad to know I’m not alone.

  • Social Sound System
    January 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Nothing wrong with any of those selections! Fishbone, Beasties, RHCP, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, etc.

    Plug all of those artists into a Pandora station and you’re good to go!!!

  • sam
    January 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    My favorite was always “The Eye of the Tiger”….