These songs are on one of my iPod playlists. Can you figure out what distinguishes them?

  • Del Amitri — Be My Downfall
  • Jellyfish — I Wanna Stay Home
  • Weddings Parties Anything — Roaring Days
  • Ocean Colour Scene — Mechanical Wonder
  • Paul Kelly — Love Never Runs On Time
  • Corduroy — Mini
  • Loudon Wainwright III — Grey In L.A.
  • Weddings Parties Anything — Under The Clocks
  • Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train A Comin’
  • The Beatles — One After 909
  • Billy Bragg — Upfield
  • The Badloves — Green Limousine
  • The Who — 5:15
  • The Beatles — Magical Mystery Tour
  • Paul Kelly — Last Train To Heaven
  • Queen — Bicycle Race
  • The Who — Magic Bus
  • Del Amitri — Sometimes I Just Have To Say Your Name
  • Hoodoo Gurus — 1000 Miles Away
  • Jimi Hendrix — Crosstown Traffic
  • The Beatles — Ticket To Ride
  • Billy Bragg — A13, Trunk Road To The Sea
  • Jimi Hendrix — Day Tripper
  • Lenny Kravitz — Mr. Cab Driver
  • Paul Kelly — From St Kilda To King’s Cross
  • Powderfinger — Passenger
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Runaway Trains
  • Traveling Wilburys — End Of The Line
  • Oasis — D’You Know What I Mean?
  • Missy Higgins — Don’t Ever
  • Urthboy — We Get Around
  • Spiderbait — By the Time I Get to Howlong

And once that’s been answered, what others should I seek out and add?

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

28 replies on “Playlist”

Obviously a transport theme lol.

There’s another Paul Kelly one I think. Sydney from a 727, but I’m not sure if planes count.

Bus Ride by Alex Lloyd
Little Red Taxi by Even

I probably have more but there are about 7000 tracks in my itunes.

I was so surprised that you, like me, have Del Amitri on your iPod Playlist :-)
But I guess that has something to do with both of us turning 40 last month!

I even have “Always the Last To Know” as my ringtone on my iPhone> People (my own age) occasionally quiz me about the tune when they hear it, trying to remember the actual name of the song.

this is fun!

Terrestrial Public transport themed:
Morning Train (Sheena Easton);
National Express (The Divine Comedy)
A transport of delight (Flanders & Swann)

Personal transport themed:
303 (Kula Shaker)
He thought of cars (Blur)

Air transport:
Transit Lounge (Crowded House)

Transport is so evocative, so many sounds and sensory experiences. Especially love having a busker on the train.
Speaking of which:
Train by Leo Sayer, Koala Sprint by Midnight Oil, The Deserters by David Bridie
and for some obscure local flavour:
Melbourne Tram by Raspberry Cordial, The Boy Who Lost His Jocks At Flinders Street Station by Painters & Dockers.

Always been a bit of an anglophile, and it may show, but…

Autophilia – The Bluetones
The Art of Driving – Black Box Recorder
Drive – The Cars
Car Song – Elastica
Cars – Gary Numan
Train – Goldfrapp
Jumping Someone Else’s Train – The Cure

.. and for the old-schoolers out there…
Long Train Runnin’ – The Doobie Brothers
Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees

Fun thread!

Oh and not to forget “I’m in love with my car” by Queen.

Umm.. yeah, again, not really the exact same TRAIN of thought….

Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express
Talking Heads – Road to nowhere
Tom Petty – Running down a dream
slightly cryptic:
Paul Simon – Homeward bound
Bob Seeger (sp?)/Metallica – Turn the page

Glad to see “Trans-Europe Express” made it…

Leadbelly; Lonnie Donegan – “Rock Island Line”
Jimmie Rodgers – “Ben Dewberry’s Final Run”; “Waiting for a Train”
Tiny Bradshaw; Yardbirds; Led Zeppelin – “Train Kept A-Rollin”
Iggy Pop – “The Passenger”
The Shangri-Las; Superchunk – “The Train from Kansas City”
R.E.M. – “Driver 8”; “Boxcars”
T.I.S.M. – “Mourningtown Ride” [Melbourne train stations dissed by name!]
KLF – “Last Train To Transcentral”
Pierre Schaeffer – “Etude aux chemins de fer”
Steve Reich – “Different Trains”

Scott Miller and the Commonwealth – Amtrak Crescent
Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band – Texas Eagle
Weddings Parties Anything – Hungry Years
Paul Kelly – Luck – heck, you could even add ‘To Her Door’ unless it’s a limpet-free playlist..

I think you’ve inspired my next time-wasting exercise.

@Rachael and there’s ‘Soldiers’ too:

“And we’re digging up the roads
and widening it just so
you can suffocate at home…”

Great thread! From my iPod…

Train of Thought – The Sharp
Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla
Last Train – Christine Anu with Paul Kelly
Trainspottin’ – You Am I
Just Keep Walking – INXS
Bus Stop – The Hollies

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