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Workout Song: New Donna – Bizarre Light Triangle

I don’t know if I could get through a workout without a good mix of songs on my MP3 player. How did people exercise before Walkmans and iPods? Oh right, they did a lot of manual labor and walked everywhere because they had no technology. Dark times. On the other hand, they didn’t have to make time in their schedule to hit the gym.

There’s nothing like a killer, up-tempo song to kick your ass into gear, especially near the end or your workout when you just want to keel over and beg the exercise gods for mercy. My latest favorite workout song is New Donna – Bizarre Light Triangle.

This song is a bit odd because it’s a mash-up, which means someone took the vocals from one song and mixed them with the music from another in a sort of musical collage. It’s one of the best mash-ups I’ve heard because it sounds like a professionally recorded song and not the output of some kid with a bad cassette player. It combines New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” with Madonna’s “Ray of Light” with smashing results. You might appreciate the end result more if you’ve heard both of those songs, but they are by no means required listening.

I might start making a weekly post about my favorite workout songs. I haven’t really decided. I like sharing good music, but I also don’t want the RIAA hunting me down and demanding the blood of my first born child for posting MP3s online. The mash-up in this entry is posted somewhere else, so no legal worries.

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Mark • October 25, 2005 at 6:00 pm

This article (in an update) mentions that gyms are starting to cater to an older clientel by using music more to their style — and there’s a link to a sample.


Kirsten • October 26, 2005 at 5:01 am

My gym had a strange and inexplicable addiction to Motown hits. I think they only had a few CDs on rotation (the Motown one, Franz Ferdinand, a dancey one).

Then they renovated everything, and now all the cardio machines have TV screens. They did this at exactly the moment I got an iPod, with the result that the iPod hasn’t been used as much as I thought it would. And that my knowledge of awful music videos has increased.

You are so right about the motivating value of a good fast beat. I am coming to hate hip-hop, because its beat tends to be much too slow for me to get into a satisfying cross-training rhythm. Also, the lyrics are frequently rather, um, lame.


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