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Old 08-02-2009, 03:57 AM   #1
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Best long-distance driving albums

So it's a long weekend in most of Canada, and between now and Labour Day weekend many people will be going on road trips of varying lengths.

So, I was wondering what Interference thought were the best albums to listen to while on a long-distance drive (for the sake of this thread, let's say any drive one hour or more). What albums make the drive fun, enjoyable, and seem way shorter than it really is?

To make it interesting, maybe people can add memories associated with a road trip and a particular album (or song).
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:17 AM   #2
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these are some of my go to albums for road trips:
depeche mode: music for the masses
fleetwood mac: rumours
u2: pop

the only specific memory i can think of for any of these though is for pop. whenever i listen to it, especially sats, i think of a road trip i took back in the summer of 97. for sats in particular, i think of being backed up in traffic with the windows rolled down, waiting to go through a toll booth.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:19 AM   #3
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Any Explosions in the Sky album should do.
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It'll be hard to find... but maybe a copy of the Robin Sparkles album?
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:10 AM   #5
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One especially for the Aussies: Midnight Oil - Earth and Sun and Moon.

A fantastic driving album for Australia.
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Used to do Melbourne-Adelaide road trips, 800km or 8 hours. Had the first 2 Buffalo Tom CDs on cassette that we used to play over and over. Tail lights Fade works really really well when you're driving through the Australian country nothingness. Anything in that vein also works, REM, Ryan Adams, "rootsy guitar-y"ish stuff, if you're driving through flat brown nothingness.

I found Kylie does not work so well.
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i'm telling you, the new Yo La Tengo album.
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Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (if you're into Dylan, if not, disregard that suggestion)
The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

A few hip-hop albums:
Madvillain - Madvillainy
Danger Mouse/Jay-Z - The Grey Album
Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Radiohead - OK Computer
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Two friends and I drive around to these albums constantly, and we always have an awesome time listening to them.

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Old 08-02-2009, 11:15 AM   #10
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just about any Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frank Zappa live or AC/DC Bon Scott era album will do fine
I also like driving to Aphex Twin and Horace Silver Quintet
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Unforgettable Fire has a nice rolling rhythm to it; Pop is good too. I find hip-hop doesn't work so well for me because my road trips are through empty landscapes and hip-hop needs people and cityscapes to work for me. OK Computer works well. Joshua Tree through the southwest is wonderful.

I damn near fell asleep on I-40 in broad daylight through northern Arizona listening to Haydn's Creation, an otherwise lovely piece of music, so I don't recommend that.
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Oh, and I took almost the entire Black Keys catalogue with me on this last trip; they work well for distance driving.
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Mercury Rev, Deserter's Songs
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I like electronic or post-rock for that sorta thing. You don't need to focus on lyrics, and can just get sucked into the sound and imagery, makes for some beautiful driving moments.
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If I'm driving by myself, I'll listen to anything I can sing along to. If I'm road-tripping with someone else, I don't subject them to my top-of-the-lungs belting. (Well, maybe a little.)
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