caz_in_a_teacup (caz_in_a_teacup) wrote in picnicaddicts,

Picnic music

For those lucky people with iPods and speakers; what is the ultimate picnic track? Or playlist, if it's too difficult to narrow it down?

Unfortunately, I don't have an iPod. In fact, at Uni, I play all my music on my laptop. Luckily I have several friends with the technical capabilities to play music on the go.

Last Friday at the height of the heatwave, we were to be found -- like on every sunny Friday afternoon -- sunning ourselves on campus by the lake, with every other student at Bath. It was just a little crowded. So, there we were: Pimm's in hand, bottle of chilled rose standing by, masses of cheap cider waiting for when we were to drunk to care what we were drinking. Only one dilemma:

What music to have on Kieran's iPod?

The general consensus was a lot of soul, which suited me fine, being a soulful kinda girl. Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Martha Reeves... 'I Heard it through the Grapevine' is such an iconic song, the moment you hear those opening bars, you can't help but move. It is perhaps, slightly reminiscent of the building tension before a thunderstorm, which isn't the mood we're going for. We had 'Ain't no Mountain High Enough' on, but that's perhaps a little too energetic for a lazy afternoon. Likewise, 'Heatwave' by Martha Reeves, while a brilliant song, just isn't quite chilled enough.

Another all-time favourite of mine is '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay'. It's the perfect song for that golden light, when the sun's just starting to disappear. Ideal for evening barbeques, especially on the beach.

There's a few choices that I would have, that weren't on Kieran's iPod, because he's just not cool enough. 'Soul Man' by Sam & Dave and 'Cool Jerk' are a bit livelier, but still fits the whole lazing around mood. 'The "In" Crowd' by Dobie Gray is another favourite of mine.

Moving away from the soul, an absolute must is 'Sunny Afternoon' by The Kinks, but it cut out halfway through for some reason. 'Waterloo Sunset' is another day-into-evening song. They insisted on playing 'I Really Got You', which I'm not particularly keen on, so I retaliated with 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion' which I adore, just for the foppish quality.

We had 'Loving You is Easy' by The Charlatans, which has got to be one of the top choices.

I would have liked 'Free Salute' by Little Barrie and 'Stay Loose' by Belle & Sebastien. 'Perfect Day' is just obligatory, really, and Sting's Fields Of Gold, too. No Surprises by Radiohead would probably make my list as well, though it would have to be tempered with some more upbeat tunes around it. A little Coldplay, maybe, but I won't specify specific tracks, because I swear they're all the same.

Van Morrison, 'Spanish Rose' for a little holiday flavour. And the Beach Boys! How could I forget them? 'Surfin' USA', 'Good Vibrations' etc... 'Caroline, yes' by the Kaiser Chiefs, just because I'm a Caroline. 'Hey Jude' and 'Come together' by the Beatles. 'Come together' because it's my absolutely favourite Beatles track, and 'Hey Jude' because you need some drunken sing-along.

On that basis we had, 'Three Lions on a Shirt' by the Lightening Stripes, just so we could sing loudly and hug each other. By this point I was three sheets to the wind, so I found it hilarious that I could only manage, 'Three Lions on a Skirt'.

How many was that? Nearly 30!

If I had to pick eight, on the principle of 'Desert Island Discs':

The Dock Of The Bay
Sunny Afternoon
Dedicated Follower of Fashion
The "In" Crowd
Perfect Day
Fields Of Gold
Good Vibrations
Loving You Is Easy

Now all I have to do is buy some CDs to burn on to, make sure Kieran brings his iPod, speakers and connection cables and Tom brings his discman!

Most of my selections are '60s or thereabouts. What am I missing more recently?
Tags: barbeque, beach, music, picnic, soul, summer
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I've thought of two more: one that we did have, and one that we should have had.

We had 'California' by Phantom Planet, and whether you love or hate the O.C., it's a pretty cool summer song.

We should have had Hallelujah (the Rufus Wainwright version). It's a little melancholy perhaps (there's a fine line between chilled out and cold) but I just adore the first lines:

I heard there was a secret chord,
That David played and it pleased the Lord.

Combined with that wonderful melody and the pared down vocals, it's just perfect.