SOUNDTRACK: 12 Days on the Road in the U.K.

Davida and I first traveled together in January 2000, when we took a road trip around the United Kingdom, which took us from London to Brighton; Hastings to Dover; Whitby to Edinburgh; and Glasgow to Cardiff. We stayed with friends and friends of friends, sleeping in guest rooms, a cold-water squat without any heat, and at least one night in the car upon returning to England on the last boat from Calais.

A mix-tape I had prepared for the trip accompanied our odyssey, which neither of us could rightly afford, although somehow we did. At the time I would never have guessed that it would be the start of a tradition of compiling a soundtrack for every major joint trip we have taken since. Lux Interior once said that he considered each Cramps album a postcard, of sorts, from a particular time and place. And while our playlists are now digital and capable of including far more music than was ever previously possible, many of them, for us, have likewise become postcards that by association evoke the nuance and feeling of an especially magical moment or place.

This is one of them…

The BellRays – “Good Behavior”

Demolition Doll Rods – “Hey You”

The Neanderthal Spongecake – “This Thing”

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – “Fetish”

The BellRays – “King of the World”

Alien Sex Fiend – “My Brain is the Cupboard”

Demolition Doll Rods – “Lil Darlin”

The Velvet Underground – “Run Run Run”

The Gories – “Feral”

Guitar Wolf – “Refrigerator Zero”

Iggy Pop – “Nightclubbing”

The BellRays – “Black Honey”

The Stooges – “Gimme Danger”

The Velvet Underground – “White Light/White Heat”

Alien Sex Fiend – “I Think I”

Guitar Wolf – “Cosmic Space Girl”

The BellRays – “Get on Thru”



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