Monday, 6 August 2012

My Top Ten Gymnastic Songs

10. Jill Sobule - Lucy At The Gym

OK, so strictly speaking, Lucy doesn't actually appear to be doing gymnastics at the
gym. But look at her ribs - they show through the spandex. And she's working so hard... to conquer her loneliness. Give her a break, will you?

9. Culture Club - I'll Tumble 4 Ya

Culture Club are one of those bands I hated at the time, yet I've grown to nostalgically respect over the years.

8. Dobie Gray - Out On The Floor

Classic Northern Soul belter.

7. The Divine Comedy - Can You Stand Upon One Leg?

(It's harder than you think.)

6. Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right

You think you've got a hold of it all
You haven't got a hold at all
When you reach the top, get ready to drop
Prepare yourself for the fall, you're gonna fall

Nothing like a positive mental attitude.

5. David Bowie - Boys Keep Swinging

Worth watching the video to the end if you're a Kenny Everett fan.

4. Rocket From The Crypt - On A Rope

The video features puppies and goats. Not quite as rock 'n' roll as the song suggests.

3. Maximo Park - Acrobat

One of my favourites from this mob, perhaps because it reminds me of Belong by R.E.M.

I am not an acrobat,
I cannot perform these tricks for you,
Losing all my balance,
Falling from a wire made for you

2. Chairlift - Bruises

I tried to do handstands for you
But every time I fell on you

1. The Beatles - Twist & Shout

This is the first time I've ever given a Beatles song the Number One position, but while this may not be a Lennon & McCartney original, theirs is still the definitive version. I blame Ferris Bueller...

Those were my gymnastic classics... which one gets a 10.0 from you judges?


  1. The word tenuous comes to mind.

    Out on the Floor should be Number 1, but my thats because of my life long love of Northern Soul

  2. Point to Steve - I knew there had to be a somersault song.

    Dave - what's wrong with tenuous?

  3. Tough one. How about: Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan, Spinning Around by Kylie Minogue, National Acrobat by Black Sabbath, or (Pommel) Horse With No Name by America?

  4. Ah, yes, "I've been through the desert on a pommel horse with no name... didn't get very far". A classic.

  5. Dare I suggest anything by Spandex Ballet? :-)


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