Friday, 3 August 2012

My Top Ten Swimming Songs

Sick of the Olympics yet?

10. Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny - Nightswimmer

9. Eels - Swimming Lesson

And if you feel like you can't swim
When you're thrown in the lake
Just watch the boats
Passin' by you as you
Slip under their wake

8. Camera Obscura - Swimming Pool

7. The Hours - Dive In

And the temperature's the same
When you dip your toe into the icy lake
As when you
Dive in

6. JJ72 - October Swimmer

I want to be a happy boy

5. Dire Straits - Twisting By The Pool

What can I say - I'm a twisting fool...

4. Frank Turner - Front Crawl

I almost missed seeing Frank Turner perform I Still Believe as the warm-up for the Olympics opening ceremony - fortunately a tweet from Miller sent me running to the iPlayer and I was saved. Hope it brought him to a few new ears.

3. R.E.M. - Nightswimming

2. The Go-Betweens - Draining The Pool For You

1. Frightened Rabbit - Swim Until You Can't See Land

Are you a man or are you a bag of sand?

Those are the songs that get me twisting by the pool... but which one would make you dive in?


  1. At last! One I don't have to Google! Japan - The Experience of Swimming. An awesomely beautiful track.

  2. I thought you were on holiday?

    1. I am... but such is my devotion. Er... did I say devotion? I meant addiction.

  3. Swimsuit Issue by Sonic Youth, Down By The Water by PJ Harvey, and that's all I've got.

  4. Swimsuit Issue suggests a whole other Top Ten of Dubious Gentlemen's Magazines... along with Loaded by Primal Scream and Centrefold by the J. Geils Band... Hmm...

  5. The Swimming Song (Kate and Anna McGarrigal)

  6. Another one to check out... Swimming by Breathe Owl Breathe.


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