Music to motivate

If you ever find yourself flagging, as I do more than frequently, do you reach for music to help pull you out of your malaise? I don’t necessarily mean feel-good tunes as such, partly because we’ve covered those already and I’ve reassured myself that there are still plenty of worthwhile and relatively unspoiled topics waiting to be picked when the time is right for picking. I mean songs that get the heart pumping or serve to clear a neat pathway through the chaotic haziness of your mind whenever you momentarily lose focus.

Now, at this point I suspect many of you are reminded of the much maligned classic tracks from cheesy Eighties underdog films, such as ‘You’re the Best’ (by Joe Esposito, from The Karate Kid) and ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor (from Rocky III), which sadly have become something of a cliché-ridden joke. Do speak up in their defence if, like me, you happen to still enjoy them.

Instead of those and others like them, you could perhaps reveal the MP3 playlist favoured for a session at the gym or when out on a run, or the song your team plays in the changing room before competition commences. Maybe you’re fond of the screaming and growling nu-metal of a Drowning Pool or Slipknot when you need psyching up; all repetitive, angry choruses which often include more gratuitous, meaningless swearing than is necessary even for those who are really, really cross. Apparently a Guantanamo Bay ‘favourite’, Drowning Pool.

If you prefer something more traditional, your choice of motivational masterpiece might well be Carl Orff’s thunderous ‘O Fortuna’ (you all know it), from Carmina Burana, for example. Another is ‘Tocatta and Fugue in D minor’ by J.S. Bach – well, supposedly – (played here with such bewildering precision by Robert Tiso on the, wait for it, glass harp).

The music itself doesn’t have to be about elevating adrenalin levels through crashing drums or a steady beat; the words could do more for you than the music. However, not having the distraction of words to try and comprehend can obviously focus the mind exclusively on the assortment of sounds and allow you the time, space and freedom to find your own meaning within it, which can be more powerful and gratifying than listening to somebody else’s interpretation. Two bands whose music I find allows this introspection are instrumentalists Explosions in the Sky (not mentioned, I regret to note, as part of our incredible attempt to list 500 bands preferred to Radiohead) and the predominantly instrumental Mogwai.

Do meandering pieces such as the above, which could just about mean anything to anyone, let’s face it, particularly motivate you or transport you to some place where you can better assess your situation? Indeed, for every explicit Marilyn Manson mantra (‘The Fight Song’ being an obvious one), there’s John Lennon urging us all to ‘Give Peace a Chance’; with its buoyant everyone-round-the-camp-fire chorus, I think this can just as easily energise you and provide the inspiration to adopt a more positive and determined frame of mind, as can any form of music achieve quiet reflection rather than noisy aggression through a form of meditation.

So, whether it acts as an upper or downer depending on your individual need, I want to hear about music that you find somehow motivational and inspirational. May it motivate and inspire us all.

A few pump-up songs to kick us off, some of them complete with mandatory thumping riffs, strong bass lines and catchy hooks, others providing something you can chant in firm unison even if you’re too out of breath from all that running to sound purposeful:

– Metallica, ‘Seek and Destroy’
– Nirvana, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
– Queen, ‘We Will Rock You’
– Rage Against The Machine, ‘Killing in the Name Of’
– U2, ‘Vertigo’

Please do shadow-box your way into the chatroom tomorrow. Just karate kick the doors open any time from 2pm (UK). Screaming is not allowed in the chatroom, however, not even if you have dreadlocks and habitually jump around in a semi-circle while growling into your navel.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

53 thoughts on “Music to motivate”

  1. Hello FEd,

    I find this song makes me feel great! On a sunny day in the car – this clip says all you need to know about life… driving on a sunny day, musing about past loves, remembering the good times… then BAM – someone in a tunnel into which you cannot see takes you out and pushes your car wreck over a mountian – LOL. Great song, great clip, enjoy!

    Lisa

  2. Easy one this… Bee Gee’s – Stayin Alive

    I just can’t stop dancin’. 8|

  3. This is not an uplifting piece, but when I get down, the first side of Mike Oldfield’s “Heregest Ridge” cheers me up in an odd and inexplicable way.

    WYWH does the same thing. That’s because it takes me back to a happy time in my youth. Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl” and the B-52s “Rock Lobster” do the same thing. Not quite ready for high school.

    Talking Heads also takes me back, but it brings me to a different time. That’s high school.

    College for me was King Crimson (which was no longer current) and R.E.M. I’ve seen both bands, they’re both great live.

    Currently? I listen to really, REALLY out-of-date stuff to bring me to that happier place! The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zep, The Eagles, PF, Yes, The Doobies — and my alltime faves like R.E.M. and Talking Heads. THAT is the stuff for my soul.

    That said, I do love jazz (Miles, Ella, Sir Duke) and classical (Beethoven, Orff, Purcell, Prokofiev). THAT takes me to a more mellow, subdued place.

  4. What a great topic, FEd, for I always get into this mood when I am driving to the coast or up to Mt. St. Helens that I need a little driving music, so I play The Happy Trails album by Quicksilver Messenger Service or Humble Pie Live at the Filmore. It just makes the drive so much better and relaxing.

    Oh by the way, I have never heard of Explosion in the Sky and I just love that song Last Known Surrounding. Now I will have to go out and pick that album up. Plus I see that they are playing here in September at this huge Music Festival and I think I will go. So again thanks FEd for turning me on to another good group, for I have gotten all of the Manics albums that you have told me about and they’re really good.

    Take Care, Thomas

    1. You’re very welcome, Thomas. It’s always good to share new discoveries; there’s so much music out there that we haven’t yet heard and, if we did hear it, I’m sure we’d quite like some of it.

    2. Hey Thomas, you go to Mt. St. Helens? I look at that mountain at least once a week on the live webcam over the internet, just to see what it’s up to. It keeps belching out ash and lava–some days as much as a dump truck’s worth. That is one beautiful and interesting mountain.

      The pacific north west is gorgeous. You live in a really neat place.

  5. Am totally blown away by Roberto Tiso – WOW! There were elements of Explosions in the Sky that kind of ‘scared’ me musically and visually. Perhaps the battle between consonance and dissonance – will no doubt investigate. Yet, I love Tangerine Dream. Go figure!

    I must throw in a little motivation for our lengthy (17-hour) flight on Friday – just hope that in-between fitful naps and a near fractured coccyx, my playlist music holds up for I will surely go mad without it. I would never subject myself to such an ordeal if it wasn’t for the love of family and,

    Africa – Toto (the continent, not the band).

    Just a few that put me in a really good mood which is motivation enough:

    Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder
    Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty and The Hearbreakers
    Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback
    Rocka Rolla – Judas Priest (granted in my view they really could’ve expanded on the arrangement but there’s such a fabulously raunchy beat that’s just D-I-V-I-N-E)
    Big Bad Moon – Joe Satriani
    Telegram – Nazareth
    Tush – ZZ Top
    School’s Out for Summer – Alice Cooper
    Joker – Steve Miller Band
    Dream On – Aerosmith
    Woman of the Wrong Kind – The Blue Van (just recently discovered thanks to an honorable mention by FEd)
    Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp– Led Zeppelin
    1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
    Down South Jukin’ – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Lola – The Kinks
    Private Universe – Crowded House
    A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong
    Just An Old Fashioned Girl – Earth Kitt
    Move It – Great White
    Private Life – Grace Jones

  6. A few more …

    Big John is My Name – Rare Earth
    In the Meantime – Spacehog
    Just Like Heaven – The Cure
    Are You Out There – Dar Williams
    Lose Yourself – Eminem
    Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
    Stir it Up – Bob Marley
    Love Machine – Supermax
    I Think it’s Going to Work Out Fine – Ry Cooder
    Strength of the World – Avenged Sevenfold (a really good revenge song if one is that way inclined – I just happen to think it’s beautifully composed)
    We are the Champions – Queen

    Pleased to see ‘Killing in the Name Of’ got an honorable mention. 🙂

  7. Well F’ed, you are in a creative frame of mind today.

    I can’t claim to have any particular motivational favourites although I do tend to fall back on up-tempo tub-thumping hairy rock music if I need a bit of a lift.

    Prime examples that I go back to time and time again are

    * Guns & Roses – Appetite for Destruction
    * ACDC – Live 1992
    * Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
    * Led Zeppelin – How the West was Won
    * Deep Purple – Made in Japan

    If I want a different sort of motivation … let’s call it inspiration, I need look no further than the PF catalogue but most especially DSOM and of course our own, our very own, On an Island.
    Oh and the Radiohead albums, of course.

    Having just spent 500 miles on a bike, I can testify to the powers of all these and also the surprise factor of a good old iPod shuffle to keep you on your toes.

  8. Screaming is not allowed in the chatroom, however, not even if you have dreadlocks and habitually jump around in a semi-circle while growling into your navel.

    Well, I’m not coming today if that’s going to be your attitude. 😐

    ash (who’s glad to see I’m not the only one who completely loses the plot :)) )

    1. :p I must lose it on a daily basis, believe me. It’s not always to be found where you last had it, either.

    2. You’re telling me Fed!

      It doesn’t help either when I forget what it was I was looking for!

      It really is very, very, nice to find it though. 😀

      ash

  9. My choice of motivating music depends on the kind of malaise I’m feeling. What works, for me, when I’m confused and I need to clear my mind may be not suitable if I’m slow and I just have to wake up, or if I feel depressed.

    When I’m in the first mood (I have to clear my mind), I need to listen to something I know well, that sounds familiar to me and makes me feel “at home”. That helps me to assess my situation, as you say.

    Folk and psychedelic music both work, or also everything whose sounds/lyrics remind me of nature and open spaces.

    These tracks really help.

    Pink Floyd – Echoes / Time / Shine On / High Hopes (and many others)
    Syd Barrett (almost everything)
    David Gilmour – Take a Breath
    The Beatles – Within You Without You
    Donovan – Three Kingfishers
    Pearl Jam – Ocean
    Genesis – Dusk
    Jethro Tull – Jack in the Green
    Blind Melon – Change
    Leonard Cohen – Anthem

    These work for me, instead, when I just feel the need to wake up.

    Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
    Pink Floyd – Sheep
    Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
    The Beatles – Help!
    Faith No More – Digging The Grave
    Metallica – Eye of the Beholder
    R.E.M. – Accelerate
    Soundgarden – The Day I Tried To Live

    Then, even if it might sound strange, I usually appreciate depressing music when I feel depressed.

    A couple of examples:

    Alice in Chains – Down in a Hole
    Nirvana – Something in the Way

  10. Just remembered that awful Technotronic ‘tune’, Pump Up The Jam, that had something horribly contagious about it. :! It certainly motivated a lot of people in the gym back then. (Lord, I hated it.)

    1. “Pump up the jam, pump it up, while your feet are stomping” (or something like that).

      Who am I kidding? I still know all the words. To that and ‘Ice Ice Baby’.

  11. 3 notable songs on the way to work this morning got me pumped up to near heart attack levels so I was hyper by the time I reached the job site, topped off with some coffee and walloped it out in double quick time.

    Metallica – The Four Horsemen
    Metallica – Master of Puppets
    Tank – The War Drags Ever On

    Then Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird so I wasn’t a menace to other road users on the return journey.

  12. … let me just second the named

    Rocka Rolla by Judas Priest (Run Of The Mill especially)
    The Number Of The Beast

    albums, but you ask the impossible to do FEd. Where to start and where to stop naming songs that motivate me when I need a motivation? In any case an excellent played electric guitar always lifts me up and you know my preferences there, don’t you? 😉

    Best regards

    Taki

  13. Anything by The Rolling Stones I find to be excellent for getting the vacuuming done. Good and LOUD. Giving the carpets a sound thrashing is always good to dissipate adrenalin. . . and when you feel calm again, the floors are nice and clean. 🙂

    I experienced a thoroughly miserable and depressing time about two years to 18 months ago. I was ill and I have never felt so low. I just couldn’t listen to music at all. Any music. I would burst into tears remembering happier times associated to particular pieces. It was months before I started to rally. So I’m not sure about using music to lift me out of the depths.

    The first piece I did hear, which was the emotional release I needed (to be able to listen to music again), was David’s guitar coming out of the tape player in the car. I’d forgotten it was there and one day switched the player on to see what was on the radio. That was it. Huge wave of emotion, tears and laughter at the relief of realising I enjoyed music again!

    Motivational eh? Really depends on what I need motivation for. I think for me, music makes ‘hum drum’ or difficult times more tolerable. I think as well, when you have a problem that you can’t quite see the solution to, the distraction of music can remove the thoughts from your conscious for a while but the unconscious mind continues working and the answer comes to you. I think that is a bit like what meditation achieves Fed.

    Pure pleasure is the best motivation though. 8)

    ash

  14. There’s a certain uplifting song I’d like to sing today in the memory of our great friend Richard Wright. However, once again, copyright issues prevent me from doing so.

  15. Great video Fed.

    I usually put on whole albums. I’m too lazy to cue up individual songs.

    Meet The Beatles (American version of Please Please Me that includes I Want To Hold Your Hand). That one is good whenever I forget I’m a happy guy, and I’ve gotten too cynical. Makes me feel like a little boy again–life is full of light and love and joy and pools to be swum.

    Electric Ladyland. That one makes me feel like Zeus. “Find me next to a mountain, I’ll chop it down with the edge of my hand.” I can friggin’ face anything after some serious Hendrix.

    Dark Side and Pepper both definitely remind me that the world is magical, anything is possible, we’re all free and crazy and wild and life is really, really, good and complex and beautiful… Those are probably my two favorite albums of all time. They take me into kind of a dream space dream world. All the “Plasticine porters with looking glass eyes” or “Far away the tolling of the island bells calls the faithful to their knees to hear the softly spoken magic spells…”

    God, there are so many great motivational albums. Like Can’s “Landed.” That one makes me feel like I’m on a freeway on a motorcycle in the middle of the night, speeding when I was 19…

    Hey did you see that Dan Peek of America died? Love them. I’ve been listening to their greatest hits in mourning.

    I’m on holiday for a few weeks starting today, disconnected from the web. Fond Regards!

  16. I got to go with Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” Great licks and Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. 😀

  17. Hi FEd, gang,

    Bit of short notice, just saw it in the programme.

    Belgian TV station ‘Canvas’ has the ‘Later with Jools’ episode starring David scheduled for tonight at 00:15

    Cheers,
    Ralph

  18. As a Philadelphian, I also ought to make sure this list includes Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now” and the musical piece where Rocky gets knocked down by Apollo in the first movie.

  19. ‘Lo All,

    For inspiration look no further than the band Faithless, didn’t see them mentioned in the lists, 500/Radiohead? Just look, at what they did to this bunch of rain sodden idiots, me included, d’oh.

    Still laughing at the “Ice ice baby”… 😀

  20. Burning Down the House, Talking Heads
    Coming Back to Life, Pink Floyd
    Come Together, The Beatles
    Light My Fire, The Doors
    Get up Stand Up, Bob Marley
    Black Magic Woman, Carlos Santana
    Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
    Sunshine of Your Love, Cream
    Good Molly Miss Molly, Little Richard

  21. Today : It’ s the Gilmours’ anniversary, so I’d like to leave this for you:

    “Now from his breast into his eyes the ache
    of longing mounted, and he wept at last,
    his dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms,
    longed for as the sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer
    spent in rough water where his ship went down
    under Poseidon’s blows,gale winds and tons of sea.
    Few men can keep alive through a big surf
    To crawl,clotted with brine,on kindly beaches
    In joy, in joy, knowing the abyss behind:
    And so she too rejoiced, her gaze upon her husband,
    Her white arms round him pressed as though forever.”

    From the Odyssey – by Homer

    My warmest and best wishes to David and Polly for a very happy wedding anniversary. Enjoy your very special day.

    With so much affection
    ciao Elisabetta

  22. Even if I can’t say it’s my favourite kind of music, this song has always an energizing effect on me. I love the video.

  23. Hello.

    For a truly beautiful sound that can always touch the soul then try The Chieftains,especially the earlier albums and the Barry Lyndon Sound-Track. Inspiring.

    For a rousing drink with music try The Pogues; Fiesta, Dirty Old Town, A Pair Of Brown Eyes.

    And for a bit of both try the unsung genius that is Rory Gallagher. A decent Best Of will see you right.

    Percy Brush.

    1. That one works for me, too.

      “That’s life
      That’s what all the people say
      You’re riding high in April
      Shot down in May
      But I know I’m gonna change that tune
      When I’m back on top
      Back on top in June”

  24. FEd,

    Some powerful stuff is actually that which transports you away, in my opinion, from all the music that otherwise gets your adrenaline going. When you’re down, that’s when it’s hard for anything to really penetrate. Motley Crue’s “Wildside” will always reflect a kick-ass mood or attitude. But when you’re down it’s hard for that or any music to make it through to your soul… at least that’s what I think.

    That which does has a power of its own. Some examples:

    – Thomas Newman’s theme to “American Beauty”
    – Cliff Martinez’ work on movies like “Traffic”
    – Gustavo Santaolalla’s guitar work on many movies
    – David Gilmour’s own acoustic work from his 2002 DVD – that stuff is so powerful in its simplicity it is quite emotive
    – Richard Wright’s “Broken China” (probably because it was such a personal album for him)
    – David Norland (you can listen to his soundtrack to “Anvil! The Story of Anvil”, which is unreleased, on his website: just link-in and let the website play, automatically. This stuff is powerful!)
    – Floyd’s Momentary Lapse of Reason had special moments like this: “Signs of Life” and “Terminal Frost”
    – “Wearing the Inside Out” on Floyd’s “Division Bell.”
    – Mark Isham work: especially on a movie like 1988’s “The Beast of War”
    – Lisa Gerrard: she’s on many soundtracks (at least one with Gustavo Santaolalla)

    FEd – after listening to the music in the video you posted… I don’t know all these items will fit your taste but check them out for sure!

    Ed

  25. Dear FEd:

    One last note: how ’bout the emotive quality of some remakes… some songs are broken down to such basics – and you can almost sense the remaking band’s emotive and nostalgic ties to the song, e.g., The Sundays’ remake of “Wild Horses”.

    Ed

  26. Dear All,

    I find these powerful and energetic songs quite helpful in some moments of melancholy:

    Rock You Like a Hurricane – Scorpions
    Bruce Springsteen – Saint In The City
    Sultans of Swing – Dire Straights
    Man in the Mirror- Michael Jackson
    Simply the Best – Tina Turner
    It’s My Life – Jon Bon Jovi
    Vertigo – U2
    Pink Floyd – Run like Hell (the best ,of course)

    Have a nice weekend
    Ciao Elisabetta

  27. Howdy, just a quick “Happy Anniversary” to David and Polly. Blessings of Health and Happiness to you both and your family. 🙂

  28. FEd,

    Pandora offers me the best bang for the buck. I listen to 3 Doors Down station (songs of that group + similar type songs of that genre) and 19 more stations like David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Gov’t Mule, Moody Blues, Ozzy, Leonard Cohen, Al Green, BEATles depending on what mood I’m in. The 3 Doors Down station has a very good mix of English and American bands of the 90’s and 00’s. I’m very happy with the direction Rock music is moving.

    Sorry FEd if this sounds like an advertisement but, over a small period of time I can fine tune a station to a particular mood. A station for every mood, so to speak. Anyway, it works for me.

  29. Hi all.

    I have to admit I have been listening to Wolfgang Amadeus-Mozart.

    Am I getting old or maybe I’m late catching up to a musical genius. Wonder if David could create something with him!!!

    Damian

  30. Speaking about introspection, Ozric Tentacles music also works for me. I should have mentioned this band in the previous topic. Does anyone know them?

    As for Mogwai, I know three of their albums and I recently listened to something from the new one. I like them very much when I’m in the right mood. Their sound is just hypnotic.

    Here is one my favourite tracks, even if I like the other version, called simply “Summer”, more than this one. I found it online, but it should be included in a compilation, if I’m not wrong.

    I had never heard about Explosions in the Sky, instead. I really liked “Last Known Surroundings” (both the song and the video).

  31. I like the music, and visuals in the blog post. If I were feeling extra ‘randy’ I could list a few hundred musicians, and visual artists whose work it reminds me of.

    I live in Virginia, USA, and have been a Pink Floyd fan since I was 5 years old (at least) and a David Gilmour fan for many years. I do not, however, understand the Radiohead debate.

    Is there some UK thing about who is more of a genius, or something? Personally, I think Radiohead are brilliant.

    Explosions in the Sky sound pretty brilliant, too! Pink Floyd, and David Gilmour are undisputedly brilliant!! Why fuss over who’s better than Radiohead? Really, it sets a pretty bad tone for your blog which, seems to me, is supposed to be promoting, and celebrating one of the most amazing musical minds of all time.

    Sorry for veering off topic, but I was going to list Reckoner by Radiohead until I read further, and sensed the prejudice. I know it’s a simple song, and that’s why it resonates for me. Another Brick in the Wall is quite simple, too, as is the guitar solo for We Will Rock You (one of the most powerful guitar solos of all time!)

    If you don’t like Radiohead why don’t you just not listen to them? If you like David Gilmour, pick up a guitar, and play!! THAT is what it’s all about….

    Josh

    1. It’s just a long-running joke we’ve had here, Josh; some harmless banter between music fans, in part stemming from comments David himself made about being quite fond of Radiohead, actually. No offence intended.

  32. I don’t do mornings well. These are favourite, serious get-me-going songs in no particular order or preference.

    Doors: L.A. Woman; Roadhouse Blues
    Stones: Sympathy for the Devil; Jumpin Jack Flash, Harlem Shuffle.
    Verdi: Choir of Nabucco
    Pink Floyd: Run like Hell, Astronomy Domine, Money, Have a Cigar, The Nile Song, One of These Days
    Queen: Fat Bottomed Girls
    Beethoven: Ode to Joy
    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
    Led Zeppelin: Kashmir, Immigrant Song

    Songs to cheer up immediately (and may even elicit a chuckle):

    Yannis Kalatzis: Kyria Yorgena
    Boris Manço: Lambaya pûff de
    Lucio Dalla: Caro amico ti scrivo
    Adriano Celentano: Prisencolinensinainciusol
    Syd Barrett: Bob Dylan Blues :))
    The Kinks: Lola
    George Brassens: Les copains d’abord
    Serge Gainsbourg: L’ami caouète; Vieille canaïlle
    Bob Dylan: Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
    Johnny Lee Hooker: One bourbon, one scotch…; boom boom

    Serious mind-altering, mood elevating, serotonin-enhancing stuff:

    Some of Brahms, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, BB King, Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté and other West African musicians, anonymous musicians of the Sahara desert, Hugh Masekela.
    Pink Floyd: More, Obscured by Clouds, Meddle, Atom Heart Mother, Ummagumma, Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, Delicate Sound of Thunder.

    Cheers.

    Bella x

  33. Well, I’m off to the veteran’s hospital to have a cataract from my eye removed…so I’m going to listen to “Coming Back to Life”, because I want to wake up from the whole thing, and “Please Don’t Bury Me” by John Prine just in case!!!!!

  34. Hey Juve (don’t be afraid :)) )

    You could also listen to Manfred Mann “Blinded by the Light” to remind you to keep the curtains drawn or indeed “Let There Be More Light” by a popular band with Pink in the title.

    All the best!

    1. No, not Manfred Mann. Just what are they singing? What the deuce?

      Originally by Bruce Springsteen, I’m sure you all know.

  35. Yes, Mogwai is definitely better than Radiohead!

    What a pleasant surprise to discover this collaboration with Roky Erikson!

  36. Err, apologies for responding to this so late, but I’m sure like me there are other recent David Gilmour fans who browse the archives to see what they’ve missed.

    Anyway, not a particularly Floydian choice to say the least, but I find that nothing can quite beat Rammstein at the gym. Try listening to the album ‘Mutter’ on the rowing machine. I’ve never been one for shouty, somewhat fascist sounding music but Rammstein really does get the adrenaline flowing. Just don’t too get carried away and picture yourself in shiny leather boots and a military uniform.

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