Thursday, 29 March 2018

THE AA SING-A-LONG CAMPAIGN - 29/03/2017


Recently, the UK’s favourite breakdown company, The AA, carried out a survey which highlights exactly which songs we in Britain love a good sing-a-long to when travelling on the road.



Despite having more dedicated roadside patrols than anyone else, The AA are much more than just a breakdown service. They also provide car, home, travel and other insurance; personal financial services including loans, savings and credit cards as well as a range of motoring services. The AA is also the largest independent travel publisher in the UK. It also provides driver training through the AA Driving School; British School of Motoring (BSM) and AA DriveTech for commercial drivers.
Out of those surveyed, it was found that just over half of them (51%) tend to join in with a sing-a-long in the car and 45% admitted to having driven past their destination to allow themselves more time listening to their favourite tunes.
The Marketing Director of The AA, Cheryl Caverley, commented that “Our research has shown that we’re more likely to sing in the car than anywhere else, with group sing-a-longs forming special memories for 74% of us. It’s no coincidence that the favourite sing-a-long song, Bohemian Rhapsody, also featured in the famous car scene from the hit movie Wayne’s World.”
With The AA creating a playlist of the top songs chosen for those car sing-a-longs, it is clear that the pop genre is the one which seems to spark an impromptu singing session for the majority of the public. With this being the case, I decided to do my own research into what it is that those up and coming indie / rock / grunge / punk bands and artists listen to while on the road.
FERAL FAMILY:
1.    So, the survey carried out by The AA it was found that the majority of songs that we (the UK) tend to play on car journeys are pop songs, is this what you would say you find yourselves listening to when on the road to and from shows? If not, what genre would you say makes up most of the playlist for your travels?

No, we only play pop songs on the way back for a bit of a morale boost and a good sing-a-long. We normally play all different genres – rap, rock, grunge, indie and also 70’s and 80’s songs so it does differ but the two songs we chose we all know the words to (George Michael / Careless Whisper & Spandau Ballet / True).

2.    What would you say is the one thing that makes for the perfect song to play when in the car on tour?

Something that everyone knows is key because it lifts spirits and singing to those songs is a joyous occasion.

3.    Do you have a particular band / artist who make it on every time you venture out on the road?

At the moment, it’s bands like; Soundgarden, Demob Happy, Kasabian (early stuff), Rage Against the Machine, Tool and Snoop Dogg (first album).

4.    What do you tend to listen to more, the radio or playlists of your own?

We don’t use the radio in the car. We either just put on an album or we just say “put this song on through Spotify.”

TOM LUMLEY:
1.    So, the survey carried out by The AA it was found that the majority of songs that we (the UK) tend to play on car journeys are pop songs, is this what you would say you find yourselves listening to when on the road to and from shows? If not, what genre would you say makes up most of the playlist for your travels?

Nope, we definitely listen more to indie / rock with the occasional classics like ABBA or Disney classics.


2.    What would you say is the one thing that makes for the perfect song to play when in the car on tour?

It needs to be happy and uplifting. Touring can beat you down sometimes so keeping spirits high is important.

3.    Do you have a particular band / artist who make it on every time you venture out on the road?

There’s a few local bands we always tend to play and then probably The Wombats and Nothing But Thieves.

4.    What do you tend to listen to more, the radio or playlists of your own?


We really do listen to a mixture. We love Radio X but also listen to a lot of radio podcasts with the likes of Freddie Flintoff if we want a break from music. Playlist wise, we have our own personal ones we tend to put on.


THE VELVET HANDS:

1.    So, the survey carried out by The AA it was found that the majority of songs that we (the UK) tend to play on car journeys are pop songs, is this what you would say you find yourselves listening to when on the road to and from shows? If not, what genre would you say makes up most of the playlist for your travels?

It depends really. We always seem to go for a selection of new albums athat we haven’t heard before for the majority of the journey and then, once the tiredness creeps up on us, we’ll switch over to the landfill indie-rock sing-a-long bangers.

2.    What would you say is the one thing that makes for the perfect song to play when in the car on tour?

A song that has a strong mood throughout is always good. We had a pretty glorious moment on our last tour. The rain was pouring and we were listening to Tiny Dancer while driving home from Birmingham, all of us were quite happily counting the headlights on the highway. We were a bit like that band from the film ‘Almost Famous,’ just without being almost famous.

3.    Do you have a particular band / artist who make it on every time you venture out on the road?

Nick Cave on the way there, ABBA on the way back.

4.    What do you tend to listen to more, the radio or playlists of your own?

A bit of both. Our manager’s car has a tape deck though, so we get a bit upset if we ever hear a song without a loud hiss accompanying it.

5.    What playlists should everyone listen to when on the road?

VH: Current Playlist on Spotify is full of bangers, you should all go check it out.

PAVES:

1.    So, the survey carried out by The AA it was found that the majority of songs that we (the UK) tend to play on car journeys are pop songs, is this what you would say you find yourselves listening to when on the road to and from shows? If not, what genre would you say makes up most of the playlist for your travels?

We try to listen to as much different music as possible whilst we're on the road. It's a great way to discover new music and explore what other people are doing with sound and song writing. We always try and find out about new bands and it gives us a chance to check them out and even though sometimes its not our cup of tea, it may give us an idea of something fresh to try. It's nice switching between radio stations, and playlists to see what's out there and we've found musicians we listen to regularly because of it.

2.    What would you say is the one thing that makes for the perfect song to play when in the car on tour?

A good classic sing-a-long is always great when you're getting pins and needles on a long drive.

3.    Do you have a particular band / artist who make it on every time you venture out on the road?

As much as we listen to a lot of different stuff we always have some of the classics on. You can always rely on a good album that you know inside out!

4.    What do you tend to listen to more, the radio or playlists of your own?

It really is a mixture, we listen to Radio 2 & 6 and Radio X most of the time. If we are in London then Radio London as well. Then we just kind of take turns picking songs on Spotify.

FALSE HEADS:


1.    So, the survey carried out by The AA it was found that the majority of songs that we (the UK) tend to play on car journeys are pop songs, is this what you would say you find yourselves listening to when on the road to and from shows? If not, what genre would you say makes up most of the playlist for your travels?

F*** pop music for journeys, unless your battered in the backseat coming back from a gig but even then it’s questionable and it’s gotta be old school really cheesy on hit wonders. Normally Rock ‘n’ Roll and HipHop is best for being on the road. Like Led Zep made ‘When the Levee Breaks’ for driving surely?

2.    What would you say is the one thing that makes for the perfect song to play when in the car on tour?

Just something you can scream along too and just has that driving feel, sort of difficult to explain, driving is pretty f***ing dull, anything that can liven that up works.

3.    Do you have a particular band / artist who make it on every time you venture out on the road?

Led Zeppelin, Eminem and Gorillaz.

4.    What do you tend to listen to more, the radio or playlists of your own?

Playlists of our own, you gotta dictate that sh*t.

5.    What playlists should everyone listen to when on the road?

Punked and Walking like a Badass are pretty siiick to listen to when driving.

6.    It was also stated that mums and sisters tend to have the best and second-best voices out of those joining in with the in-car sing-a-long, obviously there are none of those in False Heads. Who tends to singing long most when on car journeys?

Barney and Jake but I’ll (Luke) join in occasionally haha if I can be bothered. Alan (our tour manager) loves a sing song too.

On top of that, I made a playlist of my own filled with the top songs played on the road from those above and a couple more. Submissions from White Room, The Blinders, The Velvet Hands, Feral Family, BlackWaters, Paves, ARCADES, Jordan Allen, RedFaces and False Heads. Within these chosen, none of the songs on The AA playlist cropped up however a couple of the bands on theirs, also made mine.

When choosing these songs, some of the bands also gave reasons for why these songs soundtrack their car journeys. The most popular band proved to be ABBA with them cropping up three times and their track 'Does Your Mother Know' being listed twice. Check out the submissions and the playlist itself below:

White Room:                                     The Blinders:                             Feral Family:             

The Doors // Roadhouse Blues         Arctic Monkeys & Richard  George Michael // 
ABBA // Does Your Mother Know     Hawley // You and I                Careless Whisper
Jurassic 5 // Concrete Schoolyard    Elton John // Tiny Dancer     Spandau Ballet //
Fleetwood Mac // The Chain             ABBA // Nina, Pretty Ballerina                   True
Led Zeppelin // Immigrant Song

ARCADES:

BEE GEES // Stayin’ Alive
“Just try not to break the speed limit when this comes on.”
Toploader // Dancing in the Moonlight
“I think this has got to be the overall favourite for us five, never gets old. It’s so class.”
The Last Shadow Puppets // Standing Next To Me
Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich // Hold Tight
“Fast lane song.”
Oasis // Morning Glory
“Just f***ing brilliant.”

The Velvet Hands:                                                                                            Jordan Allen:

ABBA // Does Your Mother Know                            Benni Benassi & The Biz // Satisfaction
“To keep awake when driving on tour.”                                                Vida // Let You Believe
Supergrass // Alright                                                               Ultrabeat // Pretty Green Eyes
“To get in the mood to ROCK.”                                                          The RPMS // Your Ghost
Mott the Hoople // Saturday Gigs                                        RedFaces // Messed Up Feeling
“For when the good times are rolling.”                          “We love a bit of everything, from our mates’ bands to classic dance anthems. We can go from Donk to Dylan in a matter of seconds.”

RedFaces:

The Allman Brothers Band // Jessica
“Obviously eventually being used for Top Gear it’s an ace driving song, but it’s such a cool little jam and somehow always seems to end bang on when you arrive at your destination.”
-       Isaac White.
The Drums // Blood Under My Belt
“The simplicity of this song makes me feel so melancholy and joyous. I tend to find myself moving the steering wheel to the rhythm and almost crashing (which I don’t advise).”
-       Charlie Yapp.

BlackWaters:                                                                                                                Paves:

Ronan Keating // When You Say Nothing At All              Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers //                                                                                                                                 Breakdown


False Heads:

Gorillaz // M1 A1
“Just because Barney thinks it’s amazing to put it on anytime we’re on either of those roads.”


My 'On The Road Again' Playlist.


Written by Sophie.


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