It's a popular form of procrastination among NaNoers to cobble together a soundtrack to their hastily written masterpieces, and in a completely unrelated post, because I do it every month anyway, in honour of Stephen Lawhead's The Skin Map I present ten of the best cartographically relevant tunes in the multiverse; otherwise known as the Top Ten Map Songs.
10. Sheeple & Electrobios: Map Quest
We kick off this time round with the obligatory 7 and a half minutes of electronica; not an especially inspiring, track, but sneaks in for the relevant title.
9. Marillion: Map of the World
There was a moment when I thought how awesomely relevant it was to have a band from Avebury in the top ten. Then I realised that Marillion actually formed in Aylesbury, which is not quite the same thing.
8. Raoul Sinier: Map For a Tactical Nonsense
Another little electronic number from the French artist who brought us Wxfdswxc2, Huge Samurai Radish, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turnip. Well ok, I may have made one of those up.
7. Idlewild: I Don't Have The Map
I'm not sure if this is a direct quote from The Skin Map or not, but it's certainly a paraphrase. A Scottish indie-rock paraphrase at that.
6. We Were Promised Jetpacks: Let's Call This a Map
What's this? More Scottish indie-rock? Music venues in Scotland must be really hard to find...
5. Muse: Map of the Problematique
Completing the hat-trick of Scottish indie-rockers.... Just kidding, two is enough. And Muse are from Devon.
4. Deliverance: Map
You know, the references to where these bands are from was not intentional. I don't know where Deliverance are from, but being a Christian metal band, the do have a road map to heaven, and they're not afraid to sing about it.
3. Podge: Map of Life
Quite often while putting these Top Tens together I will run out of appropriate songs in my own collection, and just whack something like 'Map' into a Spotify search. Results can be patchy, but sometimes I'll find some little treasure I would otherwise have missed.... This is one of those.
2. Athlete: Street Map
No apologies, I just think Athlete are brilliant.
1. Shonen Knife: Map Master
J-Pop meets The Ramones. I love Shonen Knife too... and who can fault an opening line like 'I have a poor sense of direction'?
OK, I have some important writing to do, so I'm afraid you'll have to google up your own links for the tunes, unless you're lucky enough to be able to spotify them.
Now, as I missed it yesterday, here is your map for the rest of the tour:
Red Bissell Thomas Clayton Booher Keanan Brand Grace Bridges Beckie Burnham Morgan L. Busse Jeff Chapman Christian Fiction Book Reviews Valerie Comer Karri Compton Amy Cruson CSFF Blog Tour Stacey Dale D. G. D. Davidson George Duncan April Erwin Tori Greene Ryan Heart Bruce Hennigan Timothy Hicks Christopher Hopper Becky Jesse Cris Jesse Becca Johnson Jason Joyner Julie Carol Keen Krystine Kercher Shannon McDermott Allen McGraw Matt Mikalatos Rebecca LuElla Miller Nissa John W. Otte Gavin Patchett Sarah Sawyer Chawna Schroeder Kathleen Smith Rachel Starr Thomson Donna Swanson Robert Treskillard Steve Trower Fred Warren Dona Watson Phyllis Wheeler Nicole White Elizabeth Williams Dave Wilson