Various - Top Gear Anthems

As I mull it over, this latest Top Gear compilation, it catches my good lady's eye. "What's on it ?" she asks. "Guess," I say. "Queen." "Very good - first track. And ..?" She frowns - "Meatloaf ?" Second track ! Scary. She's good. Or maybe the compilers, purveyors of fine rocking tunes that help you drive just that bit more ... dynamically, know their chosen market just that bit too well.

In a nutshell, disc 1 is Classic Rock - 70s pomp and 80s heavy rock. Disc 2 is Indie - all your current ASDA rock faves with a few gems unavoidably trapped in the vacuum. It's the latter that deserve name-checking : Franz Ferdinand ('Take Me Out'), Maximo Park ('Our Velocity'), The Cardigans ('My Favourite Game'.) Bowie's 'Song for Bob Dylan' and Placebo's 'Slave to the Wage' bring some much-needed other-ness should Oasis, Coldplay, The Killers, Feeder (Who on earth enjoys Feeder ?) be too grey for you. ELO's 'Mr Blue Sky' is included now that it's been decreed it's cute.

Disc 1 is entirely predictable. Boston, Whitesnake, ZZ Top, Free, Genesis. Clarkson's Merc won't know what's hit it when he sticks this on. I can see him nodding along approvingly from here. Proper music, lads ! Deep Purple are represented by 'Highway Star' rather than 'Smoke on the water', which makes me presume the work experience lad hit the wrong button.

Obviously, utter bollocks. There are surely radio stations that churn this stuff out all day. Is it worth a tenner to avoid having to listen to double glazing ads ? Maybe. Oh, and for a CD that won't be bought by any women (well, not for themselves), 38 tracks and just one female artist. Now that's impressive.



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