The Mix Is In

Cycle-a-Delic Sounds

The recently released ''Tour de France Soundtracks,'' from German techno pioneers Kraftwerk, inspired us to compile an exercise mix that'll make your heart beat faster than Ruben Studdard's at a hot-dog-eating contest.

START! The Jam (Greatest Hits, 1991; Polydor) Paul Weller's late-'70s English mod-rock frenzy will whip you into one.

NESKWIK Woodbine (Woodbine, 2002; Domino) The guitarist in this U.K. trio used to be in Cornershop, but it's Susan Dillane's cool vocals that propel this spacey rock oddity about chocolate milk. You can have one after your workout.

AERO DYNAMIK Kraftwerk (Tour de France Soundtracks, 2003; Astralwerks) Plug in this thumping techno ode to cycling and you'll be waving adieu to Lance Armstrong as you overtake him on the Champs Elysees.

RACE FOR THE PRIZE The Flaming Lips (The Soft Bulletin, 1999; Warner Bros.) Let your geek flag fly to these Oklahomans' lush sonic paean to competition.

TRAIN IN VAIN The Clash (London Calling, 1979; Epic) A propulsive, punky anthem about getting dumped. And, sadly, the underlying theme to our exercise regimen.

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Led Zeppelin (Houses of the Holy, 1973; Atlantic) Imagine Robert Plant is your high-note-hitting, Tolkien-obsessed coach pushing you ''along the open road.''

THE SEED (2.0) The Roots (Phrenology, 2002; MCA) Cody ChesnuTT's buttery voice fuels this dirty funky ditty about sex. Sex...always a good motivator to get in shape.

ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE Jim O'Rourke (Insignificance, 2001; Drag City) Wind down to O'Rourke's pleasant song about coasting.

OVERTURE/THE BIG RACE Danny Elfman (Pee-wee's Big Adventure, 1985; MCA) Celebrate your finish with a full orchestral flourish. Then you can help Pee-wee search for his lost bicycle.

Originally posted Oct 03, 2003 Published in issue #731 Oct 03, 2003 Order article reprints