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1. Posted by sea1984 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I have so many!

There are many Indian movie songs that remind me of my time in India hehe!

And the many road trips I've been on in the UK remind me of those places.

I went to Liverpool to visit and stay with a friend and on the train when we were getting to places we used to sing I predict a Riot by the Kaiser Chiefs and just laugh. We got lots of funny looks, but was good fun!

How about you?

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y


But I think the strongest one is Tarkan - "Şımarık". I was in Turkey when it was topping the charts there, and it was blaring out of every shopfront and passing car for the whole month. Just hearing that riff takes me back there.

It's a great track, shame that the poor Holly Valance cover is better known in the UK.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4948 posts) 8y

The only really strong associations I have are when I had a CD on continuous repeat while driving some place (the rest of the time I just have my mp3 player shuffling through everything, which means no associations form). The strongest is probably Basque's "Falling Forward", which I was playing incessantly while driving through Yosemite National Park. Anytime I hear that music now, I'm instantly transported back to those winding forest roads.
The other really strong association with a specific place is Terami Hirsch's "To the Bone", which I played while driving the Pacific Coast Highway (I'd bought it the day before at a live show). A couple of songs from that album will instantly bring up visions of the fog which was rolling in over the (again) winding road, with murky yellow late afternoon sunlight barely filtering through.

(There's also Loreena McKennit's "Book of Secrets", but what that reminds me of is the endless skies in the original "Unreal" computer game (which I played for a full day straight on the same day that I first discovered Loreena's music), so I don't think that quite counts...) :D

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 8, 2008, at 8:58 AM by Sander ]

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

Carabao's songs always remind me on Thailand

5. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

Quoting magykal1


But I think the strongest one is Tarkan - "Şımarık". I was in Turkey when it was topping the charts there, and it was blaring out of every shopfront and passing car for the whole month. Just hearing that riff takes me back there.

It's a great track, shame that the poor Holly Valance cover is better known in the UK.

So true! what a great song wasn't it number one in Turkey for 3 years or something silly like that? Holly V's version is nowhere near as good as Tarkan's!

For us, Chasing Cars by Snowpatrol reminds us of driving a campervan around New Zealand over Christmas 2006. It was on the radio all the time. Now everytime we hear it we are reminded of the scenery and good times of New Zealand!

6. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

I always try to discover local bands and music when I'm traveling/living in another country and therefore will always remember driving around in New Zealand in camper for a year when I listen to any song of Salmonella Dub and Fat Freddy's Drop. Powderfinger's Sunsets makes me always think of when I was playing it on my I-pod and watching the beautiful sunsets in Western Australia. Good old times !

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Oh god, completely. I devoted a whole blog entry to this when i was travelling. I listen to music obsessively. I bring my mp3 player when I'm just walking to the grocery store.

It's even gotten to the point where I can barely listen to certain music anymore because it will cause me to pine for certain places I've travelled to. When I was hiking the Inca Trail, I listened continually to the music of Rolfe Kent, who is probably best known for his score to the movie "About Schmidt". That music seemed to fit perfectly the situation and scenery in which I found myself at that time, and when I listen to it now it brings me right back to that time and place. Music is incredibly powerful and evocative. It always has been for me. I'm one of those sad saps who has an "Our Song" for almost every guy I've ever gone out with - there's always some song I can associate with someone, friends or boyfriends. Mostly, it's a great thing, but ever so often it can just make you feel a little bit sad.

When my bag was stolen when I was travelling, my greatest loss was not my credit cards, it was my MP3 player with 2000+ tracks on it (well, that and my camera with all my photos from Patagonia...but it's all part of the joys of travelling right )

8. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

I try to discover the local music too, the most memorable ones are often those that are played non stop on 12 hour bus trips around the country! :)

And also those that are really unexpected - like listening to live bands in Kathmandu covering Eric Clapton really well, and Damien Rice played on an old stereo in a small fishing village on the Cambodian coast... Those to me always bring back memories. And of course the latest Bollywood hits that the locals would hum to on the streets in India.

I fing religious songs especially memorable and evocative too, like Om Shanti Om and Hara hara Shankara, which never fails to make me dream of India and going back to the places i've been

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

I'm like Eve in that i'm always listening to something. I also try and get into local music. I always make sure i have a radio on my phone/MP3 player and love listening to local stations and the random things that get played on them. I also try and buy/acquire local music, so have 5000 odd assorted Russian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Ukrainian, Romanian, Lithuanian etc tracks on my MP3 player, including a number which have become some of my favourite songs.

My (old) MP3 player even gained a certain notariety on my travels for being almost possessed with warped humour. Putting it on random play all it managed to come up with the most perfectly linked music to numerous situations/occasions, as i noted many times in my blog. I've recently got a new player, and hoping that when i start travelling again in a couple of months it will also display the same sense of humour

As to specifics, there are many, though most of them are older - Jamelia's superstar reminds me of Rome; A certain part of Tubular Bells II brings back a very specific part of the train journey from Birmingham to Oxford (southbound only) late in the evening, shooting through Heyford station at high speed. ELO's greatest hits reminds me of sitting on a train crossing Belgium. Mouse loves Rice was everywhere when i was in China, and i can't think of either word without remembering bizarre as-hoc karaoke sessions, and the fraggle rock theme tune reminds me of an apartment in Shanghai. There's lots more as well! These days, i tend to now use random play all, so you don't get the same mental connections as when you had CD's or cassettes which you often had on a loop.

10. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 8y

Like Sander, I develop associations after having a CD on constant repeat while travelling somewhere. Whenever I hear the Living End's 3rd CD, I think of the Spanish landscape between Madrid and Segovia, because that's when I spent most of the day listening to it. Weird association, I know!

There's also this Australian singer, Gotye, who always reminds me of my honeymoon and Katoomba. We bought his CD in Sydney, then listened to it tons while we were in Katoomba.


ps. Excellent thread. I'm featuring this for the front page:)