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Old 06-03-2011, 20:24   #1
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Sailing-Themed Contempory Music

I was listening to a CD by Tennis (who is a group that wrote songs about their sailing experiences) and it got me thinking what other contempory music has a sailing or nautical theme (either as metaphor or literal interpretation).

The ones I have come up with so far are as follows:



and my favourite


Any others that are worthy of listening to? :
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Almost anything by Kelly McGuire
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The Pogues, The Waterboys, World Party and Randy Newman come to mind for your '80s and '90s slot.
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Almost anything by Kelly McGuire
I have never heard of him. What type of music?
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The Pogues, The Waterboys, World Party and Randy Newman come to mind for your '80s and '90s slot.
Thanks. Do you recall what songs fall into that category?
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I have never heard of him. What type of music?
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Re: Sailing themed contempory music

How about Buffet? One Particular Harbour. A Sailor Looks at 40, Boat Drinks, etc etc
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Thanks. Do you recall what songs fall into that category?
Thousands Are Sailing, Greenland Whales Fisheries=Pogues
This is the Sea...you know, I'm pretty sure you can Google faster than me.
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There is a lot more than I expected! Thanks everyone.
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Electro-pop anyone?

Artist: Owl City
Album: Ocean Eyes
Tracks: Hello Seattle, On The Wing, Saltwater Room, Sunburn

Maybe not as explicit in the telling of their saltwater adventures as others, but an artistic perspective nonetheless.
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Re: Sailing themed contempory music

How about "Single Handed Sailor" by Dire Straits which is about Chichester's circumnavigation.
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Split Endz: Six Months in a Leaky Boat (The C&C 115 Story)
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Re: Sailing themed contempory music

Hi All. Bumped into this thread randomly searching for more sailing music. I'd seen this site before but really checked it out. Impressive site.

Anyway, I sail as well so I joined up!

Figured for my first post I could contribute. Lots of good stuff already mentioned, but here's some of the contemporary sailling music I love:

Decemberists (Very 'piratey')

- Mariner's Revenge Song



- Shanty for Arethusa



- My Mother Was Chinese Trapeze Artist (part of its about sailing)



Flogging Molly (piratey as well)

- Tabacco Island



- May the Living Be the Dead in Our Wake



- Cruel Mistress



- Float (not really a sailing song, but there's a boat metaphor and the song's really good)



Del McCoury (bluegrass)

- the King's Shilling (no link)

Justin Sullivan (this is my fav)

- Ocean Rising



Okkervil River

- Lost Coastlines



- Mermaid



Gillian Welch

- Dear Someone



The Builders and the Butchers

- It Came From the Sea



O'Death

- Underwater Nightmare

Anyway, that's good for a start. There's a lot more though. If you widen the net to include songs about boats and the ocean, there's tons.

Port O'Brien (frequently sings about Alaskan Fishing)
Decemberists (tons of Nautical imagery in the lyrics on the first 3 albums)
John Vanderslice (frequently uses nautical imagery)
Lonely Island (I'm on a Boat!)
Sophie Zelmani (sings about the Sea)
Justin Sullivan (sings about coastal life and the sea)
New Model Army (a few sea songs)
Pogues (Lots)
Flogging Molly (Lots and Lots)
Handsome Family (A few songs)
Mountain Goats (Frequent Theme)
Too many various and sundry rock n roll one offs to name.
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Hi All. Bumped into this thread randomly searching for more sailing music. I'd seen this site before but really checked it out. Impressive site.

Anyway, I sail as well so I joined up!

Figured for my first post I could contribute. Lots of good stuff already mentioned, but here's some of the contemporary sailling music I love:
Excellent. Thanks. And welcome aboard. CF is a great resource with a collection of interesting and lively people.
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