“Once I had a love and it was a gas. Soon turned out had a heart of glass.”
Not our words of course but those of Deborah Harry. And as I sat (I was actually dancing around my living room with my 5 year old daughter) listening to this classic on vinyl it got me wondering how the gases we work with daily had leaked (sic) their way into the music industry over the years.
So with the help of my own sizeable vinyl collection, too much free time on my hands and a pinch of Google I hereby present you with some (somewhat tenuously) gas related songs, in the first (and quite possibly the last) Analox top ten music chart:
10: Under Pressure by Queen
I’m not personally a fan of the 80s prog/pop rockers but as the world’s leading authority on hyperbaric gas measurement (Analox, not Bryan May!) this tune had to be included.
9: Dive by Nirvana
This simple and IMO underrated offering from the Seattle greats never fails to get me up and dancing. Oh, and there is nothing more important to a diver than their gas.
8: The Air Near my Fingers by The White Stripes
Since 1981 Analox have been “Looking after the air you breathe”, including those molecules closest to your hands.
7: Oxygen by Spice Girls
I make no secret of the fact I saw the phenomenon that was Spice Girls in the height of their pomp in 1997 in Manchester. This is and will probably remain the campest night of my life.
6: The Bell by First Aid Kit
Rarely is every track on an album a potential single but there are always exceptions to the rule. And whilst this tune from Scandinavia’s most melodic of sisters is nothing to do with measuring the partial pressures of gases in a diving bell 200m under the ocean, it deserves a place in this list for its brilliance.
5: Just Breathe by Pearl Jam
I guess when you have faith in your gas detectors you can simply get on with the simple things, Mr Vedder seemed to imply…
4: Gas Panic! by Oasis
A dreadful track on a largely dreadful album – figuratively the nicest thing I can say here.
3: Air by Ben Folds Five
I could have included the whole of Moon Safari by Air here but I felt I owed a place to one of my favourite live acts of all time. (and it’s really hard to find a song title with the word “Argon” in it)
2: Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan
Changes in atmospheric pressure and the makeup of ambient air were probably not that important to the greatest lyricist of all time but are a part of daily life at Analox.
1: Under the Pressure by War on Drugs
From mine (and many thousands of others) favourite album of 2014 this tune is one of at least 5 faultless tracks from their current LP. Ironically named as the first vinyl I look to when the pressure rises is this one. Enjoy.
If you have any other gas related bands or songs you can suggest please let us know (as we don’t get out as much as we probably should).
Author: Simon Lunt, Director of Sales & Marketing