A Workout Playlist: People Who Have Had It

Chris Lawhorn, the resident DJ at Marie Claire and Real Age, reviews 300-400 singles every month, trying to find the best new music for a workout. Every week, he’ll be posting an indie-centric playlist for MAGNET readers. To vote on upcoming tracks, hear this month’s contenders and find more resources for matching songs to the pace of your exercise routine, you can visit his workout music site.

This week’s playlist is devoted to songs by folks who are fed up. The first, John Lennon’s infamous post-Beatles dig at Paul, is remarkably slow. Way too slow for a jog. But, if you want to do push-ups, while fuming, he’s got your back. There’s also a catty track from Blondie, plus tracks from two of the most consistently foul-mooded British bands I know. And because I don’t want this to devote this to bitchy tracks entirely, there’s a less malevolent, more impassioned song by Laura Lee, who’s done mincing words about the perils of marriage.

1. John Lennon “How Do You Sleep?” (66 BPM)
How Do You Sleep? - Imagine (Remastered)

2. Blondie “Rip Her To Shreds” (124 BPM)
Rip Her to Shreds - The Best of Blondie

3. The Fall “Hit The North” (113 BPM)
Hit the North, Part 1 - 458489 A-Sides

4. Thee Headcoats “(We Hate The Fucking) NME” (130 BPM)
(We Hate the Fuckin’) NME - Elementary Headcoats

5. Laura Lee “Wedlock Is A Padlock” (109 BPM)
Wedlock Is a Padlock - Laura Lee: Greatest Hits