‘Now That’s What I Call Running’ is a 3-disc compilation of tunes to soundtrack your athletics activity. For our readers not from Ireland or Britain, the album comes from the makers of the ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ series of chart hit anthologies.
Just as running is a broad church that includes treadmillers, joggers and marathon addicts, so this album tries to have something for nearly everyone’s musical taste and running preference. So, if you do your running in a gym there’s pumping dance music from the likes of David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. Sass-merchants like Katy Perry and Rihanna give you something poppy and fizzy while lapping the park at lunchtime. To turn your weekend long run into a widescreen epic, there’s grandiose stadium rock from U2, The Killers, Coldplay and The Temper Trap. And for your heroic drive to the line it also has Tina Turner’s ‘Simply The Best’ and the theme from ‘Rocky’.
Even an indie kid like me is notionally targeted by this compilation – although The Fratellis and Kaiser Chiefs are fairly low-grade bands. If they really wanted a taste of my wealth, the compilation makers could have included ‘Run Run Run’ by The Velvet Underground. But in any case I don’t listen to music while I run, so they were wise not to bother making the extra effort just for me.
Anyway, there’s plenty of decent chart-pop action on ‘Now That’s What I Call Running’. The best of it is probably ‘Hey Ya!’ by OutKast, which includes some sound advice to you loosening up before your run – shake it like a Polaroid picture!