One of my favorite features of the new Nike+iPod Sport Kit is the Power Song. You press and hold the center button of your iPod at any time during your workout to instantly skip to to your pre-selected power song — the song that gets your blood pumping and clears your mind of any doubts or distractions, pushing you toward the finish line. I’m guessing Eye of the Tiger is a popular one. Or maybe the theme from Fame is more your cup of tea. But regardless of which songs are your personal favorites, they share one common characteristic — they all get stale if over-used. Which is why I have taken it upon myself to to suggest some fresh power songs which may be completely new to you, or forgotten long ago. Hopefully, over the coming weeks you’ll be able to find a couple of new gems for your power song playlist. (You do keep a power song playlist, don’t you? If you have trouble thinking of a good power song when it comes time to work out, try this: Whenever you come across a new power song candidate in your iTunes library, add it to a “power songs” playlist. This makes them much easier to remember when it comes time to choose one.)
For the first ever “Today’s Power Song” I’ve chosen one which fits the description by anyone’s measure: The manic Ready Steady Go by the Japanese rock (or J-Rock) band L’Arc~en~Ciel (which is French for Rainbow). Ready Steady Go is best known to most people as the opening theme from the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist. But I became familiar with it long before I had ever seen the show. The same song was used for the final level of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!, the insanely addictive male cheerleading rhythm game for Nintendo DS that has robbed me of more hours than I care to admit.
Sung mostly in Japanese, Ready Steady Go, is melodic power-pop at it’s best. The smooth vocals play against the chunky guitar rhythms and straight-forward punk drumming to produce a song that’s high-energy and fun; and not aggressive or shrill. Guaranteed to pick up your pace when you feel like you’re dragging.
Unfortunately, this song is not available from the iTunes Music Store, but you can watch the music video on YouTube to hear a preview.