The World’s Best Music Videos Featuring Bicycles

Dave Burdick yesterday offered up his choices for the Top 5 videos featuring a bicycle on the Huffington Post. While it’s nice to see the mainstream blogosphere types showing some love for two-wheelers, c’mon man! Robin Thicke bouncing around NYC on a crappy bike to "Disco Beethoven" is the world’s number one bike video?! I think not.

The Mercedes Benz-ollieing, sidewalk-riding, pedestrian-buzzing Thicke is an ass. As a former pedestrian and cycling advocate in New York City who worked hard to dispel the cyclist-as-sidewalk-riding menace myth, I’d like to see someone hit Thicke with a nice, solid cross-check. Stereogum has it right calling Thicke a "Dick on a Bike." Bottom line: If you’re going to promote bad behavior on bikes, at least let it be talented bad behavior.

Burdick didn’t get his top five list all wrong. I love the inexplicably askew, Donnie Darko-esque Bat for Lashes video:

And The Flobots’ catchy anti-corporate jeremiad, "Handlebars:"

Even the multi-modal Lily Allen is pretty cute riding through some of the more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly sections of London:

But how on earth did the Flight of the Conchords not make the list? Was Burdick worried that the wingers over at RedState.com would accuse the Huffington Post of being a France sympathizer if they picked "Foux De Fa Fa?"

And what about the Conchords’ "Muther Uckers?" It features prominent bicycle placement, no sidewalk riding and the fellas even wear helmets.

As for hip-hop, why not rep a local crew and Oakland’s scraper bikes? Ghost ride the (pedal-powered) whip!

I am unimpressed with the selection of "Bicycle Race" by Queen (original NSFW version) as an honorable mention. That’s so obvious.

How about some more obscure selections like this fetishized Alvin and the Chipmunks ode to bikes from 1961, "Bicycle Built for Two." Simon extols the bicycle as "gorgeous, simply fascinating" and admires its "elegant simplicity of lines." Still, I can’t shake the strange feeling that Dave is a little creepy at the end:

And while it’s not technically a music video, Monty Python’s "Bicycle Repairman" would make my honorable mention list for his willingness to root out Communism wherever it may be found. Perhaps Glen Beck can resurrect the character to fight Obama’s socialist tendencies?

(And thanks to Clarence at Streetfilms for making sure I included the best PSA ever!)

What other videos am I missing, Streetblog Nation?

  • josh
  • the robin thicke video is interesting from a bike-culture retrospective angle. 7 years ago, new york, bike scene. guys rolling around on tricked out mountain bikes with knobby tires, disk brakes, and hydraulic shocks.

    fast-forward 7 years, and robin thicke would be on a pista with neon this and anodized that. i wonder what it will be seven years from now? beach cruisers? touring frames? back to BMX?

  • Clearly, the best bike video is “Monday”

  • two wheels good

    TARC is cute, but best bike PSA ever?!

    Clearly you haven’t done the test.

    http://www.dothetest.co.uk

  • mattt
  • I know I’m a little late with this reply, and I’m showing my old fogeyness here, but what about the Style Council’s “My Ever Changing Moods?”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJeP3mipHQY

    ’80s, baby!!!

  • Jet – She’s a genius for the hairiest cyclist ever seen.