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Happy Cycling

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Happy Cycling
Running time 1:49 (AFOT)
7:51 (MHTRTC)
7:56 (Peel Session)
7:27 (Live @ Warp10)
7:55 (ATP)
5:07 (DJ-Kicks: Kid Loco)
Appears on AFOT
Peel Session
Live @ Warp10
DJ-Kicks: Kid Loco

Happy Cycling is the name of two unrelated musical compositions by Boards of Canada: an earlier piece appearing on A Few Old Tunes, and a later composition which forms the basis of all tracks named Happy Cycling on Boards of Canada's general releases and known live recordings.

Samples / Lyrics

(Interviewer's voice): "... to tell us about backwards masking ??? and the Electric Light Orchestra. A whole crowd of ... got all ... because they thought that if ... but, when it was hand-spun backwards on a turntable, and it said something like 'Christ is inferno'. Anyway, it was enough to ... cause some problems for ELO and Jeff Lynne in particular."
(Jeff Lynne's voice): "It is absolutely ...don't ask why I said that. It didn't say anything, anything of the sort. And uhm, that was fact, it was a mistake, isn't it. Because anyone who can write a song played forwards and have it say something else backwards has got to be some kind of genius, and that I ain't! I was upset at first by the accusations, you know, but now, but now I would find them funny ... we're totally innocent of all those claims ... and we're all God-fearing chaps!"[2]
  • [Sam Lambert] has pointed out yet another of those little details in the track that can be so easily overlooked. During the first part of the track, whenever the seagull sounds are heard, there is also a sound like a man singing, rather faint and tinny.
  • The bird calls are sampled from Vangelis - La Fête sauvage. Sample starts at 2:43. [3][4]


  • A shorter version of the recent one also appears in Kid Loco's DJ-Kicks.
  • [Alex D] - There is an electronic music company called cycling 74, who make MAX/MSP among other things; and it could just possibly be a reference to that.
  • [Mark S] - Many have suspected the title as being a reference to Albert Hofmann's trip on LSD known as Bicycle Day.
  • [Forfy] - The Peel Session version was used in season two, episode twelve of Six Feet Under.


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