On the release of ‘Take The Bus,’ the new single by our very own Lipstereo, we were reminded and consequently began calling out, other great tunes with ‘Bus’ in the title. Song-obsessed, we decided to feature seven of our people moving faves.
Bus Stop - The Hollies
British rock band The Hollies released this single in 1966. It reached No. 5 in the UK singles chart and was also the band’s first US top ten hit. A precursor to the jangly power pop genre in future years. Written by Graham Gouldman (future 10cc member) a prolific songwriter who also wrote major hits for the Yardbirds, and Herman’s Hermits,
Every morning’, I would see her waiting at the stop
Sometimes she’s shopped and she would show me what she bought
All the people stared as if we were both quite inane
Someday my name and hers are going to be the same.
Magic Bus - The Who
Written by guitarist Pete Townshend, Magic Bus was recorded by The Who in 1968 and became one of the band’s iconic songs, The recording uses a Latin percussion instrument called ‘claves’ to give it a distinctive sound. The wooden sticks are struck together to create a bright, penetrating clicking noise. Now that we've pointed the claves out, you'll never un-hear them.
Every day I get in the queue
To get on the bus that takes me to you
I’m so nervous, I just sit and smile
Your house is only another mile.
Waitin’ For The Bus - ZZ Top
Texan blues-rock Trio, ZZ Top released the songs on their 1973 album ‘Tres Hombres.’ In an interview with Spin Magazine (1985), bass player Dusty Hill said ...
… “it’s a working man’s song. It’s been a couple of years, but I went to Austin from Houston and I decided, hell, I’ll ride the bus. I hadn’t done it for a long time. And you can meet some very unique people on a bus and in a bus station. I like to people watch … The thing about a bus is who you have to sit beside. If the guy’s got good wine, it’s ok.”
Does this Bus stop at 82nd Street - Bruce Springsteen
Released in 1973 on the album 'Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ this song is set in Spanish Harlem and is loosely based on a bus ride Springsteen took to visit his girlfriend in uptown Manhattan.
Wizards, imps and sweat sock pimps
Interstellar mongrel nymphs
Rex said that lady left him limp
Love’s like that (sure it is)
Take the Bus - Lipstereo
Melbourne-based indie rock band, Lipstereo, will release its debut EP on 11 November 2022. It includes this song, a slow brooding piece that beautifully begins in earnest with singer, Sam Stranges, describing friendship without expectations. The song darkens, and Stranges explains ...
“...written almost as a corrupted response to thirteen (Big Star),’ Take The Bus’ is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, almost like seeing your life slip away from you."
Bus Rider - The Guess Who
The Guess Who is a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They found international success from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s with numerous hit singles, including "American Woman." Several former members of The Guess Who, notably Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman (of Bachman–Turner Overdrive), found considerable success outside the band.
Get up in the mornin’, get on the bus
Get up in the mornin’, like the rest of us
Places to go, important people to meet
Better not get up or you might lose your seat
Do The Bus Stop - Fatback Band
Formed in 1970 in New York, New York, Fatback Band released an impressive 22 albums in two decades. The band was the concept of drummer Bill Curtis who wanted to merge the "fatback" jazz beat of New Orleans into a funk band.
Are you ready, to do the bus stop?
That's it, our seven favourite 'bus' songs. Did we miss your fave? Drop us a line, we'd love to hear it!