Here at Black Line London we love bikes. And we love music. And we really love people who love bikes and music. So it was a massive thrill when Italian BMC Tour de France rider Manuel Quinziato agreed to put together a playlist for us…and you.
In his Twitter profile pic, he is holding a magazine cover of Thom Yorke over his own face….proof if it were needed that he really is a proper muso because why would you do that otherwise?
The photo above is Manuel with his friend Perry from the band Pendulum at the end of the 2012 TdF. It’s just a shame that an international rock star and world class cyclist struggle so badly with the ladies.
Here is Menuel’s musical story in his words, and you can listen to all of these tracks in the Spotify playlist widget below.
What song or band first really turned you on to music? And how old were you?
I remember I was 9 in 1988 and the first music cassette I bought that upgraded me from ‘cartoon’ songs to real music was the album of Europe, the one with “The final Countdown”
What was the first record you ever bought with your own money? What do you remember about it?
The first CD I bought with the money I was winning at races when I was 15 was probably ‘Basket Case’ by Green Day in 1994. Well, I still listen to that.
First ever gig?
I live in Bolzano, and not so many good bands comes to play there, so excluding some shameful Italian bands the first big gig I saw was just in 2004 in San Siro, the AC Milan football club stadium. It was Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I was a big fan of them but the gig was pretty disappointing. Short one and Anthony Keidis has no voice live.
If there was one band or artist (dead or alive) you could go and see play live, who would it be and what song would they HAVE to play?
I’d kill to have been at a Nirvana gig! I was just a few year too young unfortunately. I love all their songs but I’d pick “In Bloom” if I have to chose one.
What is your most recent music discovery?
A band I just discovered is Built to Spill, thank my colleague Jacopo Guarnieri.
What song or artists do you listen to while warming up before a TdF stage?
For the hardest stages or for when I want to catch the breakaway Rage Against the Machine is a must.
Best song for a really hard turbo session?
For turbo session I need something that gives me a good pace so I chose electro stuff like Daft Punk, Justice or Hot chip.
What is your favourite band of all time? And what song will we include on the playlist?
I’m in love with Radiohead and they didn’t let me down either of the two times I saw them live. I love ‘Idioteque’ above all the live version.
What album is ever-present on your ipod?
Radiohead indeed but also Pearl Jam, ‘Ten’.
Best gig you’ve ever been to?
I say Foo Fighters at Madison Square garden. Me, Daniel Oss, Karsten Kroon and a non-cyclist friend of mine went in New York just for 3 nights to see that gig. Absolutely worth the travel. Song: My Hero.
Next gig? Where, when and who with?
Well tonight I’m gonna see Nada Surf in Madrid with my girlfriend. Next November I’ll see Muse in Bologna wit a couple of friend from Bolzano. For Nada surf: Bad best friend. For Muse: Plug in baby.
What song do you wish you had written?
‘Daughter’ by Pearl Jam.
Song or album to relax to on the bus after a tough stage?
A perfect band to relax and forget the pain of a hard stage is Sigur Ros. Saw them live, simply unbelievable. Let’s pick ‘Hoppipolla’.
You have won the Tour de France – what song will they play as you get up on the podium?
You can tell me I’m predictable but I pick ‘We are the Champions’.
What is the perfect Sunday morning song/artist?
Ben Harper is perfect for a Sunday morning. Saw him live and he’s, good vibes for almost 3h. Glory and Consequence can be the song.