The Bike Song

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"The Bike Song"
Single by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. featuring Kyle Falconer and Spank Rock
from the album Record Collection
B-side "The Bike Song"
(The View version)[1]
Released 17 September 2010
Format CD
Digital download
12" vinyl
Genre Synthpop, alternative hip hop
Length 3.46 (Single version)
4.25 (Album version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Homer Steinweiss, Naeem Juwan, Victor Axelrod, David McCabe
Producer(s) Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson singles chronology
"Bang Bang Bang"
(2010)
"The Bike Song"
(2010)
"Somebody to Love Me"
(2010)
Kyle Falconer singles chronology
"Temptation Dice"
(2009)
"The Bike Song"
(2010)
Spank Rock singles chronology
"Bump"
(2006)
"The Bike Song"
(2010)

"The Bike Song" is the second single taken from Record Collection, the third studio album by Mark Ronson, released under the moniker Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. The song features singer Kyle Falconer from Scottish indie rock band The View and rapper Spank Rock. It was released on 17 September 2010 in the UK.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Warren Fu and shot in a South London park. It features Kyle Falconer and Spank Rock as well as a cameo by Ronson's wife, actress and musician Joséphine de La Baume, actress Felicity Jones and Rose Elinor Dougall (who is currently in Mark Ronson's touring band).[3]

The song was also used for a video promoting Cycling on the Transport For London website, featuring celebrities cycling around some of their favourite parts of London.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Fraser McAlpine of BBC Chart Blog gave the song a positive review stating:

Pop music often searches to find the eternal in the everyday. Songs attempt to freeze time around one emotional moment - I haven't got enough money! I wish I could wish on a falling star! Girls are sexy! - and to make sure it's communicated to as many people as possible, it'll often take place in the most mundane of locations: a street, the house you grew up in, a nightclub.

It's partly because gems often shine brighter when placed against a dull background, and partly a way to bring extra reality to the situation, so it feels truer. In the same way that we all tend to sit up and take a bit more notice of a film that says that it is based on a true story.

This is why it's a good idea to write a song with a bike in it. It's not just a fun hook to hang a lyric from, it speaks to our inner child. Most of us have ridden a bike, right? Well this sings to the part of us that yearns for a simpler life, free of boring distractions.

In fact (drumroll) it's not just a pop song, it's an integral part of the cycle of life (TISH!). 4/5 stars.[5]

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "The Bike Song"   4:23
2. "The Bike Song" (Major Lazer Remix) 3:33
3. "The Bike Song" (Lil Silva Remix) 5:37

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2010) Peak
Position
European Hot 100 [6] 64
Triple J Hottest 100 2010 35
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[7] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 17

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