News circulated this week detailing a rather bizarre project ”“ to build a man made mountain in The Netherlands! As everyone is aware The Netherlands are most famous for being particularly flat; even the gentle bridges over The Amstel are looked upon as peaks by the people of Amsterdam.

However if national cycling champion Thijs Zonneveld has his way all this will change by 2018 ”“ for he together with a team of backers including the national skiing and climbing federations have tabled plans to create a 2000ft mountain that will also offer skiing, bobsleigh as well as being a tourist attraction in its own right.
Zonneveld writing in the De Pers newspaper in late July described his country’s “boring” flatness, stating “flat is ideal for growing beetroot, raising cows or building straight roads, but it’s a catastrophe from a sports point-of-view,” before adding “I want a mountain, a real one. In the Netherlands.”

Beyond being a tourist attraction, Zonneveld said his mountain would allow athletes to train in high altitudes and finally be on equal footing with competitors from countries with heights.

Up to now Dutch musicians have not really been able to draw inspiration from the wonder of mountains; clearly that will soon change ”“ but in the meantime we present our Top 10 of ”˜mountain’ themed songs as early suggestion of the possibilities”¦

Ike & Tina Turner ”˜River Deep, Mountain High’ ”“ Released back in 1966 and despite (initial release) being a flop in the US is considered to be producer Phil Spector’s finest work. Interestingly Ike Turner was paid $20,000 to stay away from the studio during recording which explains why only Tina Turner’s vocals are present.

The Grateful Dead ”˜Fire On The Mountain’ ”“ 1978 offering from The Dead that reappeared on the PC game ”˜Rock Band’

Motorcycle Boy ”˜Big Rock Candy Mountain’ ”“ Formed from the ashes of The Shop Assistants and Meat Whiplash, this was their first release and came out on Rough Trade Records in 1987 ”“ Love this, just love this!!

Anthony Newley ”˜Gonna Build A Mountain’ ”“ 1964 release for the Grammy Award winner, and one time husband of Joan Collins who was best known for his novelty songs.

Janes Addiction ”˜Mountain Song’ ”“ Released in 1988, and taken from the bands first full length album ”˜Nothing Shocking’. MTV refused to show the promo video as it featured full frontal nudity. See them at Leeds Festival this weekend.

Biffy Clyro ”˜Mountains’ ”“ Originally titled ”˜Teeth & Mountains’ and released in 1998, reaching #5 in the UK, before then being added to the ”˜Only Revolutions’ album.

The Fall ”˜Mountain Energi’ ”“ Appeared on The Falls 523rd album ”˜Country On the Click’

Drive-by Truckers ”˜Lookout Mountain’

Death ”˜Crystal Mountain’ ”“ Taken from the 1995 album ”˜Symbolic’ – This is the metal band, not the original proto punk band.

Frank Zappa ”˜Billy The Mountain’ ”“ First released in 1972, though in an edited form ”“ the original version took half an hour to perform. The song is an intricate and absurd story in a parody of the rock opera style about a talking mountain named Billy and his wife Ethell; would you have expected anything less from Frank Zappa?

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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