No American road trip could be complete without a beaten-up car stereo, a glove box full of tapes, and a thousand miles of tarmac to get through them all (or, failing that, an auxiliary cable and an iPod on shuffle). To celebrate Kirsten Reed's success in being shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's prize, we've compiled a playlist of Gunther's road music from her phenomenal debut The Ice Age.

Gunther's Stereo:

Listen to the playlists on Spotify: Gunther's Stereo

Track 1 - Alphabet Town by Elliott Smith 

Track 2 - Blue Moon Revisited by Cowboy Junkies

Track 3 - Crowds by Bauhaus

Track 4 - Friday I'm in Love by Dean & Britta

Track 5 - Hands Away by Interpol

Track 6 - Here Comes a Regular by The Replacements

Track 7 - I Have the Gun by Crime and the City Solution

Track 8 - I'm Not Like Everybody Else by The Kinks

Track 9 - In Your House by The Cure

Track 10 - Marry Me (Lie! Lie!) by These Immortal Souls

Track 11 - Needle in the Hay by Elliott Smith

Track 12 - Neurons by Not From There

Track 13 - Night Nurse by Dean & Britta

Track 14 - St. Ides Heaven by Elliott Smith

Track 15 - Superfreaky Memories by Luna

Track 16 - Your Ghost by Kristen Hersh featuring Michael Stipe

The Radio:

Listen to the playlist on Spotify: The Radio

Track 1 - Pictures of Matchstick Men by Status Quo

Track 2 - Kids in America by Kim Wilde

Track 3 - I Melt With You by Modern English

Track 4 - Keep on Rocking in the Free World by Neil Young

Track 5 - Moonage Daydream by David Bowie

Track 6 - (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

Track 7 - Time of the Season by The Zombies

Track 8 - Bang a Gong by T. Rex

Track 9 - Burnin' For You by Blue Oyster Cult

Track 10 - Don't Worry Baby by The Beach Boys

Track 11 - Hello, I love You by The Doors

Track 12 - Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf


Image of Big Sur Bridge © Giuseppe Milo

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