Monday, November 16, 2009

Tour de Arthritis Benefit

(Floyd Landis at Orr Street Gallery)

Saturday night was a bit of a dream come true for me—handling the music for the Comparative Orthopaedic Lab's Arthritis Benefit at Orr Street Gallery featuring former Tour de France winner Floyd Landis. Floyd spoke about his total hip replacement and the challenges of the 2006 Tour. While Floyd gamely met with fans, the rest of us milled about in a cocktail herd driven by a whipped-together mix of classic jazz, acid jazz, and ambient jazz. I have a pretty extensive and geeky jazz collection so it was pure bliss to compile the six-hour playlist. Most people were more impressed with Floyd's cuddliness than my background mix, but I had a ridiculously self-gratifying time making it anyway.

Eating dinner with Floyd Landis wasn't such a bad deal, either: he may be one of the most endearing people I've ever met. While I wasn't able to add  Kraftwerk's classic 1980s cycling homage "Tour de France" to the benefit playlist, I think Floyd would have approved.

As a special tribute to Floyd, here's "Tour de France," as used in the 1984 film Breakin'.  This song was hotter than the head spin; I saw Breakin' in the theater with my brother when it came out, and for weeks afterward, he cranked this song on his ghetto blaster with the dedication of a breaker trying to perfect his windmill or backspin.

Unfortunately, the Breakin' video cuts out all the cool French vocals, so you might want to check out the 1983 video below for the full Tour effect.


  1. Thanks for the nice piece on Floyd's participation in the benefit. I respond so frequently to negative things written about him that in all good conscience I HAVE to respond to something positive. :-) Sounds like it was a nice event!! Thanks again...

    Paula (a.k.a. strbuk)

  2. Thanks for your comment! Floyd has gotten a bad rap, and it's a shame. He seems like such a kind person who truly loves his sport. He's a class act through and through--and also has a wicked sense of humor. He gave a great talk to the crowd on Saturday night and impressed a lot of people who weren't familiar with him.

  3. Sports Radio? Ewwww...

    Please stick to music.