Music to get your brain scanned to

I’m going for my first MRI on Monday. Luckily I’m not claustrophobic. It will just be an hour of lying very still. Dull, but they do play music to break up the monotony. I was thinking I should burn a CD to bring in. But what should I put on it?

So far I’ve got
Foreigner - Head Games
Pink Floyd - Brain Damage
White Zombie - Electric Head Pt. 1 & 2
Amboy Dukes - Journey to the Center of the Mind
Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain

What else?

Well, I think you should definitely bring in that old classic from The Wizard of Oz , If I Only Had a Brain .

Basement Jaxx - Where’s Your Head At?

Kylie Minogue - Can’t Get You Out Of My Head

En Vogue - Free Your Mind

Your Mind Has Left Your Body - Paul Kantner and Grace Slick

Post-Fade Brain Damage - Ian Gillan
Unchain Your Brain - Ian Gillan
Is It In My Head? - The Who
Brain Salad Surgery - Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
Who Are The Brain Police? - Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention

Ah, good one. I already have a keychain with a picture of the Scarecrow that says that. It’s quite appropriate at times.

“I Wanna Be Sedated” , Ramones

Brilliant Mind, Furniture

“Where is my mind?” by the Pixies
“Tomorrow Never Knows” by the Beatles (“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream”)
“Turning Japanese” by the Vapors (“I wish a doctor would take your picture, so I could look at you from inside as well”)

and not directly related, but all of Telecommunication Breakdown by EBN has always seemed to me like the musical equivalent of a brain scan. Especially “Super Zen Chant”.

brain stew = greenday

Hell, just take an entire cd–Nevermind .

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is the Obvious
But I used to love falling asleep listening to Dire Straits Brothers in Arms.
Have a nice MRI my daughter has had 2.

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

Crash Course in Brain Surgery - Metallica covered it, but I don’t have it handy to see who had the original.

Machine Head - Bush

Wake Up - Rage Against The Machine

Good luck with the whole MRI thing.


Take the Beastie Boys’ excellent Check Your Head album.

Ok, I think I’ve got the final lineup.

  1. White Zombie - Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)
  2. Wizard of Oz - If I Only Had a Brain
  3. David Bowie - Seven Years in Tibet
  4. Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain
  5. The Who - Is It in My Head (live 12/7/96)
  6. Green Day - Brain Stew
  7. Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
  8. Bush - Machine Head
  9. Information Society - What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy)
  10. Monster Magnet - Temple of Your Dreams
  11. Fastball - Out of My Head
  12. Metallica - Crash Course in Brain Surgery
  13. Amboy Dukes - Journey to the Center of the Mind
  14. Pink Floyd - Brain Damage (live)
  15. Fountains of Wayne - Radiation Vibe
  16. Dream Theater - Take Away My Pain
  17. Pixies - Where is My Mind
  18. Foreigner - Head Games
  19. Rage Against the Machine - Wake Up
  20. White Zombie - Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and votes of support. I couldn’t find all of those tracks, but I’ll try to check them out in the future.

Well, it all went as expected. It was about 45 minutes of lying still in the machine with an injection of contrast dye halfway through. They got finished in the middle of Machine Head. I guess an 80-minute CD was overkill.

Unfortunately it’s pretty hard to hear the music while the machine is going. I could just make out the beat over the arrhythmic jackhammer noises. Still, it did distract me from having to be conscious of breathing. I hate that.

I should get the results in a few days. I’ll post if they turn up anything exciting.