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Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 19th, 2009, 12:42 pm
by iRene
We have a radio program in the UK called Desert Island Discs. People choose 8 records, a book and a luxury item which they would like to have with them if they were cast away on a desert island. I'd like to know what you would choose.

I'll go first, shall I?

1. Once in a lifetime, Talking Heads
2. A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes, Jim White
3. Genius of Love, Tom Tom Club
4. Mushaboom, Feist
5. Big Eyed Beans from Venus, Captain Beefheart
6. Waterloo Sunset, the Kinks
7. Alone again or, Love
8. Wild Thing, Jimi Hendrix

3 and 4 are there because they are guaranteed to cheer me up. All of them bring back fond memories of live concerts and good friends. If I could have only one, it would be Once in a Lifetime.
Book- the Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake. Luxury- good shampoo.

Next!

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 19th, 2009, 1:42 pm
by mdrmartin
Brilliant idea Rene! Gives a lot of insight into fellow boardmembers minds................ ;)
I'm trying to narrow my list down - flippin difficult this.
Anyone else ready to reveal themselves?
:lol:

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 19th, 2009, 1:46 pm
by mdrmartin
For those of you who don't listen to Radio 4, here's the Wikipedia description of Desert Island Discs:-

Guests are invited to imagine themselves cast away on a desert island, and to choose eight pieces of music (originally gramophone records) to take with them; discussion of their choices permits a review of their life. Excerpts from their choices are played (or in the case of short pieces, the whole work).[2]

At the end of the programme they choose the one piece they regard most highly, and are asked to choose one book to take; with the Bible (or for non-Christians another religious or philosophical work) and the Complete Works of Shakespeare provided automatically to all castaways.

They also choose one luxury, which must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside. Large supplies of champagne seem to be allowed.[3]

The programme's theme is By The Sleepy Lagoon composed by Eric Coates in 1930.

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 20th, 2009, 7:06 am
by mdrmartin
Desert Island Discs -

1. Talking Heads - Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (SMS version)
2. XTC - Your Dictionary
3. Jim White - Christmas Day
4. Lisa Hannigan - Lille
5. Hellwood - A Man Loves His Wife
6. The Police - Bring On The Night
7. Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
8. Jim White - A Perfect Day To Chase Tornadoes

The piece I'd save from the above would be Sia's Soon We'll Be Found - Just what you need on a Desert Island!
:D

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 20th, 2009, 7:11 pm
by reno
I've been playing this game in my head for about 20 years! Good idea to share it here. Let's think...

1. Once in a Lifetime - (SMS version) - Talking Heads. First TH song I heard. Nothing has ever been the same since.
2. So What - Miles Davis - such a great tune, Miles at his best.
3. Purple Rain - Prince - always makes me play air guitar and starts me singing
4. Blackwater - Rain Tree Crow - This song is so good that it kills me its not so known.
5. Köln, Pt. I - Keith Jarrett - This piece has everything: its uplifting, moving, sad and yet hopeful.
6. Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack - along with Talking Heads its was Massive Attack that got me interested in dance music.
7. Angel Gets Caught in the Beauty Trap - No-Man - First song of No-Man that I heard, it blew me away. They still do. Along with Talking Heads this is a band that's helped define who I think am.
8. Strange Overtones - David Byrne and Brian Eno - Was so relieved when I first heard this song. After 30 years they boys can still do it!

A book would be difficult but I'd probably go for 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand. This is one of the life affirming books that has changed a lot of peoples lives, mine included. I often re-read sections when I'm depressed!

Luxury item is also so tricky. As its luxury, I'll go for a trumpet as I've always wanted to learn to play and if I'm stuck on this island I'll probably have the time.

If I could only have one record then it would have to be Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads. Obvious, I know but it meant and still means so much to me.

Who's up next?

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 22nd, 2009, 11:28 am
by iRene
4. Blackwater - Rain Tree Crow - This song is so good that it kills me its not so known.


I hadn't heard it before so I checked it out and it's gorgeous, and on my wish list.

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 22nd, 2009, 11:51 am
by francey
- Barrington Levy - "Here I Come" (to get into the island vibe)
- Tom Tom Club - "L'Elephant" (to make friends with the local wild life)
- Gloria Jones - "Tainted Love" (to dance to)
- Donna Hightower - "This World Today is a Mess" (to look at the bright side of life)
- LCD Soundsystem - "45:33" (to listen to for the full 45 minutes)
- Talking Heads - "The Big Country" (to bring back memories of the civilized world)
- The Kinks - "Days" (to keep a positive spirit)
- Gavin Bryars/Tom Waits - "Jesus' Blood never Failed me Yet" (...in case all else fails)

Book: David Allen "Getting Things Done" (to appreciate the island and the absence of anything else)

Luxury Item: Toothpicks (besides the obvious such as equipment to play the desert island disk...)

So, what time does the plane leave?

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 22nd, 2009, 12:49 pm
by Mr.DRC
i think i said somewhere before, Byrne and Sylvian would be soooooo interesting :idea:

Don

Frank-have you seen Gloria nd Marc Almonds live rendition of TL at the Marc Bolan Tribute Concert from
last year? -probably on YouT by now-worth checkin' out.

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 22nd, 2009, 2:23 pm
by mdrmartin
Talking of Grace Jones Frank, she's on the BBC tonight if you're interested:-


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kn860

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 22nd, 2009, 7:40 pm
by francey
mdrmartin wrote:Talking of Grace Jones Frank, she's on the BBC tonight if you're interested:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kn860


Yeah, I heard about it - thanks for the reminder!

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 22nd, 2009, 7:42 pm
by francey
I'm very curious to know what Chris F, Drummer exceptionelle, would put on his desert island disk...

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 25th, 2009, 12:58 pm
by FactsAreSimple
Off the top of my head:

Genesis -Supper's Ready
Genesis -The Musical Box
Tom Waits -Invitation to the blues
Joni Mitchell -River
XTC -Dear God
Neil Young -Southern Man
Talking Heads -Naive melody
Jim White -Jailbird
Marillion -Kayleigh
CSNY -Our House

Another twist: Top 10 Albums

Genesis -Selling England by the Pound
Tom Waits -Closing Time
Joni Mitchell -Blue
Neil Young -Live at Massey Hall
REM -Automatic for the People
Counting Crows -August And Everything After
Talking Heads -Remain in Light
David Byrne -Rei Momo
Jethro Tull -Aqualung
Bruce Cockburn -High Winds White Sky

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 25th, 2009, 4:40 pm
by francey
FactsAreSimple wrote:Off the top of my head:



That's not "People choose 8 records, a book and a luxury item" - that's a top 10 ;-)

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 25th, 2009, 7:23 pm
by FactsAreSimple
francey wrote:
FactsAreSimple wrote:Off the top of my head:



That's not "People choose 8 records, a book and a luxury item" - that's a top 10 ;-)


Never could follow instructions - but when I think of discs I think of albums. So anyway lose the albums and the last 2 songs from the song list and add the Lord of the Rings (I know -its a trilogy) for a book and my guitar for a luxury item.

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 31st, 2009, 5:36 am
by remaininlight
Slippery People - Talking Heads
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley's version of Leonard Cohen's song
Planet Claire - B-52's
Follow Me Home - Dire Straits
This May Not Be the End of the World - John Mellencamp
I've Been Waiting - T. Bone Burnett
Mystery of Love - Marianne Faithfull
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

Book - Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - Tom Robbins (this was a tough choice, but I figured a light, humorous choice would be good in a tough situation.)

Luxury - this may not classify as a "luxury", but if I were stranded on a desert island I'd want at least a 50 lb. bag of long grain, brown basmati rice. :hippy:

Re: Desert Island Discs

PostPosted: May 31st, 2009, 7:06 pm
by Chandler
mdrmartin wrote:For those of you who don't listen to Radio 4, here's the Wikipedia description of Desert Island Discs:-

Guests are invited to imagine themselves cast away on a desert island, and to choose eight pieces of music (originally gramophone records) to take with them...


All of my responses depend on how long I would be stranded... at length...

...long, long songs, "Thick As A Brick" by Jethro Tull, "In C" by Terry Riley, etc.
...a massive history of world literature or philosophy... with pens for underlining and notetaking

...and as far as a luxury item... dependent on the weather conditions... perhaps a tenor saxophone... again, if stranded at length and alone... no one else would, ahem, appreciate my Albert Ayler excursions into dissonance... :lol:

All of which would differ if the duration was a mere evening in paradise...

Chandler