Your Desert Island Discs

June 12, 2011 at 12:21 am (BBC, black culture, jazz, Jim D, music, The blues, trivia, wireless)

Martin, like me, was thoroughly pissed off by the the Desert Island Discs gesture to democracy; he writes

Personally if I ever had to hear Lark Ascending or Ode to Joy ever again it would be too soon…As an alternative, here’s my own equally predictable list which contains no Elgar, Vaughan Williams or Queen

Guns Of Navarone – The Skatalites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bczs6vS5nNM
Common People -Pulp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuTMWgOduFM
Sheharazade – Rimsky Korsakov http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr1c7Xa1AqM
Heaven -Klezmatics
Nothing Can Stop Us- St Ettiene http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSuxnF8dOPU
World Turned Upside Down- Billy Bragg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stmiyeLsErw
How Soon is Now -The Smiths http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U5HpeA_WSo
Dance a Cachuca- Gilbert and Sullivan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8noS-LzOvI

Send us your eight choices…and/or book and luxury item.

5 Comments

  1. modernity said,

    It is *very* English to give a damn what they play on Desert Island Discs 🙂

  2. charliethechulo said,

    1/ Louis Armstrong: Sweethearts On Parade

    2/ Mozart:Eine kleine Nacthmusik, Rondo: Allegro

    3/ Lloyd Price: Stagger Lee

    4/ Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe’ – Lever du jour: Lent

    5/ Bix Beiderbecke: I’m Comin’ Virginia

    6/ Ella Fitzgerald: Every Time We Say Goodbye

    7/ Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition; The Old Castle

    8/ Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats: March of the Bob Cats

    Book: Marx, Capital Vol 1

    Luxury item: Whisky (single malt)

  3. Rosie said,

    It is *very* English to give a damn what they play on Desert Island Discs

    I’m more into Gardener’s Question Time myself. That might have more practical use on a desert island.

    Any list like that which doesn’t include “My Way” is starting off 20 points ahead.

    You could start an desert island anti-discs – what songs would make you throw yourself in the sea.

  4. Jim Denham said,

    “You could start an desert island anti-discs – what songs would make you throw yourself in the sea.”

    What a good idea (anti-discs I mean, not throwing yourself into the sea). For me it would be anything by Wagner, Liszt, Lennon and/or McCartney or Bert Bacharach, and “country music” as a genre. I’ve left out other stuff too horrible to even be mentioned…or to count as “music.”

  5. Simon B said,

    I thought the official selections were shit too. I haven’t listened to the programme yet but it sounds like its a good panel.

    At the risk of annoying Jim, by the inclusion of Pink Floyd and no Jazz(Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit was close), here’s mine:
    1. David Bowie – Life on Mars?
    2. Simon & Garfunkel – Kathy’s Song
    3. Pink Floyd – Great Gig in the Sky
    4. REM – Losing My Religion
    5. Lou Reed – Perfect Day
    6. The Smiths – That joke isn’t funny any more
    7. Cat Stevens – Sitting
    8. The Stone Roses – I am the resurrection

    My book would probably be 1984, or Alice Through the Looking Glass for something more cheerful.

    Luxury item – Lifetime supply of English Breakfast Tea made properly with loose leaves.

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