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Like off of Radio 4 so we can all pretend we listen to Radio 4.

You're going to be cast away on a desert island, alone, for the rest of your life. You're allowed to take 8 records to listen to (singles, not albums), but let's make it ten so it's a bit easier. You're also allowed one book (The Complete Works of Shakespeare and the Bible / whatever religious text applies to your religion are already included), and you're allowed one luxury item, which can't be used to get off the island or contact anyone and it can't be a person.

My 10 songs:

Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones

Underground - Ben Folds Five

Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band

Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles

Here There & Everywhere - The Beatles

Moonlight Sonata (14) first movement - Beethoven

Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon

Hypnotize - Notorious BIG

Waltz # 2 (XO) - Elliott Smith

If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley


"The Grapes Of Wrath" - John Steinbeck

Luxury item:

I was tempted to say loads and loads of porno mags, but I think I would go with a harp. I'd teach myself to play the fucker, by ear. That would wile away a few years.

(This thread has been done before but I thought I'd update it since people's tastes may have changed in the last 4 years)

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My 10 tracks are off the cuff, ie wouldn't be the same each time I choose. And I'm trying to maximise listening time with lots of long stuff.

Rolling Stones- 'Sympathy for the Devil'- gotta have some stones, and it might as well be something you can dance to, and has a good solo, et voila.

DJ Shadow- 'Influx (alternative interlude '94)'- keystone track in my life, this is the best version with awesome easy listening synth breakdown (baby), and goes on a bit.

Diamond Head- 'Am I Evil' (Borrowed Time version)- representing (almost) all metal, ultimate riff/solo combo.

Sleep- 'Dopesmoker' Its, like, an hour of monolithic madness, will go well with luxury item.

Charles Mingus- 'Mode D Trio and Group Dancers' from Black Saint and the Sinner Lady-has almost totally redefined my understanding of what Jazz can be

Ash Ra Tempel and Timothy Leary- 'Space' -ace 20 minute work, plenty of hippies talked about Cosmic Blues without making any, this is that.

Fela Kuti- 'Upside Down' something really long and ace to dance to.

ColdCut- 'Journeys by DJ- 70 Minutes of Madness' All of the best of the rest of the 90s, and is one continuous track (on CD), legendary king of the mix pantheon.

Joanna Newsom- 'Emily' -must have something stratospherically emotive.

Funkadelic- 'Promentalshitbackwashpsychosisenemasquad- The Doo Doo Chasers' Fried Ice Cream IS a reality.

Book- Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle, or a print out of all of Wikipedia.

Luxury Item- Variety pack of 100s of the best seeds Amsterdam has to offer, set for life.

I thought DID only allowed 7 tracks, but 10 is better.

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Top 10 tracks - in no particular order:

Plague of Ghosts - Fish

Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen

The Ballad of Mott - Mott the Hoople

Fugazi - Marillion

White Flag - Dido

Isobel (live) - Dido

Brighton Rock - Queen

Hotel California - The Eagles

Journey of the Sorceror - The Eagles

Not even going to try - David Devant and his spirit Wife

Book: Seeing Things by Oliver Postgate

Luxury - Is it cheating to say a fully stocked kindle with 3g ;)

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My 10 songs:

Roll Over Lay Down - Status Quo

Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams

Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry

Hotel California - The Eagles

Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

9th Symphony - Beethoven

Oxygene - Jean Michel Jarre

Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters

Get Back - The Beatles

T for Texas - Lynyrd Skynyrd


"Shogun" - James Clavell

Luxury item:

A blow-up sex doll....... LOL

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10 songs....

Roy Harper 'One of those days in England' (album version)

Nick Drake 'Northern sky'

the Kinks 'Moments'

the Beatles'Strawberry Fields Forever'

the Fall 'Totally wired'

Sonic Youth '100%'

Lal Waterson 'So strange is man'

COB 'Music of the ages'

Honeybus 'The breaking-up scene'

Fred Neil 'Dolphins'


'Dance to the music of time' (Anthony Powell) or the Gormenghast trilogy (Mervyn Peake)

Luxury item..

solar-powered recording studio with mics, guitars and leads

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Cave In - Trepanning

Fall of Troy - Empty the Clip, The King Has Been Slain, Long Live the Queen

Rush - 2112

Oceansize - Massive Bereavement

InMe - Far Reaching

Pelican - March to the Sea

65daysofstatic - Retreat! Retreat!

Billy Talent - Red Flag

Dredg - Bug Eyes

Eels - Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)


Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, so I'm prepared in the unlikely event that aliens come and rescue me.

Luxury Item:

One of these - YouTube - Ball in a Cup

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Radiohead - Idioteque

Radiohead - There There

The Knife - We share our mother's health

The Beach Boys - Surf's Up

Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot

Bjork - Hyperballad

Yo la Tengo - Tom Courtenay

Outkast - B.O.B

Pantha Du Prince - Asha

Miles Davis - So What

That was pretty hard, the list would probably change tomorrow but just now that is the I could think of that covers my all time faves without all being songs of a similar type.


Catch - 22

Luxury Item:

an etch-a-sketch

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The Songs

Jesus Jones - Spiral

Elvis Presley - I Just Can't Stop Loving You

The Shop Assistants - Home Again

RND Technologies - Ultrafilter

The Fall - Youwanna

Scritti Politti - Lions After Slumber

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

Rolling Stones - Biggest Mistake

Ken Dodd - Happiness

Saint Ettiene - Leafhound

Book - The Olivetti Chronicles by John Peel

Luxury Item - A laptop for writing on but if electronics arent allowed then pen and paper, basically something so I could spend eternity writing!

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Luckily I like lots of bands with long songs so Im bunging in a fair few of them to get my value for shipwrecked-ness


Some Summers They Drop Like Flies ~ Dirty Three

Friend of the Night ~ Mogwai

March Into The Sea ~ Pelican

Dirt ~ The Stooges

Marquee Moon ~ Television

Blaise Bailey Finnegan III ~ Godspeed You Black Emperor!

The End of Radio ~ Shellac

Hallogallo ~ Neu!

Vessel in Vain ~ Smog

Revival ~ Soulsavers


Preacher (technically this is several books at presenton my desert island they have all been compiled into one big volume, k?)

Luxury Item

Mouth organ

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God Only Knows - Beach Boys

Come Around - Tahiti 80

Gorgeous George - Edwyn Collins

P.S You Rock My World - eels

Now it's On - Grandaddy

I'm Looking Through You - The Beatles

Julia - The Beatles

Just Stand Back - Low

So Far Around the Bend - The National

Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips

Book: The BFG by Roald Dahl

Luxury item: My bike

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Dream Theater - in the presence of enemies (the live version so it has the whole 26 minutes of awesome)

Butthole Surfers - Pepper

Avenged Sevenfold - m.i.a

Pink Floyd - Poles apart

Million Dead - Smiling at strangers on trains

Beatles - Penny Lane

Dinosaur jr - Pieces

Goo Goo Dolls - Big Machine

Motorhead - Ace of Spades

Elliot Smith - Between the Bars

book - the lord of the rings trilogy thing I have... it's massive, and what a way to bore myself to death

luxury item - a big box of non-perishables cos i'd be fuckin starving!

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Tonight We Fly (Or any song from Promenade)- The Divine Comedy

Not The Same - Ben Folds

Joining a Fanclub - Jellyfish

Caprice - The Wildhearts

Blue Riders on The Range - Pearlfishers

Wrapped in Grey - XTC

If Only The Moon Were Up - Field Music

Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - Bernstein

Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin

Book would be 'Kill Your Friends' by John Niven.

Luxury item would be an upright piano.

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My 10 songs:

Dirty Projectors // Rise Above

Wavves // No Hope Kids

Girls // Lust For Life

Los Campesinos! // We've Got Your Back (Documented Emotional Breakdown #2)

Copy Haho // Bookshelf

The Beach Boys // God Only Knows

Grizzly Bear // Two Weeks

Sonic Youth // Mote

GZA/Genius // Labels

Big Boi // Shine Blockas


Iain Banks // Complicity

Luxury item:

A really great drum kit, so I'd be found, and be fucking amazing at the drums. I've always wanted to take them up but never had the space/money.

Well aren't I interesting?

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