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Started by breakfast on Feb 14, 2018 7:42:47 PM
How would you go about choosing your Desert Island Discs?

It would be tricky wouldn't it.

barkis - 14 Feb 2018 20:42:29 (#21 of 90)


Book: something anodyne.

"Something Happened" by Joseph Heller?

invicta - 14 Feb 2018 20:45:50 (#22 of 90)

Why do they have to mention Roy Plomley every week?

His estate owns the format.

---Tum te tum.

Something like

Elgar - Ave Verum Corpus (I used to sing it when I was a kid)

Bax - Tintagel (the Sea, the Sea)

Malcolm Arnold - Cornish Dance No 3 (the sound of home, a sly dog)

Crowded House - Distant Sun (love)

SunnO))) - Alice (the sound of other worlds)

Wire - Outdoor Miner (never the same twice)

Vaughan Williams conducts Vaughan Williams' Symphony No 4 (a ferocious performance, a full four minutes faster than anyone else, of my favourite symphony. )

The Unthanks - The King of Rome (the song most likely to make me cry, and also the song that speaks most to my upbringing. Billy Bragg's "Between the Wars" is an honourable second).

Book would be HG Wells, "Tono-Bungay".

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2018 20:49:27 (#23 of 90)

Good work on the unthanks.

Charlie, you’ll lose that bird...

RockyPaths - 14 Feb 2018 21:04:12 (#24 of 90)

I think it depends if you want to survive or not. if you choose things, for example, linked with your beloved wife who is 10,000 miles way and (presumably) mourning your (presumed) death, then anything too personal would send you mad. So, I think, four songs to jump around and be daft to, and four more serious pieces for when you want to have a bit of a think.

For the book : a rattling good yarn or something to cheer you up. So a toss-up between Conan Doyle or Wodehouse, for example.

I'm not sure exactly what you're allowed. I mean, it seems a bit unfair if a single track by Napalm Death is treated as one choice in the same way as the entirety of the Ring cycle.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Feb 2018 21:08:32 (#25 of 90)

I don’t think either of them would assist your longevity.

ishyomah - 14 Feb 2018 22:57:57 (#26 of 90)

It may depend on your location. For example: You Don't Miss Your Water (till your well runs dry), might be highly appropriate at many levels.

uranrising - 14 Feb 2018 23:15:38 (#27 of 90)

My 8 (8 not 10) would be either favourites or works I'd assume would need a lot of listening to get to grips with. They would all would have to be as close to inexhaustible as possible, to last an indefinite stay. Love the choice of V.W. conducting his own 4th Symphony. Fantastic performance.

He once ending a rehearsal of it saying, "Well, I don't know if I like it, but it's what I meant."

Richard Ingrams claims the idea didn't originate with Plomley but someone else a couple of years earlier. Can't remember who.

uranrising - 14 Feb 2018 23:19:56 (#28 of 90)

Here we are

Plomley always claimed to have thought up the idea, which he said came to him as a flash of inspiration in the middle of the night in November 1941. In fact he almost certainly lifted it from a jazz magazine called Rhythm which ran a regular feature which was titled "Desert Island Discs" and in which readers named their favourite six records.


Sunfish - 14 Feb 2018 23:25:59 (#29 of 90)

jazz mags


Shadrack22 - 28 Oct 2021 21:51:14 (#30 of 90)

How would you go about choosing your Desert Island Discs?

Sorry to be obvious, but I would make a long list of music that I like then pare it down. It would be chosen because I like the music rather than because they ‘remind me of something’ or have sentimental associations, as seems to be the case on Desert Island Discs.

Macpaddy - 28 Oct 2021 22:42:20 (#31 of 90)

Mmm. I think without having something more than "I like them." You would soon get fed up with them and start playing Skim Stones or Skipping Stones with them.

ReverendBlueJeans - 28 Oct 2021 22:51:48 (#32 of 90)

I wouldn't spend much time thinking about it. You just have to accept that your list would be different every time, can't therefore be definitive, so there's no point trying to make it so.

Sabacious - 28 Oct 2021 21:59:24 (#33 of 90)

I would certainly choose songs with significance over how often I listen to them. Alone on a desert island I would like to remember that first single I bought with my own money, rushing home and playing it over and over again. I never listen to it now but when I do hear it played I’m taken back to that moment; the joy I got from every note. That to me is what DID us about. The first piece of music I can ever remember really liking and asking what it was, I was probably five years old. It was my grandfather’s record. Again, when I hear it I’m back at my grandparent’s house with the coal fire and his pipe collection

It helps that it’s a rousing score so I’d have enough driftwood collected to build a shelter before the middle 8.

HouseOfLametta - 28 Oct 2021 23:08:41 (#34 of 90)

I would choose some dull, turgid classical crap LIKE EVERYONE ELSE on there

Verdigris - 28 Oct 2021 22:10:12 (#35 of 90)

I would demand to go on Private Passions.

helenskywalker - 28 Oct 2021 23:17:43 (#36 of 90)

I would have the obligatory Beatles one, the opera one to prove I'm clever, one by someone like Marvin Gaye to prove I'm not racist, Simply The Best because I know fuck all about music, Bring Me Sunshine to show I'm jolly, something by my husband or one of my kids, Miles Davies because I'm hip and Dylan even though I hate it.

breakfast - 28 Oct 2021 23:26:15 (#37 of 90)

Now tell me about your fourth choice, Simply The Best. What does that song mean to you?

darkhorse - 29 Oct 2021 06:49:28 (#38 of 90)

To demonstrate that I took the premise seriously, I would spend the entire programme crying, begging and pleading not to be abandoned isolated on a desert island.

browserbutton - 29 Oct 2021 06:59:33 (#39 of 90)

I'd like it as long as there was a source of fresh water, and lobsters.

Tadagee - 29 Oct 2021 07:07:06 (#40 of 90)

I was working closely with someone when they were on DID. Unfortunately they had no real interest in music. Their selection was, I think its fair to say, a rather cynical exercise in getting a long list from staff and then paring down by committee to support thier image/agenda.

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