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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.

Delighted_User - 29 Oct 2021 07:07:39 (#41 of 90)

I would ask how the device that would play the music on the island was supposed to be powered. Also, how I came to have my entire music collection on the ship before it was wrecked, but only be able to preserve a tiny bit of it while rushing to the lifeboat. This implies it's on vinyl, because if it's all digital, why would I have to delete all but 8 tracks?

LobsangRampa - 29 Oct 2021 07:28:44 (#42 of 90)

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.



That's not the point of DID. It's supposed to be a series of markers on which you base the story of your life. John Cooper Clarke did it brilliantly and scored a double whammy by telling his - terrific - life story AND playing some great music. Bruce Springsteen played some great records but was dull because he missed the point. (Though, to be fair, he probably didn't have the advantage of growing up listening to it.).

I also remember John Peel talking about his (by then dead) father and how he might have finally accepted that JP's life had been successful because he'd been asked onto DID.

Tenesmus - 29 Oct 2021 07:43:29 (#43 of 90)

I would ask how the device that would play the music on the island was supposed to be powered.

Clockwork gramophone, youngster.

Also, how I came to have my entire music collection on the ship before it was wrecked, but only be able to preserve a tiny bit of it while rushing to the lifeboat. This implies it's on vinyl,

Obviously you could only grab a handful (of 8) from the cabin of the steamer taking you to your new life abroad in the colonies before elbowing the women and children out of the way to get to the life raft.

because if it's all digital, why would I have to delete all but 8 tracks?

Well you'll be humming your playlist then. Enjoy.

browserbutton - 29 Oct 2021 08:58:08 (#44 of 90)

This implies it's on vinyl

I don't think the 'concept' has changed since it was launched in 1942 by Roy Plummy (who still gets a mention at the end of each episode, IIRC).

Tenesmus - 29 Oct 2021 08:06:35 (#45 of 90)

Roy Plomley gets a mention at the end of each episode?

Shadrack22 - 29 Oct 2021 09:17:10 (#46 of 90)

It's supposed to be a series of markers on which you base the story of your life.

Meh. I think the premise of DID is a bit naff. Do most people have eventful lives in which moments of epiphany are soundtracked by specific pieces of music? “Yes Roy, for my sixth disc I’m going to have Simply the Best because it reminds me of my hubby Steve.”

ReverendBlueJeans - 29 Oct 2021 09:32:03 (#47 of 90)

#41

Surely there is abundant solar energy on any desert island - unless we're considering a Shetland skerry?

Electro2 - 29 Oct 2021 08:37:18 (#48 of 90)

Clockwork gramophone, youngster.

Don’t wind him up.

Tadagee - 29 Oct 2021 09:39:40 (#49 of 90)

Do most people have eventful lives in which moments of epiphany are soundtracked by specific pieces of music? “Yes Roy, for my sixth disc I’m going to have Simply the Best because it reminds me of my hubby Steve.

Lordy i can think of at least a couple of Desert Islands worth of bits of music that i associate with certain times and places in life.

Sabacious - 29 Oct 2021 08:47:46 (#50 of 90)

Me too. I think it very much depends on how music informs your life and vice versa. Desert Island Books would be a very different creature that I’m sure some would find much more meaningful than music.

Catspyjamas17 - 05 Nov 2021 09:43:13 (#51 of 90)

Yes, I certainly wouldn't just pick "music wot I like" but "music that has meant something with regard to a particular time in my life".

What I would struggle with is trying to remember whether I actually liked something at the time, or was meh about it, but today the music is imbued with nostalgia.

My first and most obvious choice would be Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights, as it is one of the first songs I remember noticing/hearing at age 3/4 and I became slightly obsessed with it when I rediscovered it at age 16/17. So it completely fulfils the brief of reminding me of two parts of my life and being a song I've always liked, and still do.

My choices wouldn't be particularly sophisticated or interesting musically speaking as my tastes are unsophisticated.

ReverendBlueJeans - 05 Nov 2021 09:48:34 (#52 of 90)

On Pointless the other day when Nicola Sturgeon was an answer to a question, Osman offered the factlet that her DIDs luxury was a coffee machine, adding that he wasn't sure how you'd get a coffee machine to work on a desert island.

No, beardie yeti, nor indeed a record player, which rather undercuts the premise, no?

Catspyjamas17 - 05 Nov 2021 10:56:35 (#53 of 90)

Has anyone suggested Bear Grylls or Ray Mears as their luxury item?

Lawlsie - 05 Nov 2021 11:03:12 (#54 of 90)

Do most people have eventful lives in which moments of epiphany are soundtracked by specific pieces of music

I'm not sure about most people but I definitely do. At the end of each year I used to make a cassette of records I'd liked most during the previous 12 months and which often represented something important that happened that year. It was a musical diary. I now do the same thing with playlists on iTunes.

However these playlists are now several years grouped together. Save for one momentous year which still gets its own.

mingmong - 05 Nov 2021 11:23:45 (#55 of 90)

Working on the 'biographical arc' basis:

  • Rivers of Babylon (Melodians or Boney M version, not fussed) South London in the 70s


  • Slap n' Tickle (Squeeze), the first single I ever owned (given as a present on my 7th birthday)


  • Close to You (The Cure). Adolescence.


  • Loose Fit (Happy Mondays). Early adulthood.


  • Soul Fire (Lee Scratch Perry). Late 20s. Magical thinking.


  • A Quoi Sa Cert L' Amor (Edith Piaf). Early 30s. Fat Elvis years.


  • Requiem (Mozart). Late 30/early 40s. Intimations of mortality.


  • Good Thing Going (Sugar Minott). Tribute to the Mrs.

Verdigris - 05 Nov 2021 11:28:20 (#56 of 90)

Has anyone suggested Bear Grylls or Ray Mears as their luxury item?



I think animate luxuries are verboten to prevent spouses/partners being chosen.

darkhorse - 05 Nov 2021 11:47:40 (#57 of 90)

They'd realise before you when it's time to resort to cannibalism though.

Lawlsie - 05 Nov 2021 12:22:27 (#58 of 90)

I wonder if your book choice could be an audiobook? Which technically speaking is a ninth disc?

Shadrack22 - 05 Nov 2021 15:39:51 (#59 of 90)

the first single I ever owned

You see mine was probably by Gary Glitter. Do I really want to remember the mid-70s that way?

Lawlsie - 05 Nov 2021 16:21:12 (#60 of 90)

My first single was Everlasting Love by the Love Affair. 1968. Think it cost 8/6.

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