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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.

waxwing - 14 Feb 2018 20:01:22 (#8 of 90)

Something my parents played

Something from university

Something about meeting my wife

Something classical (throw it in halfway, nobody will notice the incongruity)

The Beatles (perhaps Something)

Something my kid likes

Something outside the Western musical tradition.

Something contemporary, no matter how clumsily I justify it.

Book: something anodyne.

Object: something anodyne and potentially useful, that Kirsty has to allow because I've been so charming

Saved from the waves: wife or child-based ditty

breakfast - 14 Feb 2018 20:08:57 (#9 of 90)

I like your style.

Shadrack22 - 14 Feb 2018 20:18:41 (#10 of 90)

I listened to an archive episode at the weekend and was surprised by how shite Roy Plomley was - stiff, charmless, unable to coax out interesting aspects of his castaways. Very much inferior to Kirsty Young.

thisonehasalittlehat - 14 Feb 2018 20:22:36 (#11 of 90)

I'd just pick ten songs I like when I'm doing the picking.

Meaningless anyway innit.

popstar7 - 14 Feb 2018 20:24:19 (#12 of 90)

Not if you're hoping to cop off with Kirsty Young, it isn't.

Rendered - 14 Feb 2018 20:24:28 (#13 of 90)

Third time's a charm.

browserbutton - 14 Feb 2018 20:28:50 (#14 of 90)

Why do they have to mention Roy Plomley every week?

Shadrack22 - 14 Feb 2018 20:30:39 (#15 of 90)

His apparently ferocious widow (Diana Wong) owns the rights to the show, I think.

browserbutton - 14 Feb 2018 20:35:02 (#16 of 90)

Also, on Just A Minute they mention Ian Messiter each week.

RosyLovelady - 14 Feb 2018 20:35:15 (#17 of 90)

I liked Roy Plomley. Not so sure about the iron girly approach. Different ways for different days, I suppose.

popstar7 - 14 Feb 2018 20:37:51 (#18 of 90)

Iron girly?

waxwing - 14 Feb 2018 20:40:45 (#19 of 90)

Kirsty is by far the best host. She seems to enjoy it, which is more than can be said for her forebears.

RosyLovelady - 14 Feb 2018 20:41:01 (#20 of 90)

Self-explanatory, surely. She can plays cutesy and awe-struck, as required, and she's as hard as nails. Obviously a winning combo in our day and age.

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.

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