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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:44 pm    Post subject: Your Desert Island Discs Reply with quote

Julia's comments in another thread got me thinking - you've suddenly been called to go onto "Desert Island Discs" and have to pick eight records you can't do without. What are they (and why, if you're sufficiently inclined to tell everyone)?

My eight, in no particular order, are as follows:

Martina Sorbara: "Bonnie and Clyde II", from "The Cure For Bad Deeds"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT41weHJLmQ
Another Canadian singer-songwriter that didn't get much airtime this side of the Atlantic, I fell in love with this girl's voice as soon as I heard it back in 2002. Bought the album on the strength of hearing a ten-second snippet of one track and never regretted my decision.

REM: "Driver 8", from "Fables of the Reconstruction"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcmprQX8C6o
Actually heard this first on their retrospective album "Eponymous", with some other excellent pre-world-fame tracks such as "Don't Go Back To Rockville". Still love it despite the awful cover by Hootie and the Blowfish.

Propaganda: "Duel", from "A Secret Wish"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spaagxQ_3yA
Couldn't help but love Claudia Bruecken's distinctive voice when this came out back in the 1980s, plus the other hit from the album, "P Machinery", and the amazing track "Dr Mabuse", which I think topped out at 10 minutes, something Richard Allinson should have played on his Saturday show! Smile This CD was the second one I ever bought.

Swing Out Sister: "Breakout", from "It's Better To Travel"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo_PIFARDpk
Always had a soft spot for Corinne Drewery, another voice that won me over as soon as I heard it. "Breakout" was their second single and probably the most famous. SoS never really caught on in the UK, their last three albums apparently not being released here, although they were 'big in Japan'. This album has the distinction of being the first CD I ever bought.

Hue and Cry: "Labour of Love", from "Seduced and Abandoned"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gxMvb9VrzY
Liked this song when it was released for reasons that still to this day aren't exactly clear to me. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I have to sing along with Pat Kane every time I hear it.

Lamb: "Wonder", from "Between Darkness and Wonder"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqjLcHrXwnI
I alluded to this track in a previous post about songs that deserved more airplay on R2, and I still hold to that belief. My favourite 'chill out' track, to use the current vernacular, perfect for me sitting out on the patio on a warm summer's evening, watching the world go by.... Lou Rhodes's voice just melts my heart.

Belinda Carlisle: "Do You Feel Like I Feel", from "Live Your Life Be Free"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_ZwD60T1GM
One of my guilty pleasures, is Belinda Carlisle, since I heard her with the Go-Gos.... and I regard this album as her finest work, and this energetic track as the best she's come out with. As I said, a guilty pleasure - and bumping into her once in the terminal at Newcastle Airport didn't help, either....

Lush: "Ladykillers", from "Lovelife"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aReEwt_Z0kU
Another criminally under-rated and under-played band from the 1990s, Lush suffered from having their drummer commit suicide. Mikki Berenyni, the lead singer, was half-Japanese, half-Hungarian, an interesting combination. From this album, my favourite tracks were this and "Heavenly Nobodies".
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very good idea Cher - I will post something here when my brain feels it can function a bit better Laughing I am a zombi at the moment
My top one though would be Here Comes the Sun - it cheers me up that does
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will have a think but 'Nights in white satin' will definately be there.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine changes! I think among them would have to be Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations'. The story (which Bob Harris read out one Saturday night last year) is that I remember hearing this track on the radio back in 1973 on the day I first went flying with the ATC. Fast forward to 2005 and the day in July that my mate took me on my first flight across the channel in a light plane. As I was driving to the airfield, what did I hear Terry Wogan play on the radio? Yes, Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations'.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many songs - just 8? I'm already up to 11 on my list! And that's without really thinking about it too deeply.

There will absolutely be some Small Faces in there, just can't decide between All or Nothing & Tin Soldier at the mo.

Can I take a whole opera or just an aria? Which Philip Quast track to choose?? Confused

My brain hurts... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dottie-may wrote:
How many songs - just 8? Which Philip Quast track to choose?? Confused
My brain hurts... Shocked


Smile It's eight on Desert Island Discs, so that's the format - I know, I could have picked a dozen more myself....

Philip Quast - didn't know he did opera, only know him from Channel 4's "Ultraviolet" series http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A590843 from a few years ago - very under-rated yet quite brilliant. Pity it didn't get another series.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1.God's Coloring Book- Dolly Parton
I'd have to have a Dolly Parton record! In fact, I'd probably just take 8 Dolly CDs! A fine song with which to contemplate the wonders of nature

2.Chelsea Hotel #2-Leonard Cohen
A bit of wry humour would go down wel;l on the island. I love the line: "We are ugly, but we have the music" Laughing

3.You Know I'm No good- Amy winehouse
Just love her voice!

4.Big River-Johnny Cash
A spectacularly good song, highly evocative, a great groove. One of the Man in blacks best

5.Sweet Child Of Mine- Guns N Roses
Great song, & I love Axl's raspy vocals on this. What it meansd to be human!

6.Blue-LeAnn Rimes
Wonderful vocals. Simple as that

7.Islands in the Stream- Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
On a desert island. Somewhat appropriatte?

8.Angie Baby- Helen Reddy
One of my all time favourite singles. A masterpiece!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've played this game scores of times over the decades.

Three pieces always feature--Elgar's Enigma Variations, Faure's Requiem and the Beatles' Rubber Soul album, which includes my single all-time Fab Four favourite, In My Life.

The remainder fluctuate but usually come from my special interest areas, which are popular classical, sixties pop, British light music and religious items.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about extending this to cover one luxury and one book apart from the Bible and Shakespeare?

For me?

Luxury: an unlimited supply of Fairtrade coffee and hot water.

Book: would have to pick one out of the New Musical Express Chart Book, the current edition of Who's Who and the 1933 Methodist Hymn Book with Tunes.

For you?

Ian.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cherskiy wrote
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Philip Quast - didn't know he did opera, only know him from Channel 4's "Ultraviolet" series from a few years ago - very under-rated yet quite brilliant. Pity it didn't get another series.


Philip doesn't do opera - I love him and it, but separately! Hey, another Ultraviolet fan - I was beginning to think I was the only one. It was brilliant and I often watch it on DVD and it still stands up.

Having realised that I have way more than eight favs, I decided to choose records that have some real meaning or significance so here is my choice.

Walking Back to Happiness – Helen Shapiro
The first record I ever bought. Our parents had bought us a Dansette record player for Christmas and me & my two brothers were allowed to buy one record each. Considering we were really not very well off, being allowed to choose something so extravagant was magical.

Hey Girl – Small Faces.
The first time I heard Steve Marriott – nuff said!

Go Now – Moody Blues.
Just a perfect record. Iconic piano intro, Denny Laine’s voice – wonderful.

Au Fond Du Temple Saint – The Pearl Fishers, Bizet
I can remember hearing this being played on a delivery driver’s radio and thinking “I really must find out what that is”, as I’d heard it over the years and loved it but had no idea where it came from. This then led on to me finding out more & more about opera and opened up a whole new musical world.

I Could Have Danced All Night – My Fair Lady
Ah, memories of Two Way Family Favourites on the radio. Another song that helped introduce me to Musical Theatre and one that I can sing along to at the top of my voice!

Javert’s Soliloqy from Les Miserables - Philip Quast.
The moment watching the 10th Anniversary concert on television, when I was captivated by this fabulous singer and actor. I had to find out more about the character and the actor so I bought the book, which enthralled me, began using the internet to discover more about Philip Quast, which in turn has brought me some wonderful friends through meeting up for shows and concerts, and encouraged me to see shows and plays I would never have even thought about.

You Never Will (written by Martin Smith) - Maurice Clarke from his album No Other Love.
I won’t bore you with the very long and complicated story that bought this CD to me but suffice to say I think it’s the most sublime song.

Embrace Tomorrow from The Fix – Philip Quast & Kathryn Evans.
I was going through a very bad time and trying to make some sense of it. Feeling depressed and sick of going over and over things in my mind, I put my favourite CD on as it never fails to make me feel better. All of a sudden, the words “Damn the past, embrace tomorrow” hit me and made me sit up and realise that for the sake of my sanity I had to let go. Another song later on has the line “I’m a firm believer in not having to play the hand you’re dealt” which again struck me like a ton of bricks and made me determined that ‘they’ would not win and I was not going to just lie down and be the victim. That was the beginning of my recovery and now I’m doing great but ‘they’ are not!!

Soave s’il Vento – Cosi fan tutti – the track I want played at my funeral!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dottie-may wrote:
Philip doesn't do opera - I love him and it, but separately! Hey, another Ultraviolet fan - I was beginning to think I was the only one. It was brilliant and I often watch it on DVD and it still stands up.


Tell anyone it was a series about vampires and they think of Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, etc. - it was nothing like that. Hiding it away on C4 at 2100 on a weekday evening then hardly bothering to advertise it didn't do its chances much good, though. Still, "Ultraviolet" was arguably one of the best dramas I saw during the 90s and I too have the DVD box set.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian, you mentioned a book and a luxury - good suggestion.

My luxury - well, it's a bit of a cheat, since it's technically three items. I'd like to keep my own 100-400mm image stabilised lens and Canon digital SLR, together with a solar-powered flash memory viewer (and battery charger) to see the pictures on. I'm sure I could get into wildlife photography on a desert island, although I'd have to watch that sand didn't get into the camera....

My book? Like you and dottie-may, my favourites stretch to many, a whole shelf-full at least. If I had to pin it down to just one, I'd take Jean-Paul Pallud's huge tomb "The Battle of the Bulge: Then and Now". Although I've read it about four times, it's so detailed and long that I can't take it all in, and each new time I read it, I end up seeing something fresh. It's also so big and heavy, it would help to anchor a boat or a tent sheet as well! Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In no particular order and after much deliberation

1. Brandenburg Concerto No3 - JS Bach . A case of perm and 1 from 5 but this one is the precursor to 'Brandenburger' by Keith Emerson.

2. Master of the Revels - Pete Atkin. I must include a piece that has Pete's music and Clive James' words. This one is my favourite by a cig-paper's depth.

3. Tranquility - Hennie Bekker. A Canadian Pianist that plays some wonderful tunes.

4. After the Rains - Medwyn Goodall. Does a Cornishman playing South American Music for a label based in Suffolk confuse you? It did me, but the whole set of 3 CDs are very good.

5. Whole of the Moon - Waterboys. The lyrics make this one of my favourite tracks.

6. Wildest Dream - Moody Blues. Still going strong as a Trio plus guest muso's. I've got all their albums.

7. Karn Evil 9 - ELP. My long song It shows each of the players at their best, and has wonderful changes of mood.

8. Silence - Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan. Normally I would have had one of her songs on its own. but this is one of my favoutrite chillout pieces.

Luxury - the ability to keep in touch with you guys.

Book - This normally would change from week to week, so currently is 'The Fourth Bear' by Jasper FForde
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