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Desert Island Discs

This survey has been done before, but that was over 6 years ago so I think it's long enough to justify a repeat.

Desert Island Discs is a long-running BBC radio show in which the guest of the day is asked to select eight pieces of music that they would want to have with them on a desert island. As well as the music, they are also asked to select one book, and one luxury item. And finally, they are asked two more questions: which of your chosen discs is the one you regard most highly, and would you try to escape from the island?

As far as the book is concerned, you are considered to already have the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible (or holy book of your religion, if appropriate), so you don't need to pick those. And your luxury item must be entirely impractical, it must be of no use in either getting off the island or assisting you in your day to day life there! (So any form of tool is ruled out, as is anything which could be used to provide shelter or clothing). You are also not permitted to select another human being as your luxury item.

So, for the purposes of this survey, I want you to name:

Your eight "desert island discs"
Your book
Your luxury item

And answer these questions:

Which item of music do you regard most highly?
Would you try to escape?


cerealkiller Survey Qualifier
posted 4-Mar-2013 4:56pm  
0 discs
0 books
luxury - cases of Twinkies

Escape? Yes.
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 4-Mar-2013 8:49pm  
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
Blind Melon, Soup
Blind Melon, Blind Melon
Metallica, And Justice For All
Natural Born Killers Soundtrack
Simon and Garfunkel, Greatest Hits
Nirvana, Nevermind
Pearl Jam, Vs.

1000 Places to See Before You Die

20 lbs of weed

Regarded most highly: Dark Side of the Moon
Try to escape? Nah. This sounds nice so far.
posted 4-Mar-2013 10:07pm  
Mozart's Requiem
An album by Enigma
An album by Armin van Buuren
An album by Bob Marley
An album by Interpol
'The Queen is Dead' by The Smiths
A dancehall album mix
A roots album mix
I am trying to cover all genres here that I like. I would probably regard the roots mix the highest.

Harry Potter Series. You just cannot separate them.

Luxury item:
A mirror.

I would try to escape.
posted 5-Mar-2013 4:24am  
Goodness 8 pieces of music. Really doesn't matter I am sure I would get sick of them quickly.
The book would have to be 1 of my 600 page choral arrangement books.
Luxury item easy a piano

Which item of music? That would be the piano. I could then recreate any music I cared for as they are all in my head.
Escape. Hell if I had enough food and water you would never see me again.
posted 5-Mar-2013 7:44am  
1. 'The Hounds of Love' - Kate Bush (*highest regard)
2. 'Impossible Princess' - Kylie Minogue
3. 'Do or Die' - The Dropkick Murphys
4. ' "Four Runes" ' - Led Zepplin
5. 'Bat Out of Hell' - Meat Loaf
6. Six Feet Under 2 - Soundtrack to the TV Series
7. 'Anthony & The Johnsons' - Anthony & The Johnsons
8. 'The Fat of the Land' - The Prodigy

Book: The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Luxury Item: SLR Camera

(if you asked me tomorrow, some of these items would change)
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 5-Mar-2013 9:00am  
The previous survey had some confusion over whether this was 8 songs or 8 albums, and I see that confusion continuing here. I take it from the website that they are asking for a song list, but confusingly say "discs" which for most of us implies an album (with a collection of songs on it). I'm going to pick songs.

I don't actually have a list of songs off the top of my head to pick. But, as an exercice, I'm going to scan through my music collection and attempt to pick 8 of my favorites.
And, just a caveat, I do with with some hypothetical dread since I'm quite certain that any songs I pick will not survive as a favorite due to being the only songs I have and thus heavily overplayed. But anyway...

Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac
Someone Like You by Adele (live version from VMA)
32 Flavors by Ani DiFranco but sung by Alana Davis
Humors of Whiskey by ?? (I have a version from a Green Linnet collection)
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen sung by Jeff Buck
Before I Knew by Basia Bulat
Central Reservation (Ben Watt Mix) by Beth Orton
Down to Zero by Bettye LaVette
What You Give In Exchange For Your Soul by Bill Monroe & Doc Watson
Hyper-ballad by Björk
Bug Powder Dust (Kruder & Dorfmeister Remix) by Bomb The Bass
Drinking in L.A. by Bran Van 3000
American Tale by Carbon Leaf
Beautiful Word by DEVO
Tiny Dancer by Elton John
Beyond Belief by Elvis Costello
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song by Fleet Foxes sung by First Aid Kit (YouTube version)
Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
Melt Your Heart by Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins
O Superman by Laurie Anderson
Going to California by Led Zeppelin
The City Sleeps by MC 900 FT Jesus
Unsingable Name by Mike Doughty
Christianity is Stupid by Negativeland
Long Time by Cake
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg
Screenwriter's Blues by Soul Coughing
Do You Realize by The Flaming Lips
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight by The Postal Service
Birds Fly Away by Theresa Andersson
John Barleycorn by Traffic
Prime Numbers by TRS-80
Bizness by tUnE-yArDs
Last Night Sleep by Can

Hm... that's way too many and I actually skipped a lot of uncategorized music I have that I actually think has some of my favorites songs. I'm really have trouble narrowing that down to 8... seems hopeless and arbitrary. I already passed over so many good songs and I'm an emotional wreck from listening to most of these.

Well, maybe we could assume I was suppose to list albums but I made my own out of mp3s (exactly what I would do).

I did notice that I seemed to be trying to pick lot of different styles of music. And, I tended to pick songs that told some sort of story.

Book: wild pick... The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer ... never read it, but I figure it would give me something to chew on.

Luxury Item: deck of playing cards

Which item of music do you regard most highly? Sorry, I can't even pick 8 let alone 1

Would you try to escape? Probably, more as something to do than a desperate need. I imagine I might build a raft but never use it. Partly, I just wouldn't want to take the risk of setting off onto the ocean in a raft and partly, I'm not sure if I would want to escape. I like solitude. But, I suspect over time it could get quite lonely and I'd begin to go even crazier than I am already.
posted 5-Mar-2013 9:13am  
This Woman's work- Maxwell
Iris- The Goo Goo Dolls
I cant make you love me- Bonnie Raitt
Dreams- Gabrielle
Set adrift on Memory Bliss- PM Dawn
Giving you the best that I got- Anita Baker
Easy - Lionel Richie
Nessun Dorma- Aretha Franklin's version

Book- "The Ultimate Survival Manual (Outdoor Life): 333 Skills that Will Get You Out Alive "

Luxury item- mmmmmmm had a problem with this based on the stipulations as by definition, a luxury item can be described as something that can make your life better/easier?- expensive clothing/shoes..............was my 1st thought, ok entirely impractical

a Photo Album filled with pics of loved ones etc, is my best guess

Which item of music do you regard most highly?........ tough one, Maxwell I never get tired of it, the switch from the opening Falsetto is just a tough tough piece.

and yea I would try and escape
(reply to bill) posted 5-Mar-2013 3:09pm  
> The previous survey had some confusion over whether this was 8 songs
> or 8 albums, and I see that confusion continuing here. I take it
> from the website that they are asking for a song list, but confusingly
> say "discs" which for most of us implies an album (with a collection
> of songs on it).

As originally conceived, the expectation was that the guests would choose classical music, and hence a "disc" would be a symphony, a concerto, etc. Obviously, only a short excerpt of these would be played on the show (otherwise it could have lasted all day!). So when guests later started to choose popular music, the convention developed that a specific song was picked for the playlist, but you were assumed to be taking the physical disc it came on - which could, of course, be an album. But, as time has gone on, the "disc" of the title has generally been downplayed anyway and what, instead, is being chosen is an eight-item playlist. Some guests choose spoken-word recordings, or even clips of news broadcasts, as one of their discs.
FordGuy Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 6-Mar-2013 10:58am  
Well since I'm on an island, all Jimmy Buffet
Son Of A Sailor
You Had To Be There (Live)
One Particular Harbour
Songs You Know By Heart
Feeding Frenzy (Live)
Meet Me In Margaritaville
Buffet Hotel

My book would be Bodacious Ta-Ta's

My luxury item would be a crap load of beer.

Most highly regarded item of music would be Cheeseburger In Paradise (see what I did there?)

Would I try to escape? Nah.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 6-Mar-2013 11:17am  
Mozart piano concertos (there's a particular one I have in mind, but I can't recall the number; this is my most highly regarded piece of music/disc)
Ralph Vaughn Williams (compilation with Lark Ascending)
Mike Doughty, Sad Man Happy Man
Bizet, Carmen (3 discs)
Paul Simon, Graceland
Massive Attack, Blue Lines

Book: David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Luxury item: a propagatable pot plant

If I were able to find food and shelter and make a reasonable go at surviving, I probably wouldn't try to escape--I think I'd only try if I thought my odds of surviving were better if I did. I'd be more likely to keep a nice smokey fire burning and hope a ship passed close enough to see it.
FordGuy Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 6-Mar-2013 11:55am  
Bet you can't say, "propagatable pot plant," three times fast.
JessicaWoman99 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 6-Mar-2013 3:39pm  
For me it would have to be my country music I could not live on a desert island without my country music plus my Bible in hand don't know if I would try to escape or not depends and my luxury item would be i don't know
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to FordGuy) posted 7-Mar-2013 10:41am  
I definitely couldn't once I'd smoked it!
posted 7-Mar-2013 10:56am  
Sorry about the music choices. I listen to music so rarely that I think almost anything would be just fine. I would stick along the lines of Mozart, Led Zepplin, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, U2, Dave Matthews. If I had to be very serious about this list, I would maybe change two choices.
One book? wth. I am going to be dull and the book would be "surviving with just one book for dummies"
So my luxery item will be a deck of cards.
(reply to FordGuy) posted 7-Mar-2013 11:01am  
posted 7-Mar-2013 11:04am  
I forgot to add if I was going to try to escape. Yes. However... it may just happen I will escape to the islands of the rest of you because some of you chose the music I would have rather had on my list. And to bill's island, thinking that a deck of cards might be fun with two.
poker face
That sounded like a euphamism.
FordGuy Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Enheduanna, cloudhugger) posted 7-Mar-2013 12:14pm  
laughing out loud !
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to gambler) posted 7-Mar-2013 8:23pm  
I always love your music David.

I prefer this though:

Thoroughly enjoyed revisiting PM Dawn.
(reply to they) posted 12-Mar-2013 8:50am  
so cool, Thanks!! Yes, I do enjoy Kate Bush's version, I give my tip to Maxwell, in part because he Starts with that Killer Falsetto before switching to the "standard" Tenor? .... How is your Health sugar?

Love Dx
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to gambler) posted 13-Mar-2013 7:42pm  
Okay. I just had another tooth out a few weeks ago because the old infection spread. I started swelling up again, so it's good they got it out fast. They found that the original bad tooth had drilled a hole into the side of the one in front of it. They think the infection went in that way. It was too far gone for a root canal, and so now I have to get an implant. Somehow, the whole ordeal messed up my bite in a way that may require me to get orthodontics if I don't want more problems in the future. Also, my hair is falling out, which is common after a long illness (that is my understanding).

But, I'm back to work and getting back to my old self. I'm happy I'm not dead. smile

Mary needs braces too, so our dental bills are going to be outrageous for a while. Even with insurance, an implant will cost me near 1k$ and I've already spent a few hundred having work done. Orthodontics are not covered at all. I discovered recently that it is more cost efficient to let a dental issue become a medical one before getting it treated.
(reply to they) posted 14-Mar-2013 10:19am  
Yea...........I cannot believe how expensive dental work is in the states (here to), about 18months ago or so, I was brushing my teeth in the shower, my hand was slippery with soap and I smashed the toothbrush into one of my front teeth, It was painful little did i know I had loosened the tooth and despite trying to save it (Glued wire across it and my other front tooth to stabilise it) I had to have a 4- tooth bridge......cost about $3500 ...ugh

Glad ur getting better,

Love Dx
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to gambler) posted 14-Mar-2013 3:24pm  
Wow! That's crazy. I can't get a bridge because they are back teeth, but I'm not sure that would be any cheaper for me anyway. I'd be happy not getting an implant and just leaving space back there, but they say the upper tooth will migrate down eventually, looking for its mate... which will cause more issues. I can't win!

Thanks! I really am soo much better.
posted 17-Mar-2013 8:34am  
I'm too lazy to come up with new ones, so thanks for linking the old survey:

1. "The Robots" by Kraftwerk
2. "The Narrow Way" by Pink Floyd
3. "Red Mask" by Cabaret Voltaire
4. "Thru Metamorphic Rocks" by Tangerine Dream
5. "Spanish Key" by Miles Davis
6. "Before She Changed Your Mind" by George Jones & Melba Montgomery
7. "Convincing People" by Throbbing Gristle
8. "Jenny Ondioline" by Stereolab

For the book: The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929–1964
Luxury item: Cigarettes
Highly regarded music: "The Robots" by Kraftwerk
Yes I would try to escape.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 15-Dec-2014 4:51pm  
Can I skip the music and have an extra eight books?

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