|Desert Island Discs: So the stories go...
||[Mar. 15th, 2005|08:53 pm]
|||||Soulwax - any minute now (finally, i like this album!)||]|
The format is simple: choose the eight records you would take with you to a desert island, plus one book and one luxury item.
RECORD ONE: Therapy? - Six Mile Water
REASON: Therapy? was the first gig I ever went to. I was 19 and went up to Liverpool to visit the Nekofairy and go see Therapy? supported by Groop Dogrill(who the hell?!!!!). It was a fantastic gig (the first of many!), we were right at the front and the Nekofairy even got the setlist for me, which I still have. I can't even remember if they played 'six mile water' or not, but it's an amazing song about friendship and belonging.
RECORD TWO: Nine Inch Nails - Closer
REASON: Nine Inch Nails saved me at art college when I thought I was stuck in indie hell. It was around 97/98 and you either liked Blur or Oasis. Or, if you were being really daring, possibly The Verve. I don't particularly mind this music, but I was beginning to wonder if anyone at college was into the same things as me. Until one day when I spotted a guy reading a copy of Kerrang. I made a beeline towards him and immediately drilled him on his musical influences. After a few conversations of "I can name more obscure bands than you can", we decided to swap tapes and I got a copy of Pretty Hate Machine/ Downward Spiral in return for him getting Toys in the Attic. After all these years we're still mates, and we still try to out-do each other with our current listening preferances. Nothing like a bit of healthy competitive-ness, i say!
RECORD THREE: Bright Eyes - The Calendar Hung Itself
REASON: It's really hard to pick just one Bright Eyes song, cos I love them all! But this is the first one I really got into after about 3 months of having the Fevers and Mirrors album - I always end up loving albums much more if they're quite hard to get into, initially. Bright Eyes, and other Conor Oberst bands like Desparecidos, just seem to say so much about the times we're living in and the way they effect people on every level. And if you ever read Conor's lyrics, they're written like prose, like he's just telling a story. They shouldn't fit the music but they do - I couldn't even imagine how you begin creating songs like that. And seeing them play live just a couple of days ago was one of the best performances I've ever seen.
RECORD FOUR: The Faint - Glass Danse
REASON: Long before I knew what this song was, or who The Faint were, I remember dancing to this in the very early days of Chicks Dig Jerks (Thursday nights at the Sunflower, y'all!). Maz used to play it as I'd bug her to put on a Cure song or The Teaches of Peaches, and it'd always get me dancing away by the DJ booth or on the stage downstairs. I remember if Matt was DJ-ing, you'd always get some crazy mad shit, and Dave always threatened to play "the Jovi" for my listening pleasure while Maz's set was always full of danceable, electro-type tunes I didn't recognise and at least one White Stripes song. Glass Danse reminds me of going out and good times - the ultimate dancefloor track.
RECORD FIVE: The Klopeks - CB Lovers
REASON: Me and the Snow_Turtle used to work with Chris from the Klopeks. He was with our company for about 3 or 4 months, I think, before deciding to up-sticks and escape to America for a while (it's what working in Solihull does to you). I saw him at the Academy after his return to these shores, and he told me he'd just auditioned for a band. The Band was The Klopeks, and seeing them live was a good mix of the best ska/punk/ up-beat/danceable/ original music I'd heard in ages. Quite simply, I love this band. And when they self-produced their first album and included a free CD of other local artists (all for £7 from fatcuban.com...plug endeth) I loved them even more. And this is a fantastic, romantic, soulful, emotional etc. etc. type of song.
RECORD SIX: Tom Mcrae - Boy with the Bubble-gun
REASON: "If songs could kill, this one is for you" has to be one of my favourite lines ever. But more significantly, this song reminds me of a boy I once new (I can call him a boy because he was at least a few months younger than me!) - a voice on the phone who was there to make me feel wonderful, and the one night that he called me from the Tom Mcrae gig and I lay in bed listening to some of my favourite songs being sung from hundreds of miles away. I don't talk to him anymore - he said Nine Inch Nails were a pile of dogshit and he preferred the Johnny Cash version of 'Hurt' ;p
But the Tom Mcrae gig is just one of those moments in life i'll always look fondly on.
RECORD SEVEN: Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre
REASON: Cos I'm such a cultured mo'fo, I thought I'd slip a classical one in there while no-one was looking ^_~ I do listen to classical music occasionally and, along with a bit of Beethoven, Haydn and more contemporary symphonic stuff by Philip Glass, Saint-Saens is amongst my favourites. Dance Macabre is one of those pieces of music that's haunting, dark, melodious and uplifting, pretty much all at the same time. Plus it was the theme tune to Jonathan Creek and in that Buffy episode where they all lose their voices, so it's all cool n'shit ;p
RECORD EIGHT: Mic Christopher - Heyday
REASON: So me and the Snow_Turtle were in Dublin at The Frames gig on New Years Eve, playing out the final minutes til 2005 by dancing away to the band on stage (I didn't know many of the words so I made up for it by dancing). Half-way through a song, the stage-lights went down and The Frames exited the stage as a big screen appeared and they crossed over to the New Years Countdown show with Gabriel Byrne (the late late show presenter). Gabriel Byrne introduced a super-group called The Friends Of Mic Christopher - friends of a talented singer/songwriter who'd tragically died 2 years ago, but whose song, 'Heyday", had become popular recently by being featured in a Guinness ad. The musicians included The Frames (which confused the hell out of most of the audience - they didn't realise the show was pre-recorded) Paddy Casey, Declan O'Rourke and the Snow_Turtle's sister, Miriam, singing their version of 'Heyday'. That was the first time I heard the song, and I loved its positive, live for the moment message. And it was cool seeing Miriam singing on the big screen in front of a room full of Frames fans ^_^
BOOK: The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas
REASON: This has to be one of my all-time favourite books, simply because it's 1100 pages long and doesn't waste a single word. The writing style is compelling, engaging and beautiful. Plus it's partly about escaping from an island, so it's pretty appropriate for this. And at 1100 pages, it'll last you a while if there's nothing else handy for toilet paper ;p
LUXURY ITEM: my wee-small mini ipod
REASON: Stuck on a desert island with only 8 songs to listen to? You've got to be kidding me, right?!!!!!