Desert Island Discs is a radio show that has been going since 1942, and currently airs on BBC Radio 4. The concept is pretty basic, but entertaining nonetheless - guests have to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island, to listen to over and over during their slow descent into insanity... They also get to pick one book and one luxury item, though the latter can't be animate or communication technology. There's no escape from your fictional island.
Anyway, here are my answers:
The Luxury Item
Swiss army knife - I'm sure it would come in useful!
The One Book
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow - Jerome K. Jerome. One of the greatest books ever written, and one which never fails to make me smile.
The Eight Tracks
#1. Twistin' The Night Away - Sam Cooke. Gotta fill those nights somehow.
#2. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye, ft. Kimbra. Because this will now sum up my relationship with everyone.
#3. We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel. For when I start to forget what humanity was all about, anyway.
#4. Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac. Really this entire list could have just been Fleetwood Mac tracks, but I eventually narrowed it down to this #4 hit from 1988. It's so beautiful!
#5. Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You Time) - Lostprophets. The Lostprophets were like the soundtrack to my teenage years but, thanks to the lead singer's conviction for multiple child sex offences, it's really not the done thing to listen to them anymore. Out on the desert island it will no longer matter who recorded the song, just that it's damn catchy.
#6. Half Light - Vertical Horizon. This is my favourite song at the moment.
#7. Be Mine - Robyn. When you only have a limited number of songs to listen to for a very long period, it's imperative that they're songs you can listen to over and over and over again without getting sick of them. I once played this song for 12 hours straight and still wasn't bored of it, so I think it's a safe bet for inclusion.
#8. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out - Cat Stevens. One of my favourite feel good tracks, which is just what you need when you're stuck alone on a desert island.
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