Friday, 13 July 2012

Top Eight: AAA Desert Island Discs Appearances (News, Views and Music Issue 152)

The BBC have recently completed their wonderful archive series for their radio programme Desert Island Discs, which has been running on radio 4 ever since 1942 (that’s 70 years for those who don’t like maths!) Frankly I’m amazed that so many of these programmes still exist, given the BBC’s mania for wiping most things (though sadly William Hartnell, the first and best Dr Who, has been hit by the BBC curse yet again and wiped).  Naturally in those 70 years several musicians have taken part to ‘role-play’ being stuck on a desert island with only six records of their choice, a luxury object and a book – and that includes no less than seven AAA members. So here are, in chronological order, the musicians who took part, what discs they chose and where you can hear their podcast to download and keep forever (well, as long your computer lasts!) As I’m sure you’ll agree our AAA members all have excellent tastes, despite the classical music choices – and even choose some of their fellow AAA releases! You can have a whale of a time comparing and contrasting the following lists (or is that just me?!) For instance, it’s interesting to note how similar Waters’ and Gilmour’s choices are (with a Cohen and a Neil Young each) – perhaps the Floyd tourbus was full of this music? (they both chose instruments as their luxury items too!) Thanks to the site’s excellent search engine I’ve also come up with some interesting facts and stats for you: no castaway has yet chosen a Hollies song (just wait till I’m on this programme for real!), two have votes for Pentangle (Rachel Whiteread and John Harle), actor Kevin Whately is the only person to have chosen Lindisfarne (‘Run For Home’), singer Clodagh Rogers picked the obscure Moody Blues song ‘Watching and Waiting’ as one of her discs, David Cameron picked Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ (we could say the same, Dave!), 3 different CSN songs have been picked (‘Our House’ ‘Southern Cross’ and ‘Carry On’) and author Ian Rankin picked the title track of Belle and Sebastian’s ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’. The main page of the website is here in case you want to research your own trivia!:

7) Roger Waters (bassist with Pink Floyd 1967-86; 29/5/2007)

Record choices: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young “Helpless” (1970, erroneously called a ‘Neil Young’ record)/ “Endless Flight” (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jaques Morlenbaum and Everton Norton)/ “Bird On A Wire” (Leonard Cohen)/ “My Funny Valentine” (Chet Baker)/ “Georgia On My Mind” (Ray Charles)/ extract from Tosca (Puccini)/ “God Bless The Child” (Billie Holiday)/ “Symphony no 5” (Mahler)

Book: “All The Pretty Horses” (Cormac McCarthy)

Luxury Object: A Grand Piano

6) Yoko Ono (10/6/2007)

Record choices: “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” (Edith Piaf)/ “Lilli Marlene” (Lale Andersen)/ “Liverpool Lou” (Dominic Behan)/ “One Love-People Get Ready!” (Bob Marley)/ “When I Grow Too Old To Dream” (Gracie Fields)/ “Beautiful Boy” (John Lennon)/ “Magic” (Sean Lennon)/ “Seoul” (Amiina)

Book: “Monkey: Journey To The West” (Wu Cheng’en)

Luxury Object: ‘My life for the next 30 years’

5) David Gilmour (guitarist with Pink Floyd 1968-1994; 06/04/2003)

Record choices: “Waterloo Sunset” (The Kinks)/ “Ballad In Plain D” (Bob Dylan)/ “I’m Still Here” (Tom Waits)/ “Dancing In The Street” (Martha Reeves and the Vandellas)/ “Anthem” (Leonard Cohen)/ “A Man Needs A Maid” (Neil Young)/ “For Free” (Joni Mitchell)/ “Rudi With A Flashlight” (The Lemonheads)

Book: The Qu’ran

Luxury Object: An acoustic Mazrtin D.35 guitar

4) Charlie Watts (drummer with the Rolling Stones 1962-present; 25/2/2001)

Record choices: “Out Of Nowhere” (Charlie Parker)/ “Night and Day” (Frank Sinatra)/ “Petrushka” (Stravinsky)/ “The Reunion Party” (Hancock’s Half Hour)/ “Jack The Bear” (Duke Ellington)/ “Lark Ascending” (Vaughan Williams)/ “4th Test Match: England vs Australia July 1956”/ “The Way You Look Tonight” (Fred Astaire)

Book: “Collected Poems” (Dylan Thomas)

Luxury Object: Drumsticks

3) George Martin (Record Producer; 19/11/1995)

Record Choices: “Daybreak” (Ravel)/ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (The Beatles)/ “Bollard” (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore)/ “Oboe Quartet In F Major” (Mozart)/ “The Rape Of Lucretia” (Britten)/ “Old Boston” (George Martin)/ “Porgy and Bess” (George Gershwin)/ “Romeo and Juliet” (Tchaikovsky)

Book: “How To Build A Boat!”

Luxury Object: An electric keyboard

2) Lulu (31/7/1982)

Record Choices: “Hit The Road, Jack” (Ray Charles)/ “Minute By Minute” (The Doobie Brothers)/ “The Greatest Love Of All” (Whitney Houston)/ “La Boheme” (Puccini)/ “Layla” (Eric Clapton)/ “Move Closer” (Phyllis Nelson)/ “Let’s Dance” (David Bowie)/ “Maniac” (Michael Sembello)

Book: “Where Are You Going?” (Swami Muktananda)

Luxury Object: A telephone

1) Paul McCartney (30/1/1982)

Record Choices: “Heartbreak Hotel” (Elvis)/ “Sweet Little Sixteen” (Chuck Berry)/ “Gloriana” (Britten)/ “Be Bop A Lula” (Gene Vincent)/ “Beautiful Boy” (John Lennon)/ “Searchin’” (The Coasters)/ “Tutti Frutti” (Little Richard)/ “Walking In The Park With Eloise” (The Country Hams aka Wings)

Book: “Linda’s Pictures” (Linda McCartney)

Luxury Object: A guitar

And a little something extra....

Alan’s Album Archives Writing Team (7/7/2012)

Record Choices: “Rain On My Window” (The Hollies, ‘Evolution’, 1967)/ “Coming Up” (Paul McCartney, ‘McCartney II’, 1980)/ “Dance To The Spirits Of Water/The Perfect Fool” (Holst)/ “Laughing” (David Crosby, ‘If Only I Could Remember My Name’, 1971)/ “Land Of Make Believe” (Moody Blues, ‘Seventh Sojourn’, 1972)/ “By My Side” (Godspell soundtrack)/ “Sun-C79” (Cat Stevens, ‘Buddha And The Chocolate Box’, 1974)/ “Blue, Red and Gray” (The Who, ‘Who By Numbers’, 1975)

Book: “The Diary Of A Young Girl” (Anne Frank)

Luxury Object: another 500 crates of records to play!

That’s all from our desert island – see you next week!

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