So the BBC is asking members of the public to nominate their own 8 choices for Desert Island Discs, no doubt so they can see how the tastes of we plebs differ from those of the celebrity guests. It seems like the perfect excuse to list my choices here as well. In no particular order beyond as I think of them, here are mine-
1994 belonged to Oasis but, though I do have a soft spot for the mono-browed brothers, it should have been Echobelly’s year. Better songs, more interesting sound and vastly more attractive and interesting singer. I Can’t Imagine The World Without Me is a perfect piece of ego and joy, it can’t fail to make me happy.
I could have chosen the raw blast of Joe, my introduction to the band, or Sackville, which has the added interest of being about the street I used to study on. But there’s a power to this one. And apart from Sleeping Satellite, how many other pop songs have been about the lapsed glories of the space race?
Bonus Sackville and Joe videos-
I used to have After The Watershed as my Carter song because I pulled to it once and there’s something so wrong about the juxtaposition of the song’s subject and memories of getting laid. And Only Living Boy In New Cross was one of the songs which kept me going in 2001. But Say It With Flowers gave me the title to Sounds of Soldiers, and every radio show needs a plug.
James made many damn fine records. But, really, there was only ever going to be one choice from them wasn’t there? It’s an anthem and it’s beautiful.
Because it is. If I ever make a film I want this song over the closing credits.
It gives you shivers. Glorious.
Another song that gave me a book title (Ruby Red, I’m not mercenary, it really is an excellent song.
Many many great nights have wound down to Ol’ Blue Eyes’ anthem. It seems appropriate for it to be the last song on the list.
I wake up to the Today programme on Radio 4. Then I hit the snooze button and try to get a few more minutes shut eye. This continues for an hour or so, with me leaving the radio on for interesting bits of news. I always turn off Thought for the Day, because it’s invariably banal. Maybe if they change the rules to include the occasional non-religious speaker that might change. One day a week where a speaker argues for morality without reference to an ancient book or imaginary historical figure will be refreshing and make the gods squad up their game to stay relevant.
The Today show page has the full version of John Humphries’ interview of David Attenborough that I caught this morning.
John Humphries has interviewed Terry Pratchett for the Radio 4 programme On The Ropes. The link is to the Listen Again facility and should be good for a week.
The long running Radio 4 show is recording its 50th series and is going to be coming to Manchester on Tuesday 30th October, it is being recorded at the Opera House from 7:30pm. Here is a link. Just wondering if anyone fancied going alone.
I caught some of this last night.
The internet has enriched our lives in many ways, but it has also generated many ways to break the law. How well does our legal system protect us from the dangers of being libelled, defrauded, having our intellectual property stolen or being exposed to pornography or violent images?
A panel of senior judges, barristers and academics identify the shortcomings of the law and discuss possible solutions.
Listen Again only tends to last a week. Catch it while you can.