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A “Desert Island Discs” Playlist — What’s on Yours?

July 22, 2012

Being stranded here, even without my “desert island” music, probably wouldn’t be so bad for a while. But eventually I’d need some tunes–see my list after the jump.

Here’s just what you were never waiting for: a ridiculously long, 50+ album Desert Island Discs playlist on Spotify, courtesy of one of The Brown Tweed Society’s resident music junkies. With apologies to the BBC, I’ve sorely violated their long-running Desert Island Discs program’s restrictions, which force a weekly guest to choose only eight music pieces, one luxury item, and one book. I guess my “luxury item” is a satchel filled with an extra 51 albums or so.

A quick note that I would never claim that these are anyone’s “Top 50 Albums of All-time.” They’re really not even MY 50 “all-time favorite” albums, as I’ve imposed the restriction of not allowing any artist to have more than one album on my list. I’ve also chosen several albums based on their status as a favorite from a particular genre that I wouldn’t want to spend my island life never hearing again. Finally, I chose to exclude greatest hits albums, anthologies, box sets, etc.

Within those parameters, here’s my playlist, linked here and listed below, with some degree of grouping by (intentionally vague and highly debatable) genre classifications. I’d love to see some of your all-time favorite, “can’t live without” albums in the comments below. Even better, build a list on Spotify and drop us a link!

Indie rock, “alternative” rock, etc., 1980s-2010s

Archers of LoafIcky Mettle (2011 re-issue includes Greatest of All Time EP – the first and only “cheating by reissue” on this playlist)

Catherine Wheel — Chrome

Radiohead — OK Computer

Sigur Ros — Takk

The Cure — Disintegration

The Chameleons — Strange Times

The Sound — From the Lion’s Mouth

U2 — The Joshua Tree

R.E.M.Automatic for the People

Crooked Fingers — Crooked Fingers

The National — High Violet

Whipping Boy — Heartworm

Neutral Milk Hotel — In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Low — C’mon

Idaho — Three Sheets to the Wind

Electronic, dance, etc.

M83 — Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Apparat — Walls

Primal Scream — XTRMNTR

Memory Tapes — Seek Magic

CFCF — Night Bus II

Metal and Instrumental post-rock

Dirty ThreeHorse Stories

Isis — Wavering Radiant

Saxon Shore — The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore

Katatonia — The Great Cold Distance

Classic and Neo-classic Pop, Folk, Psychedelic, Singer/songwriter, etc. (1960s – 2010s)

Pernice BrothersLive a Little

Simon and Garfunkel — Bridge Over Troubled Water

The Beach Boys — Pet Sounds

Mercury Rev — Deserter’s Songs

A Girl Called Eddy — A Girl Called Eddy

Home — XIV

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds — No More Shall We Part

Van Morrison — Astral Weeks

Eric Matthews — The Lateness of the Hour

Super Furry Animals — Guerilla

The Zombies — Odessey and Oracle

The Kinks — Arthur

Pink Floyd — Dark Side of the Moon

Soul and R&B

Otis ReddingThe Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads

Cousteau — Cousteau

Maxwell — Now

Curtis Mayfield — Superfly

Jamie Lidell — Jim

Stevie Wonder — Innervisions


Whiskeytown — Stranger’s Almanac

Johnny Cash — American III

Bruce Springsteen — Nebraska

Wilco — Summerteeth

Iron and Wine — The Creek Drank the Cradle

Grant Lee Buffalo — Mighty Joe Moon


Public Enemy — Fear of a Black Planet

The Coup — Steal This Album

Outkast — Stankonia

Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


John Coltrane — A Love Supreme

Miles Davis — Kind of Blue

Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd — Jazz Samba

Bill Evans — Waltz for Debby

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers — Moanin’

CTI All-Stars — The California Concert

  1. Ange permalink
    October 28, 2012 4:47 am

    Poor you, no prog music, no Genesis….


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