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My favourite music

The other night around Perry’s house after a few cans of beer and the usual chit chat I said that I was thinking of making a “my favourite music CD”. Perry is always trying to get me to post things on Samizdata, so he suggested that I come up with my list, post it on the blog and ask others to do the same. In some way this may give us an insight into the types of people that read this blog. I am not sure what we will get out of this, but it’s worth a go. So please feel free to post your lists as comments to this post. If we get enough, maybe a super list of the favourite music can be compiled.

Now I have put together tapes of my favourite music before, but they have always consisted of music that I was into at the time. What I wanted to do this time was put together a list of songs/tunes that I would take with me to a desert island if I was given the choice (desert island disc’s style). Now I have started to think about it, it is actually harder than you initially think. I had to make one or two rules for my self just to make things easier. I limited the number of songs to 15 (thats about what you can fit on a CD) mainly because I didn’t want to calculate the lengths of the songs and add them together to see if they would fit and the second rule was that you can only take one piece of music by any particular person.

When I was thinking about what to put on it, three tracks came straight to mind. These have always been favourites of mine since first hearing them, and have always been near the top of the pile of CD’s or records that get played, now all I have to do is get another 12 songs and I’m finished. I have been ill for the last week, so I have had plenty of time to contemplate what I was going to choose. The hardest thing to do was to not choose a song because it was a ‘classic’ song, you know the ones that always get chosen even if you don’t particularly like them, they just make you feel comfortable when you hear them. What I was looking for were songs that I really, really liked and could listen to for the next 10 years (or so). Also I do listen to a lot of music, and I have chosen not to put any of the new music I am listening to at the moment into my list. This is purely because it hasn’t survived the test of time yet, I like it now but may not like it in a years time. Anyway, less of my ramblings, here is my list of my most favourite music. If you don’t like my choices, I don’t care because it’s my list. Make one up and post it as a comment.

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the waves
Golden Brown – the Stranglers
Norwegian Wood – The Beatles
This Woman’s Work – Kate Bush
Visions of You – Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart with Sinead O’Connor
Mr E’s Beautiful Blues – Eels
Night Boat to Cairo – Madness
Jangle of a Dogs Collar – Butthole Surfers
Ghost Town – The Specials
Sul-E-Stomp – Astralasia & Suns of Arqa
The Rhythm Divine – Yello with Shirley Bassey
59th Street Bridge Song – Simon and Garfunkel
Danse Macabre – Saint-Saens
Stop the Car (12” version) – The Woodentops
Big Noise from Winnetka – Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

14 comments to My favourite music

  • Dale Amon

    These are the current 15 on my morning wakeup “tape”. Somewhat due to what music I have at hand, but a selection that never seems to get boring. Even my favorite Yes albums would be a bit hard if played over and over. A lot of what recommends these is that they make a nice aural background.

    Daryl Hall & John Oates – Sara Smile
    Michael Murphy – Wildfire
    Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight
    Gerry Rafferty – Baker street
    Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – The Fool on the Hill
    The Carpenters – (They Long To Be) Close to You
    Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
    Looking Glass – Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)
    Guess Who – These Eyes
    Badfinger – Come And Get It
    Seals & Crofts – Summer Breeze
    Elton John – Bennie And The Jets
    The Cars – Drive
    James Taylor – Mexico
    America – A Horse With No Name

  • Yes, it is quite hard to choose, but here goes:

    Release — Afro Celt Sound System
    Bullitproof (Unkle Remix) — Breakbeat Era
    Persephone — Dead Can Dance
    The Magnificent Seven Theme — Elmer Bernstein
    Sista Darknez (the mix that got away) — Enrapture
    Iris — The Goo Goo Dolls
    Love and affection — Joan Armatrading
    God is God (Optical Vocal Mix) — Laibach
    Tower of Strength — The Mission UK
    Fleshmachine — Oneiroid Psychosis
    L’Hiver sur Richelieu/Miss B’s dreams — Orealis
    Ever so lonely/Eyes/Ocean — Sheila Chandra
    True — Spandau Ballet
    Slow Train to Dawn — The The
    Forsaken (Vocal version) — VNV Nation

  • Here goes:

    What’s Up – 4 Non-Blondes
    This Love – Pantera
    Unsane – Tenebrae
    Haile’s Song – Eminem
    Not Even The Trees – Hootie and The Blowfish
    Mother – Pink Floyd
    I Hope You Dance – LeAnn Womack
    Matrix Theme – Crystal Method
    Sadness, Pt.1 – Enigma
    Sober – Tool
    I Wanna Fuck You [Like an Animal] – Nine Inch Nails
    You Spin Me Right Round – Dead or Alive
    Symphony No. 9 – Beethoven
    Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
    Tiny Dancer – Elton John

  • She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
    Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
    This Corrosion – Sisters of Mercy
    The Mercy Seat – Nick Cave
    Heroes – David Bowie
    Release – Pearl Jam
    EMI – Sex Pistols
    Scooby Snacks – FLC
    Step On – Happy Mondays
    You Don’t Care About Us – Placebo
    Hudson Line – Mercury Rev
    The End of the World – REM
    Love Letter – Nick Cave
    Sisters of Mercy – First and Last and Always
    The End – The Doors

  • Brian

    I lament the lack of ska or “bubble-gum punk” on the list such as Blink 182 or Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, etc. It’s a nice contrast…

  • Hmmm. About 10 of these will filter in and out, but at leats 5 of these will always be on my personal album. I ain’t saying which:

    Town Called Malice — The Jam
    Oliver’s Army — Elvis Costello
    Don’t Impress Me Much — Shania Twain
    Walking On the Sun — Smashmouth
    [In the Court of the] Crimson King — King Crimson
    Happy Birthday — Altered Images
    National Express — The Divine Comedy
    Lucky You — Lightning Seeds
    Parklife — Blur
    Pressure Drop — The Specials
    Light My Fire — The Doors
    Reward — The Teardrop Explodes
    Common People — Pulp
    Protect and Survive — Runrig
    Blinded By The Sun — The Seahorses

    Runner-up (only ‘cos Perry mentioned another song by them): The Beaten Generation — The The

    Well, that dates me, doesn’t it…

    Of course, having watched a bit of VH-1 this evening, it occurs to me that if the videos were in question, I’d have a completely different line-up. Anyone for that project?

  • Gad! I forgot

    Beautiful Day — The Levellers

    Delete any one at random and replace with the above…

  • Someday I Suppose — Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    Shot in the Dark — Ozzy Osbourne
    Into My Arms — Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Poison — Alice Cooper
    Anarchy in the U.K. — Sex Pistols
    Fade Into You — Mazzy Star
    One More Time — Queensryche
    The Show Must Go On — Queen
    I’m Gonna Be — The Proclaimers
    Romeo and Juliet — Dire Straits
    Drink! — They Might Be Giants
    Hey Hey What Can I Do — Led Zeppelin
    My First, My Last, My Everything — Barry White
    Deep Water — Jewel
    Atlas — Red Henry

    And there you have it, kids–the most eclectic top 15 ever…

  • John J. Coupal

    An eclectic mixture…

    Walk Don’t Run — The Ventures
    The Badge — Pantera
    The Future — Leonard Cohen
    Anything for Love — James House
    Democracy — Leonard Cohen

  • How about one CD worth of MP3 files? That would be about 200 songs. Or would the RIAA come find my desert island and have me hauled home in chains?

    I’ll try to compromise with somewhat more than 15 [a ridiculous and impossible number, and an unconstitutional case of cruel and unusual punishment to even ask], but less than 200. How’s about a nice round 100?

    In no particular order, these recordings might be just enough spectrum of emotions to keep me sane:

    Just Like U Said It Would B – Sinead O’Connor
    Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
    Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
    It’s All Over Me – Todd Yarling
    Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
    I’m No Communist – Grandpa Jones
    So What – Miles Davis
    My Last Days on Earth – Bill Monroe
    Sabotage – The Beastie Boys
    Monkey Man – The Rolling Stones
    Pills and Soap – Elvis Costello
    That Ain’t Right – Ada Brown w/ Fats Waller
    Bad Boy – The Beatles
    And the Cradle Will Rock – Van Halen
    Beat on the Brat – The Ramones
    Love Child – The Supremes
    Don’t Ask Me Questions – Graham Parker
    Placebo – Steve Barger
    Psycho Street – Richard Thompson
    My Shit’s Fucked Up – Warren Zevon
    Questions – Ray Charles
    Vibrator – Terence Trent D’Arby
    David Watts – The Kinks
    Tired of Sleeping – Suzanne Vega
    My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama – Frank Zappa
    Little Sparrow – Dolly Parton
    Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
    Cocksucker Blues – The Rolling Stones
    Heroes and Villains – The Beach Boys
    Boy in the Bubble – Paul Simon
    The Man Who Couldn’t Cry – Johnny Cash
    London Calling – The Clash
    The Fightin’ Side of Me – Merle Haggard
    Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
    Give Me All Your Lovin’ or I Will Kill You – Macy Gray
    Kill You – Eminem
    In the Jailhouse Now – Jimmie Rodgers
    No More Mr. Nice Guy – Alice Cooper
    The Jungle Line – Joni Mitchell
    I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Hank Williams
    Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller
    Give Me Back My Five Dollars – Stringbean
    Spanish Moon – Little Feat [Waiting for Columbus]
    Jesus Entering From the Rear – The Feederz
    Me and Jesus – Tom T Hall
    Crying in the Chapel – Elvis Presley
    Touch the Hem of His Garment – Sam Cooke
    Whenever God Shines His Light – Van Morrison
    Wreck on the Highway – Roy Acuff
    Me and the Devil Blues – Robert Johnson
    Crucify – Tori Amos
    Walking in Jerusalem – Bill Monroe
    Rank Stranger – Stanley Brothers
    Uneasy Rider – Charlie Daniels
    Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
    Lipstick Vogue – Elvis Costello
    Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Chuck Berry
    Rednecks – Randy Newman
    One in a Million – Guns ‘n Roses
    Black Betty – Ram Jam
    Mind Playin’ Tricks on Me – the Geto Boys
    Pistol Packin’ Papa – Jimmie Rodgers
    Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
    I’m the Man – Joe Jackson
    Mary Provost – Nick Lowe
    Hyperactive! – Thomas Dolby
    In Walked Bud – Thelonious Monk
    Grow Some Funk of Your Own – Elton John
    Papa Don’t Take No Mess – James Brown
    Fist City – Loretta Lynn
    Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
    Put Down the Gun – Peter Case
    Chim Chim Cheree – Mary Poppins soundtrack
    Temptation – Prince
    The Real Me – The Who
    Goin’ Down Slow – Howlin’ Wolf
    My Favorite Things – John Coltrane
    Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore – John Prine
    Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
    My Wife Thinks You’re Dead – Junior Brown
    Tattooed Love Boys – The Pretenders
    When I Get to the Border – Richard Thompson
    Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty
    Get Over It – OK Go
    Blues in the Night – Frank Sinatra
    Eight Miles High – The Byrds
    It Ain’t Necessarily So – Cab Calloway
    Jolene – Dolly Parton
    River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
    Oh What a Woman – Jerry Reed
    Romance Without Finance – Charlie Parker
    Poor Judd Is Dead – Oklahoma movie soundtrack
    Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
    Out Behind the Barn – Little Jimmy Dickens
    Stormy Weather – Lena Horne
    Yesterday When I Was Young – Roy Clark
    A Simple Desultory Phillipic – Simon & Garfunkel
    Thank You Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again – Sly Stone
    Auf Wiedershen – Cheap Trick

  • Keep it to your top 15… that is FIFTEEN!

  • Danse Macabre is on my list, too. Wanna waltz to that number one of these days (as soon as I take some lessons).

    Other favorite music, in no particular order:

    Symphonies #9 – Beethoven, Dvorak
    Scheherazade – Rimsky-Korsakov
    Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Dukas
    Masochism Tango (full strings) – Tom Lehrer
    Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
    Cult of Personality – Living Colour
    Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
    Green Grass and High Tides – Outlaws
    Scenes From An Italian Retaurant – Billy Joel
    Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
    On The Turning Away – Pink Floyd
    Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting – Elton John
    Funeral/Love Lies Bleeding – Elton John
    Salisbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
    Don’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
    Take Me To The Other Side – Aerosmith
    Love Is On Your Side – Thompson Twins
    Dirty Laundry – Don Henley
    Too Old To Rock And Roll – Jethro Tull
    Lawyers, Guns, and Money – Warren Zevon
    Smooth – Santana
    One Of The Living – Tina Turner
    China Girl – David Bowie
    I’m Your Captain – Grand Funk Railroad
    The Story In Your Eyes – Moody Blues
    Windmills Of Your Mind – Emerson Lake and Palmer
    C’est La Vie – Emerson Lake and Palmer
    Conquistador (live) – Procol Harum
    A Salty Dog – Procol Harum
    Riding The Storm Out – REO Speedwagon
    Roll With The Changes – REO Speedwagon
    Back In Time – Huey Lewis
    Beats So Lonely – Charlie Sexton
    Elected – Alice Cooper
    Town Without Pity – Ronnie Montrose

    Okay, that’s good for a start.

  • It takes at least a week to come up with an good list. This is a serious topic, you know.

    Kansas – The Wolfgang Press
    Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
    Yin and Yang the Flowerpot Man – Love and Rockets
    So. Central Rain – REM
    Way Down Now – World Party
    Greetings to New Brunette – Billy Bragg
    Here Comes Your Man – The Pixies
    Ed’s Funky Diner – It’s Immaterial
    Zero Zero Zero – Sam Phillips
    Ever Changing Moods – Style Council
    Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
    Blood and Roses – The Smithereens
    Once Around the Block – Badly Drawn Boy
    Mrs. Robinson – The Lemonheads
    Heartland – The The

    I’ll put up details and explanations at my site.

  • African Rhythms – oneness of Juju (from African Rhythms)

    Cowboy Style – Kylie Minogue (from Kylie Minogue aka Impossible Princess)

    Crystal Silence – Chick Corea (from Return to Forever)

    Dominion Mother Russia – The SIsters of Mercy (from Floodland)

    Friction – Television (from Marquee Moon)

    Generals and Majors – XTC (from Fossil Fuel)

    Into The Void – Black Sabbath (from Paranoid)

    Journey in Satchidananda – Alice Coltrane (from Journey in Satchidananda)

    Mannequin – Wire (from Pink Flag)

    Marathon – Rush (from Power Windows)

    Optometry – DJ Spooky (from Optometry)

    Saku – Susumu Yokota (from Sakura)

    Symposium of Sickness – Carcass (from Necroticism)

    The Great Curve – Talk Heads (from Remain in Light)

    The Rainbow – Talk Talk (from Spirit of Eden)

    The albums these are derived from are all corkers too. Go buy!