Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Island 5" Albums

This is a well-worn subject. The old "you're stranded on a desert island and you can only have five movies/albums/etc..." We've all played it, numerous times, for sure. So why not again?

The impetus for this post was reading this on the NPR Music blog. The writer, Robin Hilton, made some interesting points while revisiting his own "Island 5" from a few years ago. Namely, it would be easy to just list your five favorite records, but what if a few of them are really similar in tone, mood, tempo, etc.? As much as you may love them, having virtually the same sounding album may not be the best choice when you're "stuck" with just five. One must choose wisely and account for differing moods and states of mind. I'm not sure if I did that or not. Essentially, I picked an album from each of my five favorite bands, and I did cheat and pick a compilation (gasp!) for one of them.

Here are my "Island 5" albums:
The Clash - London Calling
The Smiths - The Smiths
Fugazi - The Argument
Radiohead - Kid A
Pixies - Death to the Pixies

Before cheating with my Pixies compilation, I had The Thermals album The Body, The Blood, The Machine on the list. I needed an up-tempo rocker as my picks were decidedly mid-tempo. I tried to settle on just one Pixies album, and I couldn't. So I copped out and picked a compilation. Sue me, I'm stuck on a freaking desert island for chrissakes!

But wait! I do have an original caveat to add to this VERY ripped off post. From your five albums, pick the song you want playing when you're being rescued. Picture this: You board the rescue boat, weak from a diet of coconut and shellfish. You're handed a bottle of water and you immediately begin guzzling, so fast you nearly choke. You're lips are dry and chapped, you're face is weathered and sun burnt. The boat takes off and you're in the back, looking at the island you called home for a few months slowly disappear from sight. You're saved. What song from your list of five albums is playing?

Mine: "How to Disappear Completely" from Kid A. It's actually an insanely prefect song for the occasion. The mood, the lyrics, the title - EVERYTHING. Oh, my rescue would be magnificent with this song playing in the background.

So, go ahead and list your five albums in the comments along with your rescue track.


Vickipedia said...

I approved of your list since these are all classics and we all know I'm not "with it" on today's music. I too shall play your ripped off game - in the form of another post at a later date and preferably during non-business hours. Stay tuned.

The Notorious T.D.P. said...

I'd be lying if I said I approve of this list. The lack of variety is disturbing. Considering how lonely I would be, I would definitly want some cool out music and for that I would probably choose A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory or even Miles Davis - Rebirth Of Cool. To put me in a good mood, I think I would have to go w/ James Brown's Greatest or Bob Marley's Legend.

Of course I would have Nas - Illmatic and Radiohead - In Rainbows. To round it out, Cat Stevens Greatest Hits.

1. ATCQ - Low End Theory
2. James Brown - Greatest Hits
3. Nas - Illmatic
4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
5. Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits

Song to be rescued to:
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers

Jim said...

Choosing Greatest Hits collections is a cop-out, just so you know. I'm ashamed of choosing a compilation in my list and you should be doubly ashamed for choosing TWO in yours.

Jim said...

Exit Music (For a Film) from OK Computer just popped on my iPod. Also would make one hell of a rescue song.