Some good news from the Beeb this week. They’ve just settled a looong-standing argument with the creator of their Desert Island Discs format (Roy Plomley) to allow the show’s archive to be downloaded by license fee payers.
If you’re not familiar with the show, it involves celebs sitting down with Kirsty Young to talk about which eight pieces of music (plus book and a luxury item) they’d want with them if they were stranded on a desert island. Paul Weller, Morrissey and Rickey Gervais are among the people that have made the difficult choice.
If I was on the show, I’d probably go for ‘Infinite Jest’ as the book and a drum kit as the luxury item. As for the eight tracks, I guess they’d have to be a mixture of long-winded backgroundy kind of post rock, loud abrasive primal stuff and soothing repetitive ones: Mogwai’s ‘Xmas Steps’, Explosions In The Sky’s ‘First Breath After Coma’, MC5’s ‘Skunk (Sonically Speaking)’, Gayngs’ ‘The Last Prom On Earth’, King Crimson’s ’21st Century Schizoid Man’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, something from either Kraftwerk or Hawkwind and, this new 11 minute track from Gang Gang Dance.
What would you take? (Don’t worry about the life story)
The Radio 4 website will have 500 episodes available for download from next month.