A colleague lent me a copy of the recent Jean Michel Jarre album ‘AERO‘ (see, I am old! – “album”) and I suddenly remembered why I spent the better part of a decade listening to every one of his albums over and over and over again.
But it highlighted again the difficulty of reducing a passionate listening and music creation life down to just eight pieces. How can any list incorporate the diversity of my listening and do it justice? How do I fit in more Status Quo? More Tom Waits? Some Thomas Dolby? Some AC/DC? Thousands of hours listening to trance? Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Chopin, the Cure, the Police, Pink Floyd, Albanoni’s and Barber’s Adagios, Brian Eno, more recent additions like Switchfoot…
Or what of those one-hit wonders that somehow you keep humming in your head at 4am on a wet sleepless wednesday: The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary’, REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ‘Losing My Religion’, Tears for Fear’s ‘Pharoahs’, Jellyfish’s two great albums and ‘Ignorance is Bliss’?
Arrgh, the agony of decisions. I now despise a once-good friend for starting me down this path [smile].
So, change to the Music list for my Desert Island Discs:
- ‘Oxygene 2’ by Jean Michel Jarre
- ‘Your Song’ by Elton John (but the ‘Moulin Rouge’ version by Nicole and Ewan; watching Moulin Rouge at a Cinema in the Park a few years ago on an early date was key for the good lady wife and I; we fell in love there and both cried over Satine’s death)
- ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’ by Ian Hunter
- ‘Paper Plane’ by Status Quo
- Live version of ‘The Piano Has Been Drinking’ by Tom Waits
- ‘Don’t Stop the Dance’ by Bryan Ferry
- ‘Dare You To Move’ by Switchfoot
- ‘Eagle Rock’ by Daddy Cool
And if I could only take one song? Oxygene 2.
My luxury remains an anchored yacht.
And if I couldn’t take ‘Good Omens’ as my book, then how would I separate any of my Le Carre or Len Deighton spy books? Arrrgh…