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Desert Island Discs

I'm sure that most of us have listened to this radio programme and wondered at the varied and sometimes unusual pieces of music that celebs have chosen but did you know thatits been running for quite this long? On this day in 1942 that first broadcast of Desert Island Discs went on BBC radio? It was devised and presented by Roy Plomley and  by the way, Desert Island Discs is the longest-running factual programme in the history of radio.

Now here's your chance to be an OTG celeb for five minutes. A bit down market I know, but which six pieces of music would you take with you to your island of peace quiet and tranquility?

I particularly like the story of the lady speaking to a WI group who interviewed her in the style of desert island disks and when asked what useless object she would take with her replied "my husband"   I am sure that is a variation on  theme and it has been said many times before and since though

I had the opportunity to do this last year in the run up to my 50th.  Over a few months I sat down and worked out my playlist and then a friend of DD's got it all onto three CDs which were the background music at my party.   I went from Bach to the Talking Heads by way of Pink Floyd and Leonard Cohen - and a lot more in between..  Never let it be said that Anarchy in the UK isn't good dinner party music...  

I'll think on my favourite dics tonight and come up with a list. Thin Lizzies 'Whisky in the Jar' will definately be in there.

Definately not 12B

How do these grab you.

1 Whisky in the Jar by Thin Lizzy

2 Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

3 Don't Stop Believing by Journey.

4 Silver Machine by Hawkwind.

5 I'm not in Love by 10cc

6 All a long the Watch Tower by jimmy Hendrix

What do you think ? Awesome or what? See if you can beat that.

maggie may.......rod stewart
my way........ frank sinatra
whiter shade of pale.......Procol Harum
two out of three ain't bad........meatloaf

and my all time favourite

These five have very strong personal meaning to me, and are to be played at my funeral.


We have one in common Border.

I have always been a big fan of 10cc and often play their music today.

I can tell you the time and the place, the first time I heard I'm not in love, it was just so fitting to the situation.

I was hard to be 16 in 74

It was great being 20 in 1974 !    

It was great being a teenager through the 60s      

Strangers on the Shore - Acker Bilk
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
Radar Love - Golden Earring
Dance with the Devil - Cozy Powell
Love Letters Straight From Your Heart - Elvis version


Radar Love is one of my all time favourites Mo.

Since I found out Silver Machine is about Rob Calvert's bicycle its never been quite the same experience for me! Good choices Bodger esp Sweet Home Alabama which is one of my faves. Love Lizzie

So many possibilities!

The Clash....Lost in the super market.

AC/DC....You shook me

Andy Williams ....The Impossible Dream

Green Day....Jesus of Suburbia.

Charlatans....Sproston Green.

Matt Monro ...On Days Like These.

What a shrink would make of the list I dread to think.  

My choice would be the following:

Who knows where time goes by Sandy Denny.

Woke up this Morning by Alabama Three.

Secret Agent by Rory Gallagher.

Only one way by Karine Polwart.

Universal Blue by Jackie Leven.

Suppers Ready by Genesis.

You're the radio by Thea Gilmore.

Dust in the wind by Kansas.

There are probably loads more, can't I just take my I pod.

bodger wrote:
Radar Love is one of my all time favourites Mo.

Great for driving to - if you have an open road  

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