Recycling Old Facebook Notes #2: The Desert Island Disc

(Note: I mostly shut down my personal Facebook wall/timeline recently, and when I did, I noted some old lists or notes from early Facebook days that seemed to merit salvage. I’ll occasionally republish some of them here, as the spirit moves me, or inspiration fails).

Note the singular “disc” in the title . . .

Over the years, the plural version of this title has been used to define some crucial number of albums that folks would take were they stranded on a desert island with only a lifetime’s supply of food and a record player.

But in the iTunes era, most folks don’t listen to whole albums intact anymore, but rather listen to mixes of things from a variety of albums. So on the modern desert island, there’s you, a lifetime’s supply of food, a CD player, and a single mix CD, with standard music files on it (no cheating with compressed or otherwise altered files), meaning you have only 80 minutes worth of music to get you through to your dying day.

What would your 80 minutes include? Mine would look something like this:

Butthole Surfers, “Hey” (Song time: 2:06, Time elapsed: 2:06)

Rolling Stones, “I Just Want to See His Face” (Song time: 2:54, Time elapsed: 5:00)

The Beatles, “Tomorrow Never Knows” (Song time: 3:00, Time elapsed: 8:00)

Jethro Tull, “17” (Song time: 3:07, Time elapsed: 11:07)

Funkadelic, “Biological Speculation” (Song time: 3:10, Time elapsed: 14:17)

Velvet Underground, “The Black Angel’s Death Song” (Song time: 3:12, Time elapsed: 17:29)

Napalm Death, “Cursed to Crawl” (Song time: 3:25, Time elapsed: 20:54)

This Heat, “SPQR” (Song time: 3:29, Time elapsed: 24:23)

Human Sexual Response, “Andy Fell” (Song time: 3:35, Time elapsed: 27:58)

Bee Gees, “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You” (Song time: 3:37, Time elapsed: 31:35)

Earth Wind and Fire, “Serpentine Fire” (Song time: 3:50, Time elapsed: 35:25)

Black Flag, “Damaged I” (Song time: 3:51, Time elapsed: 39:16)

COIL, “Love’s Secret Domain” (Song time: 3:52, Time elapsed: 43:08)

Genesis, “Dusk” (Song time: 4:15, Time elapsed: 47:23)

Birthday Party, “Mutiny in Heaven” (Song time: 4:17, Time elapsed: 51:40)

Uriah Heep, “Poet’s Justice” (Song time: 4:17, Time elapsed: 55:57)

Joy Division, “Dead Souls” (Song time: 4:54, Time elapsed: 60:51)

Grateful Dead, “Box of Rain” (Song time: 5:19, Time elapsed: 66:10)

Brian Eno, “Baby’s on Fire” (Song time: 5:18, Time elapsed: 71:28)

David Bowie, “TVC 15” (Song time: 5:30, Time elapsed: 76:58)

Wire, “Advantage in Height” (Song time: 3:02, Time elapsed: 80:00)

Feel free to reply as you see fit. Geek out.

6 thoughts on “Recycling Old Facebook Notes #2: The Desert Island Disc

  1. Pingback: PfB 450: Desert Island Disc: Introduction | Popcorn for Breakfast

    • Oh, it be coming soon. Well, “soon” may be an understatement (I’m planning on reposting the worst-songs-ever bracket over the space of a week or so). But I do have stuff entered into brackets… and one of ’em is a heartbreaker, so many first-round matchups where I could see both songs on the final disc. Genesis vs. Magnet in a round of 64? SCREW YOU, RNG.

      Actually, as a teaser, here’s that particularly nasty (it’s easily the worst of the lot for painful first-round matchups, and you in particular will appreciate the pain of a few of them more than anyone else I know) bracket in full. (For completeness’ sake: the three-minutes-to-4:59 division ended up being 512 songs, eight brackets of 64. Which makes the RNG I used even MORE brutal for shoving all this stuff into one division!)
      (hopefully it’ll allow you to zoom in, the original image size is a full widescreen 23″ monitor…)


  2. I think you may have just started me on a new series. (Which reminds me, I have to re-post that “worst song of the past thirty years” series at one point…) I realized that when I went through the As, if I cherry-picked the absolute best bands and took one song by each, I could kinda-sorta whittle it down to 80 minutes… so doing it for the entire collection may take a while…


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