My Desert Island Discs

I have decided to do something a bit different and do something completely un-bookish on Savidge Reads today despite tagging it with a Simon’s Bookish Bits label. As I mentioned earlier in the week books have been slightly on the back burner here at Savidge HQ and I have been turning to some utter trash TV, fabulous films, Pride and Prejudice (the good version), and music. Music is possibly my all time second love behind books and so I thought I would do a post on it. Seeing ‘Heartburn’ on the telly the other day one of my all time favourite songs came on the soundtrack. This set me off thinking… what are my all time songs?

When I think of favourite songs and the stories behind them I cant help but think of a superb radio show we have in the UK called ‘Desert Island Discs’. This radio show, which has been running since 1942, sees well known people of all varieties imagining they are stranded on a desert island with only eight songs and a luxury item, etc. They also have a look back over their lives so I thought I would have a whim of grandeur and imagine what I would choose right now should the BBC ask *hint*. Without further ado here they are…

Smooth Operator – Sade
This has to be the first song on the list because it’s the first song that I can actually remember (though the first music I ever remember is The Archers theme oddly enough) from my childhood. It reminds me specifically of dancing around my Mum’s bedroom in Matlock Bath when I was little. (Another song I remember vividly form that time is Wham’s ‘Bad Boys’ which my aunties played constantly – they were about 14 and 16.) According to Wikipedia I would have been about 2 years old when this arrives. Apparently I used to sing ‘Move Over Red Eye’ instead of smooth operator.

Love Game – Lady Gaga
I could have chosen a couple of songs by the Gaga because she is the writer of modern anthems frankly. I chose ‘Love Game’ because in part it is my favourite song of album one and also back in late 2007 I interviewed her – and was only the second UK journalist to do so. It was a surreal moment as she was wearing huge sunglasses and had dancers sat on each side of her trained to stare at you. Anyway I got the lyrics to this song (we had the advance album) mixed up and promptly kept saying something that wasn’t ‘disco stick’ so when it’s on it makes me smile.

Viva Forever – Spice Girls
I never claimed to be cool before you all start taking the mickey out of me for this one. The Spice Girls were the biggest band ever during my school years. I remember everyone in my year being completely obsessed, the pencil cases, the Walkers crisp packets, lollipops – I could go on. This one of all their singles was special to me in part because it came out after Geri left, I can’t lie I was rather upset. More importantly it is because it reminds me of my little sister being a very, very little baby. I used to get to look after her a lot and when she would cry at 16 years old I would pop this on and sing to her and sure enough off she would go to sleep.

Yellow – Coldplay
Now I know they aren’t exactly indie but I do like some indie music (I went to Knebworth to see Oasis – yeah was proper into all that indie Britpop) and some proper bands. I liked Coldplay from the off as the second time I left home I ended up living in Kent and had my first joyous times in a house share. This reminds me of that time, and a new level of independence, because I dated someone for a while who sang it to me in the bath and it evokes a lot with me.

Into The Groove – Madonna
With a legend like Madonna it is really, really hard too choose one specific song but in the end I had to choose ‘Into The Groove’ because I really remember this as a youth in and also very much in my late teens, early twenties and even now. It reminds me of places I lived as a kid, my first big nights out clubbing and some of my friend’s recent weddings. In a weird way for me it’s a really timeless song that completely reminds me of good times.

Super Massive Black Hole – Muse 
Now you might be surprised to see Muse in my list of songs but I love Muse, I have all their albums. Out of all their songs I think ‘Super Massive Black Hole’ is incredible. I don’t know if anyone else has a theme tune that you can simply pop on and it gives you some weird kind of confidence? It was also a song that became a bit of an anthem when I came out of a long relationship and you know how you need a good anthem in times like that. It stills cheers me up now if I pop it on.

Coming Around Again – Carly Simon
I heard this song recently when I watched ‘Heartburn’ and it started me off with the whole idea of this post. This song reminds me of my Mum and my Gran, as they both love her. It also really reminds me of Newcastle where I went with my mother when she went to University, it’s also where I met Polly of Novel Insights all those years ago. I can really remember the flat we lived in, not quite halls but not far off, and how we would both sit and listen to the album of the same name for hours when we were eating dinner, or just pottering around – we didn’t have a telly that I can remember. A very nostalgic favourite.

Confide in Me – Kylie Minogue
Could quite possibly the song that I would choose above all the others if I only had one to take on a desert island! It’s quite a haunting song, and very unlike a lot of her other work. I was a Kylie and Jason child and I really remember she had disappeared for a few years and came back with this and I couldn’t wait to get my mitts on it. I remember saving my pocket money to buy this single on tape and getting it in Bath of all places. I then made Granny Savidge and Bongy (my granddad) play it about ten times – and it’s a good 5 minutes long – on their car stereo when all they probably wanted to listen to was Classic FM. It’s a song that having turned to it so often I associate with all times in my life. I can turn to it be I happy, sad or in between it always does just the trick. That probably sounds odd doesn’t it?

So that’s my 8 songs that I would take on a desert island, did it help you get to know me a little bit better? Would you have guessed any of these songs might feature? I wondered if some of you would take up the challenge of choosing their 8 desert island discs so we can get to know you all a little better, what do you think? Let me know if you do, and let me know what you thought of my selection!?!


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25 responses to “My Desert Island Discs

  1. JoV

    Wow, I start believing that we have the same music taste!! LOL. I love Sade, Madonna, Cold Play and Carly Simon. Lady Gaga is my favourite when I really need a good workout! (Well one need to work out in a desert island too right?)

  2. henrietta

    A nice refreshing opst Simon, and yes, it does give as much insight as a list of favorate books I think. I think we have probably all had moments of conjouring up our own set of 8 discs at some point. Of course, the list changes constantly.

    I love Sade, and was interested to hear her on Womans Hour recently talking about a new album I think. She has a wonderful creamy voice. Lady Gaga is unique and very much of our time. I wonder if you saw the wonderful interview with her that Caitlin Moran did in the Times magazine a coupld of months back?

  3. gaskella

    I don’t know what I expected of you, but it is certainly fun to read, and does say something about you definitely. Hope you enjoyed picking them.

  4. a fun list simon ,your taste is near mrs stu than mine lol although I like coldplay and grew up listening to carly simon as my mum liked her ,all the best stu

  5. Oh yes, I do love Super Massive Black Hole. Such a great song! Also, who didn’t love the Spice Girls 😉

  6. Dude. I was in college when Smooth Operator was popular. I feel like an old hag! That is a nice list though. Kylie rocks.

  7. Of course, were you ever to be asked on Desert Island Discs, the really hard part would be settling on the ONE book that each “castaway” is permitted to take with them!

  8. This is a great post. Desert Island anythings are so hard to come up with. Carly’s CAA is a classic. Can you believe that her title song for the film HEARTBURN was not even nominated for an Oscar? It should have at the very least been nominated and it should have won! It meets all the Academy criteria and then some. The entire film can be found in that song. Astonishing songwriting.

    Sade is another class act, but she seems to put out the same album in 5+ year intervals. But who is complaining..she is great.

  9. We apparently have WAY more in common with books than with music, Simon, but I got a big kick out of reading your post and creating my own in response to your “challenge.” Thanks for thinking up such a fun way to avoid book blogging today!

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  11. Ti

    Turns out we have similar tastes in music. Madonna was huge throughout my high school / college days. I even dressed like her at one point…streaky light hair and all.

    I also enjoyed Kylie quite a bit. Although Lady Gaga is a “new to me this year” artiist, I love her stuff too.

    Some of my faves growing up: Erasure, Tears for Fears, Depeche…Pet Shop Boys. I still listen to them to this day.

  12. Hey, no need to feel shame for lovin’ some Spice Girls 🙂 I’m afraid that my list would be too homogenized to be interesting, something like: Iggy and the Stooges, Bikini Kill, Sonic Youth, The Breeders, The Smiths, Neutral Milk Hotel…I don’t know, it’s too hard. Too many off the top of my head! Definitely fun to see your picks, though!

  13. Hmmm … besides that Sade song being one of my most hated songs, I like your other choices! I’ve mostly been into “all that indie Britpop” so a lot of my songs would come from that era and the 80s probably with some modern Icelandic groups thrown in. I’m kind of a music nut though so coming up with a proper list of 8 may take me months!

    • Hahaha really you hate that song, thats amazing – why?

      I loved all the indie britpop and I did contemplate some Pulp and Suede being in the list. I am intrigued by the Icelandic groups.

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