Clicky Island Discs / Joby
It’s Wednesday, and therefore another instalment of Clicky Island Discs is in order!
The format of Clicky Island Discs is pretty straight forward. We’ve asked the Clicky team that before they’re castaway on a remote desert island in the middle of nowhere with only themselves as company, what 5 songs, book and luxury item would they take with them?
Part Three of Clicky Island Discs features Joby, our photographer/videographer, and his desert island list.
1. Bones of You by Elbow
I’m a big fan of lyrics in general and Guy Garvey is one of my all time favourite songwriters. The clever simplicity of the video is also amazing and (blatant plug alert) inspired some shots from Taking Flight, a short dance film I shot and edited in 2014
2. When I Come Around by Green Day
Green Day have been one of my all time favourite bands ever since my sister bought me one of their albums when I was about 11. There’s something I love about the video for this song, it just seems to fit the mood of the song perfectly. Top fact: the song was originally written as a break-up song, but they later got back together and are still married today.
3. Kiss Me as covered by New Found Glory
Sometimes you have to be a bit of a soppy romantic and if, heaven forbid, me and my girlfriend were to have ‘a song’, it would probably be this (although she might not pick the New Found Glory cover). It’s also one of the few songs I could stumble my way through on a guitar if I was forced.
4. Common People by Pulp
Another great lyricist and one of the greatest indie frontmen of all time, everything Jarvis Cocker has ever done seems effortlessly cool (even the song he wrote for The Fantastic Mr. Fox is great). I saw Pulp at their Sheffield homecoming gig in 2012 and it was one of the best live performances I’ve seen.
5. Oblivion by Grimes
As a bit of a wildcard and a break from boys with guitars, Grimes is one of my favourite artists at the moment and this video is what originally brought her to my attention. It’s such a simple idea that’s been executed perfectly and it has a real alternative Americana feel. (Emily Kai-Block who directed this has done a few great music videos for the likes of Arcade Fire and Lorde which are worth looking at if you’re a fan of this: http://www.emilykaibock.com)
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Again, picking my favourite ever book would be too hard, but I’m a big fan of Nick Hornby at the moment and if I wasn’t allowed to cheat and take his complete works I’d have to pick High Fidelity. Ironically, making top five music lists features heavily in the storyline- if you’ve not read the book or seen the film then stop what you’re doing and rectify the situation right now.
In terms of a luxury I’m going to have to be a bit unoriginal and copy one of the people on this list. Guy Garvey requested a bottle of Irish whiskey when he was on Desert Island Discs in 2014, and although I’d probably prefer something Scottish I can’t think of a better way to unwind after a hard day building rafts or picking coconuts or whatever it is castaways do with their time