Clicky Island Discs / Mark Bissoni
Inspired by the legendary Desert Island Discs of BBC radio, we’ve asked the Clicky team; 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?
1. What Good am I? by Tom Jones
I know what you’re thinking. Tom Jones, right? I felt the same way, but one night I was channel surfing and I came across him performing this song live on some BBC Four documentary. It stopped me dead in my tracks. Originally written by Bob Dylan, each line was like a slap in the face.
2. Let’s Talk About Cars by Butthole Surfers
When I was a teenager, I would spend far too much time pottering around the old Virgin music store in Liverpool. I think I bought my first Butthole Surfers album because there was a cool cartoon on one of the album covers. Within a few months, I had bought all their albums.
Taken from their most accessible album ‘Electriclarryland’, this song showcases what the band is all about: being different and sounding like no one else out there. Kurt Cobain said in one of his final interviews that he wanted to turn Nirvana into The Butthole Surfers and their final album In Utero took a step in that direction.
3. Dress Rehearsal Rag by Leonard Cohen
I was/am a big Nirvana fan and I started listening to Leonard Cohen simply because Kurt Cobain sang in Pennyroyal Tea: “Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld. So I can sigh eternally.” On the back of that, I bought ‘The Best Of Leonard Cohen’ and before long I had every CD. Throughout all my phases of liking and disliking different types of music, Mr. Cohen has always been a constant and his albums have never left my CD rack.
This song is off my favourite Leonard Cohen album – Songs of Love and Hate. I went through a phase in my late teens were each night before going to sleep I would pop my headphones in and listen to this album. Whatever was racing through my mind, these stripped-back, man-and-his-guitar songs and the imagery-rich, poetic lyrics would always soothe me off to sleep with that sigh Kurt was talking about.
4. Fall On Me by R.E.M.
I had to have a R.E.M. song on my Clicky Island Discs because they were the band I turned to when I started getting into music around the age of 14. It was a tough choice between this and another R.E.M. song called ‘Perfect Circle’. I went with this because I never get tired of listening to it and, if you’re stranded on a desert island, I guess that’s what you want!
Like most early R.E.M. songs, they’re ambiguous enough for the listener to apply their own personal experiences, memories and feelings into the songs. Fall On Me could be about acid rain (“buy and sell the sky, but don’t let the rain fall on me”) or it could be about being in awe of nature (“lift your arms up to the sky”) or it could even be a love song about being there for someone if they fall.
5. Help Yourself by Sad Brad Smith
These days the ADHD generation will give a song about 5 seconds before flicking to the next track on some massive playlist. Not many songs can grab you straight away and keep you listening. For me, this is one of those songs. Taken from the brilliant George Clooney film ‘Up In The Air’.
The Inbetweeners Yearbook byDamon Beesley and Iain Morris.
I love the Inbetweeners and this book is the closest thing we’re going to get to a 4th series of the show. Jay’s 4-page Business Plan for selling “car stereos to premiership footballers” is hilarious and features his best ever lies and blags.
A vat of Novocain
When Ricky Gervais went on Desert Island discs, he said he would take a vat of Novocain in case he got toothache. I think that’s a pretty good answer and so I’m going to copy him.
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