I’m typ­i­cal­ly not very ex­cit­ed when I am giv­en a hy­po­thet­i­cal ques­tion along the lines of ‘If you were on a desert is­land what five things would you want with you?’ My an­swer is al­ways some­thing along the lines of ‘A Coast Guard ‘copter, fu­el for it, a book on how to fly a ‘copter, enough food and wa­ter for two months, and Elsa Benitez.’

So the hy­po­thet­i­cal you are about to read about, one that I as­signed my­self, is a bit un­nat­ur­al. It does come as the re­sult of some very deep pon­der­ing that I have been en­gaged in late­ly in re­gard to a list I am mak­ing of my all-time fa­vorite songs.

Here is how it goes. You have been con­vict­ed by a po­lice state for a crime that doesn’t mat­ter since you did­nt com­mit it. Before they strand you on a desert is­land with­out a Coast Guard he­li­copter, a strange quirk in the le­gal sys­tem forces you in­to the fol­low­ing sit­u­a­tion: You have at your dis­pos­al a dig­i­tal li­brary of all mu­sic and the means to burn it on­to a CD. You on­ly have one CD. You must fill it with your fa­vorite songs, in a for­mat that can be played on the orig­i­nal Sony Discman that is in a bag next to your lone CD-R. [That means you can’t stuff the CD with mp3s, bo­zo]. You can­not have more than one song by an artist, or else you will be flayed by su­per­in­tel­li­gent mar­mosets and then dipped in salt. What songs do you put on the CD?

Here is what I would put on.

Plush [Acoustic] — Stone Temple Pilots — 3:54
Down to the Waterline — Dire Straits — 3:56
Tin Pan Alley [AKA The Roughest Place in Town] — Stevie Ray Vaughan — 9:08
Dangerous Mood — Joe Cocker and B.B. King — 4:54
Fool in the Rain — Led Zeppelin — 6:12
Ziggy Stardust — David Bowie — 3:13
Nothing Else Matters [Acoustic] — Metallica — 6:23
For Martha — Smashing Pumpkins — 8:17
I Burn — Toadies — 3:31
The Soft Collision — Machines of Loving Grace — 4:50
Specialist — Interpol — 6:34
Have You Ever Seen the Rain? — Creedence Clearwater Revival — 2:39
Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen — 5:59

Total Run Time — 69:20

13 thoughts on “69:20

  1. Ok this is a dif­fi­cult one for me and I will prob­a­bly pick the more pop­u­lar songs from some artists be­cause I’m crazy like that. Also please note I’m go­ing with 12 songs, but I don’t think they’ll fit on to a stan­dard CD-R (Sue me I don’t have my playlist handy).
    1.) Sanatarium — Metallica
    2.) Countdown to Extinction — Megadeth
    3.) 33 — Smashing Pumpkins
    4.) 4th move­ment of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Syphony i.e. Ode to joy
    5.) Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen
    6.) My own Prison (Acoustic)- Creed
    7.) While my Guitar Gently Weeps — Beatles
    8.) Dream On — Aerosmith
    9.) Big Empty — Stone Temple Pilots
    10.) Humans Being — Van Halen
    11.) Hells Bells (live) — ACDC
    12.) Stairway to Heaven — Led Zeppelin

  2. per­haps its been stew­ing around in my sub­con­scious since then. i bet yours didn’t have su­per­in­tel­li­gent mar­mosets though.

  3. yeah for me that one of­fers too much va­ri­ety.

    Still here they are:

    The Smashing Pumpkins — Adore
    David Bowie — The Singles
    Nine Inch Nails — The Downward Spiral
    The Shins — Oh, Inverted World
    Led Zeppelin — In Through the Out Door.

  4. but its not as mel­low. my list need­ed some­thing mel­low. i sup­pose i could have left the shins off and put on coltrane in­stead.

  5. Exactly eighty min­utes of un­al­loyed majesty:

    01 Leonard Cohen — Suzanne
    02 Miles Davis — Generique
    03 The Shaggs — My Pal Foot Foot
    04 The Velvet Underground — Sister Ray
    05 Neu! — Negativland
    06 The Microphones — Ice
    07 The Magnetic Fields — Two Characters in Search of a Country Song
    08 The Carter Family — Can the Circle Be Unbroken
    09 Joy Division — Decades
    10 Elgar — Cello Concerto, Op. 85: I Adagio (Jacqueline du Pre’s per­for­mance on­ly)
    11 Sam Cooke — A Change is Gonna Come
    12 Neil Young — Down By The River
    13 The Modern Lovers — I’m Straight
    14 Gang of Four — At Home He’s A Tourist

    PS I’d go with Adriana Lima over Elsa Benitez any day of the week.

  6. I did some­thing sim­i­lar May 17th, 2003.

    “I Just Wanted You To Know” — Mark Chestnut
    “X-Static” — Foo Fighters
    “Mr. Tambourine Man” — Bob Dylan
    “Moving On” — Sixpence None The Richer
    “Muzzle” — Smashing Pumpkins
    “Adia” — Sarah McLachlan
    “Fallin’ Again” — Alabama
    “Shoulda Been A Cowboy” — Toby Keith
    “Fishing In The Dark” — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    Opening Theme of Angel — Darling Violetta

  7. I’ve al­so heard the whole 5 al­bum ver­sion as well;
    1.) Metallica — …and Justice for All
    2.) Smashing Pumkins — Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    3.) Led Zeppelin — IV
    4.) ACDC — Live
    5.) Megadeth — Coutdown to Extinction.

  8. Hah, the best Coltrane is de­cid­ed­ly un­mel­low, I’d ar­gue. (Conversely, crit­ics in his day thought it sound­ed “an­gry.” He ex­plained it was b/​c he was try­ing so many things at once.) Your best bet there would be to stick with the king, the man who birthed cool in 1949: Mr Miles Davis. If you stray from Miles, at least avoid blue-eyed jazzmen, if you know what I mean.

  9. Well, that doesn’t ad­dress what I said: “the best Coltrane” was what I was talk­ing about. So: Love Supreme, Blue Train, and Giant Steps. Those are inar­guably his three mas­ter­pieces and inar­guably un­mel­low. And any­one who con­tends oth­er­wise is inar­guably ig­no­rant of Coltrane’s mu­sic.

  10. Ah, see I would ar­gue that the Album of­fers few­er choic­es whilst it gives more mu­sic. I even seen it with con­straints, no com­pi­la­tion CD’s (movie sound­track, great­est hits, etc), no dou­ble disk sets, no an­tholo­gies. I think it brings an ex­tra bit of mer­it, be­cause some al­bums have re­al­ly great songs, but it is a rare al­bum that is re­al­ly good from beg­gin­ning to end, and be some­thing that you could list to for the rest of your nat­ur­al life.

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