So, I’ve spent the last few weeks outlining my Desert Island Discs. It’s hard to make a list like that when you’re a big geek like me. How do you leave some discs behind?
Well, you just have to do it. You have to be with the eight songs you choose for a LONG time so they had better be meaningful or fun or special in some way. And that means, some get left off the list. Worthy songs, maybe, but they don’t quite make the cut.
So here are some of my also-rans. Some of my favourite songs, to be sure — so maybe on a different day, the choice would have been different.
There’s the incredible Four Tops’ “Same Old Song”, which I always said would be a great song to play at my funeral:
And, of course, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”, which brings back memories of one of the most fun concert experiences of my life when I was 16 or 17:
Some more southern hemisphere rock in the form of the brilliant Midnight Oil and “The Power and the Passion”. It was so hard to choose one song, but this one goes way back for me. DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE DANCING PETER GARRETT.
A little CanCon with Gregory Hoskins and the Stickpeople. “Dance of the Vulnerable” is a beautiful tune, and although they never made it big (not even big enough to make a proper video, it seems) they were one of the greatest bands to see in a club, I swear.
For singing your head off, there’s always James. I went with the lesser-known “Tomorrow” but there are so many:
And, when things get too much to bear, you can always defiantly dance away your troubles and “Shake It Out” with Florence and the Machine.