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Pick five CDs to spend life with on a desert island

By Tony Hicks
Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 3:40 pm in Uncategorized.

My wife and I were driving somewhere over the weekend when – as I occasionally do – began babbling at the side of her head. She usually doesn’t react much, which is really the best thing to do.

This time I’d decided I wanted to know which five records she would take if she knew she was going to be stranded on a desert island. But before she could answer, I started blithering about my choices because – like many music snobs – I don’t care what anyone else really thinks because I think I know everything.

Anyway, my first initial thought was this: 1) The Beatles’ Abby Road; 2) Van Halen I; 3) OK Computer by Radiohead (ah – that’s what prompted the conversation – that was in the CD player); 4) The Stones’ Exile on Main Street (misguided rock snobs will try to say this album is overrated – it’s not) and perhaps 5) The Jackson 5 Greatest Hits. I don’t that it’s fair to put any live or greatest hits compilations because it makes it too easy, but that was my first record (the one with the frame around the group) and it’s not like I’m trying to take a career retrospective 12-CD box set.

Then I started thinking that’s not enough, that I couldn’t exist with Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky or Sonic Youth’s Murray Street or Stand or There’s a Riot Going On by Sly & the Family Stone, or the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, or Purple Rain, or any Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and on and on and on …

Meanwhile, my wife – who isn’t a music nerd but has a freakish skill to know the lyrics to any soul music, said she wanted a 70s funk compilation. That’s it. She may have wanted to say more, but by then I was wound up …

Just curious as to what other people would choose. What five records could you not live without?  Next week we’ll talk about what five people you’d like to be stuck with …

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