Desert Island Discs

Back in 2003, David chose eight songs. Songs that, should he ever be so unfortunate as to find himself stranded on a desert island with only a music-playing contraption of some sort, two books and one luxury item, he’d be glad to have with him.

  • ‘Waterloo Sunset’ by the Kinks
  • ‘Ballad in Plain D’ by Bob Dylan
  • ‘I’m Still Here’ by Tom Waits
  • ‘Dancing in the Street’ by Martha and the Vandellas
  • ‘Anthem’ by Leonard Cohen
  • ‘A Man Needs a Maid’ by Neil Young
  • ‘For Free’ by Joni Mitchell
  • ‘Rudi with a Flashlight’ by the Lemonheads

His chosen book, by the way, was the Q’oran. His luxury item, not surprisingly, an acoustic Martin D35.

Do list yours, if you wish.

No more than eight, though, no matter how hard it is to choose. And remember: that’s eight songs, not eight albums or, knowing you lot, the complete works of eight musicians, including every person they’ve ever shared a stage, tour bus, dinner table or birthday with. (I know.)

Of greater interest, I’d like to know your thoughts on the eight songs – and artists – shown here.

Continuing with the previous post’s theme, can you imagine David covering any of these?

If not David, who could?

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

125 thoughts on “Desert Island Discs”

  1. That’s hard…

    Fat Old Sun – Pink Floyd
    Echoes – Pink Floyd
    The Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden
    Then I Close My Eyes – David Gilmour
    The End – Doors
    Bobby Brown Goes Down – Frank Zappa
    Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison
    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life – Monty Pythons

    I don’t like reading books more than once, but I’d make an exception for The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambroce Bierce and The Penguin book of Limericks.

    My luxury item would be a jar with an old malt whisky (I dropped the guitar for the strings I eventually wouldn’t have).


  2. I love “Waterloo Sunset” and can see DG doing that.

    Another Kinks song for DG to do would be “Tired of Waiting for You”.

  3. SOYCD
    Comfortably Numb
    Takin’ It to the Streets – Doobie Bros
    Have You Ever Loved a Woman – Eric Clapton
    Superstition – Steve Wonder
    Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
    Fire & Rain – James Taylor
    Out on the Western Plain – Rory Gallagher

    I don’t have any great thoughts on David’s selection, although Dancing In The Street would be a good one if a bottle of rum washed up and you could have a good ol’ boogie. 🙂

    [Or if your music source is dynamo-powered. – FEd]

  4. Great question, FEd, and one which is harder to answer than it first appears!

    My 8 Songs:

    1. “Fat Old Sun” — David’s version from RTN
    2. “The Night & The Silent Water” — Opeth, live version from The Roundhouse Tapes
    3. “The Voice” — The Moody Blues, original recording
    4. “Time” — Pink Floyd, original recording
    5. “Comfortably Numb” — Pink Floyd, original recording
    6. “Heart of Gold” — Neil Young, original recording
    7. “Light My Fire” — The Doors, original long-version
    8. “Demon Speeding” — Rob Zombie, original recording

    My 2 Books:

    1. “The Catcher In The Rye” by J.D. Salinger
    2. “The Grapes Of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

    My 1 Luxury Item:

    A TV with hookup to NHL Center Ice

    I must say — I’m not entirely familiar with all the songs that David listed above, so I will have to get busy and do my homework!

    [Thanks, Lynn. By the way, it’s just the one book as you get the Complete Works of William Shakespeare thrown in automatically. Aren’t you lucky? – FEd]

  5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    Us and Them
    Great Gig in The Sky
    Song of Scheherazade ~ Renaissance
    Ashes Are Burning ~ Renaissance
    E Sara A Settembre ~ Andrea Bocelli
    Holiday ~ Rick Wright

    Book ~ Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine
    Luxury Item ~ Barbara Eden with or without her powers

    David would kill on ‘A Man Needs a Maid’…

    ‘For Free’ by Joni Mitchell is a phenomenal song and one that only an artist who is as humble and inspired as Joni should attempt…so once again I choose David.

  6. The Deep – Kathleen ‘Bird’ York
    Sorrow – David
    Dimming of the Day – David’s version
    I’ve Got The Music In Me – Thelma Houston & Pressure Cooker
    Stormy Weather – Lena Horne
    I’m Not Ready To Make Nice – Dixie Chicks
    You Should Have Seen It In Color -Montgomery Gentry
    Harry Nilsson (any of his songs)

    It’s so hard to pick as it depends on where your mind set is on the day that you pick these. But, hey we’re only dreaming aren’t we? I’d love to try island living for a bite. Just not ‘Survivor’ style.

    Have a wonderful day all.

  7. OK then, a really big sound system as my luxury.

    Book – Puckoon by Spike Milligan.

    [A really big, solar-powered sound system? – FEd]

  8. Martha and the Muffins – Echo Beach
    Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (P.U.L.S.E version)
    Cocteau Twins – For Phoebe’s Fingers
    Sigur Ros – Svefn-g-Englar
    Ride – OX4
    Temple Of the Dog – Hungerstrike
    MotherLoveBone – Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns
    The Cure – A Forest

    Book – Mervyn Peake’s Gormanghast trilogy
    Luxury item – Access to the Internet!

  9. You mean to say this island has no feckin’ electric????….Solar one it is then!

    And thank you for going easy on me…haven’t seen that rapier wit in a bit, Fed??? Are you mellowing in old age?


    [Trying to. – FEd]

  10. [Harry Nilsson (any of his songs) – Jan]

    Well, on an island it would certainly have to be Coconut.



  11. I had no idea David too was a Leonard Cohen fan. In fact, apart from The Lemonheads (who I’ve never heard of…), I seem to have a similar taste in music to him…

    I remember last year David saying that Waterloo Sunset was probably the “perfect pop song” or something along those lines. I could imagine him doing a great job on that. But as for Neil… no one but Neil could do that justice…

    As for my 8 songs… Very hard to choose. But today’s (just today’s, not tomorrow’s, not yesterday’s…) choices would be:

    Manassas – Song Of Love
    Bob Dylan – Girl From The North Country
    Neil Young – No Hidden Path
    Crowded House – Never Be The Same
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – American Girl
    Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
    David Gilmour – Echoes (Gdansk live version)
    Jackson Browne – Fountain Of Sorrow

    Luxury item – my acoustic guitar. So I’d actually have time to maybe get good at it someday…

    How about you FEd? A “little” of Bob Dylan, maybe…? 🙂

    [Maybe I’d include one or two… Great choices, Davie: I love ‘Girl From The North Country’. As for Leonard Cohen, then I’ve been playing his albums repeatedly since I saw him in concert. They’re such beautiful songs and it’s impossible to tire of them. I’d definitely include at least one of his, perhaps ‘The Partisan’ or ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ (or ‘Suzanne’ or ‘Everybody Knows’ or…) – FEd]

  12. David Gilmour – Smile (greatest song from OAI)
    Pink Floyd – Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun [Live at Pompei] (I can never grasp the genius of this song!)
    Raga Rockers – Hun Er Fri (the most beautiful 1 minutes and 32 seconds ever made. Norwegian song. Do check it out)
    Queen – Innuendo (just for the “be free” part, but all in all a great song)
    Neil Young – Down By The River (one of the best not David solos)
    Steely Dan – Aja (Steve Gadd on the drums *drool*)
    Santana – Everybody’s Everything (I love the high notes on the trumpet)
    The Beatles – Something (couldn’t live without it)

    Luxury item: My drum kit is one item, isn’t it?
    Book: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    Could be a nice vacation.. When does the plane leave?

    [‘Down By The River’ would be my Neil Young song, too. – FEd]

  13. I like music that gives me a lot to listen to, music in which I can hear different things with each listening. I prefer great music to great lyrics, which is evident in the number of music-only tracks I chose. Also, if I’m stranded, I want to have as much music as possible – hence the longer tracks.

    Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue” (the track, not the album)
    Cream “Crossroads”
    Mike Oldfield “Tubular Bells, Part 1”
    Pink Floyd “Echoes”
    Yes “Close to the Edge”
    Beethoven “Fifth Symphony”
    Doors “The End”
    Led Zeppelin “Dazed and Confused” (from “The Song Remains the Same”)

  14. Interesting topic FEd…so here goes:

    Castaway – Jerry Cantrell
    I’m Stranded – The Saints
    All Alone – Mad Season
    On An Island – David Gilmour
    Alone – Pearl Jam
    Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out – Derek & the Dominoes
    Stranded On A Sandbar – Jimmy Buffet


    Gilligan’s Island Theme Song – The Eligibles

    My book of choice – Nick Mason’s Inside Out (maybe then I could actually read it without any distractions). 🙂

    My one luxury item I need to “steal” from Lynn is the TV hookup with the NHL Center Ice Package (FANTASTIC item Lynn!!!)

    Cheers from somewhat colder CT…

  15. Comfortably Numb – P.U.L.S.E version
    Echoes – LiG version
    Wish You Were Here – P.U.L.S.E version
    Let your Love Flow – The Bellamy Brothers (Yeah!)
    Hotel California – Eagles
    I Got a Woman – Ray Charles
    Sweet Child of Mine – Guns and Roses
    I Don’t Feel Like Dancing – Scissor Sisters

    Book – Can I get away with a Family Album?!
    Luxury Item: Internet

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  16. Oh! This looks like fun!

    1. Dimming of the Day (Gilmour’s version) – Richard Thompson
    2. Parisian Walkways – Gary Moore
    3. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
    4. I’m Your Late Night Evening Prostitute – Tom Waits
    5. Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder
    6. No Surprises – Radiohead
    7. Don’t Cry – Neil Young
    8. Never Be the Same – Crowded House

    Christ, I can’t believe I left out The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, The Talking Heads, Eric Clapton, and for the love of god, BOB DYLAN!

    Two books…

    1. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
    2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

    Luxury item…

    My Alvarez acoustic

    As far as Mr. Gilmour’s list goes, it all looks pretty groovy, aside from ‘I’m Still Here’ by Waits–I think I’d fill the ocean with my tears, then bash my head in with a coconut.

  17. David Gilmour – Then I Close My Eyes/Live cut
    David Gilmour – Raise my Rent
    Richard Wright – Breakthrough
    Pink Floyd – Remember a Day
    Pink Floyd – Shine On parts 1-9 (sorry, I need the whole song)
    Neil Young – I am a Child
    Neil Young – Down to the Wire
    Jimi Hendrix – Third Stone from the Sun

    Nick Mason – Inside Out
    My Piano

    If there is room for another request, some food would be nice.

  18. My luxury item would be:

    My trusted blanket, which is old and tattered now but I’ve had it since the crib. It’s soft and warm and it makes me feel good to snuggle beneath it on cold evenings.

    My favorite book would have to be Douglas Adams’ “Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy,” which gives me something new with each read.

  19. Boat On The River – Styx
    Borrowed Time Styx
    Rock and Roll Feeling – Styx
    Albatros – Fleetwood Mac
    Fly Nightbird – Roy Buchanan
    Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
    Come Monday – Jimmy Buffett
    Love, Look What You’ve Done to Me – Boz Scaggs
    Guitar Man – Bread
    The Story In Your Eyes – Moody Blues

    Books: “Memory Links” by the late William F. VanWert and “Timebends” by Arthur Asher Miller

    Luxury item – what else? a year’s supply of CHOCOLATE (hey, I am a certified chocoholic)

    As for covering the other’s songs. I love “For Free” and “Anthem” (latter sounds like “A Great Day for Freedom”). The others well…. don’t like as much. Sorry David.

    Hope you do make a cover album, with songs YOU like.

  20. I’m not sure about what music or book I’d take but hopefully I’ll think of something (I might work on it during a maths lesson or something when no-one’s looking) but the luxury item is easy.

    I’d pick 8 pieces of music and then have a solar powered iPod with another 10,000 pieces of music on. Or is that cheating?

    [Very good. You can get a wind-up MP3 player (click your name to see): one minute of winding buys you 15-20 minutes of listening time. Scratch this ‘eight songs’ lark, we’ll each have one of those and fit as much as we can cram onto it. I’d want Tony Benn’s 1940-1970 diaries, read by the man himself. (His 2001-2007 diaries are quite revealing and highly enjoyable, if anyone’s interested.) – FEd]

  21. Blinded by the Light – Manfred Man
    God Only Knows – Beach Boys
    Dance of the Knights (Montagues & Capulets) – Prokofiev
    Dancing Queen – Abba (sorry!)
    Penny Lane – The Beatles
    Imagine – John Lennon
    Nimrod – Elgar
    Let Your Love Flow – Bellamy Brothers

    Book – Well, I would swap the complete works of Shakespeare for the complete works of Dickens.

    Luxury item – Ray Mears, bonkers but good survival skills.

  22. Hi!

    This is really hard…I’m enjoying a lot!!

    My 8 songs:

    Echoes – Pink Floyd
    High Hopes – Pink Floyd
    Carpet Crawlers – Genesis
    Teach Your Children – CSNY
    Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits
    Society – Eddie Vedder
    Alive – Pearl Jam
    Famous Blue Raincoat – Leonard Cohen

    Book and luxury item…I need to think! I’ll tell you.

    I don’t know every songs in David’s list, but I’m sure he would be perfect on “A Man Needs a Maid” and “Anthem”.

    The Lemonheads! I listened to them some years ago…It’s a lot of time that I don’t hear about them!


  23. Just time for a quick post here as I will post later my 8 songs but I can, however, think of two books that I would like to have on my island with me:

    1. Coming Up for Air – George Orwell

    2. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck. I will never ever forget this story as it really moved me to tears so bad that when I was reading it on the bus one day everyone was staring at me because I was crying. I just could not hold back the story is so strong.

    Luxury item would have to be my oil paints and canvas (or is that two items?!)

    P.S. Funny that David has selected Dancing in the Street as one of his desert island disks. My favourite part of Echoes – the funky rhythm section before the cawing rooks – always reminded me of the guitar rhythm being played in Dancing in the Street. Did Dancing in the Street inspire the band during the composing of Echoes?

    [I should hope that would be just the one item, Julie, but you’re only supposed to choose one book, don’t forget. Could you choose one over the other? (No, no need to try.) – FEd]

  24. Well Fed, I would have to say the my top 8 songs if I were stranded on a Desert Island would be:

    Runaway – Del Shannon
    Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
    Turn The Page – Bob Seger
    American Trilogy – Elvis
    On An Island – David Gilmour
    Astronomy – Blue Oyster Cult
    Echoes – Pink Floyd
    Hotel California – Eagles

    My two books would have to be The Lord Of The Rings collected in one volume by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Civil War A Narrative by Shelby Foote.

    As for my one luxury item it would be good Hiking Boots.

    David’s picks are very interesting. I think he would sound great doing I’m Still Here, Ballad In Plain D, and For Free.


    [Great song, ‘Runaway’. Haven’t heard it in ages. – FEd]

  25. If I were stranded on a island, I’d need these uplifting songs to keep on going:

    Chocolate Jesus-Tom Waits
    Everything Goes to Hell-Tom Waits
    God’s Away on Business-Tom Waits
    Starving on a Belly of a Whale-Tom Waits
    Better Off Without a Wife-Tom Waits
    The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me-Tom Waits
    Jesus Gonna Be Here-Tom Waits
    Somewhere-Tom Waits

    My 2 books? Any one big enough for toilet paper-use in several weeks… 2 of them!

    My luxury item? Well…a third book?

    mvh Ingvar Tautra

    [You’ll need that third book of toilet paper if you’re going to live on a diet of fruit… – FEd]

  26. Apols for being old fashioned and predictable but here’s mine:

    Imagine-John Lennon
    Everybody Hurts-REM
    Champagne Supernova-Oasis
    You Can’t Always Get What You Want-Rolling Stones
    Fix You-Coldplay
    Whiter Shade of Pale-Moody Blues
    One Day Like This-Elbow

    Like to hear David cover any of above especially Oasis.

    Book, Bible and luxury item, a bed.


  27. Sorry, but if I was alone on a desert island, listening to the songs chosen by David, I think I would hang myself from a coconut palm! (Hope he is not reading…)

    – My eight songs would be:

    ‘Echoes’ (Gdansk version)
    ‘The Blue’
    ‘Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley, not Leonard Cohen
    ‘Les Marquises – Jacques Brel
    ‘Imagine’ – John Lennon
    ‘Child In Time – Deep Purple
    ‘Porcelain – Moby
    ‘Unintended’ – Muse

    – Book: ‘Da Vinci Code’ – Dan Brown
    And maybe a book about how to build a boat (… to escape from the desert island …)

    – Luxury item: A bottle of Champagne? Why not? You want to share it with me, FEd? But, please don’t bring too many Bob Dylan songs on my desert island…

    BTW, what would be your eight songs?


    [I’ll add a random list of eight later. (The book has to be ‘Rafts for Dummies’, surely.) – FEd]

  28. You’ve become very inquisitive recently F’ed …

    My desert island discs …

    The Great Gig (for when they find me and bury me)
    Paranoid Android
    Little Wing (a la Stevie Ray Vaughn)
    Highway Star (from “Made in Japan” if you please)
    Mozart – Concerto For Clarinet In A
    Paradise City
    Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You

    My Book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

    My luxury – a clockwork torch – I would like some toilet paper but I guess that’s why the bible is provided.

    Damn, that’s me burning in hell again …

    I must expose my ignorance and say I am only familiar with two of David’s choices …. the Kinky one and the one the other David and Mick cavorted to at Live Aid …

    Off to the archives with me …

    [Wonderful book. (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, I mean; I haven’t really looked at the other one and had forgotten that they throw that in as well as The Complete Works of Shakespeare.) – FEd]

  29. Look.

    My head’s about to explode. This is really hard. My favourites that I’d die without change every week. I get bored listening to the same stuff year in year out. BUT I love all the old stuff too.

    – Echoes, the RTN version
    – Gimme Shelter, The Stones (cross that out and put in Saint of Me then cross out the beach theme…)
    – Pebbles on a Beach, Paul Weller (gotta put him in cause I’m seeing him soon)
    – Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding (I was trying to get a beach theme going here, can you tell?)

    But I have to have:

    – Vertigo, U2
    – Growing Up, Peter Gabriel
    – Take A Breath, David Gilmour

    Well, that wasn’t too bad but there’s so much more than this I’d like to take.

    A book? Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, Douglas Adams. Luxury item? Chanel No5.

    If we are all on the same island then we should have quite a good time doing swaps.

    ash X

  30. Oh, the level of difficulty with this one!

    My songs:

    Waves – Rick Wright
    Far from the Harbour Wall – Rick Wright
    A Pocketful of Stones – David Gilmour (Live in Gdansk)
    There’s No Way Out of Here – David Gilmour (theme song?)
    Echoes – Pink Floyd (any version will do)
    Cortez the Killer – Neil Young
    The Promise – Michael Nyman
    Sea of Joy – Blind Faith

    My two books:

    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (might as well make it a nice, long book)
    A Painted House by John Grisham

    My luxury item: A grand piano

  31. This is a very hard question, these are in no particular order and most were chosen for sentimental reasons as they reflect some memory or event I would like to keep fond memories of.

    Time – Pink Floyd
    Fat Old Sun – David Gilmour (Gdansk version)
    Willy – Joni Mitchell
    Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
    American Tune – Paul Simon
    Marrakesh Night Market – Loreena McKennitt
    Saucerful of Secrets (Ummagumma live version) – Pink Floyd
    Dark Chest of Wonders – Nightwish

    For my book, if I already have as you said the Complete Works of Shakespeare, I would want a large blank journal.

    Luxury item – a lot of good wine.

  32. Shine On…
    On The Turning Away
    I Think I’m In Love With You – Jeff Healey
    The Lonely Bull – The Ventures
    Jesus Is Coming Again – Roy Buchanan
    Only The Lonely – Roy Orbison
    Mr. Postman – The Beatles

    2 things I’d want is a Natural Plant Guide to learn what to and not use for survival and my Samick acoustic so I don’t go insane!

  33. As to find myself stranded on a desert island with only a music-playing contraption of some sort, two books and one luxury item and eight songs, I think I would wish to have…

    Luxury Item:
    -Survival Water Purifier

    Two Books:
    1. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
    2. The Zohar – Moses de Leon

    8 Songs:

    1. ‘Dancing in the Street’– Martha & The Vandellas (DG1) 2. ‘A Man Needs a Maid’– Neil Young like a man(DG2)
    3. ‘Rudi with a Flashlight’– Lemonheads (DG3)
    4. ‘Castellorizon’– David Gilmour
    5. ‘The Blue’– David Gilmour
    6. ‘Learning To Fly’– Pink Floyd
    7. ‘Ripple’– Grateful Dead
    8. ‘Marooned’– Pink Floyd

  34. 1. Echoes (CD#2-Live in Gdansk)
    2. Comfortably Numb (from Pulse DVD)
    3. Lost for Words
    4. Shine On (CD#2 – Live in Gdansk)
    5. Wearing the Inside Out (from Remember That Night DVD)
    6. Riders on the Storm (The Doors)
    7. Nights of White Satin (Moody Blues)
    8. Play Me (Neil Diamond)

    Book – A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (no matter how many times you read it, you can still get more ideas, possibilities and knowledge from each read)

    Luxury item – CD player with FM/AM radio and with unlimited supply of batteries.

    I bet many of us would like to hear about your choices, FEd!

  35. Echoes – Pink Floyd
    High Hopes – Pink Floyd
    Peaches on Regalia – Frank Zappa
    Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson
    Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
    Message in a Bottle – The Police
    The Urban Spaceman – The Bonzo’s
    The Snow Goose – Camel (I hope this counts as one, the same as Echoes does)

    It may be a different set of tracks if I were to choose tomorrow.

    If there is more than one copy of Puckoon by Spike Milligan available, can I take that along? Paul beat me to it but it would be my choice too.

    Elephant Song by Wilbur Smith would be my other choice.

    Luxury item: clean underwear (you just never know when you might get run over).

    [‘Tears of a Clown’… Love that. – FEd]

  36. Echoes
    Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    A Pocketful of Stones

    Children Of Sanchez Overture – Chuck Mangione
    So What – Miles Davis
    The End – Doors
    Carpet Crawlers – Genesis
    New Year’s Day – U2

    [Another one lists ‘The End’, I see. Is there not a more depressing song to listen to while stranded on a desert island? Maybe ‘There’s No Way Out Of Here’, as Sarah said earlier. – FEd]

  37. OK, let’s see…

    Fat Old Sun – Pink Floyd
    Dogs – Pink Floyd
    Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits
    Rio – Duran Duran
    Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morrisette
    Layla – Eric Clapton
    Lay Down Sally – Eric Clapton
    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – U2

    As for the book, “100 años de soledad” by Gabriel García Márquez, a Colombian writer. I don’t know if this book’s known overseas.

    Luxury Item: I’d choose a chess board and pieces, but since there’s nobody to play with, a fine laptop is way better ^^

    Best regards,


  38. Hope to make the chat next time. I actually had 10 minutes to spare this morning but it’s just too rushed for me; I hate the feelings of leaving the chat room in such a hurry; neither do I want to be late for work.

    I did enjoy my last few visits to the chat room, though they were brief but it was fun. I hope to catch up some time soon.

    Have a good day all!

    [I hope you can make it to one of the later chats, Veronica. – FEd]

  39. Very difficult and very changeable. However, rarely a week goes by without a spin of the following:

    Echoes – PF (rarely a week goes by witho a spin of it)
    Winter Wine – Caravan
    And I Love Her – The Beatles
    Snowdrops – The Pineapple Thief
    Tell Me What You See in Me – The Strawbs
    Who Knows Where the Time Goes – Sandy Denny
    Baby Lemonade – Syd
    Behind Blue Eyes – The Who

    Opinions on David doing covers:

    To be totally honest I prefer his originality. He played Albatross beautifully however in my opinion I prefer him to do his own thing. David playing David.

  40. – You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & The Pacemakers
    – Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (National anthem of Wales)
    – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
    – In My Life – The Beatles
    – The Partisan – Leonard Cohen
    – A Design For Life – Manic Street Preachers
    – Marooned – Pink Floyd
    – Benny Hill theme tune

  41. Hey Fed,

    This is pretty impossible but here are 8 off the top of my head:

    My Generation from Live at Leeds, The Who
    Autumn – The Strawbs
    I love Music – Rozalla (gotta have at least one dance tune)
    Inside Looking Out (Red Album) – Grand Funk Railroad
    Can You Understand – Renaissance
    Crying Song – Pink Floyd (nice to listen to on the beach)
    Don’t Worry Baby -The Beach Boys (ditto for beach)
    Homicide 999 (down and dirty tune)

    Nothing from The Beatles or anyone else major as I have heard them so much I can hum them while waiting for rescue. 🙂

    Cheers, Howard

  42. 1. Murder David Gilmour
    2. Shine On…, Pink Floyd
    3. Scorn Not His Simplicity, Luke Kelly
    4. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot
    5. How Soon is Now, The Smiths
    6. Strange Currencies, REM
    7. DSOTM (cheating, one song), Pink Floyd
    8. The Big Ones Get Away, Buffy Sainte Marie

    My book would be “HOW TO MAKE RAFTS AND OARS FROM SAND”. Luxury Item would be a portable DVD player with the 2005 Champions League DVD inside.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    [That would be heaven, Geoff. You need a Liverpool scarf, too. And a cold beer. Maybe some peanuts… – FEd]

  43. Hmmmmm, 8 songs for a desert island as follows, assuming I’m going to be stranded for a long time:

    1. Echoes
    2. Comfortably Numb
    3. SOYCD
    4. Fat Old Sun (RTN)
    5. Time
    6. Us and Them
    7. Sheep
    8. Wish you were Here

    I love reading so just to pick 2 books is impossible, maybe something like The Idiot’s Guide to Boat Building and a Ray Mears’ Survival Guide and a luxury item other than a box of matches would be a yet-to-be-released boxed set of DVDs (not CDs so they don’t count) of all the Floyd, Gilmour and Waters concerts…..forget the boat!!!!!

    Have a good weekend to all.

    Best Wishes

  44. PS: Forgot my 2 books, etc.

    – A photo album with family pictures in
    – A dictionary

    Luxury item: A football

    [And jumpers for goalposts. (I’d also choose a dictionary.) – FEd]

  45. This is tough! In no order of importance:

    1. Breathe – PF
    2. Any Colour You Like – PF
    3. No Matter What – Badfinger
    4. Don’t Let it Bring You Down – Neil Young
    5. That’s Not Me – Beach Boys
    6. Steel and Glass – Lennon
    7. Los Angeles – Frank Black
    8. Lee Shore – CSN

  46. In no particular order:

    1. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
    2. The Roots w/ Erykah Badu – You Got Me [Live]
    3. The Beatles – I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
    4. David Gilmour – Echoes [Remember That Night]
    5. Mozart – K. 626
    6. Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata)
    7. The Beatles – I Me Mine
    8. Tom Waits – San Diego Serenade.

    Book? Well, I’m reading “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the moment and its great…So I would bring that along with me.

    Luxury item? Well, I’ve learned that my guitar can make nearly any situation pleasant (for me, at least.) So I would bring that along with me.

  47. 1. Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
    2. Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot
    3. The River by Bruce Springsteen
    4. Stuck in the Middle by Stealers Wheel
    5. Misirlou by Dick Dale and his Deltones
    6. Sloop John B by the Beach Boys
    7. Shine on you Crazy Diamond by The Pink Floyd Sound 😉
    8. The Revealing Science of God from Tales from Topographic Oceans by Yes

    Did you know that Dick Dale was the first guitarist to have the first ever 100 watt amp… it was a Fender. DG could do Misirlou as a cover…

    One luxury item would be The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams… “The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

    The other luxury item would be my EKO Ranger 12 String Acoustic Guitar with new strings…

  48. [Another one lists ‘The End’, I see. Is there not a more depressing song to listen to while stranded on a desert island? – FEd]

    … That’s why I added these two:

    Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison
    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life – Monty Pythons

    BTW: Pythons now are owning a YouTube channel, so maybe the luxury item should be internet access.

    Best regards,

  49. Is a second list of songs cheating??? Not unless I was stranded on an island twice…

    1. David Gilmour – There’s No Way Out of Here
    2. Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Country Girl
    3. The Beatles – I’ve Got a Feeling
    4. Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)
    5. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (all of it)
    6. John Lennon – How?
    7. Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You
    8. Tom Waits – Broken Bicycles

    Book? Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s “Rum Diaries.” Luxury Item? A nice Martin D-45V…and in the sound hole, one might find many more luxury items…

  50. Oh ya…the book and luxury item.

    For the book I would choose an issue of Penthouse (I am a man, frail and weak..what can I say? I will be alone there) and the luxury item would be a fully loaded Swiss Army knife.

    Cheers, Howard

  51. Goodbye Blue Sky – PF
    The End – The Doors
    Opel – Syd
    KarnEvil 9 – ELP
    Cello Song – Nick Drake
    Shine On – PF
    Echoes – PF
    Starship Trooper – Yes

    Books – Gotta go with the Penthouse here too.

    Luxury Item – My Korg M-3 (solar powered of course).

  52. You forgot your luxury item, FEd, don’t break your own rules…

    Oh! yes, I forgot, you wrote ‘if you wish…’


    [Um… Maybe a notebook and pen? Or a very quick beach buggy. Such fun. – FEd]

  53. [Whiter Shade of Pale-Moody Blues… – Ian]

    Apols for being anal, Ian, but Procol Harem sang Whiter Shade of Pale, sir. Actually think their tune Hombug is a cracker too. Nice list all them same.

    [Well spotted. By the way, I’ve no idea if ‘Hombug’ is a typo or not, Geoff. I’d look it up, but I must be one of the few people to absolutely despise ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, and any mention of Procol Harem will inevitably lead to it, so… – FEd]

  54. Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd
    Echoes – The version from Gdansk
    The Story In Your Eyes – Moody Blues
    Gates of Delerium (Soon) – Yes
    A Meditation Mass – Yatha Sidra
    Imagine – John Lennon
    Snow Goose – Camel
    Firth of Fifth – Genesis

    Books – The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon – would love the whole series but any two would be fine.

    Luxury – My Cat, Little Man – Lots of love plus rodent control, LOL.

  55. On the radio right now! Should be on all of our lists… Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf!

    With regard to David’s list, yeah, Waterloo Sunset is great as is Dancing in the Street and I also love Joni Mitchell.

    ash X

  56. [I should hope that would be just the one item, Julie, but you’re only supposed to choose one book, don’t forget. Could you choose one over the other? (No, no need to try.) – FEd]

    I told you I cannot read the computer screen really well? Ha, ha. I hope real books never get abolished.

    One book? It would have to be “Coming Up For Air”.

    [Fair play to you for managing it. – FEd]

  57. Here’s a list for consideration:

    Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – BJ Thomas
    Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves
    Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
    I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King
    Remember (Walking in the Sand) – Aerosmith
    Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
    Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
    In My Time of Dying – Led Zeppelin

    A luxury item would be a helicopter, fully fuelled with a beautiful female pilot so that I can get the hell off the forsaken island. Then again if we hit it off, why would I want to leave. So in that case maybe one of the books should be the Karma Sutra.

    The other book could be Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – a fun book with a serious message.



  58. [Howard, LOL. Penthouse, 999 – what other surprises are you going to give us? – Pete]

    We need another Blogger reunion Pete to find out more about our compadres. 🙂

    Cheers, Howard

    P.S. Are you another closet 999 fan?

  59. Comfortably Numb – PF
    Fat Old Sun – PF
    There’s No Way Out of Here – DG
    Into Temptation – Crowded House
    Four Seasons – Vivaldi
    Fifth Symphony – Beethoven
    Like a River – Carly Simon
    Rock Lobster – B-52s

    Books: Bible and Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step
    Luxury item: Spinning wheel

  60. ‘Wot’s…Uh The Deal’
    ‘The Blue’
    ‘Coming Back To Life’
    ‘Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye’ – Leonard Cohen
    ‘Forever Young’ – His Bobness
    ‘Positively 4th Street’ – Kelly Jones version
    ‘Drowning’ – Stereophonics
    ‘Yesterday’ – The Beatles

    The Book would have to be my (wonderful) French dictionary.

    Luxury item – wine, wine and more wine or if it’s just the one – wine.

  61. 1. David Gilmour – There’s No Way Out Of Here
    2. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (all parts)
    3. Supertramp – Gone Hollywood
    4. Steely Dan – Green Earrings
    5. Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
    6. Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
    7. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells Pt 1+2
    8. Yes – Long Distance Runaround

  62. I could easily make a top 8 from the Floyd canon, but I will go a different direction here:

    The Who – I Can See for Miles
    The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
    Kraftwerk – Europe Endless
    Public Image Ltd. – Albatross
    Rush – Natural Science
    Beastie Boys – Paul Revere
    Yo La Tengo – Deeper Into Movies

    I’ve managed to come up with a list that keeps the epics within reason.

    Luxury Item? A Martin 1-C ukulele.

    Covers by David? With the exception of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” I think that would make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  63. 1. Call Me God? – The Reasoning
    2. Heroes Never Die – Mostly Autumn
    3. Evergreen – Mostly Autumn
    4. Echoes – Pink Floyd
    5. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
    6. Firth of Fifth – Genesis
    7. World Through My Eyes – RPWL
    8. Dark Angel – the Reasoning

    Book; Something funny; Roald Dahl – stories.

    Luxery item; a CD player that works on solar energy. 😉

    Have a nice day!

  64. I would really love to hear David cover ‘Waterloo Sunset,’ he would do that beautifully.

  65. I think I’ve finally managed to scrap together 8 songs. I don’t know if the rules say you can’t have more than one song by a particular artist but no-one ever seems to pick the same person twice so I’ll try to do the same.

    Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
    The Who – Eminence Front (live)
    Led Zeppelin – No Quarter (live)
    Fairport Convention – Sloth (live)
    Alice Cooper – I’m 18
    Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World
    Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Faith Healer
    Roy Budd – The Car Chase (from Fear is the Key)

    I thought I’d include the last one for when I’m trying not to disturb the neighbours, after all if everyone gets stuck on a different island some of them are going to end up near each other.

    With the regards to the book I think I’d have to go for Guy Pratt’s book because it’s one of those books that I could read over and over again.

    For my luxury item I’d take my PlayStation if there’s a TV next to the solar Hi-Fi. If there wasn’t I’d have a subscription to Private Eye.

    Cheers FEd.

    [Some good ones there, Thomas. Love ‘Eminence Front’. – FEd]

  66. Echoes – for getting lost in inner space.
    I Wanna Be Like You (Monkey Song) – Los Lobos – for getting silly.
    Shoot Out the Lights – Richard Thompson – for getting pissed off.
    Whistle Down the Wind – Tom Waits – for when I’m feeling down about BEING ON THIS FREAKING ISLAND!
    Wigwam – Bob Dylan. My wife’s processional song, for when I want to think of her.
    Ain’t No Sunshine – Freddie King – For any time. A guitar deity in my eyes.
    Symphony No. 6 (I know, it’s in 8 parts, but you can’t break up a symphony, can you?) – Tchaikovsky – Beautiful piece. And long.
    Maggot Brain – Funkadelic – For when a serious guitar solo is needed.
    Symphony No. 8 – Mahler – Rubic’s cube for the ears and brain.
    White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes – My 7 month old daughter’s favorite song. Not pantheon worthy, but if she likes it that much, how could I resist?

    Luxury item: a 24,000 gallon vat of Château L’Evangile Pomerol 2005.
    Book: The Last Lion – Bio of Winston Churchill. Brilliant book(s).

    P.S. I definitely could see David covering Anthem. It would be nice if he could find a way to slip in a tasteful little solo in there somewhere as well.

  67. Waterloo Sunset and For Free would be really good. I don’t know the songs by Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen and can’t imagine David singing the others.

    Sorry David, but A Man Needs a Maid has to be one of Neil Young’s worst songs! I think the best Neil Young songs for David to sing are I Believe In You and Words (Between The Lines of Age).

    I can also imagine David singing Lemonheads’ If I Could Talk I’d Tell You.

    [So can I, good one. Back to Neil Young, how about ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’? That has to be the one for David, don’t you think? And there’s plenty of room in ‘Words (Between The Lines of Age)’ for a guitar solo or two. Great shout. (God, I’ve got to stop saying that. I’ve been listening to too many radio phone-ins.) – FEd]

  68. [Let Your Love Flow – Bellamy Brothers – VeronicaUK]

    Great minds think alike, Veronica!

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  69. Not in any particular order!

    1. Rush – Subdivisions
    2. Human League – Seconds
    3. Pink Floyd – Sorrow
    4. U2 – Bad
    5. David Gilmour – The Blue
    6. Don McLean – Vincent
    7. Yes – Wondrous Stories
    8. Kate Bush – Sheep

    Book – Neil Armstrong Bio

    Luxury Item – The Minogue Sisters!

    When do I go?

  70. “Time” – Pink Floyd
    “Comfortably Numb” – Pink Floyd (Live 8 DVD)
    “Riders On The Storm” – The Doors
    “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
    “Running Up That Hill” – Kate Bush (The Secret Policeman´s Third Ball DVD with David on guitar)
    “A Hard Day´s Night” – Beatles
    “Love Comes to Town” – U2 & BB King

    “Dancing in the Streets” but by Mick Jagger & David Bowie. I listened the original version but I knew first the Jagger/Bowie version (released when I was a Teen, I suppose that´s why I prefer that) and a couple of years later Martha & The Vandellas´.

    About David´s songs, they´re not artists that I usually listen but nobody can doubt that they gave to music big works. Besides, I respect what other people listen, especially a great musician as him. I don´t have nothing special to say about it.

    Sorry for my English if it is not very clear or with mistakes.


    [There’s really no need for the apology, Cecilia. ‘Riders On The Storm’ is a good choice. – FEd]

  71. [P.S. Are you another closet 999 fan? – Howard Bayliss]

    Would you believe me if I told you I saw them once?

  72. Back again after mulling over my list of eight songs (subject to change probably in a few years) in no particular order:

    1. Big Time Sensuality – Bjork
    2. Poles Apart – Pink Floyd (man, the guitar solo in this kills me every time)
    3. It’s A Miracle – Roger Waters
    4. Raise My Rent – David Gilmour
    5. The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    6. She’s A Rainbow – The Rolling Stones
    7. And I Love Her – The Beatles (the middle eight is so Cymbaline, like in this song)
    8. She’s Not There – Santana


    [Good list. ‘She’s A Rainbow’ is a fine tune. – FEd]

  73. Echoes – Pink Floyd (or David’s versions; they’re all brilliant)
    Shine On – Pink Floyd (all of the parts)
    Blue Monk – Thelonious Monk
    So What – Miles Davis
    On An Island – David Gilmour
    Four on Six – Wes Montgomery
    Twisted Blues – Wes Montgomery
    Eyesight to the Blind – (originally by Aleck “Rice” Miller) played by B.B. and David on “Later…”

    My luxury item would definitely be a nice Martin D-18, and since this is all hypothetical, one from ’40.

    Of course the classic “Animal Farm”, but I cannot think of another to bring at the moment. Perhaps something by Tolkien.


  74. Luxury Item: Wind-up radio/torch with an image of my son on the side.

    Book:The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell.

    Eight tracks:

    1. Dylan, Hurricane
    2. Neil Young, Like a Hurricane
    3. Who, My Generation (Live at Leeds version)
    4. Floyd, Echoes
    5. Led Zep, Kashmir
    6. Stones, Gimme Shelter
    7. Bowie, Sweet Thing-Candidate-Sweet Thing (Reprise)
    8. Smiths, How Soon is Now?

    Apologies go to the Beatles (Day in the Life), Doors (The End) and Leonard Cohen (The Partisan).

    FEd; I did consider putting DSOTM down, because I consider it one piece as opposed to a number of songs, but I suspect you would have been thrown out.

    Of David’s list, I would like to hear him have a go at A Man Needs a Maid.

    An often over-looked but stunning track that I would nominate to hear David play, is The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, by Gordon Lightfoot. Another masterful Canadian singer/songwriter.

  75. OK, the 10 desert island songs would be:

    1) Naked Eye – The Who
    2) 30 Days in the Hole – Humble Pie
    3) Echoes – Pink Floyd
    4) Mihalis – David Gilmour
    5) Reynardine – Fairport Convention
    6) Tin Soldier – Small Faces
    7) Wichita Linesman – Glen Campbell
    8) Rhapsody In Blue – George Gershwin

    The two books would be: a blank spiral notebook to act as a journal to jot down my history, thoughts (and to send a couple of messages in a bottle so I don’t have to be stuck on this damn island for too long!).

    The other book would be Lord of the Rings (never read it but seems like a nice long book to wile away the time with).

    The luxury item would be a 50 count case of aged H Upmann Mirables (Cuban cigars) that come in glass tubes, airtight. Hell, I got lots of time on my hands!!

    Great question, FEd.


  76. My favorite records, the most fun ones always sound like a recorded riot. Dense, noisy, a great deal going on in the background. Which, on a desert island with an acoustic guitar and NO BACKUP SINGERS…just depressing.

    Also, I have a cold and I’m cranky.

    But the one cover I’ve always wanted to hear and almost need to hear around Halloween time is the one I’ve imagined so often I sometimes think it’s real.

    I want Leonard Cohen to cover “Sympathy For The Devil”. That’s the baddest thing I can imagine and I snicker everytime I think of it.

    Going to sleep now.

    [What a thought. Hats off to you, Jill. – FEd]

  77. My 8 would be (today that is, it varies!)…….

    Comfortably Numb (Gdansk) – I forget the name of the artist. 😉
    Bo Rhap – Queen
    With Or Without You – U2
    Hey Jude – Beatles
    Stairway to Heaven – Led Zep (Although Rolf was pretty good)
    Hotel California – Eagles
    Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
    Squonk – Genesis

    Luxury item would be “The Gilmourettes” (Michele, Melissa, Lorraine, Veronicas (UK & Miami), Ash, Bev, Linda, Heather, Meg, Sarah, Julie, Jan, Lynn…. well you know who you are!)

    Books… well, I wouldn’t need them! Unless the girls needed a recipe book between them! Perhaps a French dictionary might be useful!

    That would be me sorted and happy ever after FEd. Don’t worry about rescuing me!


    [Lorraine’s taking a French dictionary, so you’re sorted. – FEd]

  78. [Whiter Shade of Pale-Moody Blues… – Ian]

    [Apols for being anal, Ian, but Procol Harem sang Whiter Shade of Pale, sir. – Geoff Duffy]

    [I’d look it up, but I must be one of the few people to absolutely despise ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’… – FEd]

    Actually…if FEd will indulge me…Procol Harem did sing the original, but Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues also did a cover of this song on his album “Classic Blue.”

    I wanted to somehow work in a joke about Radiohead here, but it’s too late and I’m short on caffeine….

    [Thanks, Lynn. That joke’s welcome any time, by the way. – FEd]


    Geoff you are sooo right when you said “Apols for being anal, Ian, but Procol Harem sang Whiter Shade of Pale, sir. ”

    Of course. What on earth was I thinking of???? And to think it was played at my wedding as my dear wife came down the aisle of the church. I should have known better. Outside for a head banging lesson against a wall.

    Sorry for clanger.


  80. Procol Harem – Homburg

    Sorry, was a typo, good tune though.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin)

    [Ah, that makes sense. A place in Germany, France and Switzerland, as well as the hat of choice for the Hollywood Mafia, fact fans. The song was about the hat, right? Or is Wiki telling porkies? – FEd]

  81. Hello,

    I found my books! The first, Isabel Allende “The House of Spirits” and the second, an astronomy guide, since the luxury item I would like to have with me it’s a telescope to watch the sky!

    I’m sorry I’m always missing the chat, but I’m rarely at home during these weeks. I hope I’ll be able to come again soon.


    [A telescope would be fantastic. – FEd]

  82. Hi, Melissa, I wish you a good weekend, even if you’re working.

    De beaux rêves…


  83. I can see David doing a great job on Waterloo Sunset. I think it is the kind of song that he can put his mark on and it would be fun.

    On Dancing in the Street unfortunately I can’t get that image out of my head of Bowie/Jagger doing their version of that song. The video had them bopping around in their 80s garb. I think it is a great song and I think they did a great cover of the song. But their cover of it taints my objectivity of seeing David doing it. I get visions of David in spandex and say, “Ummm…no, that won’t work.”

    [Back to Neil Young, how about ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’? That has to be the one for David, don’t you think? – FEd]

    Actually, back to Neil, I would say “Down by the River” is one for David. It would be interesting to hear how he would cover the awesome guitar solos in that song.

    But then this song and Needle were not on David’s list.



    [Quite right, they’re not. You tell them, Andrew. It’s just one bloody book, too. (‘Southern Man’ would be another good one…) – FEd]

  84. [P.S. Are you another closet 999 fan? – Howard Bayliss]

    [Would you believe me if I told you I saw them once? – Pete]

    Lucky Bugger Pete. I almost saw them in Toronto around 1979.

    Cheers, Howard

  85. The Benny Hill Theme is called Yakety Sax…some useless info.

    Have a nice weekend all!!!


    [Thanks, Paul. The Mighty Reds might be back on top by Saturday night. (Come on, Newcastle.) – FEd]

  86. If I was trapped on a desert island, 5 of the things I would like with me would be the Pussycat Dolls!!

    A fishing rod.

    – Echoes
    – Vienna, Ultravox
    – Wish You Were Here
    – Blue Monday, Joy Division
    – Comfortably Numb
    – The love theme from Blade Runner
    – Forever Autumn, Moody Blues
    – Any Colour You Like


    P.S. Fav book to have, The Devil Rides Out.

  87. I´ve only read a few replies so far but I´m glad you get the Shakespeare thrown in, saves me choosing that one with the “to thine own self be true” quote in it.

    Songs, goodness this is hard, but if I was “On an (two words…) Island” and due to my weakness for female vocalists, I would choose something like the following:

    1. Only Just Begun – The Carpenters
    2. Riverwide – Sheryl Crow
    3. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
    4. Mary Jane – Alanis Morissette
    5. My All – Mariah Carey
    6. Full of Grace – Sarah McLachlan (or ´Building a Mystery´ arrrggghhh difficult decision!)
    7. An Irish Blessing by Roma Downey (click my name)
    8. If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind – Agnetha Faltskog

    Book would perhaps be The Dark Tower series in one volume by Stephen King… if it wasn´t an imaginary volume, as there are 7 books. So I´ll go for The Heart of Understanding by Thich Nhat Hanh.

    Luxury item: I´d go for a well made Bushcraft knife.

  88. Hey Fed

    I like the fact that even thought the rules state that you are alone on the island plenty of guys are bending that with the luxury item being a female companion/s. At least I stuck to the rules. 😉

    Also I noticed that not a single woman made a reference to a guy being part of the scene…interesting. I guess it is true what they say about men.

    Cheers, Howard

  89. Songs:

    1.Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
    2.O Mio Babbino Caro – Giancarlo Puccini, with Maria Callas
    3.High Hopes – Pink Floyd
    4.Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
    5.Indios – Legião Urbana
    6.Flores Astrais – Secos e Molhados
    7.Por Una Cabeza – Carlos Gardel e Alfredo Le Pera
    8.Faz Parte do Meu Show – Cazuza

    Two books:

    God´s Grace – Bernard Malamud (very appropriate)
    Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas) – Machado de Assis

    Luxury Item:

    Canvases, pencils, charcoals and pastels

  90. I was up last PM, so I gave this some thought:

    1. There’s No Way Out Of Here (David G.) – apparently, not
    2. Grace, Darling (Strawbs) – there’s always hope
    3a/b. Pollution/The Steppes (Steve Hackett) – songs joined as they are recorded – for the dirt that we humans must bring to everything we do / for the sunrise
    4. Coffee Time (Bob Welch – go get it at the website) – there’s gonna be a coffee time anywhere; play this during conversation with ‘Mr. Wilson’ (Mr. Hank’s, not Brian)
    5. Shenandoah (Bill Frisell) – indulge me, I’m in Virginia…
    6. Violin Concerto (Beethoven / A. Sophie Mutter) – I would need this…
    7. Farther Along (Ellen McIlwaine) – just in case there is a god or two, out there
    8. Firth of Fifth (excerpt or the whole (Revisited)) (Steve, again) – aids in argument with that god

    And I have faith that ‘Echoes’ is just in the air, everywhere, out there, like seagulls.

    The book – The Sunlight Dialogs (John Gardner).
    The lux toy – Small grande piano, with teacher.


  91. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To the End of Love
    The Smiths – Panic
    Damien Rice – Cannonball
    Ray Lamontagne – Jolene
    Tears for fears – Head Over Heels
    Jacques Brel – Orly
    Richard Wright – Waves
    Neil Young – Harvest Moon
    Wilco – Impossible Germany

  92. FEd

    You likely won’t see this til Monday and may already know but VH1 Classic in the U.S. is running nothing but Pink Floyd on Thanksgiving day here in the U.S. including Live in Gdansk and Which One’s Pink?

    I am going to have the happiest Thanksgiving ever, awash in my own good cooking and Gilmour-infused TV.

    The advert actually cut through my cold induced brain fog.

    [Thanks, Jill. Have a lovely day. – FEd]

  93. Sarah mentioned Cortez by Neil Young, love that song and a fantastic lead to play to.

    I forgot to mention another book. Anything by Wilbur Smith or Ken Follett. Love them as readings.

  94. Songs:

    1. Pink’s Song – Rick Wright
    2. What God Wants – Roger Waters
    3. Murder – David Gilmour
    4. Dogs – Pink Floyd
    5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
    6. Octavarium – Dream Theater
    7. The Islander – Nightwish
    8. The Rite of Spring – Igor Stravinsky
    If The Rite of Spring counts as too much, I’ll take A Night on Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky

    Two Books:

    The Age of Reason – Jean-Paul Sartre
    Any form of blank journal thingy.

    For a luxury item… I don’t know, some kind of acoustic guitar.

  95. For me, 10 songs to spend some time with on a deserted island.

    — Then I Close My Eyes (TAH – I have started my guitar learning from here) this is perhaps one the most sophisticated piece of harmony that I have ever heard
    — Man In Long Black Coat by bob dylan
    — 117 Specials by Ron Carter
    — Hurdy Gurdy Man (re-recorded Donovan)
    – Zolf by Mohsen Namjoo (he is this Iranian guy who has become a musical phenomenon, he seems to be inspired by David)
    – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (studio version/RAH)
    – Spirit On Water by Bob Dylan
    – Theme from the movie Manhole (don’t know the name) by Grace Slick
    – ATOM HEART MOTHER – ive version (was it in Japan? The master piece, I mean)
    – Smile by David (and Polly, perhaps?)
    – Wearing The Inside Out (RIP Rick, I love you)
    – Every Strangers Eyes – Roger Waters

    Luxury item: Black strat + related stuff and some J. 😉

    Book: I’ll write my own.

    Kasra 🙂

  96. Cheating a bit with a couple of these, but…

    One – U2
    America – Simon & Garfunkel
    WYWH – Pink Floyd
    SOYCD – Pink Floyd
    Jesus of Suburbia – Green Day
    On an Island – Our man Mr G.
    Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Little Wing / Third Stone from the Sun – SRV (From the Soul to Soul CD)

    Book- has to be Lord of the Rings.

    Luxury Item – an endless supply of either Gwynt-y-Ddraig or Weston’s cider. 🙂


  97. AAAAArrrrrrghhhh!!!!

    I keep thinking of more songs I’d have to have in my top 8!!!! Like Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah”, Aqualung’s “Everything Changed”, Blind Melon’s “Change”, Damien Rice’s “Older Chests” to name a few.

    Not a fair question!!!! 😛


    [How about Blind Melon’s ‘Deserted’? Seems to fit. – FEd]

  98. You are asking a lot of us this time FEd. Ten billion songs out there and only eight allowed…

    Surely not my favourite 8, but might help get me through until rescue.

    Layla-Derek And The Dominos
    Wild Thing-The Troggs
    Maybe I’m Amazed-Paul McCartney
    The End Of The Innocence-Don Henley
    Moonshadow-Cat Stevens
    Every Breath You Take-The Police
    Sonnet 18-David Gilmour version
    It’s A Beautiful Day-U2

    2 books: 1. A guide to observing the night sky. 2. A Superman comic book.

    Luxury item: Dartboard (with darts).

    [Imagine having a dartboard and no darts. That would be torture. Love ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’. – FEd]

  99. -Echoes, RTN Version
    -Dogs, Pink Floyd
    -Since I’ve Been Loving You, Led Zeppelin
    -Epitaph, King Crimson
    -Famous Blue Raincoat, Leonard Cohen
    -Paranoid Android or Pyramid Song, Radiohead
    -April, Deep Purple
    -Fruit Tree, Nick Drake

  100. I’ve finally decided on 4 Gilmour songs:

    1. Wot’s… Uh The Deal
    2. High Hopes
    3. Comfortably Numb
    4. Wish You Were Here


    5. In My Life (Johnny Cash version)
    6. Mediterannean Sundance (Paco de Lucia, Al de Meola etc.)
    7. Layla – Clapton
    8. Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones

    For luxury item I might choose a toothbrush.

    Book: Hmmm…maybe an exciting criminal novel by one of the great Swedish writers to take my mind of the trouble I’m in on the island?

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 🙂

  101. I agree with Alessandra — a telescope would be the perfect luxury item.

    I’m imagining myself lying on warm sand while exploring the expansive night sky, looking out over the blue waters of the ocean scanning for whales breaching the water’s surface (humpbacks would be in the ocean around my island), the smell of salt air mixed with the scent of myriad tropical flowers, and the hypnotic rhythm of waves lapping the shore would be my lullaby. An experience capable of putting things into perspective, I think.

    The Blue, Fat Old Sun, Then I Close My Eyes, Echoes, A Great Day For Freedom, Comfortably Numb (all from LiG), Marooned, and Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley) would fit perfectly into my island fantasy.

    My book would be The Complete Works of Maya Angelou. I’ve taken some liberty there as it doesn’t exist, but it works for my fantasy island!

    Peace ‘n’ love to you!

  102. 1. Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits
    2. SOYCD – Pink Floyd
    3. Layla – Derek & The Dominos
    4. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
    5. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
    6. La Grange – ZZ Top
    7. Little Wing – SRV
    8. Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones

  103. Live in Gdansk is all I need.

    My books would would probably be the Bible and the Complete set of Narnia.

    I would like to have a piano on the island.

  104. Okay, I’m a bit late on this and even a bit off topic, but because this song just popped up on my MP3 player, I decided I think David could do a fine rendition of ‘I’d Love to Change the World’ by Ten Years After.

    Just a thought that I had to toss in here. =)

  105. We just need to be slightly more positive, at least we are on desert island, my list is as follows:

    Coast to Coast – Scorpions
    Surfing the USA – Beach Boys
    Boys Of Summer – Don Henley
    Sunshine Reggae – Laid Back
    On The Beach – Chris Rea
    Summer In The City – Joe Cocker
    Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream

    And we need some hope so:

    Learning To Fly – Pink Floyd

    [How about a little ‘Summer Wind’ by Frank Sinatra? Or Stereophonics’ ‘Lying in the Sun’? – FEd]

  106. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    The Beatles – Something
    Derek and the Dominoes – Layla
    Eric Clapton – Let It Grow
    Cream – Badge
    Dad’s Army Theme Tune
    George Harrison – Her Comes The Sun
    Oasis – The Importance of Being Idle

    Book: Brideshead Revisited
    Luxury: Martin 000-28MEC guitar

    Ruan x

  107. If you hear a knock on that barn door of ours Fed, be sure to know in all confidence that it ain’t Robbie Keane with a shovel.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    [Missed another sitter on Saturday, didn’t he? Shame. – FEd]

  108. I forgot a wonderful one:

    ‘Je crois entendre encore’ – Bizet, but sung by David of course. (‘David Gilmour In Concert’)

    “Je crois entendre encore,
    Caché sous les palmiers…

    Ô nuit enchanteresse,
    Divin ravissement…”


    Une perle, cette version de David… (no pun intended, eh,eh…)


  109. [Why would Dave take a Qur’ān as his book of choice? – Jon Parsons]

    In his own words:

    “I think I’ll take a translation of the Qur’ān with me, try to better my mind, understand other peoples of the world better.”

  110. Just a note on my luxury items…

    Not that I have any talent, but, with all the time in the world and no distractions, it would be nice to practice a little…or a lot.

  111. This is truly difficult…






    Well, I’m sorry I missed the chatroom today. Long time, no chat…I hope you’re doing well FEd.


    [Very well, thank you. Yourself? – FEd]

  112. [Actually…if FEd will indulge me…Procol Harem did sing the original, but Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues also did a cover of this song on his album “Classic Blue.” I wanted to somehow work in a joke about Radiohead here, but it’s too late and I’m short on caffeine…. – Lynn]

    Hmmmm, yes I checked Justin’s discography on wikipedia and OK COMPUTER was right.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dubliner who likes the Bends album but that’s it regarding Radiohead)

  113. [I like the fact that even thought the rules state that you are alone on the island plenty of guys are bending that with the luxury item being a female companion/s. At least I stuck to the rules – Howard]

    I assumed we were all off to the Seychelles and could share our goodies. Nice of David’s people to want to send us all to a desert island.

    ash X

  114. Hey FEd,

    This is off topic and someone else may have said something already (maybe you) but VH1 is showing a Pink Floyd day on Nov. 27. It’s “VH1 Gives Thanks for Pink Floyd”. It is supposed to start in the morning and run documentaries and music all day ending with “Live in Gdansk” that night.

    I’ll be watching that instead of the usual Thanksgiving line-up.

    Hope it’s a good week for you.


    [Thanks, Meg. Enjoy. – FEd]

  115. 1. Pink Floyd; Echoes
    2. Leonard Cohen; So Long, Marianne
    3. Madonna; La Isla Bonita
    4. David Gilmour; On an island
    5. Paul Mc Cartney; Hey Jude
    6. Zucchero; Baila Morena
    7. Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms
    8. Pink Floyd; Marooned

    Luxury items; water….

  116. My Diary

    Pink Floyd – Dogs
    Pink Floyd – Echoes
    Pink Floyd – Marooned
    Bob Dylan – Shelter From The Storm (A Hard Rain, version)
    Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born On The Bayou (reminds me of my dad)
    Merle Haggard – Rainbow Stew
    Waylon Jennings – I’ve Always Been Crazy
    Creed – What’s This Life For

    For my book choice, I would like to have whichever one contains all of the answers.

    For my luxury item, I’d like to have a dog. 🙂

  117. My list:

    Castellorizon (I love it)
    On an Island (of course)
    High Hopes (I love it very much indeed)
    Echoes (it ‘s a masterpiece)
    Message in a Bottle – The Police (Help me!!)
    Every Breath You Take – The Police (simply I like it)
    Billie Jean -Michael Jackson (perfect to dance!)
    Take the Long Way Home – Supertramp (dreaming of home)


    “The Divine Comedy” written by Dante Alighieri , because it is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature.
    The Odyssey of Homer – the perfect poem to be read on a desert island.

    Luxury item: sunscreen lotions set (there it’s always summer).

    I’ve joked.

    Very nice question.

    Have a good evening

  118. My first post…

    1. Dogs – PF
    2. Hey Jupiter – Tori Amos
    3. Paranoid Android – Radiohead
    4. Knights of Cydonia – Muse
    5. Marillion – The Invisible Man
    6. Genesis – Supper’s Ready
    7. Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick
    8. Mark Spiro – Drop In The Ocean

    Book: The Ingmar Bergman Archives

    Luxury Item: My Mah-Jong cabinet

    [Thanks for giving it a go, Nithrin. Welcome. – FEd]

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