Got this meme from J. Eric Smith and I couldn’t resist. This shit was TOUGH!
“Note the singular “disc” in the title…
“Over the years, the plural version of this title has been used to define some crucial number of albums that folks would take were they stranded on a desert island with only a lifetime’s supply of food and a record player.
“But in the iTunes era, most folks don’t listen to whole albums intact anymore, but rather listen to mixes of things from a variety of albums. So on the modern desert island, there’s you, a lifetime’s supply of food, a CD player, and a single mix CD, with standard music files on it (no cheating with compressed or otherwise altered files), meaning you have only 80 minutes worth of music to get you through to your dying day.
“What would your 80 minutes include? Feel free to reply and tag as you see fit. Geek out.”
Mine would be all songs of my own. I mean, I wrote them so I could listen to ‘em. But since the point is probably to pick other people’s tunes, it would look something like this (in no particular order… I’m assuming this CD player can shuffle):
Alternative TV, “Action Time Vision” (Song time: 2:33)
Three Dog Night, “Never Been To Spain” (3:46)
LaVern Baker, “Saved” (2:54)
Silver Jews, “Smith & Jones Forever” (3:18)
Junoon, “Saeein” (4:39)
Los Lobos, “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” (3:35)
Patrik Fitzgerald, “Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart” (2:42)
Esquivel, “El Cable” (2:18)
Laurie Anderson, “One White Whale” (2:03)
Led Zeppelin, “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” (4:17)
Ramones, “Havana Affair” (1:34)
Roky Erickson & The Aliens, “I Walked With A Zombie” (3:40)
The Capris, “There’s A Moon Out Tonight” (2:14)
Big Poo Generator, “I’m Gonna Run Like The Wind Into Bathroom” (1:18)
Bill Haley and His Comets, “Stagger Lee” (2:00)
Bryan Thomas, “When” (2:35)
Kiss, “Tomorrow and Tonight” (3:06)
Beach Boys, “Surf’s Up” (4:07)
“Hair” original cast, “Frank Mills” (2:07)
Suzanne Vega, “In Liverpool” (4:40)
Pink Floyd, “Arnold Layne” (2:55)
Into Another, “Underlord” (4:00)
The Upper Crust, “Rock N’ Roll Butler” (3:49)
Yaz, “Bad Connection” (3:21)
The Dead Milkmen, “Punk Rock Girl” (2:38)
The Beatles, “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite” (2:37)
Eddie and the Showmen, “Mr. Rebel” (1:53)
Disclaimer: for the sake of maxing out the variety, since I’m apparently to listen only to this disc for the rest of my life, I gave shorter songs preference over longer ones. So these are not necessarily my favorite 27 songs; they’re my favorite 27 songs that would fit on an 80-minute disc.
Total time 80:39. If I REALLY have to get it down to exactly 80 minutes or less, then I guess I can hum Big Poo Generator to myself for all eternity!