Desert Island Discs

I’m currently listening to Wim Merten’s ” Maximizing The Audience“, which is perhaps my all-time favorite song. That put me in mind of other of my favorite bits of music. There is not much here that you’d hear in oldies radio and several songs that few or no one that reads this will know. (Chris Campbell might be the one.)

Here is a list of some of my favorite pieces of music of all time. These are mostly individual songs even when they are the title tracks of albums. If they aren’t I’ll note that.

  • As stated above, Wim Merten’s ” Maximizing The Audience
  • Television’s “Marquis Moon”
  • John Coltrane’s “Love Supreme” (I really consider all 3 parts as one long piece)
  • Muszikas’ “Cold Winds are Blowing”
  • Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Shoot Out the Lights”
  • Brian Eno’s “Baby’s on Fire”
  • Frank Zappa’s “Watermelon in Easter Hay”
  • Michelle Malone’s “Brand New Dream”
  • Pixies’ “Gouge Away”
  • Bad Brain’s “I Against I”
  • T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy”
  • Warren Zevon’s “For My Next Trick I’ll Need a Volunteer”
  • Camper van Beethoven’s “All Her Favorite Fruit”
  • Captain Beefheart’s “Tropical Hot Dog Night”
  • John Cale’s “Paris 1919”
  • The Clash’s cover of Toots and the Maytal’s “Pressure Drop”
  • Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”
  • Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

I’m going to arbitrarily stop because I could perhaps go on all day. That, my friends, is one smoking mix tape.

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2 thoughts on “Desert Island Discs”

  1. Rev. Dan says:

    Baby’s on fire, better throw her in the water
    Look at her laughing, like a heifer to the slaughter.

    Brilliant song, for sure.

    Have you run across this analysis of the evolution of Cohen’s Hallelujah? It’s pretty interesting.

  2. PJ Cabrera says:

    Reverend Dan, thanks for the link, that’s an awesome write up.

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