Desert Island Discs

I have been challenged by Sarah at Mum of Three World to choose my desert island discs. When you love music it is a remarkably difficult feat to pick just 8 songs, but I shall give it a go, on the proviso that if you ask me tomorrow, or next week, you will probably get a different eight tracks…

Cardiacs – To Go Off And Things….



I am not a person who thinks ‘Ooh, being trapped on a desert island would be lovely’. I don’t do beach holidays, I like life and bustle – something I struggle with just by living in a small town these days, let alone a beach with nobody in sight. This song will remind me of the joy and horror of town life. ‘Squalor is at large in tidy suburbia….’ and that is how I like it. Plus it is one of the best weird videos ever made, by one of the best weird bands ever to exist. I love them.


The Stranglers – Always The Sun



It is a hot desert island right? So in order to appreciate one of it’s only redeeming features beside the lack of McDonalds, this song should chirp me up a bit, in a mellow sort of a fashion. Although I will require some shade…..I need more info on this desert island. Is there a spa? A bar? A pool?


Queens of the Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu



Phew, this song is smoulderingly good. It reminds me of getting together with my other half. See, I can be romantic sometimes….


Peter Cook – The Ballad of Spotty Muldoon



Syd, bless him, had a bad case of baby spots when he was a newborn, and being horrible people, we used to sing this all the time. It made him smile though, so it isn’t all bad, plus it is by the genius that is Peter Cook.


X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage, Up Yours



The first time I realised girls could totally kick rock’n’roll arse too was when I heard this. Pure undiluted awesome sauce. How can you argue with a song that starts with this line:-

“Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, but I think
Oh bondage up yours!”


Billy Bragg – No One Knows Nothing Anymore



I love Lord Billington of Bragg, have done since my teenage years. Great song writing with amazing lyrics, and a great speaker too. Have seen him many times over the years, most recently at the nearby Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, where it was also my pleasure to listen to another hero’s speech, Tony Benn. RIP Mr Benn, have never listened to a wiser man speak, but Mr Bragg is close behind you, and this more recent track by him is a current favourite.


Green Day – Brain Stew



There is no way I could leave this band out, and if possible can I just sneak in their entire back catalogue?! If I am only allowed one song then I will have this song, as it is a dual purpose song- not only is it by my favourite band, it also reminds me heavily of being a first time Mum, a magical and sleep deprived time.


Adam Ant – Stand and Deliver



My first and most enduring musical love. The first record I bought was by him, I still have his picture on my bedroom wall, and I am already getting excited about going to see him live next month. Here he is in iconic Highway Man garb. I always did like a bad boy.


So that is my 8 songs. Or today’s 8 songs at least.Β Apparently I can have a bible, and the works of Shakespeare. Hmmmm. Not overally enthralled by either of those, but they are at least big books, and paper is handy for starting fires. My own book of choice would be The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams- a brilliant, brilliant book, and handily emblazoned with the words ‘Don’t Panic’ on the cover – useful advice indeed when one finds oneself marooned.


We are allowed a luxury item too. You know what has puzzled me all these years, they never say how you are supposed to listen to all these songs. Are they just dumping you with a stack of vinyl and no deck? I guess records could make a useful sort of roof tiling for ones hut?! I assume though that they are providing us with a record player or some sort, and the electricity needed to power it. In which case, can I have my phone too – so I can call for a lift home. I am not really an outdoor sort of a girl, I mean, a couple of days at a festival is fine, but then I want a hot bath followed by my sofa, so I would definitely be ringing for rescue.Β No phone signal you say?! OK, a lifetimes supply of biscuits then please. Can’t stomach eating fish.


Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. March 17, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Thanks very much for joining in and sharing today’s choices! I don’t know many of these, but they sound very ‘you’ and I love your reasons for choosing them (poor Syd and his spots!). The phone is an essential luxury item – you’re never really lonely with a phone as long as you can keep it charged. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a hilarious book πŸ™‚

  2. March 17, 2014 / 11:19 am

    Ah, Mr Ant…that’s such a great track…he was/still is a beautiful man

  3. March 17, 2014 / 11:20 am

    I am unfamiliar with some of your choices. I used to be a big Green Day fan back in the day and Stand and Deliver is one of my all time favourites. I don”t know how you managed to narrow down your choices!
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  4. March 17, 2014 / 11:20 am

    I am unfamiliar with some of your choices. I used to be a big Green Day fan back in the day and Stand and Deliver is one of my all time favourites. I don”t know how you managed to narrow down your choices!
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  5. March 17, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    Wow, did not know Adam Ant was still performing. I remember him back in the 80s. Love Stand and Deliver, and Prince Charming is one of my favourite 80s tracks. I always wonder what my Desert Island Discs would be…I love so many songs, picking a favourite would be so hard!!
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  6. March 17, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    I feel totally ignorant, have no clue who these people are πŸ™‚
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    • March 17, 2014 / 4:26 pm

      I wouldn’t worry too much, I have pretty odd taste in music!

    • March 17, 2014 / 7:45 pm

      Why thank you, and yes, that is another great song from them X-Ray peeps.

  7. March 17, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Mighty fine choices m’lady, mighty fine! Stand and Deliver is one of my faves…. I can almost feel a spoof coming on…
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    • March 17, 2014 / 7:45 pm

      White striped noses for britmums live?! X

  8. Vikki Holness
    March 17, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    Excellent choices, i would have found this challenge very difficult myself! So many to choose from xxx
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  9. March 17, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    You’re post made me really laugh out loud! As a fellow not-an-outdoor-kind-of-girl, my absolute must have book will also be The Hitchhiker Guide! Brilliant book and a must have πŸ™‚
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  10. March 17, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    Some great tunes in there Mrs – Strangers, Green Day and Adam Ant are awesome and I love that Queens of the Stone Age track, flipping brilliant πŸ™‚
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  11. March 17, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard of any of these songs before! I have this post to do soon but like you, the songs change daily so I have no idea what I’ll end up writing about!
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    • March 18, 2014 / 10:49 am

      haha well, Queens Of The Stone Age are a pretty big band now, but the rest probably came to prominence in the 80s, so you are excused!

  12. March 18, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    I don’t actually know any of these songs, I dont think? Will have to have a listen

  13. March 18, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    Some great choices here…. The Stranglers, Adam Ant …. you have superlative tastes. X

  14. March 18, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    I really struggled to pick my songs for this too! Some songs here I have never heard of – will have to have a listen and broaden my musical knowledge!
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  15. March 19, 2014 / 9:58 am

    I have to listen to some of them… maybe I am missing some great piece of music in my life
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  16. March 22, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    Fabulous choices there, I was obsessed by Adam Ant as a teenager, I’ve never made it to see him live though.
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