Shelf’s Desert Island Discs (2013)

Last year’s September 6 post featured my Desert Island Disc list compiled back in 1987. Given the passage of 25 years, it seemed time to refresh the selections. That prior post discussed the original BBC format (8 songs, a book, and one luxury item) and the Tower Records Pulse! variation (ten albums), upon which my old chart was based. For this update, I employed both respective criteria and created two lists comprised of all eighties choices (arranged alphabetically by artist).

Shelf’s Desert Island Discs 2013 (Pulse! format)

Cocteau Twins “Victorialand” (1986)
The Cure “Disintegration” (1989)
Dead Can Dance “Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun” (1987)
Depeche Mode “Music For The Masses” (1987)
Japan “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” (1980)
Peter Murphy “Love Hysteria” (1988)
New Order “Power, Corruption & Lies” (1983)
Pet Shop Boys “Please” (1986)
David Sylvian “Secrets Of The Beehive” (1987)
Various “Lonely Is An Eyesore” (1987)

Shelf’s Desert Island Discs 2013 (BBC format)

Dead Can Dance “Cantara” (1987)
Depeche Mode “Stripped” (1986)
Japan “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” (1980)
Joy Division “Atmosphere” (1980)
New Order “Temptation” (1982)
Pet Shop Boys “Left To My Own Devices” (1988)
The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
David Sylvian “Orpheus” (1987)

Book: The Trouser Press Record Guide by Ira A. Robbins
Luxury item: mosquito net

Please share your own list (either format) in the comments section. And thanks to Ric at Annual Chart for reinforcing the ‘proper albums only, no greatest hits’ rule for the first list – cheers, sir.

Posted on January 17, 2013, in SHELF, TOP 10 LISTS. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Nice list! Here is my take…

    Pulse! format
    The Cure “Disintegration” (1989)
    Depeche Mode “Black Celebration” (1986)
    Duran Duran “Rio” 1982
    Echo & The Bunnymen “Ocean Rain” (1984)
    Erasure “The Innocents” (1988)
    New Order “Technique” (1989)
    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ‎”Architecture & Morality” (1981)
    Pet Shop Boys “Actually” (1987)
    Prefab Sprout ‎”Steve McQueen” (1985)
    The Wild Swans “Bringing Home The Ashes” (1988)

    BBC format
    Camouflage “That Smiling Face (Justin Strauss Mix)” (1988)
    Depeche Mode “Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix)” (1987)
    Duran Duran “Skin Trade (Parisian Mix)” (1986)
    New Order “Temptation ’87” (1987)
    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark “She’s Leaving” (1981)
    Prefab Sprout ‎”Bonny” (1985)
    The Smiths “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” (1987)
    The Wild Swans “No Bleeding” (1984)

    Book: “Thunders Of August” by Jorge Ibargüengoitia.
    Luxury item: A box full of Jack Daniels.

  2. oh my, i always thought you didn’t like depeche mode))))))
    i don’t even know WHY i thought so :-)

    later i’ll make a list too, though i’m a 90’s child, i’ll take “songs of faith and devotion” for sure )))

  3. No need for me to make a list of my own – you’ve done it already, except for the book – which would be The Complete David Bowie.

  4. interesting info and Links
    Thanks :)

  5. Great to see your revised list, and with PSB making both, Chris!
    I assume this will be 80s releases only?
    I will certainly come up with my list and add on…a tall order though…especially the one with just 8 singles allowed

  6. I had to choose any year, I couldn’t limit it to just the 80s

    Pulse Format:
    New Order – Technique
    The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
    Air – Moon Safari
    Ulrich Schnauss – Far Away Trains Passing By
    Primal Scream – Screamadelica
    Jean-Michel Jarre – Rendezvous
    Leftfield – Leftism
    Vangelis – Blade Runner Soundtrack
    DJ Shadow – Entroducing
    Tangerine Dream – Poland

    BBC Format:
    New Order – True Faith
    Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
    808 State – Pacific State
    Hybrid – Finished Symphony
    Massive Attack ft Tracy Thorn – Protection
    Air – All I Need
    N.W.A. – Straight Outa Compton
    Electronic – Getting Away With It

    Book – Mr. Nice by Howard Marks
    Luxury item – A crate of confit of duck!

  7. Shall we all cheat a little here? Let’s prepare an 80s list first…and then for a second DID series, provide a 90s list…

  8. жанна агузарова – русский альбом
    david sylvian – dead bees on a cake
    depeche mode – songs of faith and devotion
    leftfield – leftism
    mark lanegan – field songs
    massive attack – mezzanine
    one dove – morning dove white
    pet shop boys – behaviour
    peter murphy – deep
    primal scream – xtrmntr

    егор летов – офелия
    владимир высоцкий – прерванный полет
    808 state – pacific state
    grandmaster flash – the message
    john carpenter – the end (scratch mix)
    new order – true faith ’94
    rolling stones – miss you (disco version)
    sylvian & sakamoto – forbidden colours

  9. Excellent selections all around. For those still interested in contributing, anything goes – any year, any genre. And good call, Ric – I’m working on my 90s lists now.

  10. Pulse! format

    The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
    My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)
    The Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll (1988)
    Manual – Ascend (2002)
    Depeche Mode – Violator (1990)
    Kaito – Trust (2009)
    The Smiths – Meat Is Murder (1985)
    Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place (2003)
    Limp – Orion (2002)
    Future Sound of London – Lifeforms (1994)

    BBC format

    Manual – Summer Haze (2002)
    LTJ Bukem – Horizons (1995)
    Notwist – One With The Freaks (2002)
    Ulrich Schnauss – Between Us And Them (2001)
    UNKLE – The Answer (2010)
    Young Offender – We Control Everything (2006)
    Zero 7 – Spinning / Spinning Dub (2001)
    Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (XX remix)

    Book: Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
    Luxury item: Frosted Mini Wheats and almond milk

  11. My (unabashedly more mainstream pop) 80s DID

    Pulse! format :

    The Visitors – ABBA (1981)
    Madonna – Madonna (1983)
    Fantastic – Wham! (1983)
    Human Racing – Nik Kershaw (1984)
    Cupid & Psyche – Scritti Politti (1985)
    Hunting High And Low – a-ha (1985)
    Please – Pet Shop Boys (1986)
    Rapture – Anita Baker (1986)
    Time And Tide – Basia (1988)
    Results – Liza Minnelli (1989)

    BBC Format :

    Our House – Madness (1982)
    Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1983)
    When Doves Cry – Prince (1984)
    Clouds Across The Moon – The RAH Band (1985)
    Breakout – Swing Out Sister (1986)
    Rent – Pet Shop Boys (1987)
    Happy Ever After – Julia Fordham (1988)
    For Spacious Lies – Norman Cook feat Lester (1989)

    Book : Wilderness Survival For Dummies
    Luxury Item : Endless Supply of Rich Dark Chocolate

    • Most definitely on the poppy pop tip, but all fine selections, to be sure. Totally forgot about “Happy Ever After” by Julia Fordham – beautiful song. Thanks Ric!

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