When Marc Leder first asked me to be on his podcast about music I was super excited and particularly about the segment where I have to pick 5 albums which I would take to a desert island if I was trapped there. Marc really knows his music and I have to be honest there was a part of me which was worried that he wouldn’t like my selections. I have been listening to Marc and his show for many years now and going on there was a real privilege. Having kept them under wraps until the show, I can now reveal which are my top 5 albums which I’d take to that lonely desert island.
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
I need an album which I won’t get tired of listening to and this is the one for me, an album with hit after hit after hit, which would certainly keep me happy during my time out there. For me this is Fleetwood Mac at their best and there is a wide range of happy and sad songs on here to keep me going.
Wolfmother – Wolfmother
The debut album by Wolfmother is still one of my favorites of all time and given that I have a limited choice, I thought this would be the perfect album to encapsulate of all my favorite 70s rock bands, with a little twist. This would be the album that I could put on and have my very own island mosh pit.
Bob Marley – Legend
If I’m on a desert island, with the sun shining down then there is only one album which I need and that is Bob Marley, Legend, the perfect collection of the Reggae master’s hits, and an album which would certainly befit the situation I was in. When life gives you lemons, make Reggae lemonade.
Nas – Illmatic
There is no way I’m heading to an island to be alone without some killer hip-hop and that is why I picked the greatest rap album of all time, Illmatic. The scenes that Nas describes and the way in which he does it, with that smooth delivery and visual lyricism is just incredible and I could sit back, close my eyes and feel as though I was somewhere else entirely.
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
I have no doubts that I’ll have some delirious moments during my time on the island and there is no better album for a situation like that than some serious funk. For me there is only one bad which I think of when I hear the word funk and that is George Clinton’s epic group Funkadelic. Their best album in my view is Maggot Brain and it is funky, fun and most importantly, pretty long. This is the album which would get me up dancing on my own during my time in the sweltering heat or those cold lonely nights by the fire.
Marc loved my selection, what about you?