Your Top Ten Favourite Albums If You Were Stuck On A Deserted Island


Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
The National - High Violet
Tool - Aenima
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Vangelis - Blade Runner Soundtrack
Les Miserables - 10th Anniversary Concert
Dire Straights - Brothers in Arms
King Creosote and John Hopkins - Diamond Mine
Metallica - S&M


Gosh. I haven’t thought about pseudo silk kimonos in a looooong time.


Stand alone albums

AC/DC - Back In Black
Brad Paisley - Mud on the Tires
Icehouse - Primitive Man
Dire Straits - Making Movies
Garth brooks - Ropin’ the Wind
Live - Throwing Copper
Guns ‘N’ Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Jamiroquai - A Funk Odessy
Metallica - Black Album
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication


The Boat That Rocked
The Commitments
Detroit Rock City
Star Wars - Original Soundratck
Across the Universe
Lawrence of Arabia
Paint Your Wagon
Conan the Barbarian
Saturday Night Fever
A Night at the Roxbury

Greatest Hits

Brad Paisley - Norwegian Favourites
Brooks & Dunn - Greatest hits
Cold Chisel - Chisel
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Black Sabbath - The Best of…
Genesis - Platinum Collection
Led Zepplin - Remasters
Michael Jackson - Number Ones
Neil Diamond - Greatest Hits
Queen - Greatest hits

So much of this depends if there are any rules in place for what you can and can’t take.


I went through some albums and found a top 10 of hit after hit LPs. Different Class, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Suede, The Patriot Game, Worker’s Playtime. But often they did not have the amazing impact that less consistent albums did. So my list of ragged glory is below:

White Album
Sergeant Pepper’s
Let It Bleed
Vauxhall & I
The Queen Is Dead
Abbey Road
Sticky Fingers
Highway 61 Revisited
Tender Prey
I’m Your Man


I feel like Tender Prey is what Elmo would call a sometime food.


Ok. I’ll have a go at Greatest hits/Best of/Compilation records:

Beatles - Blue Album
Led Zeppelin - Remasters
Sly and the Family Stone - Greatest Hits
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
Bowie - Platinum Collection
J.B.'s - Funky Good Time: The Anthology
Eric B and Rakim - Universal Masters Collection
FNM - The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection
Prince - The Hits/The B-Sides
Megadeth - Anthology: Set the World Afire

Will probably edit - but that’s it for now. Trying to cover all the bases.


I feel like “Ropin’ the wind” should be a really gross sex thing.


Or Cardinal George Pell.


I think one of us is drunk.


OK. I listen to Radio Gnik on my iPhone these days, so its a while since I played an album end-to-end. But here are 10 that were thrashed and meant something to me in times past -

Beatles - Revolver
Junior Murvin - Police and Thieves
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (or Swordfishtrombones)
Buzzcocks - Another Music in a Different Kitchen
Gorillaz - Gorillaz
Wire - 154
Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
Beck - Odelay
Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pogues - Rum, Sodomy & the Lash


This was hard! (Sorry… got a tad excited)

Top 10
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Green Day - Nimrod
Foo Fighters - Wasted Light
Placebo - Loud Like Love
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
Pearl Jam - Ten
Pete Murray - Summer at Eureka
Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
Audioslave - Audioslave

Missed out:
Blink 182 - California
Birds of Tokyo - Birds of Tokyo
Coldplay - Rush of Blood to the Head
Dead Letter Circus - This is the Warning
Bernard Fanning - Tea and Sympathy
Big Scary - Vacation
Radiohead - OK Computer
Boy and Bear - Moonfire
Incubus - Make Yourself
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
John Frusciante - Curtains
The Killers - Hot Fuss
Oasis - (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
The Living End - The Living End
Paul Dempsey - Shotgun Kareoke
Matchbox 20 - Yourself or Someone Like You
The Offspring - Americana
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die
System of a Down - Toxicity
Live - Throwing Copper
The Kooks - Konk
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Ed Sharp & the Magnetic Zeroes - Up From Below
Ben Harper - Diamonds on the Inside
Bon Jovi - These Days

Bands that I freakin love but have mostly only listened to best ofs (shame on me)

  • The Beatles
  • Cold Chisel
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • REM
  • Cat Stevens
  • Crowded House
  • CCR
  • Alice in Chains
  • Guns and Roses
  • Something for Kate


I imagine you could analyse this stuff for hours like me. That album is not as consistent as the Boatman’s Call or the Good Son, but it’s big moment album music. Tender Prey’s phenomenal initial three (openers Mercy Seat and Up Jumped the Devil, first drop Deanna) and a reasonable middle order get it the glory.


Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
AC/DC – Back in Black
Baby Animals – Baby Animals
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Cold Chisel – East
Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison
Paul Simon – Graceland
Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction
The Travelling Willburys - Travelling Willburys Vol 1
John Cougar Mellencamp - Scarecrow


Caught them in Melbourne I think with The Bats as support at the time of Submarine Bells. Was a cracker of a night and capped off with a very rowdy “What shall we do with a drunken sailer?” Sadly Martin Philips after being dumped from the record company in the early nineties he moved back in with his parents. There are some rather odd Youtube clips of him playing solo in a Library in New Zealand somewhere. I believe he is now in pretty poor health as well.


Great list, forgot about Built to Spill. Their live album is one of favourite live albums of all time. Perfect From Now On is one of two 5 star albums from them, Keep it Like a Secret being the other. Never heard of This Heat but will need to check them out based on the others in your list.


Top 10 Desert Island discs. The Top 3 are my stand out. The rest are in no set order.

  1. Unledded – Page & Plant Zed Leppelin give their songs a touch of Africa and the effect is astounding.
  2. Layla & Assorted Love Songs – Derek & The Dominoes. The ultimate guitar based album dedicated to unrequited love.
  3. A Salty Dog – Procol Harum – their third album, and it is timeless.
    Music from Big Pink – The Band. Their debut album, the one that invented a genre, roots rock.
    Mezzanine – Massive Attack. Other worldly and as haunting as it is evocative.
    Urban Hymns – The Verve. All class and polish.
    Sticky Fingers – The Stones. Proof positive if any were needed, that the greatest rock band of all time, hit their highest point with Mick Taylor firmly entrenched in the line up.
    HQ – Roy Harper. Friend of the famous, but often overlooked. His song writing talents are second to none.
    Muswell Hillbillies – The Kinks. Miniature portraits of odd characters, people from the shadowlands of London. No one has ever done it better.
    The Journey – Maryam Mursal. A Somalian refugee who spent 9 months walking to escape the conflict in her homeland. This is my fave album by a woman and also fave non – English language album. (Both of which could be other genres for future Desert Island Discs)
    Honourable mentions:
    Brother’s Keeper – the Neville Brothers. This once they lived up to their promises.
    10,9, – Midnight Oil. Best Ozzie album ever (another possible future DID genre)
    Stand – Sly & The Family Stone – my fave funk album. You can keep James Brown, give me Sly any day.
    Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd. It has all been said before, l have nothing more to add.
    Native American Soundtrack – Jamie Robbie Robertson.
    Dixie Chicken – Little Feat.


Ween - The Pod
Ween - The Mollusk
Primus - Tales from the Punchbowl
Primus - The Brown Album
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd - Animals
Radiohead - Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Radiohead - OKNOTOK


Saw them in Melbourne at (of all places) The Metro, which at one point in time was promoting itself as a live music venue (I also saw Blur there, which was one of the rockingest shows I’ve ever seen!)
The Chills were great at that gig (was also around the time of Submarine Bells), but I can’t quite recall who they were supporting - it was either Concrete Blonde or Hunters & Collectors.


The Pod, so brown. That would be a top ten of mine too.


In no particular order.

Appetite for Destruction - GnR
American Idiot - Greenday
10 - Pearl Jam
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
Guide to Better Living - Grinspoon
Hold Me Down - You Me At Six
Black - Metallica
Frogstomp - silverchair
The Living End - The Living End