Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Introducing "10 Spot": All That You Can't Leave Behind

Duke Altum here once again, and this time I'm laying down the gauntlet for Mutt with a fun challenge... readers, you can play along at home!

Everyone loves lists. Even moreso, everyone loves the proverbial "desert island" lists - in which you are forced to make hard choices and choose, to steal from U2, "all that you can't leave behind" in a certain category. Well we've never really made those lists here, and I thought it might be fun to try it.

I'm calling this series "10 Spot." Each one will highlight a different category. The object is simple: pretend you're going off to a desert island forever. You are allowed to bring 10 _____, and that's all you're ever going to have. What would they be? What are the absolute essential works you couldn't live without?? We'll cover novels, short story collections, non-fiction books, films and albums.

I'm going to post my entry, and I fully expect Mutt to follow up with his. (That's right Mutt. I'm calling you out - publicly!) Not a lot of commentary on these lists, because we do plenty of that as it is and actually, we've probably commented in these pages on most of these selections in one way or another already.

So, since no further introduction is needed, we begin with our first 10 Spot: Albums.

Here's my list of 10 records I would be happy to listen to over and over in perpetuity (in no particular order):

1. Chase the Buffalo, Pierce Pettis

2. Tunnel of Love, Bruce Springsteen

3. Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen

4. Wrecking Ball, Emmylou Harris

5. Blister Soul, Vigilantes of Love

6. The Joshua Tree, U2

7. Oh Mercy, Bob Dylan

8. Clutching at Straws, Marillion

9. The Very Best of, The Pogues

10. Symphony #9, Beethoven