Here at Forever HQ we’ve decided to put together a regular feature on our blog – Forever Creative Desert Island Discs. The format of Forever Creative Desert Island Discs is pretty straightforward. We’ve asked the Forever team that if they were a castaway on a desert island in the middle of the sea with only themselves as company what 5 tracks would they choose to take with them. We also asked the team to choose a luxury item as well as a book.
First up to bat is Greg, our head of design with his desert island list. As head of design we’re expecting a real eclectic mix! Here goes..
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Still sounds fresh after 50 years. The instrumentation is so interesting to me and I think the melody is one of the most beautiful ever written. The sentiment of the song is sad but uplifting, weirdly. I just never get tired of this song and if I could take the whole of Pet Sounds I would. Brian Wilson. Genius.
Tomorrow Tomorrow – Elliott Smith
Probably the most under-rated songwriter of the last 20 years in my opinion. It’s very hard to choose a single track from Elliott Smith but I love the harmonies on this, they sound great on headphones! Everyone needs an introspective song on the list and this is mine.
Oh Darling – The Beatles
Being a Beatle-head there had to one track included in my list and this doo-wop McCartney ballad has always been a particular favourite. Recorded for the album Abbey Road it’s often overlooked because of the overall strength of that album. Paul McCartney’s vocal is one of his best, apparently he arrived at the studio before the others for the whole week leading up to recording the final take just so his vocal would sound raw, like he’d been screaming it on stage. Ringo’s drumming is brilliant and the fills leading up to the chorus are ace. Also, I love the backing vocals from John and George, it sounds like they were all pulling together on this cut despite the inband animosity which was taking place at that time.
Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody – Louis Prima
I only heard this for the first time a couple of years ago and I was baffled as to how I’d lived so long without hearing it. It’s such a great record full of fun and some great brass riffin’. Despite the downbeat lyrical content it’s like an audible celebrate of life. To me it conjures up summer parties with family and friends. Top tune.
You’re the Voice – John Farnham
In my opinion, the perfect cheesy, feelgood power ballad. Since it featured in Alpha Papa I’ve become a little obsessed with it. At first I thought I was liking it on some ironic level but now I’ve come to realise that actually, I just think it’s bloody brilliant. Friday nights on the island would probably start with this…and a mojito.
My book would be…
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Admittedly I’m not much of a reader as I’m easily distracted by tv box sets and musical instruments in my spare time. However, if I had to choose a book it would be this one as I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s such a moving tale. I read it whilst staying with a friend in Brisbane and the majority was read sitting on his back porch drinking beer in the sunshine. Nice.
My luxury item would be…
My Martin Acoustic Guitar
I just love playing guitar, it’s my favourite pastime. I could play all the tunes I had to leave off the list!