If you’re unaware of the concept behind Desert Island Discs, check out the basic pitch I gave the artists and bloggers I got in touch with. If you’re an artist or blogger and want to take part, just send your submission with the eight pieces of music (not the actual mp3s) and some words about each one to admin (@) listenbeforeyoubuy (dot) net.
As mentioned in the title, today’s Desert Island Discs is by champions of summer and all things happy and sunshiney, Tennis. I’ve posted about them quite a few times over the last couple of months and Patrick got back to me pretty quickly when I asked them to take part in this, so thanks Patrick! Check out the awesome “Marathon” by Tennis below and let me know when you finally manage to get it out of your head.
When I first got in touch with people about this I failed to specify that the selections had to be single songs or pieces of music, so with the first few who got back to me, some had whole albums listed, as is the case with Patrick’s selection below. So what I’ve done is pick a song from each of the albums he’d listed. Sorry dude, hope I picked well.
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0. Tennis – “Marathon”
1. Grandaddy – “Go Progress Chrome”
This song has been one of our favorite songs for the past 5 or so years. For us, Gradaddy denotes the simplistic – boarder line luddite – way of life. We like to think of ourselves as future farmers, without phones or the Internet, and this is the theme song.
2. The Handsome Furs – “Handsome Furs Hate This City”
This song is pretty timeless for us. The outro somehow always maintains the same excitement and intensity; that’s hard to do when you listen to something 10 times a day.
3. The Shirelles – “Baby It’s You”
We’ve said this before, but we’re pretty sure our band formed because of this song…
4. Grandaddy – “The Crystal Lake” – The Sophtware Slump (whole album)
I don’t mean to keep putting mass amounts of Grandaddy songs on lists such as this one, but this album is through and through, one of our favorites. This album made me, Patrick, drop out of my Business program in college and switch to music and philosophy. It means a lot to me.
5. Wanda Jackson – “Fujiyama Mama”
This song is pretty racy, in a lot of ways. Not to mention, the vocals are incredible. This style of singing and playing has been one of the biggest influences on our music and we constantly use it as a reference point to see how far off we are. Alaina will, some day soon, sing like this and I will never want to listen to anything else. Until then, this song we be in constant play.
6. Family Portrait – “Babyskins”
If you haven’t heard this song, search long and hard for it. The guitar tone is perfect and the vocals are somehow an extension of the guitar. They flow together to make a dancey, sing-along that makes you snap your fingers for some reason that is beyond me.
7. Todd Rundgren – “Believe In Me” – Runt (the album)
Our friends give us so much crap for liking this album, but it truly makes us happy. That’s all there is to say.
8. Whatever album we hate the most at the time. We need something for context…