You’ve been banished to a desert island, never to return. In addition to food and water to survive indefinitely, you’re allowed to take a device to play music with and the collected works of any single recording artist, but no other music.
What music library do you select?
- You can choose a solo artist or a group.
- If you choose a solo artist, you can also choose the songs written/performed by that artist as part of a group, but not vice versa. For example, if you choose Sammy Hagar, then you get any Van Halen albums he contributed to, but if you choose Van Halen, then you do not get Sammy Hagar’s solo albums.
My choice: It’s a clear win for the Beatles. The sheer volume of songs, combined with the variety in styles as the band progressed from dance hits to psychedelic awesomeness, along with Paul’s granny music ballads, would make sure that I have tunes for all seasons. I’m tempted to choose John Lennon instead, since I’d still get all of the Beatles, but also some of his solo works which I like, but then I find myself wanting some of Paul’s solo work, and I think it’s safer to stick with the duo.
The only other band I’d consider would be Depeche Mode, since they were my first non-family-influenced love. In fact, if DM hadn’t royally sucked since Songs of Faith & Devotion, I might be persuaded.
Next time: Stuck On a Deserted Island: Actor Edition