Up until a few months ago I hadn't ever heard the term Desert Island Discs, until my fellow Bird and Blend tea rep (and general babe, check her out) Alice from A Spoonful of Alice wrote a blog post about what tracks she would choose if she were to take part in the podcast. The idea of the BBC Radio 4 programme is that they have a public figure or celebrity guest (they've had sooo many people on, from Steven Hawkings to Theresa May to Ed Sheeran) who has to pick 8 songs that they would take with them onto a desert island, also what book and luxury item they would take with them.
Music is and always had an irreplaceable part in my life, whether that was listening to Stevie Wonder with my dad on a Sunday morning when I was a kid or listening to Slipknot in my school toilets while bunking off of PE to apply excessive amounts of eyeliner, music has always been something which I feel defines my life and the person that I am. Music has this magical power to take you back to a specific time, place or feeling, or to take you to an entirely new place or feeling and that is something which reflects a lot in the songs I've picked, a large number of my favourite songs are that because of memories that I have linked to that song . This took me SO LONG to write, I honestly thought 8 songs would be easy peasy but this blog post has been sat in my drafts since November because I kept changing my mind on songs; but heres the ones I settled on in the end!
1. My Hero - Foo Fighters
The Foos are a huge part of my life and my love for music. My dad used to listen to them when I was a kid and they've just kind of stuck with me throughout the rest of my life, I feel like as I've grown over the years they have always been there with me and I see their music as a bit of a comfort blanket - I can always fall back on their music to make me feel nostalgic and safe no matter what I'm feeling. I chose this song specifically because it has always been my favourite, I have a really distinct memory of when I first saw them at Reading fest in 2012, it was an amazing set in general but it felt so special to me and this song puts me right back in that field sobbing with how ever many thousand other Foo fans.
2. Shinrin-yoku - Enter Shikari
Shikari have been a huge part of my life since I first heard them in 2007 when Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour would be played on Karrang and Skuzz (RIP Skuzz, never forgotten). Since then they've become pretty much the backing soundtrack to my life, I listen to them every day without fail and have seen them live more times than I can be bothered to work out. This song specifically is one of their more recent songs but it hit me quite hard from the first time I heard it, I find the lyrics and the sounds through the song really calming and I listen to it a lot when I'm feeling extra panicky or anxious, it always brings me down to a more peaceful place.
3. Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros
I mentioned Sigur Ros in my post about my trip to Iceland, I first heard this song on an advert for the BBC - I remember it had a load of birds flying together, and I loved it. Sigur Ros are a really odd band, they sing entirely in Icelandic or Hopelandic which is essentially a made up language that Jonsi (the vocalist) sings to music before any vocals are added, he pretty much just uses his voice and an extra instrument. Their music is so ethereal and beautiful to me and the fact that their music was what inspired me to take such an important and character building trip means that their music will always hold a place in my heart, especially this song.
4. Faint - Linkin Park
Linkin Park are a band which I will carry with me forever, so I knew I had to pick one song from them Linkin Park was one of the first bands I ever saw live, they were the band that kick-started my everlasting love for live music, it was also one of my favourite things thats ever happened to me in my whole life. Me and my friend Jodie went to MK Bowl when they were playing with Jay Z to sit in the car part and listen, we bought a little picnic and everything, and after a few hours of watching us eat party rings and trying to jump high enough to see the stage, an amazing security guard called us over and let us in FOR FREE!!! It was a day that I want to remember forever and ever, it was my first taste of the power of live music and the effect it has had on my life has been immeasurable.
5. My Chemical Romance - Mama
I think I would be lying to myself if I didn't put an MCR song on here. I sound like the most typical 13 year old emo kid but My Chemical Romance were by my side throughout most of my early teenage years, a time when I think I was trying so hard to figure out who I am and MCR really helped me come into my identity, they taught me that it was okay to be weird and lonely and sad sometimes. They are such a special band to me and I really don't think they get the credit they deserve for how incredible some of their music is. No deep meaning behind the song choice, I just knew I needed one of their songs and this has always been my favey.
6. Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
This song is one of the very few songs that I can listen to and no matter what mood I'm in, it automatically makes me have a little boogie. I like to try to listen to this song almost every day to put myself in a good mood, I call this 'Lionel Time' and I honestly think more people should set aside some time in their day for 'Lionel Time'. I just think its physically impossible to listen to this song and not have a little dance and be put in a good mood.
7. The XX - Shelter
The XX have been one of my favourite bands for years but I only saw them live for the first time at Glasto 2017 and it was honestly life changing - sounds dramatic, I know, but It was amazing. In a sea of god-knows how many thousand people, I felt so calm and tranquil even though I was in the craziest place in the world. I remember when they played this song I had a moment of closing my eyes and feeling like I was just floating around to their music, now I think about it I probably had heatstroke but at the time I thought it was the music so I'm just going to stick to that.
8. Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Florence is probably one of my biggest idols when it comes to being a creative person, aside from the fact that she is probs one of the most talented singers that I've come across in my lifetime, it's her sheer being that constantly inspires me to cling onto my creativity and run with it. Her art is so true to herself and passionate and I think this song really shows her mannerisms perfectly, the video that I've used isn't the full song but the video to me is just as stunning as the full song. I also see her as my ultimate style icon, I've made SO many questionable fashion purchases in the past because "Florence would probably wear that" and I've ended up looking mental but kinda loving it.
Choosing a book is quite tricky for me as I really don't read much, however, I have a Mighty Boosh book which has a drawing of Ol' Gregg in that Noel Fielding drew for me which is one of my prized possessions, so I'd probably choose that as my book. My luxury item was a toss-up between soap and a tea making facility but I think my OCD would drive me loopy if I couldn't clean properly so I would have to go for soap.
I hope you enjoyed this little look into my musicy mind, I would love to hear what you would pick so please let me know! Honourable mentions go to every single Fall Out Boy song ever written and Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp which is one of my all time favourite songs that is also god awful.
Thanks for reading x