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Both the Boston Globe’s Mark Feeney, who wrote a very nice article about The Rock Snob*s Dictionary, and, the shrewdly run online indie record store, have solicited Desert Island Disc lists from the Rock Snob brain trust. We decided it would be more fun to submit two DID lists apiece: the first list being the Snob author’s honest list, reflecting his true, I-don’t-care-what-you-think choices of what he’d tote with him to that hypothetical desert island, and the second list being his “Snob credibility list,” the roster of ten albums he’d claim to be taking to impress other Rock Snobs. Here’s what Steven and David came up with:


1. Young Americans, David Bowie
2. Nils Lofgren, Nils Lofgren
3. The Harder They Come, original soundtrack
4. The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell
5. Parade, Prince
6. The Documentary, the Game
7. Funky Dory, Rachel Stevens (import only)
8. Ultimate Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton
9. J to Tha LO! The Remixes, Jennifer Lopez
10. Quadrophenia, the Who

1. Jobriath, Jobriath (reissue with liner notes by Morrissey)
2. Like Flies on Sherbet, Alex Chilton
3. Arkology, Lee “Scratch” Perry (box set)
4. Not the Tremblin’ Kind, Laura Cantrell
5. Inspiration Information, Shuggie Otis
6. When the Revolution Comes, the Last Poets
7. The Vogue Years, Francoise Hardy (import only)
8. More a Legend Than a Band, the Flatlanders
9. Mutantes Ao Vivo, Os Mutantes
10. Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, the Small Faces

1. Revolver, the Beatles
2. Imperial Bedroom, Elvis Costello & the Attractions
3. Unearthed, Johnny Cash (boxed set)
4. English Settlement, XTC
5. Warehouse: Songs & Stories, Husker Du
6. Circle in the Round, Miles Davis
7. The Soft Bulletin, the Flaming Lips
8. Quadrophenia, the Who
9. White Light/White Heat, the Velvet Underground
10. Al Green’s Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2, Al Green

1. Grievous Angel, Gram Parsons
2. Brian Jones Presents: The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka, the Master Musicians of Jajouka
3. The Bells, Lou Reed
4. Pacific Ocean Blue, Dennis Wilson
5. Young Loud & Snotty, the Dead Boys
6. I Don’t Know (What the World Is Coming To), Bobby Womack
7. Born to Be with You, Dion
8. Musings of a Creekdipper, Victoria Williams
9. Rough Mix, Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane
10. ( ), Sigur Ros

Perhaps our readers would also like to indulge in this Snobberific exercise. If so, write to us care of, give us both your honest and Snob-substitute DID lists, include your full name and hometown, and we’ll post some of our favorites.

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