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READERS’ REAL/SNOB DESERT ISLAND DISCS

As promised, we’re posting some of the responses we got from readers who indulged in our exercise of making two Desert Island Disc lists—the first list being the albums that you’d honestly take to that desert island for your listening enjoyment, the second list being the albums that you’d claim to be taking to impress other Rock Snobs. This week’s lucky listees are Michael Gaucher of Baltimore, Maryland, Mendy Gladden of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Thomas Carpenter of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Hugs and tinnitus to all of you! (More readers’ lists to be posted next week.)

FOR MICHAEL GAUCHER
HONEST FAVORITES
Hard Again, Muddy Waters
Legalize It, Peter Tosh
Waylon Live, Waylon Jennings
Chocolate and Cheese, Ween
Hooker n’ Heat, John Lee Hooker
The Roxy, 1978, Bruce Springsteen (snobby, but only within Springsteen circles)
Capitol Collector’s Series, Louis Prima
American Recordings, Johnny Cash
Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, Frank Sinatra
Murder Ballads, Nick Cave

SNOB SUBSTITUTES
Shakin’ the Rafters, Alex Bradford and The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir
Buena Vista Social Club
Anthology of American Folk Music
The Blue Mask, Lou Reed
Tweez, Slint
Tago Mago, Can
Histoire de Melody Nelson, Serge Gainsbourg
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, the Kinks
Canticles of Ecstasy, Hildegard von Bingen
The Boatman’s Call, Nick Cave

FOR MENDY GLADDEN
HONEST FAVORITES
Let It Be, the Replacements
Murmur, R.E.M.
Doolittle, Pixies
Marquee Moon, Television
Oh Inverted World, the Shins
Girls Can Tell, Spoon
Feast of Wire, Calexico
Make Out, the Rosebuds
Goo, Sonic Youth
Cypress, Let’s Active

SNOB SUBSTITUTES
Crazy Rhythms, the Feelies (white vinyl edition)
Sleeps with the Fishes, Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook
The Whitey Album, Ciccone Youth
LCD Soundsystem, LCD Soundsystem
Space is the Place, Sun Ra
Mwng, Super Furry Animals
Fleetwood Mac in Chicago, Fleetwood Mac
Kick Out the Jams, the MC5
Metal Box, PiL
Halber Mensch, Einstürzende Neubauten

FOR THOMAS CARPENTER
HONEST FAVORITES
Blood On the Tracks, Bob Dylan
Gorillaz, Gorillaz
Do You Want More?!!!??!, the Roots
A Grand Don’t Come For Free, the Streets
Automatic for the People, R.E.M.
London Calling, the Clash
Rushmore, original soundtrack
Nimrod, Green Day
Repo Man, original soundtrack
Power In Numbers, Jurassic 5

SNOB SUBSTITUTES
Guided By Voices, Mag Earwhig!
Return of The Super Ape, Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters
Raw Power, Iggy and the Stooges
Another Green World, Brian Eno
Clouds Taste Metallic, the Flaming Lips
Kick Out The Jams, the MC5
Great White Wonder, Bob Dylan (bootleg)
The Specials, the Specials
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Pink Floyd
Bryter Layter, Nick Drake

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