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Old 04-18-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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Desert Island IV Album Game: Round 1, Match 8

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the eighth and final match of the first round of the Interference Desert Island Game IV! The premise of this game is that all of the Interferencers have been stranded on a desert island and we can only take up to 160 minutes of music with us (either as a continuous iPod playlist or two 80 minute CDs or any other format of our choosing). The object is to see which forum member can fit the most musical goodness into these 160 minutes.

For every win, each player will receive three points. If there is a tie, each player gets two points. If a player loses a match but is within three votes of the winner, that player will earn a single point.

At the beginning of each round, I will include the updated standings. Remember, the top two from each group moves on to the quarterfinals.

And yet another close one for Match 6, as DaveC triumphed over major_panic by, you guessed it, three votes, for a final score of 9-6. major_panic still receives one point for being within three votes of the winner.

Our final match for Round 1 has LemonMelon squaring off against the defending champion, phanan. Below are their playlists.

If you don't know the songs, or wish to hear how each tracklisting flows, feel free to check out the Desert Island website.


Forum name: LemonMelon



The mid-life crisis is a topic that has been well-trodden within popular culture. Whether it be films like American Beauty or even in children's cartoons, age is always important issue. For some, aging is a horrifying experience, and for others it's simply taken in stride. In this playlist, the protagonist has pressed down the majority of these fears, but they pop up in a single night via a lengthy dream detailing his first summer after graduating high school; a period that is both giddy and terrifying. Starting out as a welcome shot of freedom from the daily grind he faces in his adult life, the dream gradually becomes more alienating and heartbreaking. Things turn around at the end when he gets his perspective straight, but not before learning some hard lessons that could have been easily avoided. Musically, the set is mammoth, featuring 44 songs of varying genres and time periods. These work together to tell the tale and create an atmosphere. It was a great task to put all of this together, so I hope you receive a ton of enjoyment out of it. Please refer to the programme and track listing below to help you more closely follow the plot.

(Track 1) Act 1: Dawn begins silently following an evening of celebratory debauchery. He is asleep, she is awake, watching the sun rise. High school has ended, and they will soon be completely on their own, with summer pressing in. Will it be spent fortifying their futures, or in more frivolous ways? She decides the former, and he is ambivalent. She gets up and walks away, out of his life, without his knowledge. It will be a rough morning.

(Track 2) Act 2: He awakes, and finds her gone. He is numb at the moment, but it will sink in shortly.

(Tracks 3-4) Act 3: As the song playing in his head fades, he quickly decides to continue on rather than to examine the cause of his sorrow any further. He goes out to run some errands on a beautiful summer day, which makes this easy, but he still remembers the good times on the way.

(Tracks 5-8) Act 4: During his time out, he finds someone new. His pain is masked even further, and he continues on with his week as if nothing happened.

(Tracks 9-10) Act 5: They date for a short time, only to end in a depressing breakup.

(Tracks 11-16) Act 6: He is strong, however, and his friends rally around him to make this time easier.

(Tracks 17-18) Act 7: The sadness is now gone. He begins looking for love once more, but cautiously, refusing to settle down for any length of time. He can finally live…or so he thinks.

(Tracks 19-20) Act 8: He goes on his usual summer vacation, forgetting all of his problems.

(Tracks 21-23) Act 9: He falls in love while there, but it all ends too soon.

(Tracks 24-29) Act 10: When he arrives back home, he finds summer is drawing to a close faster than he expected, and responsibility will soon be no longer optional. He is alone, and his friends are now nowhere to be found. He reflects on this, and grows sadder and more self-destructive.

(Tracks 30-32) Act 11: But, in his moment of deepest sadness, he meets a woman that changes his life. He is in love once more, but he has changed; no longer will he take for granted what has fallen in his lap.

(Tracks 33-40) Act 12: He finds out that they are going to different schools, and will soon be separated. However, instead of letting this get him down, he elects to grin and bear it, looking for the silver lining.

(Tracks 41-43) Act 13: After much reflection, he finally is at peace with the situation. It is now autumn, and it is time for him to move on with his life.

(Track 44) Act 14: He wakes up and finds it was all a dream. It is winter, hardly the summer paradise he remembers from his youth, which he still pines for, as evidenced by the dream he just had, but it was a necessary bit of catharsis, and he now appreciates what he has more than ever.


1. The Moody Blues – “Dawn: Dawn Is A Feeling” – Days Of Future Passed (3:49)
2. The Magic Numbers – “Mornings Eleven” – The Magic Numbers (5:32)
3. Prince – “Play In The Sunshine” – Sign O The Times (5:05)
4. XTC – “Grass” – Skylarking (3:06)
5. The Flaming Lips – “Buggin” – The Soft Bulletin (3:16)
6. The Velvet Underground – “Sweet Jane” – Loaded: Fully Loaded Edition (4:07)
7. Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl” – Blowin’ Your Mind (3:03)
8. Supergrass – “Alright” – Supergrass Is 10: Best Of 1994-2004 (3:03)
9. Sly And The Family Stone – “Hot Fun In The Summertime” – The Essential Sly And The Family Stone (2:37)
10. Jimi Hendrix – “Wait Until Tomorrow” – Axis: Bold As Love (3:01)
11. Neil Young – “Cinnamon Girl” – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (3:00)
12. Donovan – “Season Of The Witch” – Troubadour: The Definitive Collection, 1964-1976 (4:54)
13. The Smiths – “Cemetry Gates” – The Queen Is Dead (2:39)
14. Beck – “Jack-Ass” – Odelay (4:01)
15. The Shins – “One By One All Day” – Oh, Inverted World (4:08)
16. Led Zeppelin – “Dancing Days” – Houses Of The Holy (3:42)
17. Paul McCartney – “That Would Be Something” – McCartney (2:37)
18. De La Soul – “Eye Know” – 3 Feet High And Rising (4:12)
19. Weezer – “Surf Wax America” – Weezer (1994) (3:06)
20. The Streets – “Fit But You Know It” – A Grand Don’t Come For Free (4:10)
21. Stevie Wonder – “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” – Innervisions (4:45)
22. The Pixies – “Here Comes Your Man” – Wave Of Mutilation: Best Of Pixies (3:21)
23. The Zombies – “Time Of The Season” – Odessey And Oracle (3:31)
24. R.E.M. – “Country Feedback” – Out Of Time (4:05)
25. U2 – “Staring At The Sun” – Pop (4:36)
26. Pink Floyd – “Summer ‘68” – Atom Heart Mother (5:29)
27. Mason Williams – “Classical Gas” – The Mason Williams Phonograph Record (3:03)
28. Love – “Alone Again Or” – Forever Changes (3:14)
29. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit” – Hits (2:31)
30. Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline” – Gold (3:18)
31. Spoon – “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” – GaGaGaGaGa (3:08)
32. The Beach Boys – “All Summer Long” – The Greatest Hits Vol. 2: 20 More Good Vibrations (2:05)
33. Blur - “Badhead” - Parklife (3:25)
34. Radiohead - “All I Need” - In Rainbows (3:47)
35. No Doubt - “Simple Kind Of Life” - Return Of Saturn (4:16)
36. Bob Dylan - “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” - Blood On The Tracks (2:52)
37. The Kinks – “Big Sky” – Village Green Preservation Society (2:52)
38. The Beatles – “Rain” – Past Masters, Vol. II (3:01)
39. The Rolling Stones - "Love In Vain" - Let It Bleed (4:19)
40. The Who – “Love Ain’t For Keeping” – Who’s Next (2:10)
41. Oasis – “Who Feels Love?” – Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants (5:43)
42. Pulp – “The Trees” – We Love Life (4:47)
43. Al Stewart – “End Of The Day” – Time Passages (3:09)
44. The Mamas & The Papas – “California Dreamin” – Gold (2:39)

Total time: 159:31


Forum name: phanan

I have nothing to say. I don't want to say anything at all. I just want to listen to the sounds that I hear. These comforting sounds...



The Sounds That I Hear

1. Queen – “Innuendo” – Innuendo (6:28)
2. Muse – “New Born” – Origin Of Symmetry (6:02)
3. Porcupine Tree – “Piano Lessons” – Stupid Dream (4:25)
4. Semisonic – “If I Run” – Across The Great Divide (4:17)
5. U2 – “The Fly” – Achtung Baby (4:29)
6. My Bloody Valentine – “Only Shallow” – Loveless (4:20)
7. Prince – “The Cross” – Sign ‘O’ The Times (4:45)
8. God Is An Astronaut – “Sunrise In Aries” – Far From Refuge (3:52)
9. The National – “Mistaken For Strangers” – Boxer (3:31)
10. Band Of Horses – “The Funeral” – Everything All The Time (5:22)
11. Midnight Oil – “The Dead Heart” – Diesel And Dust (5:11)
12. R.E.M. – “Cuyahoga” – Life’s Rich Pageant (3:42)
13. The Delays – “Long Time Coming” – Faded Seaside Glamour (3:57)
14. Mojave 3 – “Big Star Baby” – Puzzles Like You (4:30)
15. Sigur Rós – Hippopolla – Takk (4:28)
16. Airbag – “Sounds That I Hear (Parts I & II)” – Sounds That I Hear (9:42)



Comforting Sounds

1. Chemical Brothers – “Block Rockin’ Beats” – Dig Your Own Hole (5:00)
2. Battles – “Atlas” – Mirrored (7:07)
3. Depeche Mode – “It’s No Good” – Ultra (5:59)
4. New Order – “Age Of Consent” – Power, Corruption, & Lies (5:14)
5. Ultravox – “Vienna” – Vienna (4:40)
6. Electric Skychurch – “Creation” – Knowoneness (5:09)
7. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends” – Sound Of Silver (7:37)
8. Bruce Springsteen – “Missing” – The Essential Bruce Springsteen (5:04)
9. Stevie Wonder – “Higher Ground” – Innervisions (3:42)
10. Tracy Chapman – “Across The Lines” – Tracy Chapman (3:24)
11. 10,000 Maniacs – “What’s The Matter Here?” – In My Tribe (4:51)
12. Aimee Mann – “Stupid Thing” – Whatever (4:27)
13. Blur – “To The End” – Parklife (3:51)
14. Eluvium – “Prelude For Time Feelers” – Copia (5:48)
15. Mew – “Comforting Sounds” – Frengers (8:53)

Total time: 159:54



UP NEXT: Round 2



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Old 04-18-2008, 02:04 PM   #2
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Best of luck, Phanan. Group 4 FTW
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I anticipate getting killed here, but we'll see. Good luck...
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I anticipate getting killed here, but we'll see. Good luck...
There haven't been any matches so far that could be classified as a murder. This will be close.
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Damn, these are both hot playlists. I'll have to have another listen to both of 'em before I make up my mind.
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I forgot to mention that Khan requested I manually add her vote to the totals, as she is away this weekend.

For this match, Khan's vote goes to phanan. Please keep in mind that one extra vote will be added to phanan's tally.
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I forgot to mention that Khan requested I manually add her vote to the totals, as she is away this weekend.

For this match, Khan's vote goes to phanan. Please keep in mind that one extra vote will be added to phanan's tally.
Shenanigans!!

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I already know I'm down 3-1 right now, with Khan, Axver, and Phanan's votes yet to come, so discount my currently large lead of 100%.
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Shenanigans!!



Seriously, if any newcomers are questioning this, it's something we've allowed in the past.

So Dave, if we don't finish this before you leave, you can send me your votes depending on where we are at the time.
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ElMel's just squeaked this one out for me. These two playlists were so even for me. His just had a bit more consistency to it.
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Another note - the next round will begin on Monday, in case people still need to listen to a few more playlists. We have four who haven't competed yet.
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I'm currently listening to Phanan's playlist and will vote after I finish, but I did like LemonMelon's list a good bit.
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Gahh these were both really good playlists

However I have to go with phanan on this one...the first list especially is great. I'll have to check out more My Bloody Valentine and The National. I wasn't as much of a fan of the second half, but some of the songs were really exceptional. i love battles!

this was a tough choice though, LM certainly put together a solid list
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I don't care if I'm losing, I just want there to be more than 5 votes on this. A 20-2 drumming would at least look good for the tournament.
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I'll listen to Phanan's playlist later tonight and will vote as soon as I'm done.
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