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Old 04-22-2008, 11:08 AM   #1
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Desert Island IV Album Game: Round 2, Match 2

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the second match of the second 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.

Our second match features phillyfan26 and Screwtape2. 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: phillyfan26

Left Looking For More

My playlist is a two disc, four sided concept album. The title is "Left Looking For More," describing the ultimate feelings of the unnamed main character by the end of the playlist. The first disc is titled "Electrically Numb," a title stolen from a song I wrote. Disc 2 is titled "Fall of a Dreamer," which indirectly refers to the first track of that disc.

My first and only request to the listener is to please not factor in the fact that it is shorter than the maximum time. Being a concept album more than anything, I did not want to add "filler" to meet these requirements if it meant destroying the concept and flow.

The main character is introduced in his mid-20s, after having already fallen into the world of drug use. The first disc displays how numb he can feel due to his habits, no matter what is happening around him. He witnesses some large events in his life during this time, and cannot properly react. After using some dirtier drugs downtown and getting ill, he swears off drugs for good. However, we pick up ten years later at age 35, and nothing has changed for him. He has now settled into a belief that his drug habits cannot be changed, despite attempts to help him from friends and family. He begins hallucinating, seeing a media controlled government, and becomes detached and disillusioned from his middle-class life as a husband and father. As the first disc ends, he remembers his youth, prior to his drug use, and begs for it to return.

In the second disc, the character has had an intervention in one of his visions, in which he believes the world can live in peace. He drops his drug habits cold turkey and begins to seek peace and harmony through other means. However, he abandons his job and family in order to search for a natural high to replace his drugs. He spends a while searching, and finds himself involved in a number of brief love affairs. None of those can replace the feeling of the drugs, however. After one of the love affairs ends poorly, he moves in with his sister and falls into alcoholism. After a brief period of total isolation, he finds his last refuge in religion. He devotes himself to working at a local church. However, he finds that the more he learns about religion, the more he realizes that his church is a corrupt body. He loses all faith that humanity has goodness, and then believes all humans are doomed to hell. He continually thinks over this mystery, and for a brief time believes that he himself is destined for heaven for "figuring out" the mystery. But his satisfaction ceases, and he slowly loses faith in any meaning for life. His last years fade, and he miserably realizes that he never accomplished anything and never found his desired inner peace. At his death, he is merely left looking for more.

DISC 1: Electrically Numb


David Bowie – "Station to Station" – Station to Station (10:12)
John Frusciante – "Carvel" – Shadows Collide With People (6:14)
The Beatles – "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (3:28)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Under the Bridge" – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (4:24)
Led Zeppelin – "Ten Years Gone" – Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Vol. 2 (6:32)
Streetlight Manifesto – "Down, Down, Down to Mehphisto's Café" – Somewhere in the Between (5:03)
The Who – "Won't Get Fooled Again" – Who's Next (8:32)


U2 – "Zooropa" – Zooropa (6:31)
The Police – "Synchronicity II" – Synchronicity (Remastered) (5:00)
The Killers – "When You Were Young" – Sam's Town (3:42)
Franz Ferdinand – "Come on Home" – Franz Ferdinand (Special Edition) (3:46)

Disc 1 Runtime: 63:24

DISC 2: Fall of a Dreamer


John Lennon – "Imagine" – Imagine (Remastered) (3:04)
JET – "Look What You've Done" – Get Born (3:50)
Paul McCartney – "Maybe I'm Amazed" – McCartney (Remastered) (3:53)
Elton John – "Tiny Dancer" – Elton John: The Greatest Hits of 1970-2002 (6:17)
Oasis – "Wonderwall" – (What's the Story?) Morning Glory (4:18)
Sting – "Desert Rose" – Brand New Day (4:45)


Billy Joel – "Captain Jack" – Piano Man (7:18)
Arcade Fire – "Intervention" – Neon Bible (4:19)
Bruce Springsteen – "Devil's Arcade" – Magic (5:20)
Bob Dylan – "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" – Biograph (2:32)
The Edge – "Rowena's Theme" – Captive – 3:56
Explosions in the Sky – "The Birth and Death of the Day" – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone – 7:49

Disc 2 Runtime: 57:21


Forum name: Screwtape2

The Romantic Warrior

With this tracklist I wanted to take everyone on another journey. I also wanted to leave more to the imagination. The story begins with a romantic warrior. A man deemed insane by the world whose romantic ideas are misunderstood. This man is forced to deal with an encroaching world and draws from within. We are all star stuff. The cosmos in him begins to expand and he shines like a falling star wandering the Earth. He searches the Earth looking for someone to give his love to. Everywhere he goes though he is seen as the alien. His words betray him. In looking out for so many people, he begins to collect pain and terror. He descends into the nightlife. There he accepts who and what he is. A war begins in him as to his beliefs. This is illustrated by Supper's Ready.

Beaten and broken from his inner conflict he rests upon a hillside. He looks to Jupiter and past that into Europa. He can see a reflection of Earth in the ice. Someone else is looking to Europa. Both observers feel the need to find the other. As the romantic warrior's body starts to fade away. He finds himself falling through the cosmos. There is no good and evil. There is only love. He loses consciousness. He awakes on the hillside. The plains are swaying and pointing him north. To the ice.

Sometime later we find our hero wandering through the Arctic Circle searching for the other watcher. He comes to a large open of ice. In the middle lies a woman. She is brushing the snow off the ice. He lays down next to her. They can feel the cosmos above and below them. Star stuff dances about the Arctic Circle. The ice below them reflects the stars. The moon, the sun, everything has a place. The two kiss. As they freeze, the two make a choice. Fade into the cosmos or together become something more. They turn away from the cosmos above and below them. They stare into the other's eyes. Here they create a rare element in the universe. A special energy found only on Earth. Two lovers into one. The truth is the meaning of life is in your eyes. The truth is there. In your eyes.

Disc One: The Romantic Warrior

1. Pink Floyd - "Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-5" - Echoes (17:32)
2. Porcupine Tree - "Moon Touches Your Shoulder" - The Sky Moves Sideways (5:40)
3. The Police - "Secret Journey" - Ghost In The Machine (3:33)
4. Sigur Ros - "Myrkur" - Von (6:14)
5. The Smiths - "Bigmouth Strikes Again" - The Queen Is Dead (3:14)
6. David Bowie - "The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (As Beauty)" - Outside (4:21)
7. U2 - "Lady With The Spinning Head [Extended Dance Mix]" - The Best Of 1990-2000 & B-Sides (6:08)
8. Queen - "Princes Of The Universe" - Platinum Collection (3:37)
9. Pure Reason Revolution - "Apprentice Of The Universe" - The Dark Third (3:59)
10. Genesis - "Supper's Ready" - Foxtrot (22:50)
Total Time: 1:17:08

Disc Two: The Arctic Circle

1. Tori Amos - "Hey Jupiter [Dakota Version]" - Hey Jupiter (6:05)
2. St. Vincent - "Apocalypse Song" - Marry Me (3:47)
3. Akira Ifukube - "Prayer For Peace" - Godzilla 50th Anniversary Soundtrack (2:48)
4. Clytus Gottwold - "Lux Aeterna" - 2001: A Space Odyssey Soundtrack (6:02)
5. The Cure - "Plainsong" - Disintegration (5:15)
6. Jurgen Knieper - "Urstromtal (The Glacial Valley)" - Wings Of Desire: Original Soundtrack (4:04)
7. The Edge - "Heroine" - Captive (4:27)
8. DeVotchKa - "This Place Is Haunted" - How It Ends (3:19)
9. Passengers - "Always Forever Now" - Original Soundtracks 1 (6:23)
10. Kate Bush - "Aerial" - Aerial (7:52)
11. Broken Social Scene - "Lover's Spit (Redux) - Beehives (7:33)
12. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - "Falling Slowly" - Once (4:04)
13. Todd Rundgren - "If I Have To Be Alone" - 2nd Wind (3:52)
14. Peter Gabriel - "In Your Eyes" - Secret World Live (11:34)
Total Time: 1:17:05

Tracklist Total Time: 2:34:13

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Old 04-22-2008, 11:13 AM   #2
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For this one I've got to go with Screwtape.

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Old 04-22-2008, 11:15 AM   #3
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Philly's has more songs that I like, but I think Screwtape's is more skillfully put together.
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Screwtape. His list is excellent this year.

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Old 04-22-2008, 11:37 AM   #5
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Pfan. He's damn good.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:09 PM   #6
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Much as I admire Screwtape2's list, it lost me a bit on side 2. So I'm going for pfan here.
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Even though I did like Pfan's a lot, Screwtape's was my clear favourite for this group so I have to give it my vote.
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Screwey for the win.
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Old 04-22-2008, 04:54 PM   #9
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Gonna have to go with Screwtape this time, great playlist.
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Good luck Pfan.
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Well, this was a tough one. I've already talked about pfan's previously. With Screwtape, Disc One was spectacular - one of the best parts of any playlist. But Disc Two was down there for me - while the presentation and flow were there, the songs weren't. I just couldn't get into some of them.

I'd rate both of these playlists about the same, but I think pfan gets the slight edge for me.
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Two of my favorites are against each other though, so it's not an easy decision. Both are excellently constructed and executed, but at the end of the day, I'd listen to P-funk's more.
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:48 AM   #13
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phillyfan's has a lot of songs I really like, but I gotta go with screwtape for the more unique song selection. it seemed like half of phillyfan's was a greatest hits list. I tend to lean towards lists that expose me to things I haven't heard before

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