The scenario: Monkeys have overtaken the planet, and you’re forced to flee to a deserted island where you’ll stay for the rest of your life. You’ll have all the amenities, a nice house, a full wait staff, and the mate of your choosing. (No cute monkeys, though)
The catch: You’re not able to listen to any new music for the rest of your life. But, you are allowed to bring five albums with you, and these are the only songs you’ll be able to hear.
The question: Which albums would you bring?
Things to consider before answering
1. You probably shouldn’t bring your five favorite albums. Why? Well, if you’re anything like me, your favorite albums might all belong to the same genre. In my case, three of the five are Wu-Tang records. And while I love Liquid Swords, Supreme Clientele, and Wu-Forever to death, if I can only listen to five albums for the rest of my life, do they really all need to have basically the exact same sound and function?
2. Try not to be too self-conscious when making these choices. I mean, if Bohemian Rhapsody is your all-time favorite song, don’t be scared to take A Night at the Opera with you. Nobody is going to judge you for loving Queen.
3. With that in mind, you actually probably shouldn’t choose an album just because it has your favorite song on it. I mean, if it’s going to be me and these five records for the rest of my life, I’d rather choose something with 13 songs I really like instead of two songs I love and the rest I can skip through.
Supreme Clientele (Ghostface Killah)
Still my choice for the best rap album ever made, it makes the cut because of Ghost’s energy and imagination and the fact that you can listen to it straight through without skipping any songs or skits.
Things Fall Apart (The Roots)
I know I just ignored my suggestion about including multiple choices from the same genre, but between the production, the guest spots, and even Ursula Rucker’s poem at the end, Things Fall Apart has so much stuff going on that I can’t not include it.
What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
Can never get tired listening to the greatest album ever made.
Jesus Christ Superstar (various artists)
I have a slight problem with this choice. Yes, the album is definitely making the cut — it’s totally awesome, the way it explores the relationship between Jesus and Judas is equally awesome, and it’s the only album where I know every word to every song — but I prefer the way the songs are sung in the movie version. I guess I’d find a way to work around that.
Kill Bill soundtracks (various artists)
Narrowly making the cut over the Goodfellas soundtrack, the Kill Bill soundtracks (I include them both because I consider volume 1 and 2 to be the same movie) are coming with me because, well, I loved the movie(s), I loved the music, I love movie soundtracks, and I’m a f*cking weirdo.
Anyway, people of VSB.com, you’ve heard from me. Which five albums would you choose to take with you? (And why?)