Desert Island Discs

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was the guest on Desert Island Discs this week. Although I never actually listened to the programme subsequent research showed him to have the reasonable (albeit mainstream) musical tastes of a man of a certain age.

The Specials – Gangsters. The Who – Love Reign O’er Me. Beethoven – Symphony No.9 in D Minor, the Choral Symphony. David Bowie – Five Years. Donna Summer – I Feel Love. Nick Cave – Into My Arms. The Clash – Police and Thieves. Hattie Longfield – You Never Know

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Nothing wrong with that. I mention this only as an excuse to publish the 8 songs chosen by Gordon Ramsey when he guested a few years ago. Scientists and Boffins in Geneva have proved that even with the use of an Amstrad Supercomputer it would be impossible to make a musical selection more mind-numbingly anodyne, insipid and middling than Mr Ramsey’s sad and desperate choice. They deduced the reason for the banality of Mr Ramsey’s tastes was because he actually has no interest in music what so ever. They went on to extrapolate that the cause of Gordon\’s antipathy was that up until now no-one has written a song about him. You can’t argue with science.

Caution, clicking ‘Read more…’ could cause distress to genuine music lovers.

The eight most meaningful songs of Gordon Ramsay\’s entire life are:


Coldplay – Yellow
Kim Wilde – Kids In America
Blondie – Sunday Girl
Tina Turner – Simply The Best
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Tom Jones and Mousse T – Sex Bomb
Travis – Sing

If Gordon could take just one record it would be Yellow by Coldplay.


Incidently Nigella Lawson chose:


The Archies – Sugar Sugar Performer
Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke Performer
Boney M – Daddy Cool 2001
The Mavericks – Dance the Night Away
Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
New Order – Blue Monday
Eminen – Cleaning out my Closet
Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl


Antonio Carluccio chose:


The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with Jill Washington – The theme from the film Il Postino

The opening of Vltava, from Smetana’s Ma Vlast, performer Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

The opening of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, performer Vladimir Ashkenazy

Es steht ein alter Nussbaum – There Stands an Old Nut Tree, performer Paul Horbiger

Part of the Overture to The Thieving Magpie, performer Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan

The Beatles – Yesterday
Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, performer Kirov Orchestra

St Petersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev, composer Sergei Prokofiev

The Finale to The Carnival of the Animals, performer London Sinfonietta, composer Saint-Saëns


Heston Blumenthal went for:

heston and ginger twat

Lili Boniche – Ana Fil Houb
Ennio Morricone – Man with the Harmonica
The Sunburst Band – Every Dub
Bobby Womack – Love has Finally Come at Last
Paco de Lucia – Entre Dos Aguas
Dr Rubberfunk – Harry the Guitar
Ilham Al Madfai – Chal Chal Alayea el Rumman
The Grand March, performer Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala conducted by Lorin Maazel, composer Verdi


…and finally Jme Oliver:


Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight (Chris Martin remix)


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