Thursday, November 12, 2009

Here's a rivolous pre-MFF topic

Most of us would have our music collections filed alphabetically. If there was a fire and you could save one letter's worth, which letter would it be and why?
The letter B?Comic by Abstruse Goose


tincanman said...

oh and thanks fro the dinner invites, but it's rude to post during a meal and I'm tongue-tied offline.

ToffeeBoy said...

I'm going to change the question slightly to fit the answer that I want to give. Because I can.

So I'm answering the question from an iTunes point of view, where solo artists are listed by their first names instead of their surnames. And I'm imagining a virus which wipes out all of my music apart from everything starting with the letter 'D' - this would preserve all of the following:

Dakota Suite
Danny Wilson
De La Soul
Deacon Blue
Dean Friedman
Death Cab For Cutie
The Decemberists
Del Amitri
The Dentists
Dexter Gordon
Dexys Midnight Runners
The Divine Comedy
Donald Fagen
Durutti Column

'B' would come a close second.

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steenbeck said...

Ha! I don't have my CDs organized at all, let alone alphabetically, and I'm way too indecisive to pick one letter. Plus I'm in that strange not-so-good mood when I can't decide what I want to listen to.

Makinavaja said...

It'd have to be S for me. The stranglers (a passion), The Smiths (likewise, Joaquin Sabina, and a very long etcetera. I'd need a jolly big cardboard box to put them all in, though.
Steen - can't decide what to listen to?. Time for Malcom's cd, then. I'll try to have it in the box tomorrow!

saneshane said...


gives me everything that starts with 'the'.... (Pixies will have to be wrongly filled)

TatankaYotanka said...


Hatfields, Henry Cow, and enough Peter Hammill to fill a wheelbarrow ... or should that be a Handcart?

gordonimmel said...



It's got (the) Doors and Deep Purple in it, innit!

ToffeeBoy said...

@ gordonimmel - AND Dean Friedman!

treefrogdemon said...

I'm going to have to sacrifice RT and go for B: then I get Bob, Bruce and the Band, if shane'll let me.

DarceysDad said...

I take it tinny's letter F has already jumped out of the thread header so that it can _lee the _urious _lames of the _igurative _ire!!

DarceysDad said...

Good to see Dakota Suite in ToffeeBoy's singed hands!

Do I need to amend the last line of my profile on the Marconium now, TB?

Shoegazer said...

I'll have a P please, Bob.

DarceysDad said...

Hmmm ... depending on how bad the fire is, I may panic and grab A because of the immediate hits of AC/DC, Aereogramme and Alabama3.

B tempts with all the Blacks & Blues contained therein.

C runs the gamut of my musical taste from Calexico and Cowboy Junkies to Creed and Centro-Matic.

D is small but with a pair of aces up its sleeve in Dakota Suite and Drive-By Truckers.

I'm tempted to cheat and grab E for External Hard Drive ...

No, it would probably be either L (Led Zep, Little Feat, Low, Lyle Lovett, Live, Living Colour, Lone Justice, Lynyrd Skynyrd and lots more); or

T for Talk Talk, Thunder, Thin Lizzy, Twilight Singers, and all the artists I can cheat by claiming The...

Shoegazer said...

Using Carole's trick, I can store everything under one letter in the i-Tunes sort field, keep the original names & my entire collection. Ha ha!

gordonimmel said...

@ToffeeBoy, er, but I don't have any Dean Friedman (might consider it one day, mind you) and if I did it would be under 'F'. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. I've got (alphabeticalimization) standards to keep up, you know.

lambretinha said...

A list is up

bethnoir said...

Torn between C (Cure, Cult, Mr Cave) and S (Siouxsie, Sisters, Sneaker Pimps), I don't want to imagine losing my CD collection though, it makes me sad :-(

mototom said...

I have my records, more or less, in the order I've played them. I'd grab a handfull from the front I suppose and hope my James Tatun was in there.

Abahachi said...

Haven't posted on here before because, as a beekeeper, I was too busy feeling offended by the cartoon.

M: on the mp3 player principle, this gives me Miles Davis, Motorhead, Mogwai, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Manuel Goettsching and Massive Attack, which at least offers some variety.

TracyK said...

B! Belle and Sebastian, Ballboy, Blur, Bluetones, Belly, Beat band, Lou Barlow, BooRadleys, Billy Bragg, Kate Bush, Black Box Recorder, Bjork, Bright Eyes! Noooo!