Friday, 27 May 2011
That Is My Age: Desert Island Discs
Next year, Desert Island Discs will be 70-years-old. The BBC radio programme started life in a bomb-damaged London studio during the Second World War, with broadcast journalist Roy Plomley, who went on to present the show for 43 years.
This week's Castaway was Debbie Harry. The 65-year-old star doesn't usually give much away in interviews but once the lovely Kirsty Young, 42, endearingly admitted that she, 'Probably wasted a good 10 years wanting to be Debbie Harry,' the mood was quite relaxed. When asked how she felt about ageing, Harry remarked that, 'It's unfortunate women's calling cards are based on looks,' and how she, 'Tries her best. Exercises like a fiend and eats healthily - all those things that recovering drug addicts do.'
I realise it's not very hip to get excited over the BBC's new online archive but I love looking at who chose what. By entering the name of a band, a track or a Castaway, it's possible to click through the data and look at all the different choices. So, Jarvis Cocker likes Joy Division's, Transmission and Lieutenant Pigeon's Mouldy Old Dough, Rachel Whiteread loves Nick Cave and PJ Harvey and Lynne Barber chose Common People by Pulp. And I've listened to the Grayson Perry and Mary Portas shows, again!
For Mr That's Not My Age's birthday weekend, I have a real treat in store. We'll be nominating our very own Desert Island Discs online. Though I'm slightly alarmed to find that the only person to share our musical taste is Boris Johnson. His Castaway selection included The Clash's Pressure Drop and Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones. Desert Island Discs. Hours of fun. Mid-life doesn't get much better than this.
What's on your list? Nominate your own Desert Island Discs by clicking here. Nominations close on Friday 3 June.