Desert Island Discs & Pics
Stranded on a desert island, what art would you long to see and music to hear? We asked artist Cathy Lomax and chanteuse Dominique Noiret to cast adrift
Desert Island Discs
- Baby Lets Play House - Elvis Presley
Elvis is always my number 1 and I could easily make an Elvis top 50. This is from the '56 Sun Sessions and its raw passion is awesome
- Venus in Furs - The Velvet Underground
A shiny, shiny S&M classic, all atmospheric whiplash. It encapsulates the atmosphere of Factory era New York
- Playground Twist - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Siouxsie is a style icon, everything she does in infused with a dark cool. Eerie children's screams and swirling guitars - chilling.
- Heard it Through the Grapevine - The Slits
'Marvin Create it Slits Rate it' - The Slits were naughty girls, here they are at their anarchistic, rhythm soaked best
- Hunted - The Passions
Pure, simple, home-made, magical, reggae influenced pop it typifies something good about the eighties. 'Survival is hard in the city, show me the place where no people go...'
- Eton Rifles - The Jam
Paul Weller's lyrics are genius, this is the only song I know which has the word catalyst in it and it makes me think of Lindsay Anderson's film 'If', a bit of rebellion is always good for the soul.
- Lithium - Nirvana
Kurt Cobain was a god, he is effortless and moving.
- Big Exit - PJ Harvey
The whole of Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea was great and it is more accessible than a lot of her other material. Polly has so much power for a skinny woman and her songs are truly heartfelt.
- Time For Heroes - The Libertines
Remember when Pete and Karl were going to take over the world? This is that moment.
- Hares on the Mountain - Shirley Collins and Davy Graham
Shirley Collins has the most beautiful pure voice and the recordings she made with Davy Graham have just his minimal guitar accompaniment, which makes her voice sound even better. This is my favourite ever English folk record. Shirley represents a whole bunch of female voices which I can't fit into this list like Karen Carpenter, Kate Bush and Bjork.
Cathy Lomax is a painter living and working in London. She is the director of Transition Gallery in East London and the editor of two magazines Arty and Garageland. Of her work, she writes: My practice involves taking a wry look at the romance of popular culture. My underlying concerns being escapism, wish fulfilment and the mythology of fame. Embedded beneath these are questions about differences between the public and private self, which are manifested in a dark depiction of everyday life, and a wistful longing for an impossibly romantic reality.
Often inspired by events from popular culture, my work centres on bodies of painting or 'stories' that may be combined with other elements to create a kind of narrative, scatter aesthetic.
Desert Island Pics
She Said's frontwoman Dominique Noiret reveals which images would come to mind if lost in a world without art
- Kathe Kollwitz - 'Memorial Sheet to Karl Liebknecht' 1919 (woodcut)
The community have come together to mourn Karl Liebknecht. Here we see Kollowitz's preoccupation with the common people, she connects with them. (In this particular piece she counts on the woodcut format to be accessible to her viewers who would grasp the concept of Christ's' martyrdom)
- Toulouse-Lautrec - 'Moulin Rouge - La Goulue, 1891' (poster)
La Goulue performs the scandalous chahut (can can) with her loose-limbed partner Valentin Le Desosse (the boneless). It's colourful, passionate and a little creepy.
- Salvador Dali - 'Saint Elena of Port Lligat' (oil painting)
Saint Elena is down by the waters edge and is surrounded by storm clouds, she holds a crucifix in her right hand and the bible in the other. She seems to be either praying or warding off evil spirits. The painting looks unfinished and is rare.
- Frida Kahlo - 'Self-Portrait with Braid' 1941 (painting)
'Look if I loved you, it was for your hair. Now that you are bald, I don't love you anymore.' Reads an inscription from a popular song on one of Kahlo's best-known works, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940. Self-Portrait with Braid was painted in the following year with her re-marriage to husband Diego (after his affair with Frieda's sister which had begun in 1934). In the painting she has apparently reattached the tresses of her hair with ribbons on her head implying restoration.
- Nan Goldin - 'Sun Hits the Road, Shandaken, NY' 1983 (cibachrome print from The Ballad of Sexual Dependency)
Sometimes it's hard to explain why you like an image or why it has influenced you. With this particular picture it just reminds me of memories but I couldn't say why.
- Weegee - 'Their First Murder' (photograph)
I love this image for the wild-eyed excitement and curiosity in the faces of the residents in this district of New York all trying to get a glimpse of a murder scene.
- David Lynch - Twin Peaks series 1
Originally a TV series of a detective sent to a sleepy mountain town where he tries to solve the murder case of Laura Palmer. Great dark humour with unforgettable characters.
- Alfred Hitchcock - Psycho
Suspense to the max. Chilling and exciting. Great soundtrack.
- Jim Jarmusch - Deadman
This is the story of an accountant from Cleveland (played by Johnny Depp) who finds himself an outlaw on the run with an Indian called Nobody (Powwow Highway) who feels equally displaced and becomes Johnny Depps spiritual guide. Jarmusch just has an eye for the mundane and coupled with the stark soundtrack played by Neil Young on guitar it makes for an eerie but funny watch.
- Tim Burton - Sleepy Hollow
The legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of America's best-known folk tales. The story of meek schoolteacher Ichabod Crane, who is haunted by a mysterious headless horseman, is a staple of American literature. Tim Burton's 1999 film, "Sleepy Hollow," is a retelling of the classic legend with a revisionist's takes on the character of Ichabod, now Constable Crane, a squeamish detective out to prove his theories on forensics in a town living in fear of a mysterious force that goes around randomly beheading its victims... right up my street!
She Said! are three mysterious Brighton men playing a stylised country music that veers from mariachi to rockabilly and back again, drawing on a sparse Hammond organ and fluent double bass to back up songwriter Dominique Noiret. There's a lot of stark beauty at the heart of She Said! It mostly emanates from Noiret: you won't have heard an equal to her voice since the days of Jefferson Airplane. It's chilling in its intensity. It has its own aura. It's a voice that doesn't belong to the present day, but to a time when singers were characters, when folk like Johnny Cash and Edith Piaf trod the boards: stylish and seductive and sensuous and not a little menacing.(Everett True)