Desert Island Discs – By @aliceburden1
By Alice Burden
Desert Island Discs
A friend of mine once said that the truest marker of success is being invited onto Desert Island Discs. He said it proved that you were someone who’d made it. Another friend told me that you have to fake it til you make it.
So I, Alice Burden of Bromley, 28 years old and veeeeery successful *wink wink*, present my Desert Island Discs.
Lauren Laverne: Today’s guest is a very successful young woman, Alice Burden. I’ve been following Alice’s story for some time now. She has a lot of really successful successes under her belt: a 2:2 from the University of Edinburgh, 3 and a half years worth of experience in a call centre, performing stand-up comedy on the London open mic scene and an HND in Graphic Design*. Welcome, Alice, to Desert Island Discs, its an absolute pleasure to have you here.
Alice: Thank you, Lauren, for having me.
My first song is Graceland by Paul Simon. This song takes me way back, in fact it’s always been in my life. The story goes that my oldest sister refused to listen to any music other than Paul Simon when she was a toddler and so it became the Burden family anthem. It’s the only music that everyone in my family likes.
My second song is Teignmouth by Patrick Wolf. When I was about 14 I visited my sister in Nottingham and picked up Patrick Wolf’s Magic Position, just because I liked the cover. I listened and it just felt like I was looking into a mirror. He felt all the same things as me, and was true to himself and brave and amazing.
- Strange Mercy by St Vincent. When I was 23, I had a very difficult break-up with someone who’d treated me quite badly. A boy I fancied recommended St Vincent to me and I listened to her to impress him. Didn’t get the guy, but wow, I got St Vincent instead! She’s so enigmatic and creative. I love her.
- This Must be the Place by Talking Heads. If my boyfriend ever proposes to me, this is what I want played at our wedding. We watched the Stop Making Sense film together, which I highly recommend, on our first weekend away. I love this song, it’s so romantic but not soppy.
- The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. This album reminds me of my sister, its one of the only albums that she recommended that I actually liked. We saw Arcade Fire together at Glastonbury and they were incredible.
- Vroom Vroom by Charli XCX. Absolute BOP. I love how she went from promising pop princess to being true to herself and making music that she wanted to make and not doing what was expected of her. There’s nothing I respect more than honesty in the way people present themselves.
- Your Best American Girl by Mitski. No one can resist belting this absolute banger out at the top of their lungs. IT IS SIMPLY NOT POSSIBLE TO RESIST!
- Born this Way by Lady Gaga. I listen to this when I’m cleaning the flat. It makes me feel invincible. The dust can’t handle me when this song is playing.
Lauren: Ok, thats great and what’s your book and luxury item?
Alice: My book is a Room with a View by E.M. Forster. It’s a short one but I can read it and read it and read it. And that’s what I think is probably important for a desert island. Luxury item is obviously a very expensive French sunscreen in factor 50. I am pale AF Lauren, I am terrified of ageing, I need it.
Lauren: Well thank you Alice. That’s all we have time for today. I hope the listeners at home got an idea of what you’re about and didn’t find it too self indulgent. Goodbye.
*I did actually do quite well in this!