My Lefty Desert Island Discs

I was at Bolton Socialist Club the other night for a live audience version of their Lefty Desert Island Discs.

I picked out 8 songs as their island castaway.

So here they are.

San Quentin – Johnny Cash

Which Side Are You On – Billy Bragg

Talking Bout A Revolution – Tracy Chapman

Song Of The Old Communist – Leon Rosselson

Working Class Hero – John Lennon

Common People – Pulp

The Ballad of Accounting – Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

It was so hard to restrict it to just 8 songs. But what do you think?


  1. Robin Clague - November 4, 2018 @ 12:38 pm

    Hi Alun,
    Interesting great choices. I thought you might have had a Tom Robinson track, Power in the Darkness awakened my left wing politics in the 70s. Saw him at the Empire and it ended in nearly a riot.

  2. bill ball - November 4, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

    My 8.

    1. Legal/Illegal – Ewan McColl
    2. Revolution – The Beatles
    3. The World Turned Upside Down – Dick Gaughan
    4. Tolpuddle Man – Graham Moore
    5. The Internationale – Sung by your good self – Not that terrible Billy Bragg version
    6. The Banks Are Made of Marble – Pete Seeger
    7. This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
    8. Gonna Be An Engineer – Peggy Seeger

    My book would be Cwmardy by Lewis Jones.

    My one choice record would be Tolpuddle Man

    All choices are subject to constant change

  3. Joan Pritchard-Jones - November 4, 2018 @ 8:31 pm

    Hi All
    I was there it was such a good night and in-between each song we got to ask questions and debate, which made it very interesting and entertaining.
    Thank you so much for honouring us with your presence

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