Couch Potato Pickings

On Watch tonight at 10pm

In this hilarious film, based on the bestelling book by Nick Hornby, record store owner Rob (John Cusack) and his co-workers Barry (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Louiso) make Top Five lists for pretty much every occasion in an attempt to make sense of their failed relationships and the world in general.

Here are just a few that come under discussion:

 – Top five records to play on a Monday morning

 – Top 5 Recording Artists

These are the five favourites of Rob’s high school girlfriend Penny Hardwick (Joelle Carter):

  1. Carly Simon
  2. Carole King
  3. James Taylor
  4. Cat Stevens
  5. Elton John

 – Top 5 Songs about Death

Leader of the Pack – The Shangri Las

Dead Man’s Curve – Jan & Dean

Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson

One Step Beyond – Madness

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot  

– Top 5 Dream Jobs

Journalist for Rolling Stone magazine, 1976 to 1979

Producer, Atlantic Records, 1964 to 1971

Any kind of musician, besides classical or rap

Film director, any kind except German or silent


 – Top 5 Most Memorable Break-Ups

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 – Top 5 Side One Track Ones

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 – Top 5 Things Rob Misses About Laura

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 – Top 5 Musical Crimes Perpetrated by Stevie Wonder in the ’80s and ’90s

I’m not by any means a music snob. I like what I like and don’t expect everyone else to share my taste, although most of my friends generally do. Nevertheless, creating lists is always great fun. Unfortunately, however, I’m staring at a Top 5 list of Things To Do by the end of the day, so I’m currently having to fight the urge to produce my versions for most of the music categories above.

However, I’m sure I can squeeze in time for one, so here goes:

The Top 5 records I would play on a Monday morning to bring a smile to my face and a spring to my foot are:

Nine to Five: Dolly Parton

Morning Train: Sheena Easton

Hi Fidelity: Kids From Fame

Ding-a-Dong: Teach-in

Flashdance – What a Feeling – Irene Cara