DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Murray Acton
Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.
This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we find Canadian punk legend Murray Acton sat on the beach. The island is far from his home, so how did he end up here and how did he cope with life on Devil's Island?
Find out now...
Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.
So you're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
I would grab the Beatles white album. The Beatles were the first band I got into when I was a kid in the 60’s. The white album is one of the best albums ever made , and it’s a double album.
Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?
I’d put the cover of the white album on the wall, and use it for a note pad!
There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?
Oh I’d insist on Absinthe. If I’m going to be stuck here, might as well invite the green fairy along as well.
Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?
Oh that’s easy. I’d grab a pair of our womans G-string underwear. I would then fashion an old school sling out of them and use it to hunt for dinner.
You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?
Actually I think I’d prefer to be with the guys in my band. We’re chill. We don’t argue much. No whining. Unlike the members of a lot of other bands I’ve noticed.
There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?
Capitan Beefheart and his Magic band live at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver
You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?
I’d send the message to Sun Ra and tell him to come and rescue me in his flying saucer
You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?
It would obviously be our drummer Blind Marc. He’s pretty chubby, and pretty well a vegetarian. I’m fairly sure vegetarians taste better. Besides, the bass player Sketchy is a clown. Clowns don’t taste good.
Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?
Well that would be Frank Zappa. He was one of my biggest influences, and as a bonus, he’s already dead so we wouldn’t have to feed him.