Starting Point kicked off with a song from panelist Christine Crier’s playlist. “Mustang Sally” was released in the 1960’s but made popular again in the 1990’s when it was on the soundtrack for “The Commitments,” a film about a soul band formed by a group of Dubliners.
Rep. Jim Cooper chose “When You Say Nothing at All” by Alison Krauss. The song was released in 1995 in tribute to its’ first performer, Keith Whitley, and the song shot to the top of the country single charts.
Brett O’Donnell played “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago, a song with some serious staying power. How do we know? It was released in 1970 and was a featured song in the Rock Band 3 game.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta chose Weezer’s “Island in the Sun.” The song found its way into pop culture and found itself as the theme song to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s 2001 movie “Holiday in the Sun.”
The Fray’s popular song “How to Save a Life” made an appearance on the show thanks to John Brabender. The song first gained popularity when it played during an episode of Grey’s Anatomy in 2006. Over time, the song would be played on many other shows, but was revisited by the Grey’s cast in a music episode last March. The song was incorporated into the storyline, and the characters sang along.
Regular panelist Will Cain played “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley. The song managed to get him a Grammy for the Best Male Rock Vocal performance in 1996. The award has been renamed to Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and wasn’t even given out in 2012.
Jim Talent requested “Take it Easy” by The Eagles for his playlist. The worldwide hit has a brought a lot of happiness to one town because of a little lyric that goes, “I’m a standing on a corner inWinslow,Arizona.” Winslow has put together a park in honor of the song, and included a sign that reads “Standin’ On the Corner,” now a popular spot for tourists to stop and take pictures.
Next up was Soledad’s choice, and it was “All Falls Down” by Kanye West. Originally, the song was supposed to sample Lauryn Hill’s song “Mystery of Iniquity” but West couldn’t get the legal clearance so Syleena Johnson sang bits of the song.
Brett O’Donnell played “Vertigo,” which won U2 three Grammy awards in 2005 and was ranked #64 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Best Songs of the Decade.
Pink Floyd’s classic “Another Brick in the Wall” played in the studio this morning. The three songs that make up Pink Floyd’s rock opera “The Wall” have been covered by a wide variety of artists. Metal band Korn released all three songs and hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa sampled an instrumental version with their hit “Gitty Up.”
Will Cain’s choice, Kenny Chesney’s “Beer in Mexico,” reached #1 on Billboard’s country songs chart, but only #61 on the Hot 100 when it was released in 2007.