STARTING POINT PLAYLIST FOR 5/24/12
Today’s Starting Point playlist kicked off with “Rebellion (Lies)” by Arcade Fire, a pick from panelist Margaret Hoover. The song was highly acclaimed, and is the band’s most successful release to date in the UK, charting in the Top 20.
Margaret also picked Elvis Costello’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and Lyle Lovett’s “I’ve Been To Memphis.” The song is from Lovett’s 1992 album Joshua Judges Ruth, which skyrocketed to popularity after Lovett began dating actress Julia Roberts.
The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza was an SP panelist this morning and brought along a couple of greats: “Bye, Bye Baby” by Janis Joplin and Sonic Youth’s “Silver Rocket,” which Rolling Stone included in their list of the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time.
Joel Stein, TIME columnist and the author of the new book Man Made: A Stupid Quest For Masculinity stopped by our show this morning and picked a couple of songs for our playlist: Pearl Jam’s “Better Man” and “Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)” by Eels, who are likely best known for their 1997 Modern Rock hit “Novocaine for the Soul.”
Per usual, panelist Will Cain picked a bunch of classics for our SP playlist. Up first was Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”,
Christine Romans picked “Blister in the Sun,” a track from the Violent Femmes’ debut album, which has been heard in many films and TV shows. “I love Midwest bands,” Christine said of the Femmes, who hail from Wisconsin. “This song always reminds me of when I was a kid.”
Economist Grover Norquist appeared via satellite from Washington, D.C. and picked “Green Onions” by Booker T and the MG’s. The R&B band will celebrate fifty years together this summer.
Also heard on today’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien: “Fidelity,” singer Regina Spektor’s biggest hit to date.