Playlist: Efren Ramirez
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 07:21:18
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"Everything is on my playlist," chuckles a smirking Efren Ramirez. "Everything" may even be an understatement. The eclectic actor's musical palette is just as diverse as he is. From his show-stealing turn as Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite to his role as Venus in Crank: High Voltage, Efren remains an engaging and enigmatic screen presence.
However, he's popping out of the frame more than ever these days. Efren explains, "Anything that has to do with the arts changes. If you think you're old tricks are going to work, forget it. You have to be three steps ahead of everyone else."
Efren sat down with ARTISTdirect.com and opened up his iTunes. He shared his personal playlist and his playlist for Crank's Venus with us. He continues, "I always create a soundtrack for each character, and for Venus that soundtrack was crucial."
Check out Venus' and Efren's playlists below and be sure to see Crank : High Voltage in theaters on April 17!
1. Bronski Beat – "Why?"
"I listened to this a lot to get into Venus' head space."
2. Peter Shelley – "Homosapien"
"That's something Venus would totally listen to. He'd love all of that electro, new wave and '80s music. I'd listen to that song on the way to the studio when we were filming."
3. Devo – "Freedom of Choice"
4. Gary Numan
5. The Smiths
"Venus would definitely listen to The Smiths with Morrissey and, maybe, Bona Drag because it has 'The Last of the International Playboys.'
Efren Ramirez's Playlist:
"I love Nirvana! I made a techno remix of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' My friends got me Rock Band, and it took me awhile to connect it. Finally I connected it, and I had to sing 'Drain You.' I was trying to be Kurt Cobain [Laughs]. I tried doing Beastie Boys, and it didn't work. I was like, 'Forget It.' [Laughs]" 2. Jane's Addiction
3. Nine Inch Nails
5. Snoop Dogg
6. The Ying Yang Twins
7. Bubba Sparxxx
"Bubba Sparxxx is just Bubba Sparxxx! That's why I love him."
8. The Doors
10. The Beatles
11. The Eyecandy Twins
"They not only mix, but they create their own songs
12. Paul Van Dyk
13. DJ Irene
14. Kanye West
"People are knocking down Kanye West, but his new album, 808s & Heartbreak, is different."
15. Deep Dish
"He's a great artist!"
17. Danny Elfman – The Nightmare Before X-Mas