Playlist: Jonathan Chase
Mon, 06 Jul 2009 08:20:09
Jonathan Chase can do it all.
In fact, on September 4th, you can catch the young actor in two very different fall flicks. Not only is he in the epic sci-fi Hellride Gamer, but he's also in Sandra Bullock's latest romantic comedy All About Steve.
About Gamer, he laughs, "It's definitely a guys' movie! It's just crazy! The script reads like a great movie and a video game mixed. You can't tell if you're playing or if you're watching it. I remember picking it up and being like, 'Holy shit, I want to be a part of this!'"
Chase's musical taste is just as eclectic as his performance style, and that's clear from one glance at his playlist. He continues, "I just pressed 'shuffle,' and this is where I landed. There are some surprises. I might blush a little bit [Laughs]."
In this exclusive feature for ARTISTdirect.com, he shared his playlist. Check it out below!
Jonathan Chase's Playlist:
1. The Rolling Stones — "Paint It Black"
You cannot go wrong with this! I grew up in Flushing, Queens, and my father always played the Stones and Jethro Tull. "Paint It Black" was my favorite song. It just puts you in a dark mood. It gets you pumped. The intro riff pulls you right in. These guys grew up in a totally different era. How many of us wish we could've grown up in that era and experienced things that those guys did? The Stones still perform with a zest for life. I still haven't seen them yet though.
2. Led Zeppelin — "The Misty Mountain Hop"
The first couple eight counts get right in your head, just like "Paint It Black." It paints a picture for you.
3. Outkast — "Atliens"
I'm a huge fan of Andre 3000 and Big Boi. They take every single musical style and combine them. I know every word to this rap, but I won't go through it [Laughs]. This song brings me back to high school. I was a white Jewish kid from suburbia going, "This makes me feel tougher!" [Laughs] I love Outkast. I saw their movie. I have every single album and every compilation they've ever done. I saw them live at the University of Florida. Andre's style is out of control. He was wearing big, baggy flared multi-colored clown pants with a shoulder strap on. They come from a different world! Nothing is like Outkast. They're my favorite rap group of all-time. They're unbelievable. Andre's a good actor too!
4. The Drifters — "Saturday Night At the Movies"
I'm a huge fan of MoTown, and this is maybe where it gets a little embarrassing for me. I like a lot of lyrics that get me to move or make me laugh. "Under the Boardwalk" is one of my favorite songs from The Drifters, but "Saturday Night At the Movies" is great. The Drifters are an unbelievable MoTown group. I love when people can harmonize—when all artists can come together and sound like one. It's amazing when they can create something from nothing. It's like a movie where thousands of people come together for one purpose. The Drifters only have a handful of songs, but what they did make was fun.
5. Louis Prima — "Banana Splits for My Baby"
I love Louie Prima! He and Keely Smith were hilarious together. Some of the stuff that they did was so sweet. Louie makes references to the food at the end, "Separate checks it must be, charge the split to her and the water to me." [Laughs] He's just laughing. A lot of it has the army trumpets and the sounds of the military. "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" is a great back-and-forth between them too. Louie Prima's music is so rich! His voice is distinct, and it makes you smile.
6. Simon & Garfunkel — "The Sound of Silence"
Paul Simon is an amazing writer! I saw Simon & Garfunkel live in South Florida, and they were unbelievable still. "Sound of Silence" puts you in a really peaceful mood.
7. Jurassic 5 — "Improvise"
I'm a huge fan of Jurassic 5! I caught a show in L.A. years ago. They pass the mic around like The Beastie Boys. Their lyric "We take five MCs and make them sound like one." They go back and forth and pass the mic around so much. It's not about them; it's about the music. They're a smooth group.
8. Billy Joel — "Lullaby"
I love every song he's ever done, "Lullaby" is one of my favorites because I lost someone years ago and that song embodies who they were. It's one of those songs that can bring me to tears in five seconds. That song is unbelievable. I always wanted to know who he was singing to. I imagine it's his daughter or his son. It's amazing.
9. A Tribe Called Quest — "Bonita Apple Bomb"
I had to throw this on there. I love Tribe. This song is about the hot chick you just can't get [Laughs]. They were an amazing group! They split, and each member still has a great career.