Holy fishsticks, Batman! It’s been a long time since we’ve posted. Luckily that is about to change- starting with some awesome new (and old) music. Check in with us on Tuesdays and we’ll be posting playlists about everything from staff and client favorites to guilty pleasure songs. First up, our own Pat Sullivan answers some hard-hitting questions about the music that best defines him, from mixtapes to Space Jam. See what he had to say and listen to his playlist below!
Pat Sullivan with his muse, Michael McDonald.
Q: What approach did you take when making this playlist?
A: My musical interests are all over the place. My mood, the weather, and what activity I’m doing can inspire some really diverse song choices. I think if the music you listen to is one-sided, then you become a one-sided person. Embrace it all! So, for this playlist, I decided to take those different influences and organize them into sort of a timeline.
Q: What band would you say had the greatest formative impact on you? What was the first band to change your life?
A: HA! Can’t wait to get judged on this answer. It has to be Van Halen. I remember driving to my little league games with my dad when I was a kid. He would play Van Halen’s self titled in the car. I just couldn’t believe that the sounds I heard were from a guitar. It definitely sparked my interest in music and it’s great pump up music to kick some ass in teeball.
Q: What’s the worst thing on your iPod?
A: Oh god…It’s either OMC’s “How Bizarre” or rough recordings of my high school marching band’s halftime show. Every time my friends scroll through my iPod they make it their mission to find the most embarassing songs. You know what? It’s definitely the marching band stuff.
Q: Have you ever made a girl a mixtape? What was on it?
A: Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever made a mixtape for a girl. If I DID:
- Here’s Lookin’ At You Kid – The Gaslight Anthem
- Holocene – Bon Iver
- Stay With Me – Sam Smith
- The Girl – City and Colour
- I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner (I mean, you gotta end it on a classic)
Q: What is your personal least favorite song of all time?
A: We Built This City by Starship. It’s horrible. There’s also a home video of me playing air guitar to it when I was 4. It needs to be buried along with that song. (Writer’s note- we are currently working on uncovering this footage.)
Q: All time best movie soundtrack?
A: My favorite movie soundtrack, nay, AMERICA’S favorite movie soundtrack, is the 1996 classic…Space Jam.
Q: And finally, if you could make everyone in the world listen to one song, what would it be?
A: If I could make the whole world listen to one song it would be “Leave” by Glen Hansard from the movie “Once”. I saw him perform at Beacon Theater a few years back and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. He played that song without a mic and his voice still filled the theater. It was just him and a busted up acoustic guitar and it blew my mind.
Listen to Pat’s favorite songs below: