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06-11-10 Footnotes
Show 237: Rock & Broadway with Chris Jones, The Best of 2010 (So Far)

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1 In anticipation of this weekend¹s Tony Awards, Jim and Greg invite Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones to join them on the show. Jones has been watching the trend of intersecting rock and theater for years, and this year it seems to have come to an apex. All four of the nominees for Best Musical have rock roots: American Idiot, which features music by Green Day, Million Dollar Quartet, which is inspired by the famed recording session featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Fela!, which is based on the music of African musician Fela Kuti, and Memphis, which tells the story of a rock DJ in Memphis in the 1950s. As Chris Jones explains, much of this trend is the result of economic interests—a new generation of theatergoers raised on rock and roll are now willing to pay big bucks for Broadway shows. He also credits shows like Spring Awakening for helping to bend the old musical rules. To Jim and Greg’s surprise, Chris enthusiastically recommends American Idiot and doesn’t think the band’s fans will be put off.

2 As the year hits its midway mark, Jim and Greg take stock of their favorite record releases and name The Best Albums of 2010…So Far.

LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
Gorillaz, Plastic Beach
Broken Bells, S/T
Yeasayer, Odd Blood

V.V. Brown, Traveling Like the Light
Dessa, A Badly Broken Code
The Besnard Lakes, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid

Songs Featured in Show #237
The Drifters, “On Broadway,” The Drifters, 1964
Original Broadway Cast, “Don’t Do Sadness,” Spring Awakening [Original Cast Recording], Decca, 2006
Original Broadway Cast, “American Idiot,” American Idiot [Original Broadway Cast], 2010
Original Broadway Cast, “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” American Idiot [Original Broadway Cast], 2010
Donnie Kehr, Christian Hoff,Anthony Barrile, “Pinball Wizard,” The Who's Tommy: Original Cast Recording, 1993
Original Broadway Cast, “Sherry,” Jersey Boys [Original Broadway Cast Recording], 2005
Original Cast, “Water No Get Enemy,” Fela! Original Cast Recording, 2010
Original Cast, “Great Balls of Fire,” The Million Dollar Quartet Original Cast Recording, 2010
Original Broadway Cast, “Seasons of Love,” Rent [Original Broadway Cast Recording], Dreamworks, 1996
Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin',” The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964
Original Broadway Cast, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” Jersey Boys [Original Broadway Cast Recording], Rhino, 2005
Grateful Dead, “Operator,” American Beauty, Warner Bros, 1970
Neil Young, “We R In Control,” Trans, 1983
Bettye LaVette, "Wish You Were Here," Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, Anti, 2010
Phish, “Free,” Billy Breathes, Elektra, 1996
LCD Soundsystem, "One Touch," This Is Happening, Virgin, 2010
LCD Soundsystem, "You Wanted A Hit," This Is Happening, Virgin, 2010
VV Brown, "Crying Blood," Traveling Like the Light, Island Records, 2009
Gorillaz, "Some Kind of Nature," Plastic Beach, EMI Records, 2010
Dessa, "Dixon's Girl," A Badly Broken Code, Doomtree Records, 2010
Flying Lotus, "And The World Laughs With You," Cosmogramma, Warp, 2010
Broken Bells, "Your Head Is On Fire," Broken Bells, Columbia, 2010
The Besnard Lakes, "Glass Printer," The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, Jagjaguwar, 2010
Yeasayer, "One Touch," Odd Blood, Secretly Canadian, 2010
Janelle Monae, "Come Alive (The War of the Roses)," The ArchAndroid, Bad Boy Entertainment, 2010

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