Picks and Pans Review: Joel Madden
We asked the 28-year-old lead singer of the punk-pop band Good Charlotte—which has just released a new album, Good Morning Revival—about the records that make up his personal playlist.
THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT I think it was the Beastie Boys' Check Your Head. I used to skateboard and spray-paint graffiti, and "So What'cha Want" was a soundtrack to being young and trying to find trouble.
THE SONG I SING IN THE SHOWER Louis Armstrong, "Hello Dolly." I love him. And it's this weird kind of old song. I also sing Marvin Gaye's "Your Unchanging Love." It just puts me in a good mood.
WHAT I LISTEN TO ON THE TOUR BUS It depends on what I'm doing. I read the Bible every day and I listen to Matisyahu [Youth] when I do. I don't know, it's just good background music.
MY KARAOKE SONG OF CHOICE Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles." Or Milli Vanilli's "Blame It on the Rain" or "Girl You Know It's True." Me and my brother always make people laugh when we perform those. You'd really think we were Milli Vanilli when we're up there.
MY DOWN-IN-THE DUMPS MUSIC The Smiths, "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" or "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" or "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." Sometimes I'll listen to the Doors or Bob Dylan; it depends on what kind of sad I am. I have like 20 different shades of sad.
MY FAVORITE LOVE SONG "Just Like Heaven" by the Cure. I think it's one of the greatest love songs of all time. That song captures the whole feeling when you're in love with someone.