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Soundtrack of My Life: Sleigh Bells on the songs that shaped them

In the wake of Sleigh Bells’ excellent new album Bitter Rivals, we sat down with singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller and asked them about the music they grew up with. Read on to find out how Sinead makes them cry, Ghostface helps them rage, and Alanis teaches them about sex.

The first album I ever bought

Alexis Krauss: Weezer, Blue album. I remember walking into town and going to [the record store]. There was this girl working there, this total grunge chick behind the counter. That was when MTV was still playing videos, and the video for “Buddy Holly” blew my f—ing mind! And then I heard “Say It Ain’t So,” and if literally ruptured my brain. So I went in and bought it, and we’d always blast it in my house and dance. One day, the creepy old woman who lived across the street came to the house and knocked on the door. We were terrified! So we just pretended we weren’t home.

Derek Miller: My first CD was TLC’s Oooh… On the TLC Tip. I was obsessed with “What About Your Friends.” It’s still a badass record, too.

The first song or album I obsessed with

DM: I saw La Bamba when it came out, and that movie opens with Santo and Johnny’s “Sleepwalk.” At the time, I thought it was Ritchie Valens. But I’m still obsessed with that piece of music — I’ve never met a music fan who doesn’t worship that. It’s incredible.

AK: Honestly, it’s probably Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill. Dude, like so obsessed with it. I remember, I used to sing, like, Disney songs, and Alanis Morissette was like the transition record for me. I remember listening to “You Oughtta Know,” and there’s that line “Would she go down on you in a theater/Does she speak eloquently?” So there were two really big learning lessons: the word “eloquently.” And then I literally asked my mom, “What does going down on you in a theater mean?” My mom explained it in a very good, mom way.


Soundtrack of My Life: Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill on the songs that shaped him

On the heels of Kings of Leon’s excellent new album, Mechanical Bull, we asked frontman Caleb Followill, 31, about the music he grew up. Turns out, the man had some illuminating answers about New Orleans karaoke, loving Whitney Houston, and more. Read his answers below:

The first song I was obsessed with: I remember the first time I heard Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” I flipped out. I was about 8. Before I went to school, I’d press “record” on the oldies station. When I got home, I’d go through the whole tape—and then I found “Stand by Me.” I used to just play it and rewind and stop it and play it again and rewind it.

The song that reminds me of my first crush: [Sighs] That would be the Bodyguard soundtrack. I was definitely Kevin Costner to her Whitney Houston. READ FULL STORY

Daft Punk share the songs that shaped them with EW: Hear the duo's playlist here


This is an expanded version of a story that appears in Entertainment Weekly‘s Summer Music Preview issue, on stands now.

Years before EDM became an acronym even your parents knew, Daft Punk were the byword of cool in electronic music. Now they’re back with their first new studio album in seven years, Random Access Memories (out physically today; read our review here), and a slick Pharrell Williams-aided single, “Get Lucky,” that may just be the song of the summer.

So we got the duo on the phone and asked them about the music that’s inspired them throughout the years. Paris natives Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — who are so tight, they prefer to answer questions together — shared the songs that make them cry, crush out, and (flash)dance below; scroll to the bottom for a Spotify playlist off all their picks:


The Killers' Brandon Flowers on his all-time favorite songs -- Squeeze, Depeche Mode, Tina Turner and more


Nearly a decade after establishing himself as one of rock’s vital voices, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, 31, is set to deliver another set of snowcapped, arena-pleasing anthems on his band’s fourth album, Battle Born, out Sept. 18. In the meantime, the Nevada native—who lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Tana, and their three sons, ages 17 months to 5 years—sat down with us to talk about the songs that have made him sing, cry, and … sell tacos.

THE FIRST SONG I WAS OBSESSED WITH: “Missing You,” John Waite (1984)

“I’m not sure how young kids get to the point where they’re memorizing and knowing songs, but I knew the words to “’Missing You” from John Waite probably from when I was three years old. For whatever reason, that was the song that I gravitated toward when it was on the radio and I was driving around with my mom. It must’ve been played a lot, because I knew all the words. My sister would take me around to her friends’ parents and things, and I would sing it. [Laughs]”

THE SONG THAT ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF HOME: “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Eagles (1972)

“I spent some time in Utah, so that’s why I have a bit of an accent, but I consider home to be Henderson [Nevada] and Las Vegas. I love the desert, so there are a few people for me who’ve captured that specific area, like the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac and even Jackson Browne sometimes. I’ll hear that stuff and I’m just there. But if I had to say one specifically, it’d be this one. I hear it and it’s like — I don’t know, I can just see the sun going down in Las Vegas.”

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME THINK OF MY FIRST CRUSH: “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Tina Turner (1984)

“But my crush was on Tina Turner. [Laughs] That’s bad, right? I think it was the video.”

THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT WITH MY OWN MONEY: Songs of Faith and Devotion, Depeche Mode (1993)

“My mom had bought me a few cassettes, but I got a job at a place called Taco Time in Nephi, Utah. I worked there with my mom, and two of my sisters worked there too. So I was 15, and usually to buy music you had to go to Provo, which is an hour drive, but we had a truck stop. Basically Nephi was like a truck stop, it was such a small town. I was a fan of the kind of bubblegum, early-early Depeche Mode. And I didn’t know exactly how dark that they could delve, and I didn’t know that I would like it. But I bought it for I think $5 on cassette at Flying J. And it’s one of my favorite things, still. Later, we even got to work with Flood [a.k.a. Mark Ellis], who produced Songs, on our album Sam’s Town.” READ FULL STORY

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