Super cool friend of Nerdist Wil Wheaton is one of our favorite geeks, and one aspect of culture he loves to geek out about is music. He previously told us about some of the most formative songs of his life in an installment of Celebrity Playlist, and his picks were decidedly old-school.
Wheaton carried the tone of that playlist over to his guest hosting appearance on KCRW yesterday, where he shared a few favorite songs, none of which were released after 1990: “Crazy on You” by Heart, “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden, “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” by Pink Floyd, “Bring the Noise” by Public Enemy, and side two of the Abbey Road album by The Beatles.
He shared his earliest musical memory, which brings back vivid images of his rural childhood home: “I clearly remember sitting down and on the turntable was ‘Crazy On You’ by Heart from the Dreamboat Annie album,” he said. “I asked my parents about that song in particular and my mom said, ‘Oh you love that song. You used to walk around singing that song when you were like three years old.’
“That is the song that clearly stands out for me. I can see the wood paneling on the walls. I can see my parents’ Great Dane lying down on the carpet across from me. I can see how the turntable was set up on pieces of plywood that were separated by bricks. I will never hear that song and not have that extraordinarily clear memory. It’s like looking at a photograph in my mind.”
The episode is a lot of fun and filled with great song picks (and the inspirations behind the selections), so give it a listen below, and revisit Wheaton’s appearance on our own series Celebrity Playlist here.
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