Jason Segel Reveals Love For Bruce Springsteen, Queen And Other Classic Rock Artists
Jason Segel's comedic gifts are evident to all who enjoy his movies and role in the sitcom 'How I Met Your Mother.' But what's not as well known is that, underneath his comic exterior, the star and co-writer of 'The Muppets' is a serious music fan. On a recent installment of KCRW's 'Guest DJ Project,' With host Dan Wilcox, Segel spun five songs, four of which were by classic rock artists, and described what they meant to him in his life.
Segel chose Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road,' which he discovered through his older brother when they were growing up. "My brother’s kind of my idol," Segel explained."'Thunder Road' was his jam. But it was always very compelling to me to watch a theoretical tough dude sing about love very vulnerably."
Queen's epic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' made Segel's playlist because of its unique qualities. "I just remember listening to it thinking these are kindred spirits," Segel said. "They just went for it. It's the weirdest song of all time. And it's perfect."
Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks' and Billy Joel's 'Piano Man' were the other two classic rock songs on the list. The final song was, strangely enough, 'One Day More' from the Broadway musical 'Les Miserables.' You can stream or download the 11-minute segment at KCRW's website.
Segel has occasionally used classic rock in his work. In his breakthrough role as Nick Andopolis on the cult TV series 'Freaks and Geeks,' Segel played a drummer who wooed his girlfriend by singing 'Lady' by Styx. Last year, he and Paul Rudd reprised their 'I Love You, Man' roles in the short film, 'Jason Segel & Paul Rudd Meet Rush,' in which the popular Canadian band appeared.
Watch Jason Segel Serenade Linda Cardellini With Styx's 'Lady' in an Episode of 'Freaks and Geeks'