MARK ATHERLAY is a voice over actor, most famous for his work on Mafia III, the Billboard Music Awards, American Hustle….he’s even done celebrity impersonations! These are the songs he brought to the show. If you'd like to hear WHY these are important to him, check out his episode here.
THE CARPENTERS “Ticket To Ride”
Karen really thought of herself as a drummer who could sing...according to her brother Richard. Also, Madonna recorded “Rain” on her 1992 Erotica album as a tribute to Karen Carpenter!
THE EAGLES “New Kid In Town”
They came up with this song right after the success of “Hotel California.” After their first #1 hit, they were “The New Kid In Town” when they moved to LA, then became REALLY successful and wrote “Life In THe Fast Lane,” and then wondered if all the time spent drinking was “Wasted Time.”
More interestingly, the band sued the American Eagle Foundation...you know, the charity dedicated to saving birds….because they used the domain name eagles.org AND the phone number 800-2EAGLES. The courts dismissed it.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk”
Rufus’ family growing up is very close to Leonard Cohen and his family. Leonard’s daughter, Lorca gave birth to a little girl, who she had with Rufus...not as a surrogate, but a full-fledged parent along with Rufus and his partner John Weisbrodt.
J. GEILS BAND “I Will Carry You Home”
Peter Wolf is the lyricist of the band...he dropped out of high school and became a disc jockey on Boston’s WBCN...known as Woofah Goofah.
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE “Here We Go Again”
Named after his dad...Townes Van Zandt, he has struggled with drug addiction since the age of 12. He seems to be on the mend now, married with a daughter born in 2017.