Playlist: Ian Hummel's favorite records

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Ian Hummel is the frontman for Poop House Jug Band and "Captain Captain" of the new group the Shazzbots. They just released their first album, a collection of children's songs titled Shazzbots Go!

Billy Joel, "The Stranger"

Who doesn't love some '70s-era, big-afro, pissed-off B.J.? This album is his best. It's a proven fact (by me, in my basement). Hit after hit. Two of the greatest love songs. A flippin' I-talian rock opera. Plus, the best Billy song you've never heard - "Vienna" waits for you, people.

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, "Revisited"

This isn't just a greatest hits album. All of these songs are written by one of my heroes, Shel Silverstein. Believe it. The dude is badass. This band is badass. Plus, where do you think the Muppets' Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem got their inspiration? Don't touch me.

Huey Lewis & The News, "Sports"

I love Huey Lewis. I'm not ashamed to admit it. This is one of the biggest albums of the '80s and you doggone know it. Marty McFly sure knew it. I'll fight anyone who says otherwise.

The La's, "The La's"

One record. That's how this band rocked my world in the '90s. "There She Goes" is one of the most covered songs ever. Why? Because it's just that good. But dig a little deeper - these British fellers know how to garage-rock it the heck out. One record and then they imploded, but what a frickin' record.

Langhorne Slim, "Langhorne Slim"

This sucker's got ahold of me and won't let go. The album of the summer. Every summer. I haven't been able to describe the sound yet. Just go get it. Or better still, check him out when he comes to town in August. "Hello sunshine. The sun is shinin'. It's summertime. I'm gettin' so excited ..."

Who: Shazzbots

When: 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 3

Where: Red, White & Boom!, Downtown


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