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The Music of Vincent Chase (Sort Of)

By RD Heldenfels Published: September 23, 2005

As a big fan of both HBO's ''Entourage'' and public radio's ''World Cafe'' (See www.worldcafe.org ), I got a double dose of fun this morning while driving to work and listening to ''Cafe'' on WAPS (91.3-FM).


Adrian Grenier, who plays Vincent Chase on the HBO show, was a guest on a "Cafe'' replay, offering up a list of five songs he especially likes. Grenier, who is also a musician, admitted to agonizing over the list. But he came up with an electic list.


Here it is: Funkadelic, ''Can You Get To That''; Ween, ''The Mollusk''; Johnny Cash and June Carter, ''Jackson''; Nina Simone, ''Suzanne,'' and Weezer, ''Say It Ain’t So.''


Can't say I agree with all his choices. Nina Simone was very good on some things, but ''Suzanne'' isn't one of them. On the other hand, ''Jackson'' always makes me smile (love the way June Carter roars in it). And the inclusion of a Funkadelic cut just demonstrates the ongoing appeal of the George Clinton-Parliament-Funkadelic body of music.


I'll be talking more about that sometime before Oct. 11, when ''Independent Lens'' airs the documentary ''Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove.'' (Check your local listings. If it's not there, call your local PBS station. Play them ''One Nation'' or ''Flashlight'' or ''Maggot Brain.'' Send them videos of ''P.C.U.'' Remind them what happens when you free your mind.)


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