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5 Albums I Can’t Live Without: Jeremy & Ajay Popoff Of Lit

Written by on 26 February 2022

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Names  Jeremy & Ajay Popoff

Best known for

The “Car Is In The Front Yard” guy with the goatee who was on MTV Cribs and got eaten by Pamela Anderson. — Jeremy

Being “My Own Worst Enemy” or walking on Pamela Anderson’s ass! — Ajay

Current city

Franklin, TN — Jeremy

Nashville TN — Ajay

Really want to be in

Cabo.  It’s one of my favourite places to be.  I’d be waist-deep in a pool with one of several margaritas in my hand. — Jeremy

As much as I absolutely love being in Nashville, I could really see myself spending the cold months on a tropical Island–any place warm and boozy, soaking up some sunshine. — Ajay

Excited about

I’m super pumped about our new album coming out this year and Lit getting back on the road! — Jeremy

Most excited I’ve been in decades about a new record of ours. We’ve outdone ourselves on this one. Get ready for the new LIT 2022! — Ajay

My current music collection has a lot of

Classic rock, yacht rock and metal. — Jeremy

All over the place. I literally love something from just about every genre.

Growing up with a radio DJ for a dad, jazz musician grandfather and huge love and appreciation for music, I’ve always felt a freedom to explore all genres and have always found qualities in all genres that I’ve latched onto over the years. I’ve kept a pretty good circulation of old and new music in my playlist.

Classic rock artists like Tom Petty, the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers. Pop artists like Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, The Go-Gos. Jazz crooners like Dean Martin, Louis Prima, Sinatra.

More alternative stuff like Bjork, Elvis Costello, INXS, Die Antwoord, 21 pilots, Stone Temple Pilots. My musical palette is like an old-school Vegas casino buffet. A little bit of everything and I’m always going back for more, even if I just pick at certain selections for the taste. — Ajay

And a little bit of

Country. — Jeremy

EDM music like Rusko to Jazz standards (Chet Baker, Dean Martin, Sinatra). — Ajay

You wouldn’t expect me to listen to

I think people are a little surprised when they come over and hear the wide range on my playlists I have going. I’ll go from Outlaw Country to ‘80s metal to Little River Band to Post Malone. Every few songs my wife will sneak in some early 2000’s pop. And tons of Eagles. — Jeremy

Most people would be surprised by a ton of music in my collection. The list goes on and on. For example: Die Antwoord “Tension” That one blows people’s minds! Or , I’ll bust out Louis Prima “capital collectors series”  at my house parties and people flip out! It definitely brings new life to the party every time!

I love reggae! I think that might surprise people. I listened to a lot of reggae when I was a teenager. Loved Eek-A-Mouse and of course Bob Marley, but I listen to reggae playlists and just leave them on repeat on the weekends. My wife loves it, too. It’s a nice escape! Feels like a vacation! — Ajay

Preferred format

I appreciate technology and how easy it is now to consume and make music now. But I will always be partial to vinyl. Nothing sounds like it and nothing beats the experience. I would ride my bike home from the record store with a new album under my arm that I just spent my allowance on, and then sit there all day and study every inch and every word of the lyrics and credits like it was my job. — Jeremy

As far as music collections go, I prefer vinyl all day long! Convenience-wise, streaming all day long. — Ajay

 

Credit: Gabbi Rae

 

5 Albums I Can’t Live Without Jeremy Popoff

 

It’s so hard to narrow it down to only five albums. I’d like to make one of them a mixtape with songs from Iron Maiden, Foreigner, Judas Priest, STP, Blackberry Smoke, Van Halen, Kenny Rogers, Jamey Johnson, Pantera, Styx, and so many more. But if I have to choose, these would be my five…

 

1
Eagles Greatest Hits, 
The Eagles

 

The Eagles are my favourite band of all time.  They have literally been a huge part of the soundtrack of every phase of my life. From riding in the back seat of my parent’s car as a kid to my own first car. Having a kid, getting divorced, losing loved ones, falling in love, midlife crises, broken hearts and celebrating with friends on a weekend. I can’t get through “Desperado” or the bridge of “New Kid in Town” without getting goosebumps or a little misty-eyed.

 

2
Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years, 
Frank Sinatra

 

Frank has always been the ultimate singer, entertainer and badass. He was an artist that not only made me want to listen to his music, but I wanted to drink what he was drinking, smoke what he was smoking, and put on a suit to head to Vegas with my broad on my arm and a ring on my pinky.

3
Greatest Hits, 
Boston

 

This would be Boston’s [eponymous] first album, but the Greatest Hitshas “Don’t Look Back” on it, and that’s my favourite Boston song. Their first album is absolute perfection. Song wise, sound-wise, vocally- it changed the game. Almost 50 years later, it holds up to any album recorded since.

4
The Very Best of Elvis Costello and The Attractions 1977 – 1986, Elvis Costello

 

Elvis Costello changed the way I looked at songwriting. His melodies and his voice just blow my mind. I’m not sure if complex simplicity even makes sense as a description, but It’s hard to describe his style and I haven’t heard anybody even come close to it, even though he has influenced so many. I’ve seen him live several times and it’s like going to church. And his band is second to none. This greatest hits record is one of my favourite collections of songs.

5
A Place in The Sun, 
Lit

 

I would want this one around so that I could always look back on the album that changed my life forever. The album that proved the world wrong when it was me against it. And It’s also a pretty fucking solid batch of tunes, if I may say so myself.

 

Credit: Gabbi Rae

5 Albums I Can’t Live Without Ajay Popoff

 

1
My Aim Is True, 
Elvis Costello

 

I love everything about EC! Incredible sense of melody and super-smart yet genuine lyric writing.

2
Homogenic, 
Bjork

She’s been one of my favourite artists since Debutin 1993. I used to always listen to Homogenicwhile relaxing in bed on the tour bus. It would help me wind down and get to sleep.

 

3
Sings, 
Chet Baker

Chet started out mostly just playing the trumpet. When I heard his Sings record I immediately fell in love with his voice. Growing up spending some weekends at our grandparent’s house, we were exposed to a lot of jazz and big band records. Gives me the warm fuzzies thinking about those guys and the amazing music that helped shaped our childhood.

4
Four, 
Foreigner 

This record takes me back to when I first started really paying attention to Rock music.

I couldn’t get enough of the song “Jukebox hero” crazy Irony there for me today.

5
The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters

This record came out at a great time for us as songwriters. I really paid attention to the song structures and incredible energy and emotion on this record. Also holds a very special place with us as a band as one of our late drummers, Allen Shellenberger’s favourite song was “Hero”. We blasted the song in the house the night he passed away and shared some emotion I’ll never be able to translate into words.

 

Lit has released a live performance video HERE of their latest single, “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and are currently working in the laboratory on their next rock opus slated for an early summer release. Catch them on their “Spring Loaded” US tour kicking off in Flint, MI on May 4. Visit their site for more details.


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