For this edition of My Life in Song, we asked Dirty Heads' frontman Jared Watson to share the ten songs that have soundtracked his life thus far. Get ready for a reggae-toned field day littered with hippie rock, hip hop, and alt-rock classics, accompanied by some funny and insightful commenary from Watson himself. Check it out, and let us know what other artists you'd like to see featured in this segment.
Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"
On top of the fact [that] I was born to this album, this is one of the all time best feel good songs.
Jimi Hendrix's "Angel" [Acoustic + Live @ Drake Hotel NYC 1968]
When I was born in my house on the beach, in Sunset Beach, to two hippie parents, this is what my mom says they were listening to.
Beastie Boys' "Posse in Effect"
This song is when I discovered my love of 808 bass.
Beastie Boys' "Slow And Low"
'Licensed to Ill' was the first album I ever bought —probably like 8 or 9 years old — changed my life. Wouldn't be in a band if it wasn't for these three guys.
Tha Pharcyde's "Passing Me By"
Adrock and Pharcyde might be where I got my high pitched rap style from — just saying.
When I was in middle and high school, the only thing in my life that mattered was skateboarding. These are two artists that were on heavy rotation.
I used to get extremely high and just leave this song on repeat. Not only is it catchy, it's hilariously silly and I still have no idea what it's about.
Mikey Dread's "Roots and Culture"
In my later years in high school, I got heavily obsessed with reggae music and culture. It might have had something to do with the fact I was selling copious amounts of ummmm, of uhhhhh — never mind.
Skip to years of touring in the band, in a van grinding, playing every show we could, working for scraps, and realizing how much more difficult being a good, well-rounded, wide-ranged singer really is. Brandon Boyd is one of those overly talented, ridiculously on point singers. Him and a handful of others have really made me try to work hard everyday and every show to be a great singer.
Dirty Heads' "Dance All Night" ft. Matisyahu
You are now up to date with my life through music, and this is a song that we produced with Lewis Richards ft. Matisyahu. It's one of my favorites.
Written and Compiled by Jared Watson