‘Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath blew me away’: Robert Patrick’s honest playlist | Movies

The first song I remember hearing
My dad was a really good trumpeter and an avid stereophile, so there was always a lot of big band, 40s music in the house, like Hank Williams and Benny Goodman.

The first record I bought
I vividly remember riding my Stingray bike to Kmart in Kettering, Ohio to buy Hendrix in the West – Jimi Hendrix’s live album – and Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality, both in the early 70’s, with the money I had earned doing heavy carpentry work. I went home, listened to one after another and was blown away.

The song I do at karaoke
Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra.

The song I secretly love but tell everyone I hate
Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. No disrespect to Lady Gaga. I love it and it’s a great song. I don’t think people would think I would listen to it. I saw her perform at Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday party. I’m a friend of Nancy Sinatra and I worked with Frank Jr, so I was invited. Who else was there? I remember talking to Arnold Schwarzenegger!

The song I inexplicably know all the lyrics to
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen comes to mind almost daily. So I know all the words.

The best song play at a party
Round! Round! Round! by the Byrds or Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash.

The song that gets me going in the morning
When I was doing Terminator 2, I was practicing on Nine Inch Nails’ Head Like a Hole, because my younger brother, Richard Patrick, was a touring guitarist for them. I took it to Jim Cameron and tried to get it used for the Terminator 2 soundtrack, but he said, “No. Arnold prefers Guns N’ Roses,” which later recorded You Could Be Mine, an original song for Terminator 2. It’s ironic because Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has now won a few Oscars for his soundtracks. I also sing on the Last Rampage soundtrack that my brother composed, in a song called Oh Lord. I recorded it live with Alejandro Escovedo at the Moody Theater in Austin [Texas].

The song I wish I had written
If I had to listen to one song for the rest of my life, it might be Summer Wind by Frank Sinatra.

The best song for making love
What’s Happening by Marvin Gaye.

The song that I want to play at my funeral
Allman Brothers Band’s Midnight Rider is simply fantastic. Like Bruce Springsteen’s Missing.

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