IDLES Singer Joe Talbot On Van Morrison, Radiohead And More : All Songs Considered Joe Talbot, frontman for the British punk group IDLES, talks about Joy as an Act of Resistance, how Van Morrison's Astral Weeks changed his life and his tips for driving across Kansas while on tour.
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Guest DJ: IDLES Frontman Joe Talbot

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Guest DJ: IDLES Frontman Joe Talbot

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On this Guest DJ edition of All Songs Considered Joe Talbot, frontman for the British punk group IDLES, talks about the band's latest album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, how Van Morrison's Astral Weeks changed his life and his tips for how to make the long drive across Kansas while on tour.

IDLES is a band that's both fierce and compassionate. It's also one of the best live rock groups I've ever seen — the kind that creates mosh pits and community with noise and humanity.

IDLES has two albums out: Brutalism from 2017 and last year's beautifully titled Joy as an Act of Resistance.

The band was in Washington, D.C. recently and just played a Tiny Desk Concert. While at NPR, I sat down with Joe Talbot to talk about the music of IDLES and the songs by other artists who've inspired him over the years. I began our conversation by asking him what music they listen to in their van as they tour around the U.S.

You can hear the full conversation with the play button at the top of the page and hear full versions of the songs we talked about below.

Artists And Songs Featured On This Episode

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Radiohead

  • Song: The National Anthem
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Kid A
Album
Kid A
Artist
Radiohead
Label
Capitol
Released
2008

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Radiohead

  • Song: Bangers + Mash
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In Rainbows
Album
In Rainbows
Artist
Radiohead
Label
Radiohead
Released
2007

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Lee Moses

  • Song: She's A Bad Girl
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Time and Place
Album
Time and Place
Artist
Lee Moses
Label
Essential Media Mod
Released
2002

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IDLES

  • Song: Danny Nedelko
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Joy As An Act Of Resistance.
Album
Joy As An Act Of Resistance.
Artist
IDLES
Label
Partisan Records

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Leikeli47

  • Song: Tic Boom
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Acrylic
Album
Acrylic
Artist
Leikeli47
Label
RCA
Released
2018

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The Pharcyde

  • Song: Runnin'
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Labcabincalifornia (Deluxe)
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Labcabincalifornia (Deluxe)
Artist
The Pharcyde
Label
The Bicycle Music Company

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Van Morrison

  • Song: Astral Weeks
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Astral Weeks
Album
Astral Weeks
Artist
Van Morrison
Label
Rhino/Warner Bros.
Released
1968

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IDLES

  • Song: Mercedes Marxist
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Crows

  • Song: Silver Tongues
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Silver Tongues
Album
Silver Tongues
Artist
Crows
Label
Balley Records

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Slowthai

  • Song: Doorman
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Nothing Great About Britain
Album
Nothing Great About Britain
Artist
Slowthai
Label
Method Records
Released
2019

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