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Ever wondered what your favorite player’s first concert was? Curious which tune he sings in the shower? Then each week join Jon Langford, bass player for The Chevin, for the Tuesday Top 10.

This week’s deejay: Chicago Fire midfielder Jeff Larentowicz.

MLSsoccer.com: What was the first album you ever bought?

Larentowicz: I remember asking my parents for Bell Biv DeVoe for Christmas because I loved the song “Poison.” That was on a cassette tape.  

MLSsoccer.com: What was the first show you ever went to and what are your memories of it?

Larentowicz: Paul Simon in Camden, N.J. It was just after my senior year in high school. My parents didn’t let me go to concerts during high school, but when I graduated they let me go and see Paul Simon with some friends. It was incredible. To this day, it’s one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

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MLSsoccer.com: Who is most responsible for shaping your musical tastes?

Larentowicz: My foundation of music is rooted in classic rock and that’s because of my dad. He taught at the school I grew up going to and we rode a lot in the car together. The school was about an hour from our house and we would listen to the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and that’s where my early musical tastes were born.

MLSsoccer.com: What was the last album or single you bought?

Larentowicz: The new Foxygen album. I have a couple of friends who always tell me what they’re listening to and one of them recommended it to me.

MLSsoccer.com: What is the most embarrassing song on you iPod?

Larentowicz: I’m not embarrassed by any of the songs on my iPod. Maybe something that I might get beat up for is that I like classical piano music. I have Erik Satie on here — that might get me beat up if I told somebody that.

MLSsoccer.com: Favorite band of all time?

Larentowicz: Talking Heads.

MLSsoccer.com: In another life, one where you're not a professional soccer player, but a rock star, are you: a) the flamboyant lead singer, b) the crazy drummer, c) the moody bass player, d) the party animal lead guitarist, or e) the geeky keyboardist?

Larentowicz: I know most people would want to be the lead singer, but I’d like to be a lead guitarist. A Jonny Greenwood or Jimmy Page-type lead guitarist.   

MLSsoccer.com: Which track do you listen to when you want to get pumped up before a big game?

Larentowicz: “The Magnificent Seven” by The Clash. It’s the first song on their album Sandinista! and it has this great pumping rhythm.

MLSsoccer.com: Which musicians, dead or alive, would you have over for a fantasy dinner party and why?

Larentowicz: That’s a tough one. If I wanted Mick Jagger, would I have to have the seventy year-old Mick Jagger that’s around today, or could I have him in his prime?  

MLSsoccer.com: It’s your fantasy.

Larentowicz: Yeah, you know, maybe not have him over to my house, but if Mick Jagger called me up in 1967 and was like: “Hey we’re in the south of France, why don’t you come by the house?” That would be good.

MLSsoccer.com: Is there a particular song that you like to sing in the shower?

Larentowicz: This is going to be so embarrassing! I don’t really sing in the shower that much, but during my last week in Denver before I moved to Chicago I was singing “Rocky Raccoon” by The Beatles in the shower. I don’t know why.

MLSsoccer.com: What do you think of “Gangnam Style”?

Larentowicz: I always labeled it as the 2012 “Macarena.” However, I just got married in December and we had the DJ come by and have a conversation about music, and I didn’t want to tell him what not to play, so I didn’t. He put “Gangnam Style” on and the place went bananas! So now I’m torn because it actually created a really memorable moment at my wedding.

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MLSsoccer.com: Which artist might fans be surprised to learn you enjoy listening to?

Larentowicz: I’m really into hip-hop and listened to it a lot growing up. I’m sure if I told my new teammates that don’t really know me that well yet that I’m into hip-hop, they’d probably be surprised. Kendrick Lamar’s a rapper that’s out right now and his latest album is incredible. I think people might be surprised that I listen to that.    

MLSsoccer.com: Finally, which song should be used in a montage of your game? In other words: What’s your Rocky theme tune?

Larentowicz: Joy Division, “Ceremony.”


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