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April 23rd, 2012
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Starting Point playlist for Monday, April 23, 2012

STARTING POINT PLAYLIST 4/23/12

We kicked off today's Starting Point playlist with a pick from political comedian John Fugelsang: M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes," her biggest hit to date. The singer recently came under fire after she made an offensive gesture during the Super Bowl halftime show. Fugelsang also picked the classic jazz song "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck.

CNN contributor and The Blaze columnist Will Cain's playlist pick today was "Up Against the Wall, Red Neck" by Jerry Jeff Walker. The seventy-year old country singer has been making music for over forty-five years.

Rep. Ted Poe (R, TX) was a guest panelist on today's SP and he brought along Toby Keith's 2003 number one country hit "Beer For My Horses." The song was adapted into a feature length film in 2008, and starred Keith alongside Willie Nelson and Ted Nugent.

Early Start anchor Zoraida Sambolin did the news hits for Starting Point today, and she also contributed a song to our playlist: "Rabiosa" by Shakira feat. Pitbull. The song was a worldwide smash, reaching number one on both sides of the Atlantic.

Massachusetts congressman Ed Markey picked The Alan Parsons Project's "Eye in the Sky." Parsons has also been involved in music production, and was an engineer on the legendary Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon.

We also featured a few songs today that had to do with the day's top stories. Author James Gleick was here to promote his new book on information overload, "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood." Fittingly, we played "Information Overload" by Living Colour.

The theme from Jaws by John Williams made perfect sense after a boy in a kayak caught a shark, as did Alice Cooper's "School's Out," as the debate for longer school days heats up. And, if you are experiencing this spring nor'easter, you'll understand why we picked Bing Crosby's "Snow."

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