‘The Orville’ Star Mark Jackson Shares His Stellar Playlist
From Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane comes FOX’s new sci-fi dramedy The Orville landed on small screens on Sunday, September 10. British actor Mark Jackson, who plays a space explorer named Isaac, marked the occasion with an intergalactic playlist filled with tracks from David Bowie, Daft Punk and Sheryl Crow.
Below, Jackson blasts off and breaks down his stellar song collection.
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David Bowie, “Space Oddity”
Epic science fiction realness in song. I love how this song gives us the excitement of launching into space but also a sense of the sacrifice that we’ll have to make to reach the stars.
Dolly Parton, “9 To 5″
A good anthem for any hard worker and boy do I feel like I’ve worked some long days on this show. 16 hours was my record, I think. And that happened a few times.
Tchaikovsky, “1812 Overture”
Towards the end of filming, I had tickets to go see this performed by the LA Philharmonic at The Bowl. We ran over that day, so I missed it, but I’ll be there in a heartbeat next year.
Bob Dylan, “Tambourine Man”
This song has all the adventure of the wanderer in it that I felt awaited me when I first got on a plane to L.A. on New Year’s Day 2017.
Elton John, “Made in England”
When I felt a little homesick this year, I’d play this in my flat and rock out. There’s something about the cold hard graft of growing up in the U.K. that you oddly miss when you’re abroad.
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
For about four months straight, this song played without fail in every L.A. Uber that I got into. I couldn’t, in all faith, leave it out.
Billy Joel, “My Life”
In the story of this song, the protagonist picks up sticks and heads to L.A. for a new life. It’s crazy romantic, but I felt I was following in his footsteps. Though not to be a stand-up, thankfully, like the song suggests. I really couldn’t do that.
Sheryl Crow, “All I Wanna Do”
I defy anyone to come to L.A. for the first time and not have this rattling around their heads every time they drive down Santa Monica Boulevard.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Sunset Boulevard”
David Bowie, “Life on Mars?”
Exploration, new worlds and possibilities. Life out there in the wilderness with aliens. No brainer.
David Bowie, “Young Americans”
Sung by a Brit and a celebration of the American spirit of youth. Bloody good song.
The Flaming Lips, “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1″
Battles against machines with all the camp and glitz you could ever want thrown in. Spacefaring at its finest.
Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”
Get your funky robot dance moves out for this one. How could you resist?
Billy Bragg and Wilco, “California Stars”
This is a song my dad introduced me to. He’d play it in his car in the months leading up to me heading off. So mellow and perfect for flopping around on Venice beach.
Paul Simon, “Diamonds on The Soles of Her Shoes”
When my partner visited me for the first time I drove us out to Las Vegas — by far the longest drive I’ve ever made, we listened to Paul Simon a good deal of the way and this became our sing-along favorite.
Rupert Holmes, “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”
Piña coladas are my drink of choice when lying by any pool so naturally, they’ve played a large part of my life since arriving in L.A.
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