Denis Leary?s five favorite songs-- The ''Rescue Me'' star loves tracks by The Twilight Singers, The Cars and himself

By Michael Endelman
Updated May 26, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Denis Leary?s five favorite songs

Denis Leary doesn’t only star in, co-write, and produce the FX firehouse drama Rescue Me, he also helped pick the music for the show and its new soundtrack CD. Here are five hot works that have him all fired up.

1. THE TWILIGHT SINGERS Powder Burns 2006 (One Little Indian) ”This is one of the best rock albums I’ve heard in 10 years. Thematically, it seems like it’s all connected to a dark story of addiction. It’s really powerful.”

2. THE CARS The Cars 1978 (Elektra) ”Every spring, I put this record in and drive around in my car. It’s true pop music.”

3. GILLIAN WELCH ”Barroom Girls” off Revival 1996 (Acony) ”I listen to this a lot when I’m writing. She has a beautiful voice. I guess it’s considered alt-country, but I just think of it as great songwriting.”

4. THE VON BONDIES ”C’mon C’mon” off Pawn Shoppe Heart 2004 (Sire) ”This is the opening sequence to Rescue Me [and it’s on the soundtrack]. The studio wanted a ballad, but I wanted something that would grab you by the neck and throw you out in the street.”

5. DENIS LEARY ”F— You” (Unreleased) ”I’m about to go into the studio to record this for my new album that’s going to come out this fall. It’s a happy, peppy song that makes your foot pound. Hopefully, the whole country will be singing it.”