Currently winning acclaim — and wearing a heinous perm — for his scene-stealing role in ''Lovelace,'' the actor, 49, also returns Sept. 29 to his vocal duties on ''The Simpsons,'' where he's voiced more than 60 characters over 25 seasons

By Kyle Anderson
August 23, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Elvis Costello, ”Radio Radio”
”When he first hit with My Aim Is True, I was probably 16, and he captured that angry-young-man angst, combined with a poetic kind of Catcher in the Rye outlook. It was a total revelation. It got me through my teenage years.”

The Clash, ”I Fought The Law”
”The Clash is a huge favorite of mine, and this is my favorite track. I have a live version of this that I run to. All the Clash’s songs sound the same, but it’s okay because they’re great.”

Coldplay, ”Fix You”
”I was doing a play in London about 10 years ago and friends had tickets. I went just because I wanted to see a concert in London, wishing it was Elvis Costello or the Who or something, but I was blown away by how amazing they were.”

R.E.M., ”Man On The Moon”
”My musical taste was arrested in about 1989, probably [laughs]…. All through my college years, they were the cool hip band you only knew if you really knew music, and then they became huge.”

Squeeze, ”Up The Junction”
”They’re a great band from the same era [as the Clash], and this is such a sweet, smart, sad song. I also have a tremendous amount of nostalgic love for their big breakthrough album, Argybargy.”

Climax Blues Band, ”Couldn’t Get It Right”
”I’m pretty sure they were one-hit wonders, and I get the feeling they’re Southern? But don’t quote me on that.” [Ed. note: They’re British!]