OutKast's Stankonia & Caroline Polachek

After their third album went double-platnium, Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast let their creativity run wild on 2000's Stankonia. Jim and Greg do a classic album dissection of that landmark record. Plus, Caroline Polachek shares the song that got her into music as a career and Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox.

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OutKast's Stankonia

For their fourth album, Atlanta hip-hop trailblazers OutKast threw out the rulebook. They'd just purchased Bobby Brown's former studio and christened it "Stankonia" in a nod to a sci-fi poster that had adorned Andre 3000's childhood bedroom wall. Their sense of freedom influenced the production, songwriting and lyrical themes on the album they named for the studio. Greg says it expresses the complexity of what it meant to be black and living in America at that time. Jim is impressed at the empathy expressed in the lyrics and the nods to Parliament and Funkadelic in the music. Greg also points out the embrace of electronic dance music pushing the bpm into previously uncharted territory for hip-hop.

The influence of this album can't be understated. Jim and Greg chart it from Kendrick Lamar to Beyoncé to The Weeknd to Migos to Frank Ocean.


Hooked On Sonics: Caroline Polachek

best It's time for another edition of Hooked on Sonics! In this series, artists talk about what song got them interested in making music as a career. This week, listeners hear from Caroline Polachek. She is a singer-songwriter who began her career as one half of the synthpop band Chairlift. Last year, she released her first solo album under her own name, called Pang. On the record, Polacheck showcases her clever storytelling and catchy, electronic pop sensibilities.

Sound Opinions producer Alex Claiborne caught up with Caroline when she was in town this past January to hear about the buried treasure of a song that got her Hooked on Sonics ("Raffles in Rio" by Mark Isham.)



With Easter around the corner, Jim drops a coin in the Desert Island Jukebox and selects a track called "This Jesus Must Die" by Victor Brox and Brian Keith from the original studio album version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Though Jim is no fan of musicals, he makes an exception for the 1970 version of Jesus Christ Superstar, which he says "still has some rock in it." The studio musicians that backed this production included members of The Grease Band, who were fresh off a tour with Joe Cocker. And Jesus Christ was played by Ian Gillan (who had just joined the hard rocking band Deep Purple as lead vocalist).

Featured Songs

  1. OutKast, Humble Mumble (with Erykah Badu), Stankonia, LaFace, 2000
  2. OutKast, Player's Ball, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, LaFace, 1994
  3. OutKast, ATLiens, ATLiens, LaFace, 1996
  4. OutKast, Rosa Parks, Aquemini, LaFace, 1998
  5. TLC, What About Your Friends (Extended Mix), What About Your Friends Maxi-Single, LaFace, 1992
  6. Funkadelic, Hit It And Quit It, Maggot Brain, Westbound, 1971
  7. KRS-One, Sound of da Police, Return of the Boom Bap, Jive, 1993
  8. OutKast, SpottieOttieDopaliscious, Aquemini, LaFace, 1998
  9. OutKast, B.O.B., Stankonia, LaFace, 2000
  10. OutKast, Ms. Jackson, Stankonia, LaFace, 2000
  11. OutKast, So Fresh, So Clean, Stankonia, LaFace, 2000
  12. Joe Simon, Before the Night Is Over, Easy To Love, Spring, 1977
  13. OutKast, Toilet Tisha, Stankonia, LaFace, 2000
  14. Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta, To Pimp A Butterfly, T.D.E., 2015
  15. Anderson .Paak, Come Down, Malibu, Steel Wool, 2016
  16. Janelle Monáe, Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi), The ArchAndroid, Bad Boy, 2010
  17. Frank Ocean, Pink Matter (feat. André 3000), Channel Orange, Def Jam, 2012
  18. Beyoncé, All Night, Lemonade, Parkwood, 2016
  19. Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels, Fool's Gold, 2013
  20. OutKast, Stankonia (Stanklove) [feat. Big Rube & Sleepy Brown], Stankonia, LaFace, 2000
  21. Caroline Polachek, So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings, Pang, Sony, 2019
  22. Mark Isham, Raffles in Rio, Vapor Drawings, Windham Hill, 1983
  23. Caroline Polachek, Pang, Pang, Sony, 2019
  24. Mark Isham, In the Blue Distance, Vapor Drawings, Windham Hill, 1983
  25. Victor Brox and Brian Keith, This Jesus Must Die, Jesus Christ Superstar, MCA, 1970
  26. Angelica Garcia, Jícama, Cha Cha Palace, Spacebomb, 2020
  27. Mabel, Don't Call Me Up, High Expectations, Polydor, 2019
  28. The Meters, He Bite Me, Good Old Funky Music, Rounder, 1979
  29. Simon & Garfunkel, At the Zoo, Bookends, Columbia, 1968
  30. Dr. Octagon, Halfsharkalligatorhalfman, Dr. Octagonecologyst, Bulk Recordings, 1996
  31. Jethro Tull, Bungle In the Jungle, War Child, Chrysalis, 1974
  32. Dead Prez, Animal in Man, Let's Get Free, Loud, 2000