For everyone playing along with Travis' 5 Degrees of Musical Progression last Friday - and for those who weren't playing but who want to know how my set linked together - here are the connecting elements.
1 - Although there ended up being a clear thematic thread of redemption tying the songs together, which all of you pointed out - smarties! - my actual launching pad for the progression was personnel-oriented.
I began with a Muse track. Muse has worked with producer Rich Costey on two albums, but not on the particular track I included. Since it just won a Grammy, though, I had to post that one.
2 - Rich Costey also mixed 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace for the Foo Fighters.
Foo Fighters drummer Dave Grohl previously played with Nirvana.
3 - Nirvana's frontman was Kurt Cobain.
He was married to Courtney Love.
4 - Courtney Love recorded Nobody's Daughter with her band Hole, released last year.
Appearing on the track I included was Billy Corgan on guitar.
5 - Billy Corgan is the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins.