May 21, 2015

Modcast #329: 9th Anniversary Special & Tribute to Mad Men

Hard to believe it's been almost a decade since the first modcast away back in May of 2006! The world is a smaller place than it was when I kicked this thing off, and I like to think a better place because of it. Joining me to celebrate and commiserate the end of Mad Men is frequent mod world guest host Ken from The Shingles.

Got a really big show for you this week, in fact this is by far the longest modcast in the show's entire nine year run. But it's okay because this whole show is focused on mid-century music in the tradition of Mad Men. Few programs have ever used music so effectively as Matt Weiner did on Mad Men. The music did more than just date the show. It was more than period piece set decoration. The music on Mad Men was like a whole other character with all the emotion and plot direction that goes with such.

Not all the songs here were featured on the show, though quite a few of them were. But they are definitely songs you could have imagined, and maybe wished had been on the show.

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Henry Mancini -- Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)
Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll -- Don't Do It No More (1967)
Petula Clark - I Know a Place (Season 4, episode 9, The Beautiful Girls)
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie -- More (1964)
Me & My Gin -- Dinah Washington (1958)
Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road (Season 4, episode 1, Public Relations)
Tom Jones -- Promise Her Anything (1966)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Casino Royal Theme (Main Title) (Season 5, episode 13, The Phantom)
Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot - Bonnie and Clyde (Season 6, episode 4, To Have and to Hold)
Gillian Hills - Zou Zou Bisou (Season 5, episode 1–2, A Little Kiss)
Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (Season 5, episode 1–2, A Little Kiss)
Nancy Sinatra -- I Gotta Get Out Of This Town (1967)
Martin Denny - Misirlou (Season 2, Episode 11, The Jet Set)
Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows (Season 5, episode 8, Lady Lazarus)
Zombies - This Will Be Our Year (Season 7, episode 2, A Day's Work)
Judy Collins - Both Sides Now (Season 6, episode 13, In Care Of)
Beach Boys - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (Season 5, episode 6, Far Away Places)


One of my favorite scenes from the first season of Mad Men:



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