Friday, December 17, 2004

One of the things about The O.C. I so love is its great use of music. Unlike other shows, it uses relatively unknown bands to set the mood for the scene. My favourite moment to date has been the use of Nada Surf - If You Leave for Anna's farewell scene in The Goodbye Girl. And naturally, like all bands featured on shows with mass appeal, like Five For Fighting and Smallville, and Death Cab for Cutie and The O.C., they gain much-needed exposure.

I'll be off to watch the season finale after taking a shower. And then, I'll be bereft of my most beloved TV series for the next few months!

Excerpts taken from The Washington Post:
'The O.C.': Tuned In To Bring Music to The Masses
Richard Harrington
October 31, 2004

For alternative and indie bands, television has suddenly become the new radio -- a crucial outlet for music ignored by increasingly homogenized commercial radio stations and video channels.

The leader in this brave new world is Fox's "The O.C.," which premiered in August 2003 and kicks off its second season on Thursday. Reaching the desperately desired 12-to-24 demographic, "The O.C." and others offer bands mainstream exposure and a way around tight playlists.

In providing a credible soundtrack for their lives -- and cannily underscoring plot, dialogue and character development -- "The O.C." has become the show to turn to for great tunes you won't hear on the radio. Out of Marissa's and Seth's mouths also come the names of underground bands probably unfamiliar to most viewers, including Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Rooney and Phantom Planet, whose insistently catchy "California (Here We Come)" serves as the show's theme song. All have seen significant spikes in airplay and sales and, in some cases, increased attention from major labels.

And The Guardian:
How The OC Saved Music
Dorian Lynskey
December 1, 2004

The OC's Seth Cohen, played by Adam Brody, has been dubbed "TV's most popular fictional music buff" by Entertainment Weekly magazine. Cohen secured his status as alternative music's most high-profile cheerleader during a heated debate over the merits of cult quartet Death Cab for Cutie with the line: "Hey, do not insult Death Cab."

In the new series, Seth Cohen conveniently starts work at a rock venue, where visiting bands will include the Killers, the Thrills and Modest Mouse. No wonder Patsavas is deluged by CDs from eager up-and-comers. "It feels so natural because I think the characters would listen to the music that we're playing," she says. "I've heard the phrase 'OC band' and it's really flattering."

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