August 12, 2013

Monday Mix: Television Eyes

A compilation of songs first heard through television eyes.

When I was younger, my dream job was (and in many ways still is) to work as a music supervisor. I could think of no better career than one that involved choosing music for TV shows and movies. Even now when I make music, I can't help but imagine the scene in a movie that the song would be perfect for. I feel like if I'm totally and completely honest with myself, 7 times out of 10 I would rather sit down to watch TV than put on a record. It makes me kind of uneasy to admit that because I feel like everyone I know is always saying something like: "Ugh, I don't even own a TV, let alone cable!"

My first great TV love was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I saw the very first episode when it first aired in 1997 and was completely hooked until it ended in 2003. It remains, IMO, one of the greatest television shows of all time. It wasn't just the story, the fashion or the characters that I loved so much about Buffy, it was that every week it consistently had some of the best music that I had yet to hear. When Buffy put out it's first soundtrack in '99, I listened to it obsessively for months. It brought so many new, wonderful bands into my life and if I had never sat through those hours of TV, I might never have found out about Garbage, The Sundays, Alison Krauss & Union Station, K's Choice, Bikini Kill and even The Breeders (who, fun fact, perform at The Bronze in Season 7). Some of my favorite songs are songs I first heard through my TV eyes and that's what todays Monday Mix is all about.

1. "Kids in America" - The Muffs (Clueless)
2. "Standing in the Way of Control" - Gossip (Skins)
3. "Kiss Me" - Six Pence None the Richer (She's All That)
4. "Dangerous Type" - Letters to Cleo (The Craft)
5. ""I Don't Give a Fuck" - Boss (Orange is the New Black)
6. "Temptation Waits" - Garbage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
7. "Wild Horses" - The Sundays (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
8. "Bad Reputation" - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (10 Things I Hate About You)
9. "Unattainable" - Little Joy (Whip It)
10. "No One Will Ever Love You" - Connie Britton & Charles Esten (Nashville)


Mix artwork by Saffa Khan

Written by Marisa Dabice