My So-Called Life: A Celebration of Teenage Drama Through Song

If you are anything like us here at MITN, you would have known that last week Sundance Channel began to reair ALL OF THE EPISODES of My So-Called Life. This is a big deal, for many angst-ridden/nostalgic and once angst-ridden teenagers, which pretty much accounts for all teenagers anywhere at anytime. What I am trying to say is, at least give this show a shot. If you don’t have cable, get on your friend the Internet and visit Netflix, (and maybe other video sites?) which has the complete series up.

The show follows Angela Chase, a 15 year old girl doing 15 year old things, like getting mad at parents, dyeing her hair unnatural colors, and being generally moody. Wait, that makes it sound annoying. I swear, it is excellent. Seriously, just watch it. Please. And if you have, I salute you. The show features some cool mid-90’s tunes, which inspired me to create this playlist of high school melodramaticness (a word I just invented, to coincide with the 90’s music’s inventiveness). So it is guaranteed to be great. So just listen to it, please. Click Angela’s pretty face below to access 8tracks (or just click here).


The Great Gatsby: Nick Carraway’s Playlist

Books are humanity in print
-Barbara W. Tuchman

Two weeks ago we premiered our very first fictional character’s playlist from the silver screen. Today marks our very first fictional character from the written word. We believe that reading can be the most visual of the arts, relying far more on the readers’ imagination. Readers visualize scenery, characters, architecture, voice inflection, accents, colors, sounds, and of course, music. To kick off our very first literature playlist, I chose a novel that I hope is familiar to all of us (especially with the recent news of the Gatsby mansion being demolished) and that is known to many as “The “Great American Novel”:

Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby highlights life after the first World War, a time known as the “roaring 20’s” when American society prospered amidst a soaring economy. The novel is narrated by Nick Carraway, a young bachelor wanting to learn the bond business. Nick moves to Long Island’s North Shore known as “West Egg” and rents a summer cottage next to the mansion owned by wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby, famous for his lavish parties. Nick becomes involved with several other wealthy individuals who spend their time going to parties in elegant estates and mansions. The imagery of these parties stand out the most in the novel and were truly representative of the “American dreams” of high society during the time period. The 1920’s were truly a time for celebration and nothing fit that mood better than jazz music.

As you can imagine, Nick Carraway attended many grand parties and danced the night away to the hits of the time such as Benny Goodman’s “Bugle Call Rag” and Glenn Miller’s “Farewell Blues”. Other jazz legends of the 1920’s and beyond (Ellington, Mingus, Gershwin) are truly essential music for this playlist.  And finally, Chopin’s “Nocturne” undoubtedly sets the mood for the finale of the novel in which Nick leaves for the Midwest, never to forget his summer spent on West Egg.

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”

My name is Peggy Olson, and I’d like to smoke some marijuana.

What better way to give tribute to this past weekend’s Record Store Day than by featuring a character who has a kick-ass record collection. When talking about Mad Men, the show about the glamour age of Madison Avenue and the three martini lunch, everyone automatically thinks of suave Don Draper. At Movies in the Newspaper, we happen to think of a heroine, Ms. Peggy Olson.

No character has evolved more than Peggy. She first started on the show as a conservative, Brooklynite secretary. Four seasons later she becomes a marijuana smoking, stripteasing senior copywriter. You can’t help but admire a woman who breaks through extremely thick glass ceiling in the old boys’ club of the advertising world.

The following mix is compromised of tunes from women that Peggy may have identified with during lonely nights after work, with a Chubby Checker song thrown in the mix because the girl also knows how to party:

What the What!!!

We’re back?! For real?!

That’s right. Movies in the Newspaper has returned and what better way to kick off our first Music Monday than with the most inspirational female television character on air today.

That’s right. Elizabeth Miervaldis Lemon.

We absolutely love Liz Lemon and her dysfunctional foodaholic ways and felt that the only way to properly kick off this blog was with her playlist.

Liz Lemon is a woman close to all our hearts. A hard working lady, Liz is the head writer of the often overlooked live comedy show TGS starring her best friend Jenna Maroney and fellow celebrity crazy Tracy Jordan. Her show and life is constantly under scrutiny by the Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming for General Electric, Jack Donaghy. Liz Lemon puts up with a lot and doesn’t ask for much except for the occasional sandwich and a chance for true love.

Although Liz admits the word “lovers” bums her out unless it’s between the words meat and pizza, we all know she longs for a real-life Astronaut Mike Dexter to sweep her off her feet. Unfortunately, Liz has had some terrible boyfriends in the past and now says that her ideal romance would be to “ start a relationship about twelve years in, when you really don’t have to try anymore, and you can just sit around together and goof on TV shows, and then go to bed without anybody trying any funny business”.

Her relationship with food is a whole other story, one that we don’t have time for at the moment because we should really start talking about her playlist. But before we do, here’s a clip that blends both song and food in such a way that only Liz Lemon could:

While Liz doesn’t come off as the biggest music listener (she once said her favorite band is Amy Grant) we knew that couldn’t possibly be the case. After all, she went to elementary school with Sheryl Crow who she co-starred with as a pair of kidneys in their 5th grade musical. We know that Liz will sometimes belt out songs from Annie when no one’s looking. Not to mention her addiction to Sabor de Soledad…. it was only logical that we found so many food inspired songs on her “Blerg!” mix. However, the most surprising of all her songs is the very last track. It seems as though her sexual dysfunction as a result of a tragic childhood incident involving Tom Jones has been resolved.

So slip on your bi-curious shoes and dance along to the musical stylings of Liz Lemon!