No favorite Lyric Friday today.
I have spoken about my horrible habit of watching too much TV in the past, but I need to write about one of the best shows I have seen in a long while. Last night, I watched the new show Life on Mars. This is actually a show based on a BBC show from 2006 (I mean can Hollywood come up with a good concept on their own anymore?) The show is about a Detective in the NYPD who runs his division in lower Manhattan. While on a case he gets hit by a car and wakes up 35 years in the past, in 1973.
I won’t go into more details than that, as to not give anything away. The reason, though, I want to bring this up here is the great used of music in this show. I believe I wrote about the show swingtown earlier in the summer. That show, which also takes place in the 70s, had a wonderful soundtrack, but in that show, the music was just hit songs from the 70s that “happened” to be playing on the radio in the scene, and had not real connection to the show.
In Live on Mars, the music seems to be an integral part of the show. The producers seem to have worked hard to make sure that the music was actually playing in 1973 and not later, and to find music to fit what is going on in the action. Again, I will not give any of that away, but here is a list of the 70s songs used in the show together with some youtube videos.
Little Willie by Sweet
How bad can a TV show be with all of these great songs?