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04.13.14 Mad Men Premiere12.24.13 2013 List
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Mad Men Premiere

Anyone excited to see it? *Spoilers* Last season was great, and I loved that Don has finally begun to embrace who he 'really' is, but I felt the ending was a little underwhelming. There was this ominous ambience throughout the season. Every episode had this reference to death, whether symbolic, literal, or referencing the political/social chaos of '68, and I was hoping that was going to lead to something big. Not that the death of Don Draper/rebirth of Dick whitman wasn't big, but I don't know, that 'Hershey scene' revelation didn't have the emotional impact I hoped Don's confession was going to be. There's also other little complaints I have about the season, but overall, like I said it, was a good one. There was a lot of change that came last season that I'm really excited to see play-out this season. A lot of the promotional art seems to depict the characters on an airport, I wonder if 'Sterling Cooper west' is actually going to be a thing with Draper and his men in California. I hope so. I love it when Draper goes to California, something interesting always happens. California has always been depicted as a kind of haven to him and it's been shown to be a place where he feels free to shed himself off Don's skin. Also, list is favourite 'music moments' from the series. may have forgotten some good ones though.
7 The Beach Boys
"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"

Pet Sounds on LSD. This song was played at an acid party that Roger attended with Jane (how Jane became friends with a bunch of intellectuals and psychiatrists is beyond me. or maybe one of them was her psychiatrist? I don't remember.) The scene uses a lot of surreal imagery (obviously), which synchs well with Brian Wilson's orchestral, avant-pop. I also loved Roger's little smartass remarks while one of the psychiatrist began quoting the tibetan book of the dead (come to think of it, "Tomorrow Never Knows" would have been the better fit here, especially since is more appropriate for Don's attempt to understand the youth of the '60s. but whatever, it's all good.)
6 The Beatles
"Tomorrow Never Knows"

$250,000 is a ridiculous amount of money to ask for. I don't know how Apple Corps sleeps at night Records sleeps at night, but Matthew Weiner is a man of means and gets what he wants. The usage of this song made for a cool montage in the end though. Pete's scene in particular was beautifully shot. The moment that she draws the heart and then rolls the window down was rough.
5 Megan Draper
Zou Bisou Bisou

While Megan sings this song to Don for his birthday in the season 5 premiere, there's a shot of Harry Crane (who needs more screen time) clapping his hands, whistling and yelling "oui oui!" That's the only way to describe Jessica Pare's performance here. The song is jazzy little number sung in french and it's really catchy. Also watching Jessica Pare singing it in that little black dress is a joy.
4 Nancy Sinatra
"You Only Live Twice"

Once an adulterer, always an adulterer. I've always loved this song and it's amazing how well it works more with Mad Men than 007. This song is played in a bar where Don smokes and drinks, and ponders his feelings for Megan. And then, suddenly, a woman comes out of no where and asks, "Are you alone?" One of the best ending scenes I've ever seen.
3 David Carbonara

The infamous scene where all the women of Sterling Cooper try out brands of lipsticks while all the men watch from a two-way mirror. The scene is genius, but the music is what makes it especially good. The song starts in when Joan struts in front of the guys and bends over. There's a jazzy guitar intro that compliments her movements so well, really gives the scene a sexy and slick feel. David Carbonara is brilliant. Check otut he song is you like smooth, cool jazz. "I want to stand up and salute that."
2 Ian
"Rivers of Babylon"

This song is beautiful. It was performed by a folk singer in a beantik club where Don got dragged to by his mistress from season 1, and it serves as the soundtrack to the episode's concluding montage. The singing, the mandolin melody, it's absolutely gorgeous. The song itself reflects the theme and references the episode had to the book Exodus and the feeling of being in state of exile. v=y0voSWdX4jo
1 Fly-Bi Nights
"Found Love"

This is an early psychedelic rock song that played during Don's Hash trip last season. I fell in love with the song, but mainly because it fit so well with the scene. Apparently, John Slattery (Roger Sterling) directed the episode and he did a fantastic job. I loved the POV shot of Megan leading Don through the party with the audio effects making everything feel so cloudy and surreal. Also, hippie Megan is super hot!
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