Monday Mixtape #4 – Songs I discovered on Veronica Mars
After pondering how people discover new music, and then seeing the wonderful Spoon last week, I started thinking about my favourite young detective, Veronica Mars, and all the music I was exposed to during that show. At the time, I was still a Triple M listener [I really don’t want to talk about it], and wasn’t discovering much new music, but through Veronica Mars, I found a few songs and artists that I wouldn’t have otherwise encountered.
01. “Weak Become Heroes” – The Streets
[Original Pirate Material, 2002]
Episode 1×01: Pilot
Before Veronica Mars, all I knew from Mike Skinner was “Fit But You Know It”, which is a good song, but a bit of a novelty. “Weak Become Heroes” showcases his production talents, and invited me to take him a little more seriously as a musician.
02. “Such Great Heights” – The Postal Service
[Give Up, 2003]
Episode 1×05: You Think You Know Somebody
03. “Ventura Highway” – America
Episode 1×06: Return of the Kane
The Veronica Mars soundtrack wasn’t comprised entirely from current music; occasionally, to fit a scene or character, they would throw in a gem such as this one. Whenever I hear this song, though, I think of the scene that it accompanied – Aaron Echolls beating his son. Not a nice thought.
04. “Have a Nice Day” – Stereophonics
[Just Enough Education to Perform, 2001]
Episode 1×09: Drinking the Kool-Aid
Stereophonics never received much airplay or exposure over here [besides “Dakota”], so it was a pleasant surprise to discover a different track from these Welsh boys on the soundtrack to an American television series.
05. “Slow Hands” – Interpol
Episode 1×10: An Echolls Family Christmas
06. “Finding Out True Love Is Blind” – Louis XIV
[The Best Little Secrets Are Kept, 2005]
Episode 1×20: M.A.D.
07. “Bad Boyfriend” – Garbage
[Bleed Like Me, 2005]
Episode 1×22: Leave it to Beaver
Okay, this one’s a bit of a lie – I’ve always been a massive Garbage fan, but it was quite exciting to hear them in this episode, particularly in such an important scene. And this track was a highlight from their Bleed Like Me album.
08. “I Turn My Camera On” – Spoon
[Gimme Fiction, 2005]
Episode 2×03: Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang
The first Spoon song I ever heard.
09. “I Summon You” – Spoon
[Gimme Fiction, 2005]
Episode 2×12: Rashard and Wallace Go To White Castle
The second Spoon song I ever heard [and my favourite].
10. “I Know I Know I Know” – Tegan and Sara
[So Jealous, 2004]
Episode 2×16: The Rapes of Graff
Still my favourite Tegan and Sara song, and the first one I ever heard.
11. “I Hear The Bells” – Mike Doughty
[Haughty Melodic, 2005]
Episode 2×20: Look Who’s Stalking
Every time I saw that scene [Veronica Mars fans will know the one that I’m referring to], I’d get this song stuck in my head. When I look back through my old notebooks, every now and then I’d written out some of the lyrics to this song, accompanied by question marks, because I could never find out what it was. When I finally did find it, I was so glad that I did, because it’s an excellent track.