Sunday, June 6, 2010

Welcome to The O.C., bitch!

If you're a bit confused about that title, please watch this video for an explanation.

You know what I never get to talk about because it's been over for years? "The O.C." It was my favorite show (honestly speaking, it still is) and helped shape a lot of my music taste. And because there are no shows on television right now and soundtracks are just...blah, I'm offering to you five of my favorite music moments from The O.C. Mind you, this list is incomplete because there are dozens of brilliant music moments from the series.

"All The Arms Around You" by Halloween, Alaska from Season 2, Episode 1 "The Distance"

Seth ran away from home because Ryan left. So now, Seth has learned to grill and is living with Luke and his gay dad. But Ryan comes along and tells Seth he should go home. In the end, they both go home to The O.C. If only look Luke had said "Welcome back to The O.C., bitch."

"World At Large" by Modest Mouse from Season 2, Episode 7 "The Family Ties"

In that clip (which I'll admit totally made me cry) Marissa's dad is leaving because he messed everything up. But don't worry, Marissa brings bagels to the Cohen residence and everything is right in the world. Adding this song into the mix just makes everything sadder, though.

"Running Up That Hill" by Placebo from Season 4, Episode 1 "The Avengers"

Season 4 opening scene. Ryan is a cage fighter? Julie Cooper has tons of pills in her medicine cabinet? Ryan and Julie are meeting in a skanky motel? What's going on?! Thanks to this Placebo cover of the
Kate Bush song, this opening is especially intense.

"Caught By The River" by Doves from Season 1, Episode 2 "The Model Home

Aw, it's Seth, Marissa and Ryan's first bonding experience, bike riding and skateboarding along the boardwalk. What could be better? Oh, I know, when Ryan burns down a house 30 minutes later!

"Into Dust" by Mazzy Star from Season 1, Episode 7 "The Escape"

Shit just got real. Marissa has OD'd on Summer's step-mom's prescription pills in Tijuana (lovingly referred to as TJ) and has found a nice little pile of dirt to lay on. Later, this song
comes back in the form of a spectacular cover by Ashtar Command in season 4 - another favorite music moment.

There won't be much on TV this summer - with the exception of True Blood, which is going to render me speechless due to how amazing it's going to be - so if you're looking for something to watch or to find some new music, venture into the realm of Orange County, California.

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