Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Dynamic Duo: Music and TV

By J9 of J9's MusicLife

The radio isn't the only place to discover new music. . .sometimes the best place is on your very own TV screen!  All of my life, I've enjoyed watching TV shows not only because of its great content but also because of the music that was showcased.  Usually these songs appear at a pivotal point in the episode, capturing the mood of that particular scene.

Back in the day, it was difficult for me to find the song I heard.  Luckily, in this day in age, I have Google or Shazam to help me find the song's name and artist to then download.  Some shows even do the work for you and display the song information during or at the end of the program.
Today, I thought I would feature some of my favorite TV Shows throughout the years that incorporated some great music:

1.  The Cosby Show
Oftentimes music would be heard during special family occasions such as anniversaries or birthdays.  The whole family would perform their own interpretation of a song together.  Songs showcased were mostly jazz, blues or R&B classics.

2.  Beverly Hills 90210
Music became more prevalent towards the later seasons.  Music artists would perform at a nightclub called "The After Dark," which was attached to the gang's famous spot the "Peach Pit."  They would feature current music of that time as well as independent and up and coming artists.

3. New York Undercover
Famous music artists would perform at "Natalie's," a nightclub where the two detectives would come to unwind after work or music would be played during a important moments of the episode.  The show did a great job mixing old and new R&B. 

4.  Nip/Tuck
The best tracks came on when the plastic surgeons were about to begin surgery on a patient.  Most of the time, the song directly related to the particular patient's storyline.  A wide variety of music could be heard from artists like Billy Idol, Frank Sinatra, Bach, Teena Marie, and Kanye West.

To check out the rest of the list, click here.


Dwight Allen O'Neal said...

WOW!!! What a creative story... I use to love the performances on The Cosby Show!!!

J9 said...

Thanks Dwight!




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