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Tune of the Week – “A Beautiful Mine”

Yep, I have the Mad Men bug too. Mad Men is an extraordinary TV show in so many ways. It’s not just about the sharp suits, the smoke that gets absolutely everywhere and the swagger which every character has to …

Thu, Nov 20, 2008, 09:49

   

Yep, I have the Mad Men bug too.

Mad Men is an extraordinary TV show in so many ways. It’s not just about the sharp suits, the smoke that gets absolutely everywhere and the swagger which every character has to some extent or another. It’s more than just the cracking cast – especially Jon Hamm as the suave Don Draper, Vincent Kartheiser as over-ambitious little gobshite Pete Campbell or Elisabeth Moss as Peggy the innocent, naive secretary. And it goes beyond how show creator Matthew Weiner has moulded this world of Madison Avenue advertising execs who think they’re the masters of the universes as the Sixties kick in and post-war American culture begins to unwind.

More than all that, Mad Men shows that some TV makers know where the cultural mojo is right now. You watch Mad Men and you’re willing to forgive and forget the hours of dross on every other channel. You lap it up on DVD because it’s quality, one episode after the next. Hollywood doesn’t provide stimulation like this any more.

The show’s theme tune is also superb. Think of the great TV shows from the past couple of years and the theme tune always works. Just as the various versions of “Down In The Hole” were perfect for The Wire, this awesome piece of music from RJD2 is heaven-sent for Mad Men. It’s the very last tune on his “Magnificent City Instrumentals” album and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas earned her chops yet again by unearthing it (she talks about finding the music for Mad Men here). Enjoy

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