Among other things, the Mad Men creator explains why it was OK to use a Decemberists tune or anachronistic Dylan in That ’60s Show. No props given to RJD2, though. Season two ends this weekend. Check the Q&A at Variety.
Here’s a bit of trivia for you. The opening string-orchestra-theme music from “Mad Men” is actually stolen from the first six bars of the introduction to an arrangement by Enoch Light (of Enoch Light and the Light Brigade) of “Autumn Leaves”. The introduction which eventually was used as the “Mad Men” theme quits where the “Autumn Leaves” tune begins and then just repeats for another 8 bars with a heavy Latin/Rock percussion track superimposed over it. I just happened to be listening to the CD “The Most Beautiful Music in the World” by Enoch Light and the Light Brigade when I suddenly recognized the theme music from “Mad Men” (but without the heavy percussion). Curiously, the CD (PRD 5109) was released on the Project3Records label in 1992. The actual recording may be from the 1970′s or even earlier (it is discontinued now). Enoch Light recorded in the early 1960′s for the Command label (subsequently bought by American Broadcasting Company). So he was certainly prominent during the time frame in which “Mad Men” takes place.
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