Thursday, January 26, 2006

The music license struggle

Play it: Freaks & Geeks (1st and only season)

Record labels have television studios over a barrell with overcharging for extending the rights from TV shows to DVD releases. One such TV show was locked in a battle to get the rights for a long time, but somehow made it work and the DVD release quickly became one of best selling DVD TV series sets. Freaks & Geeks ran into all sorts of problems getting the rights extended for the music on the show, and producer Judd Apatow fronted a lot of his own money, in the end, to get it done. (The playlist above [tracklist here] is a testament to just how hard Apatow and DVD producer Richard Williams had to work to get it done.)

This licensing issue is the main reason we'll never see a WKRP DVD set, and even now, when watching it in syndication, that's why you won't hear many of the songs that appeared in the original episodes. That's right, they've been switched in most cases to royalty-free music, and even dialogue's been changed to remove lyric and song titles.

A lot of current shows might run into these problems as well (Love Monkey, if it makes it through a season,) but many shows, like The O.C., Veronica Mars, The Gilmore Girls, etc., have been getting the rights early on and choosing songs/artists/labels that are more 'cost efficient' in the process.

Freaks & Geeks episodic music tracklisting

Adtunes' recent feature on TV-to-DVD licensing woes

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Freaks and Geeks

1.01 Pilot
* "Runnin' With The Devil" - Van Halen
* "I'm Alright - (Theme From Caddyshack)" - Kenny Loggins
* "Renegade" - Styx
* "Come Sail Away" - Styx
1.02 Beers & Weirs
* "Hush" - Deep Purple
* "Jesus Is Just Alright" - The Doobie Brothers
* "Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo" - Rick Derringer
* "No One To Depend On" - Santana
* "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" - Van Halen
* "Maybe" - Janis Joplin
* "Do You Love Me" - KISS
1.03 Tricks & Treats
* "Gonna Raise Hell" - Cheap Trick
* "Roller" - April Wine
* "Free-For-All" - Ted Nugent
1.04 Kim Kelly's My Friend
* "Jamie's Cryin'" - Van Halen
* "Ice Cream Man" - Van Halen
* "King Tut" - Steve Martin
* "Reminiscing" - Little River Band
1.05 Tests & Breasts
* "Takin' Care Of Business" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
* "Superfly" - Curtis Mayfield
* "Little Dreamer" - Van Halen
1.06 I'm With the Band
* "The Spirit Of Radio" - Rush
* "Sunshine Of Your Love" - Cream
* "Crossroads" - Cream
* "White Room" - Cream
1.07 Carded & Discarded
* "C'Etait Toi (You Were The One)" - Billy Joel
* "Rosalinda's Eyes" - Billy Joel
* "Don't Ask Me Why" - Billy Joel
* "Stomp!" - The Brothers Johnson
* "I'm Eighteen" - Alice Cooper
* "We're An American Band" - Grand Funk Railroad
1.08 Girlfriends & Boyfriends
* "Whipping Post" - The Allman Brothers Band
* "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" - Journey
* "Night: Nights In White Satin" - The Moody Blues
* "Lady" - Styx
1.09 We've Got Spirit
* "Dust In The Wind" - Kansas
* "Keep Yourself Alive" - Queen
* "Everybody Wants Some!!" - Van Halen
* "Stranglehold" - Ted Nugent
* "The Song Is Over" - The Who
1.10 The Diary
* "Journey To The Center Of Your Mind" - Ted Nugent
* "No Language In Our Lungs" - XTC
1.11 Looks & Books
* "I'm The Man" - Joe Jackson
* "Look Sharp!" - Joe Jackson
* "Slip Kid" - The Who
* "Flamethrower" - J. Geils Band
1.12 The Garage Door
* "Take The Long Way Home" - Supertramp
* "25 Or 6 To 4 " - Chicago
* "Good Times Roll" - The Cars
* "Karn Evil 9 -1st, 2nd & 3rd Impressions" - Emerson, Lake And Palmer
* "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" - Charlie Daniels
* "Amie" - Pure Prairie League
1.13 Chokin' & Tokin'
* "Smokin'" - Boston
* "Fat Bottomed Girls" - Queen
* "Hi-De-Ho" - Blood, Sweat and Tears
* "Aqualung" - Jethro Tull
* "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" - Mac Davis
1.14 Dead Dogs & Gym Teachers
* "I'm Free" - The Who
* "I'm One" - The Who
* "Boris The Spider" - The Who
* "Love, Reign O'er Me" - The Who
* "Squeeze Box" - The Who
* "Going Mobile" - The Who
* "Drowned" - The Who
* "Summer Breeze" - Seals & Crofts
1.15 Noshing & Moshing
* "Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not" - X
* "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" - Dean Martin
* "Lime Green" - Diesel Boy
* "Happy Street" - Diesel Boy
* "Punk Rock 101" - Diesel Boy
1.16 Smooching & Mooching
* "Tom Sawyer" - Rush
* "The Monster" - Gene Krupa
* "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" - Warren Zevon
1.17 The Little Things
* "If My Friends Could See My Now" - Linda Clifford
* "Fashion" - David Bowie
* "The Road" - Jackson Browne
1.18 Discos & Dragons
* "Ripple" - Grateful Dead
* "I Don't Want To Be A Freak (But I Can't Help Myself)" - DYNASTY
* "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
* "The Groove Line (Disco Version)" - Heatwave