Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Always took a penny, never left a penny

Playlist: MY NAME IS EARL - Season 1

Once upon a time the great Eastern guru Carson Daly said "do good things, and good things will happen to you" and it was a morphine-induced Earl Hickey (Jason Lee) that heard that karma call. Today the first season of MY NAME IS EARL comes out on DVD, and in celebration of that I've compiled all the great (and so-so) musical moments from show's inaugural bow.



Heavy on the classic rock (Earl's mustache demands it) you could call this EVEN MORE DAZED AND CONFUSED, except for the occasional deviation. In the middle of all the Allman Bros., Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bachman-Turner Overdrive are songs from Nick Drake, The Cardigans and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But if you had to pick one artist that encompasses the show, it would be Country Funk legend Jerry Reed. You might remember "East Bound and Down" (from SMOKEY & THE BANDIT) was used during an episode (Episode 1x07 - 'Stole Beer From a Golfer') when Earl and Randy drove in the original BANDIT car from the movie.

Also out today is MY NAME IS EARL - THE ALBUM, which has many of the best song memories from the show, including both Jerry Reed songs ("Amos Moses" being the other,) Young MC's "Bust a Move" (which you might remember from Joy's wedding) and Sammy Davis busting out the great "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette.)" But like the show itself, the soundtrack takes some sharp corners. Instead of using the original versions of many songs, artists like John Hiatt and Matthew Sweet contribute covers. On paper it sounds interesting, but even the dream matchup of Sweet doing ELO ("Livin' Thing") falls flat. The others are, at best, wholly unnecessary.

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drake leLane said...

MY NAME IS EARL - Season 1

* "What Goes Around Comes Around (Earl's Theme, Vocal Version)" - Nescobar-a-lop-lop - Theme Music
* "The Monkey Dance" - The Wiggles - Episode 1x01 - Pilot
* "Been Caught Stealing" - Jane's Addiction - Episode 1x01 - Pilot
* "It Takes Two" - Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock - Episode 1x01 - Pilot
* "Winning" - Santana
* "Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)" - Erasure - Episode 1x01 - Pilot
* "Smoke Smoke That Cigarette" - Sammy Davis Jr. - Episode 1x02 - Quit Smoking
* "Livin' Thing" - Electric Light Orchestra. - Episode 1x02 - Quit Smoking
* "Who Do You Love?" - George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Episode 1x03 - Randy's Touchdown
* "Black Betty" - Ram Jam - Episode 1x03 - Randy's Touchdown
* "Money (That's What I Want)" - Barrett Strong - Episode 1x03 - Randy's Touchdown
* "Tuesday's Gone" - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Episode 1x03 - Randy's Touchdown
* "Born To Be Wild" - Steppenwolf - Episode 1x04 - Faked His Own Death
* "Lovefool" - The Cardigans - Episode 1x04 - Faked His Own Death
* "Happy Together" - The Turtles - Episode 1x04 - Faked His Own Death
* "Saturday In The Park" - Chicago - Episode 1x04 - Faked His Own Death
* "Bad To The Bone" - George Thorogood - Episode 1x04 - Faked His Own Death
* "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" - Nancy Sinatra - Episode 1x04 - Faked His Own Death
* "Bad Company" - Bad Company - Episode 1x05 - Teacher Earl
* "Flirtin' With Disaster" - Molly Hatchet - Episode 1x05 - Teacher Earl
* "One Love" - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Episode 1x05 - Teacher Earl
* "Amos Moses" - Jerry Reed - Episode 1x05 - Teacher Earl
* "Rock Candy" - Montrose - Episode 1x05 - Teacher Earl
* "Pride And Joy" - Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble - Episode 1x06 - Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine
* "Push It" - Salt-N-Pepa - Episode 1x06 - Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine
* "East Bound And Down - (From "Smokey And The Bandit")" - Jerry Reed - Episode 1x07 - Stole Beer From a Golfer
* "Open Arms" - Journey - Episode 1x07 - Stole Beer From a Golfer
* "Can't You See" - The Marshall Tucker Band - Episode 1x07 - Stole Beer From a Golfer
* "Everybody's Talkin'" - Harry Nilsson - Episode 1x07 - Stole Beer From a Golfer
* "Bust A Move" - Young MC - Episode 1x08 - Joy's Wedding
* "The Show Must Go On" - Three Dog Night - Episode 1x08 - Joy's Wedding
* "White Wedding (part 1)" - Billy Idol - Episode 1x08 - Joy's Wedding
* "Cherry Pie" - Warrant - Episode 1x08 - Joy's Wedding
* "Gimme Three Steps" - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Episode 1x08 - Joy's Wedding
* "Is This Love" - Bob Marley - Episode 1x08 - Joy's Wedding
* "Electric Avenue" - Eddy Grant - Episode 1x09 - Cost Dad the Election
* "Higher Ground" - Stevie Wonder - Episode 1x09 - Cost Dad the Election
* "Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Episode 1x09 - Cost Dad the Election
* "Mexican Radio" - Wall of Voodoo - Episode 1x09 - Cost Dad the Election
* "Time Has Told Me" - Nick Drake - Episode 1x09 - Cost Dad the Election
* "A Holly Jolly Christmas" - Burl Ives - Episode 1x10 - White Lie Christmas
* "Jingle Bells" - Bing Crosby - Episode 1x10 - White Lie Christmas
* "Don't Let Go" - Roy Hamilton - Episode 1x10 - White Lie Christmas
* "Give It Away" - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Episode 1x11 - Barn Burner
* "Burnin' For You" - Blue Oyster Cult - Episode 1x11 - Barn Burner
* "All Right Now" - Free - Episode 1x12 - O Karma, Where Art Thou?
* "Take This Job And Shove It" - Johnny Paycheck - Episode 1x12 - O Karma, Where Art Thou?
* "Hair Of The Dog" - Nazareth - Episode 1x12 - O Karma, Where Art Thou?
* "You're No Good" - Linda Ronstadt - Episode 1x12 - O Karma, Where Art Thou?
* "Takin' Care Of Business" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Episode 1x12 - O Karma, Where Art Thou?
* "Let's Work Together" - Canned Heat - Episode 1x13 - Stole P's HD Cart
* "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" - Tomoyasu Hotei - Episode 1x13 - Stole P's HD Cart
* "I Just Want To Celebrate" - Rare Earth - Episode 1x13 - Stole P's HD Cart
* "Time Has Come Today" - The Chambers Brothers - Episode 1x14 - Monkeys in Space
* "Peace Frog" - The Doors - Episode 1x14 - Monkeys in Space
* "Got The Time" - Joe Jackson - Episode 1x14 - Monkeys in Space
* "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - Jet - Episode 1x14 - Monkeys in Space
* "The Weight" - The Band - Episode 1x14 - Monkeys in Space
* "Twenty-Five Miles" - Edwin Starr - Episode 1x15 - Something to Live For
* "Ain't No Easy Way" - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Episode 1x15 - Something to Live For
* "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" - Gary Glitter - Episode 1x15 - Something to Live For
* "Joy" - Harry Nilsson - Episode 1x15 - Something to Live For
* "You're My Best Friend" - Queen - Episode 1x15 - Something to Live For
* "Louie Louie" - The Kingsmen - Episode 1x16 - The Professor
* "Teach Your Children" - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Episode 1x16 - The Professor
* "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult - Episode 1x16 - The Professor
* "Hooch" - Everything - Episode 1x16 - The Professor
* "Slow Ride" - Foghat - Episode 1x17 - Didn't Pay Taxes
* "Beauty School Dropout" - Frankie Avalon - Episode 1x17 - Didn't Pay Taxes
* "Theme From "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It Or Not)" - Joey Scarbury - Episode 1x17 - Didn't Pay Taxes
* "One Time One Night" - Los Lobos - Episode 1x17 - Didn't Pay Taxes
* "Radar Love" - Golden Earring - Episode 1x18 - Dad's Car
* "Highway Star" - Deep Purple - Episode 1x18 - Dad's Car
* "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" - James Taylor - Episode 1x18 - Dad's Car
* "Mustang Sally" - Wilson Pickett - Episode 1x18 - Dad's Car
* "Back Door Santa" - Clarence Carter - Episode 1x19 - Y2K
* "Money For Nothing" - Dire Straits - Episode 1x19 - Y2K
* "Free For All" - Ted Nugent - Episode 1x19 - Y2K
* "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - R.E.M. - Episode 1x19 - Y2K
* "I'm Your Boogie Man" - KC & The Sunshine Band - Episode 1x20 - Boogeyman
* "Lunatic Fringe" - Red Rider - Episode 1x21 - The Bounty Hunter
* "Jump Around " - House Of Pain - Episode 1x22 - Stole a Badge
* "Sabotage" - Beastie Boys - Episode 1x22 - Stole a Badge
* "I Put A Spell On You" - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Episode 1x22 - Stole a Badge
* "Shining Star" - Earth, Wind And Fire - Episode 1x22 - Stole a Badge
* "American Woman" - The Guess Who - Episode 1x23 - BB
* "Double Trouble" - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Episode 1x23 - BB
* "Roll On Down The Highway" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Episode 1x23 - BB
* "Simple Man" - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Episode 1x24 - Number One
* "Here You Come Again" - Dolly Parton - Episode 1x24 - Number One
* "Hold On Tight" - Electric Light Orchestra - Episode 1x24 - Number One
* "The Boys Are Back In Town" - Thin Lizzy - Episode 1x24 - Number One