Monday, March 26, 2012
Mad Men - "A Little Kiss": Music à la Mode
Ken Griffin's "Marea Baja," an artist who died too early in the 50s but continued having albums released by Columbia for another decade (one could say that Ken Griffin was the Tupac Shakur of his day and be sort of right).
"Zou Bisou Bisou," originally performed by 16-year old Gillian Hills. Part of the French "yéyé" pop movement, the song would've been a hit just a few years prior in Quebec, where Megan's from. Gillian Hills version was much more restrained, to say the least (video below), but Megan's sultry take on it in fishnet stockings is one of our first truly 60s moments in the show, where we finally feel pulled into what we think of when the decade is brought to mind. The 60s has always hovered at the peripherals, but in the world of Sterling Cooper, it has remained in the 50s until now. Maybe it's the fact that it's the first opportunity I've had to see it in HD, but the set and wardrobe colors seem much brighter -- further evidence of that decade's late arriving cultural shadow.
Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," her first HUGE hit after which (released in March of 1966) she became the biggest selling female artist in the world, making her an appropriate choice to further set that year as our new setting.
Playlist: Mad Men - Episode 5.01 (Spotify)
1. "Marea Baja" - Ken Griffin
2. "Zou Bisou Bisou" - Gillian Hills (sung by Megan at Don's birthday party)
3. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" - Dusty Springfield
UPDATE: The song as performed by Jessica Pare is now available both from iTunes AND on vinyl (in red or black) via Insound.
Previously: Mad Men - "Tomorrowland" (Episode 4.13)