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Till Death Do Us Rock : Songs that could be in The Office
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May 12th 2006 edited

This show uses very few songs in the episodes..."Sing" by Travis being an exception, and last night had "Don't Stand So Close to Me" done by Scrantonicity :-) But if you had to make up an "inspired by" soundtrack for the show, which song(s) would you include and why? I mean JAM-inspired music and just fun songs to fit other characters/situations from the show. I'm looking to burn a few new CDs for the summer, and I need some "Office-themed" music for those crazy hazy days.

My nominations would be "Love Will Come Through" by Travis (I love the song, and the fact that Travis did "Sing" for a Jim and Pam moment makes it an obvious choice). I also like "A Smile that Explodes" by Joseph Arthur (I don't know how it fits...just moody and contemplative, I guess). I know I'll think of more later, proabably more upbeat ones to go with more lighthearted moments, but I'll go with these for now.

May 12th 2006

Loaded Teapot-I love you.

I was thinking of doing this exact thread and I adore Travis too.

The one song I want to hear so badly on the show, is Flowers in the Window (by Travis). I have it all planned out in my head already. It would be the last episode a la UK version, where Jim buys Pam the house she's always wanted with the terrace and the whole shabang, and the camera pans away as they both stand on the terrace with their arms around each other as the song plays and final credits roll.

I don't care that it exceeds the "cheesiness" quota. I think it would be glorious!

May 12th 2006 edited

You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles

Hummingbird - Wilco (for the Jam moments...)

Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys (should be played every time Michael enters the room, now that he's such a stud)

May 12th 2006

I was totally thinking of this thread this afternoon! Okay here's one that always makes me think of Jim and Pam: Beautiful by James Blunt. The words are ridiculously perfect, especially last night. I'll have to think of some fun ones for everyone else.

May 12th 2006

"Homesick" by Kings of Convenience is a great, melancholy song about feeling desperate and trapped at a job you hate... so yeah.

Ben Folds has a couple songs that remind me of Michael: "The Ascent of Stan," about a hippie who becomes a man of some importance with an office and finds that nobody likes him anymore, and "Best Imitation of Myself," about a guy who tries and tries to be liked but just comes off as pathetic and insincere.

And you could always go with "Hey Julie" by Fountains of Wayne for that sweet aspect.

Great topic!

May 12th 2006 edited

Can't see music being on The Office unless it was purely natural, like on in the background, like a jukebox on Jam's first date...

Dream Jukebox playlist:

  • Belle & Sebastian - Step Into My Office, Baby.
  • The Coral - Dreaming of You
  • Pas/Cal - I wanna take you out in your holiday sweater
  • The Beatles - Something
  • Blur - Coffee & TV
  • Brendan Benson - Cold Hands (Warm Heart)
  • The White Stripes - My Doorbell
  • The Libertines - What Katie Did
  • The New Pornographers - All For Swinging Around You
  • Of Montreal - Will You Come And Fetch Me?
  • White Rose Movement - Testcard Girl
  • The Zutons - Moons & Horror Shows

I think I've got a new iPod playlist...

May 12th 2006

The song that seems like an anthem to Jim and Pam whenever I hear it is Bring it on Home by country group Little Big Town. Here's a link to the lyrics- Bring it on Home
Here's just a couple of lines that I think really apply:

I know your heart can get all tangled up inside
But don't you keep it to yourself

and

You know I know you like the back of my hand
But did you know I'm gonna do all that I can right here


Denise

May 12th 2006

Yes! This thread rocks! Though I'm going to have to take a couple days to come up with an appropriate playlist.

To quote my favorite movie of all time, "The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up is hard to do - it takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick it off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you gotta take it up a notch -but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you gotta to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules…"-High Fidelity.

I think the only thing that could make this show even better is a kick ass soundtrack. It wouldn't make any sense of course, just like real life doesn't have a soundtrack (how I wish it did!), but it would possibly make my life complete.

May 12th 2006 edited

Oh wow, thought of another -- Elliott Smith's "Twilight." Reverse the genders and it's Pam perfectly.

I haven't laughed this hard in a long time/I better stop before I start crying

She's a sight to see/And she is good to me/But I'm already somebody's baby

May 12th 2006

Excellent thread, I too had been pondering it for a while.

Here goes:

  • Fountains of Wayne - Hey Julie (I think of Jam everytime I hear this song. In fact, FoW write a lot of "office"-inspired tunes.)

  • Wisely - Through Any Window (It's on Jenna's MySpace page so now the Office is all I can think of when I hear it. Sounds like it could definitely be on the show though)

  • Five Iron Frenzy - You Can't Handle This (Awesome band, and this song is the perfect "geeky megalomaniac" (i.e. Dwight) song.)

  • Elbow - Switching Off (Such a beautiful song, it belongs on any kind of playlist, not just this one.)

  • Straylight Run - The Tension and the Terror ("I die trying jsut to keep myself from kissing you." Jamness.)

  • We Didn't Start the Fire - William Joel (Honestly, why not?)

May 12th 2006

Because I can't think of anything else whenever I hear it on the radio: "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon.

I'm not into many (any?) lesser-known bands, so if I came up with a list it would be boring and obvious. I might try later. I guess.

May 12th 2006 edited

Don't Stop Believing - Journey

Oh c'mon, why not? It's Journey!!

Oh, and I'm a huge John Mayer fan and if you listen to his Hotel Cafe concert, there a song called "Another You". A quick verse...

It's been over
You made your stand
You got me cryin'
As was your plan

But when my lonliness is through
I'm gonna find another you...

Just my .02

May 12th 2006

Wow, I love John Mayer and I have not heard that song! I'll have to look into getting that cd. I think he is an incredible song writer.

May 12th 2006 edited

When I heard “Yellow Country Teeth” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah playing in the background at Jim’s BBQ, I almost died. Listen for it during the “I’m a vegetarian” “There’s soda inside” scene. It’s one of my favourite songs! I love that Jim likes it too.

Edit: Unless his roommate Mark chose the music for the night, but since "Side" by Travis is playing when everyone arrives, I'm inclined to think the music is all Jim.

May 12th 2006

Genius thread! How about "Company Calls Epilogue" by Death Cab for Cutie? The whole song is about a guy being in love with a girl getting married soon.

"You were the one, but I can't spit it out when the date's been set"

I thought it fit perfectly (until last night when he did spit it out)

May 13th 2006

You guys have just given me tons of songs to download, thanks to all, I've been looking for new music.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, its actually not a CD, it was a small intimate concert of his new album that's not released yet. If you want, contact me and I'll get it to you ASAP

May 13th 2006

Thanks Small Business Man, that would be super sweet. You can send me an email or just leave another post :)

May 13th 2006 edited

Hey Spamster, I think it's safe to assume that Jim made the playlist for his barbecue. In the iTunes music store they have Dunder Mifflin employee playlists and Jim's list starts off with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away). He's got other great bands on there too, like The Shins, Neutral Milk Hotel and Sufjan Stevens as well as the aforementioned Travis. The only track I'm not so sure about is Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl", though he blames that one on Katy. Everyone else's lists are incredible as well, especially Dwight's:

Danzig - "Mother" (track 11): So good. I sang this karaoke-style for my mother when she turned 50. She got very emotional and had to leave the room"

May 13th 2006

I forgot about the iTunes playlists! I tried to view Jim's awhile back, but I couldn't on Canadian iTunes for some reason so I gave up. It seems now that all I had to do was change my iTunes store to the American one.

Wow, I love Neutral Milk Hotel. If it's possible, Jim just got cooler.

I can't stop listening to the Police today! I was walking down the street today listening to my ipod and cracking up thinking about the 1983 effects. I'm sure I looked like a crazy person, but oh well.

May 13th 2006

My Best Friend - Weezer

Your Heart is an Empty Room - Death Cab

A Letter to Elise - The Cure

All for Jam, of course...

May 13th 2006 edited

Yes! Great thread!

"Consequence" - The Notwists

"Be Still My Heart" - The Postal Service

"To Be Alone With You" - Sufjan Stevens (My favorite musical artist)

"I'd Rather Dance With You" - Kings of Convenience

"Wonderwall" - Oasis (I've been in a strange Oasis mood lately...)

Also, I recommend a couple of the office-life inspired tracks by Fountains of Wayne, "Hey Julie" and "Bright Future in Sales"

May 13th 2006 edited

First off to chase that feeling, nice to see another Belle & Sebastian and New Pornographers fan here (saw them both in Toronto) and thanks cause you gave me another idea of a song for JAM. Trent I know what you mean about Sufjan, I can wait until he releases the leftovers from Illinoise!

Enough of that here is my list, it's a mix of older and newer:

I found a Reason - The Velvet Underground

I'm the Man who Loves You - Wilco

You Love Me - DeVotchka

The Weather - Built to Spill

The Man in me - Bob Dylan (Hey it was good enough for "the Dude")

Teenage Feeling - Neko Case

I Will Wait for You - Connie Francis

The Start of Something - Voxtrot

Ladies and Gentleman We are Floating in Space - Spiritualized

and finally inspired by the season finale

Drive - The Cars

"who's gonna drive you home?" Not Roy, he's too tired.

May 13th 2006

Lots of great ideas here, and in fact, I was just thinking about starting a topic like this when I saw this.

I think it was on Jim's playlist, but anyway, "Rebellion (Lies)" would be a great fit. Lyrically, I'm not sure it does the trick, but it sure sounds pretty enough.

May 13th 2006

Wierd I was thinking about Jim leaving Pam over the summer to go to Stamford and then coming back to her (one of my favorite senarios for the next season).

I just happened to be listening to "Vote" by the Submarines and there is this line that was just perfect.

"With all you said I would wait 100 summers just once again to be with you."

It's a perfect JAM song, and if anyone is interested you can actually hear it on the Submarines website. Look under "Music".

http://www.thesubmarines.com/

May 13th 2006

stillme, nice to see another Voxtrot fan at you too :D.

May 13th 2006 edited

I have to add some more love for Sufjan. My pick would be "For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti" from the Michigan album.

as for artists whom (i think) have not been mentioned:
Art Brut - Good Weekend
Earlimart - Tell The Truth, Parts I & II
Feist - Secret Heart
Imogen Heap - The Moment I Said It
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
Saturday Looks Good To Me - Since You Stole My Heart
Stars - Elevator Love Letter (the chorus is perfect)
"My office glows all night long/Its a nuclear show, and the stars are gone/Elevator, Elevator, take me home"

and here are three bands I actually saw in Scranton while I was in college:
Guster - Two Points For Honesty
Barenaked Ladies - Call And Answer
Weezer - Falling For You

I've got Jam on the brain as well so that's the inspiration for these songs.

chase and stillme, great lists and hooray for Voxtrot. I have some of their live stuff on my website. (it's linked in my profile)

May 13th 2006

These are all great-

I'd like to add The Sound of Settling ~ Death Cab for Cutie

May 13th 2006 edited

Another Belle and Seb song - If You Find Yourself Caught in Love

For some reason, Life During Wartime by Talking Heads seems to fit Dwight

And without starting a whole other post, let me add "Temptation" by New Order

May 13th 2006

Wow, so many fantastic musicians in this thread. Death Cab for Cutie, Snow Patrol, Stars, Elliott Smith... You people are awesome :D After the finale, every love song I hear reminds me of JAM. Maybe a little unhealthy, lol. I'll try find some that actually relate to the story sometime.

May 13th 2006

Great picks! The Notwist, Sufjan, Stars (what an awesome band)... I'd like to throw in a vote for the Dismemberment Plan's "Girl O'Clock," a frenetic, panicked, get-me-out-of-here anthem that reminds me of Ryan more and more.

And since this thread is becoming the soundtrack to JAM, you gotta have "The Promise" by When in Rome. This is the song that played over the closing credits of Napoleon Dynamite. So cheesy, and so good.

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