This week we talk about Season 1, Episode 11 “Paris is Burning.”
Gilmore Girls: Complete Soundtrack:
This playlist features songs that appear throughout the run of Gilmore Girls, but this episode features no commercial music. The songs I have selected to add to this show can be found in the Spinning In Stars Hollow playlist below. The theme song of Gilmore Girls can be found on this playlist, and here’s some additional information:
- “Where You Lead I Will Follow” by Carole King | Purchase music from Carole King
- Carole King re-recorded “Where You Lead” to be used as the Gilmore Girls theme song with her daughter Louise Goffin. Following the song’s use on the show, it was titled “Where You Lead I Will Follow”. Amy Sherman Palladino has said: “We were in that sort of mode where we’re like, let’s just ask everything of everyone and see who says no to us. “Let’s see if Carole King will do our theme song!” Like we were high on crack, we were so shocked the show got picked up.”
- The song was used as the theme to all seven original seasons of Gilmore Girls.
- This song was recently removed from Spotify, but I’ve added the live version from Carole King’s Living Room Tour.
- La-la-las by Sam Phillips | Purchase music from Sam Phillips
- These little bits play a big part in the score of the show as a whole, creating backdrops for high and low moments alike.
- In a January 2010 interview with Stephen Foster for Houston’s OutSmart magazine, Amy Sherman-Palladino described how she wanted the music, especially the ongoing Sam Phillips score, to sound very connected to the girls themselves, almost like “an extension of their thoughts. If they had music going in their head during a certain emotional thing in their life, if they were real people, this would be the music that was going on.” Amy Sherman-Palladino also stresses that “[she] thinks that is what elevated the show. Because [music] wasn’t a wasted element in the show. Everything was trying to say a little something, add a little something to it.”
- Sookie makes reference to Ricky Martin | Purchase music from Ricky Martin
- Lorelai is cha-cha-chaing right now.
Today’s Special: Melissa acts as Music Supervisor
Season 1, Episode 11 of Gilmore Girls doesn’t have any commercial music. I thought it would be fun to add some music to the scenes that I think would elevate them a little bit. Below you will find details about my selections:
- “A Love Supreme, Part 1, Acknowledgement” by John Coltrane | Purchase music from John Coltrane
- This is music I feel would be playing in Max Medina’s apartment, especially when he’s hosting a dinner date with Lorelai.
- “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears | Purchase music from Tears for Fears
- I imagine the Gilmore home would have had music flowing through every room at almost all hours of the day (at least when one of the girls was at home). This selection would be perfect for the scene as Lorelai gets ready for her date with Max.
- “Ohio” by Damien Jurado | Purchase music from Damien Jurado
- The last verse laments Jurado’s love leaving and moving back to her home with the final line being “I’ll see you sometime.” Which is the feeling we get as we watch Max and Lorelai part ways.
All three of these songs can be found on the Spinning in Stars Hollow Playlist below, since none of these songs were actually used in the show.
Melissa is (er, I am? Third person is odd…) pictured holding her copy of BADBADNOTGOOD’s VI (2016, Innovative Leisure Records, Vinyl Me, Please Records Of The Month – Vol. 43, Magenta).
Spinning in Stars Hollow
This week I’ve added 3 songs to the season 1 Spinning In Stars Hollow playlist:
- “Get Up and Go” by The Go-Go’s | Purchase music from The Go-Go’s
- The Go-Go’s are revealed as one of Lorelai’s high school favorites at the end of season 2 when Rory buys her a record signed by Belinda as a graduation present.
- I could see “Get Up and Go” on the same mixtape as “Head Over Heels” in sixteen-year-old Lorelai’s Walkman.
- “Cashmere” by BADBADNOTGOOD | Buy music from BADBADNOTGOOD
- Max Medina definitely has this song in rotation on his iPhone… he is absolutely playing the new BADBADNOTGOOD record alongside his digitized collection of classic jazz.
- “Tenuousness” by Andrew Bird | Buy music from Andrew Bird
- This song could also represent the delicate state of Lorelai and Max’s relationship at the close of this episode, feeling like a slender thread, about to break: tenuous.
Please, if you like what you hear, support these artists and buy their music.
The Gilmore Girls Soundtrack theme music was provided by Scott Holmes. A big, big thanks to Scott for sharing his great talent.