Get the tumblers out — the nice ones. The Emmy Award-winning series “Mad Men” begins its sixth season this Sunday.
When it comes to music, creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner is strict about historical accuracy. After critics pointed out that the Dusty Springfield song “The Look of Love” would have debuted months after the episode it was coupled with, he pulled it from the full premiere.
Forgiving the occasional Decemberists montage, such dedication deserves special praise. Ahead of this weekend’s premiere, we at Reverb are paying due with a “Mad Men” playlist on Spotify. Mix yourself an Old Fashioned and reminisce on those strange and special moments and the songs that came with them.
Remember how satisfying it felt finishing that first episode (“On The Street Where You Live”) or, even more so, that first season? (“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”) Soon enough, Betty was heaving with disgust (“Break It To Me Gently”) and Sal’s secret was beginning to slip. (“Bye Bye Birdie”) Don, on the other hand, was doing what was necessary to keep his sealed. (“Sixteen Tons”) And he wasn’t the only one left with a broken heart when Peggy, having persevered for so long, abruptly departed the picture. At least she rocked it. (“You Really Got Me”)
A central appeal of the show is in its calculated roll out of progressive values (“Zou Bisou Bisou”) as the shows enters the late ’60s. It’s often far from a pleasant experience. (“He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Dream)”)