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Freaks and Geeks
     

Freaks and Geeks

 
Music played a pivotal role in Paul Feig and Judd Apatow's cult classic television series Freaks and Geeks, not only underscoring the emotions in each episode but capturing the show's early-'80s setting perfectly. There's a reason why the producers insisted on spending extra money on music licensing to

Overview

Music played a pivotal role in Paul Feig and Judd Apatow's cult classic television series Freaks and Geeks, not only underscoring the emotions in each episode but capturing the show's early-'80s setting perfectly. There's a reason why the producers insisted on spending extra money on music licensing to ensure that the original soundtrack was on the DVD release -- stripping the Who's "I'm One" from the scene when Bill watches TV after school by himself or taking XTC's "No Language in Our Lungs" out of the scene where he's picked last for gym class would change the meaning and effect of these sequences; it would be like taking "Layla" out of Goodfellas or "Stuck in the Middle With You" out of Reservoir Dogs. Music licensing was one of the reasons that it took a while for the series to hit DVD, but once it finally was released to great acclaim in the spring of 2004, it took a mere five months for the CD soundtrack to finally appear. Like the DVD set, the CD will not disappoint any fan of the series. At 25 tracks, it's filled with pop songs played on the show, excerpts of Michael Andrews' original score, and songs performed from characters on the show, such as "Lady L," Nick's unforgettable tribute to Lindsay. Of course, not every song from the series could fit on a single disc -- none of the songs from Billy Joel's Glass Houses on Carded and Discarded made the cut, for instance -- but every song of note is here, including the opening theme of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation," Warren Zevon's "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me," Joe Jackson's "Look Sharp," Rush's "Spirit of the Radio," and Styx's "Come Sail Away." Add to that David Wild's heartfelt liner notes and song-by-song notes by Jeff Rosso (actor Dave (Gruber) Allen), and this turns into a perfect musical yearbook for the show, capturing its spirit, humor, sensibility, and emotion.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663741728
catalogNumber:
37417
Rank:
128369

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Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer
Joe Jackson   Composer
Joan Jett   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Dennis DeYoung   Composer
Andy Partridge   Composer
Michael Bruce   Composer
Michael Andrews   Composer
Glen Buxton   Composer
Ritchie Cordell   Composer
Dennis Dunaway   Composer
Kenny Laguna   Composer,Executive Producer
Geddy Lee   Composer
Alex Lifeson   Composer
Ted Myers   Discographical Annotation
Neal Smith   Composer
Rod Temperton   Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Warren Zevon   Composer
Marty Joe Kupersmith   Composer
A. Reid Reynolds   Composer
James "Falling James" Moreland   Composer
Judd Apatow   Producer
John Roberts   Artwork
Andrew Jay Cohen   Producer
Paul Feig   Composer,Producer
Jake Kasdan   Liner Notes
Jeffrey Theodore Rosso   Music Notes
Sam Weir   Drawing
Jason Segel   Composer

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