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Best of TV 2015: The Music Monday Edition – You’re the Worst

14 Dec

Costumes are not the only thing we are celebrating from this year in television and there have been plenty of incredible music infused moments. A lot of these have come in the final minutes of an episode with a song nailing the emotional pitch of a last scene. One such striking track use comes in the third episode of Orange is the New Black with the Dum Dum Girls “Coming Down” playing over one character’s devastating descent; further adding to the despair felt by these character and the glassy eye reaction from me.

HBO shows tend to be experts at the end credit music choices with GirlsLookingTogetherness and The Leftovers (Simon & Garfunkel featured here as well as in hotel karaoke) delivering fantastic selections. This includes both songs I already hold close to me – “This is the Day” by The The – and ones I had never heard before like Lily & Madeleine; Spotify tells me they are one of my most listened to bands this year and that is all because of Togetherness. There is also my favorite end credits sing along moment that came courtesy of Mad Men and the use of “Space Oddity.”

There is one show that consistently had me reaching for the rewind button and my phone to Shazam the end track week in, week out and that is You’re the Worst. Sometimes it would be after I stopped laughing, but more often than not I had to wait to stop crying and uncurl myself from the ball I found myself in. Yep this season has still been hilarious, but it also did some incredible things on an entirely different emotional level and quite often these came in the closing moments.
You're the WorstThe first indicator that all is not well comes at the end of episode 4 as Gretchen drives off in the night to destinations unknown (at this point), but the manner in which she does it and Torres’ “New Skin” point to something much bigger. At the time I referred to it as a gut punch of a moment and it still remains this way; knowing where Gretchen was going only adds to this sentiment and it is one of the most emotionally affecting scenes on television this year.

When we discover where Gretchen has been going – to cry in her car while playing Snake – and Jimmy responds with relief that she’s not cheating on him the song by Still Corners is a dreamy like affair as he walks away smiling and she returns to sobbing. It is somewhat emotionally surreal and wouldn’t sound out of place on a Sofia Coppola soundtrack.

By episode 9 Gretchen’s depression has hit new levels and Jimmy is so oblivious to her Claire Danes level of scrunched up face despair his dialogue gets slowly muffled as the music gets louder; like an alternate less murdery take on Simon & Garfunkel’s “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night.” What about when Jimmy stays? In between my sobs which mirror Gretchen’s and then my laughter that immediately follows Lindsay’s utterance of “farts” this Siskiyou track feels like a joyous warm blanket.

Sadly there is no “New Phone Who Dis?” on either Spotify or the end credits, but this is also one of my TV music highlights of the year. I am also waiting for the perfect time to respond to a text with this line.

So thank you You’re the Worst for all the new bands you have introduced me to and for ending each episode in ways which deliver such an emotional response. I’m sure regular TV Ate My Wardrobe readers will know how much I relish a good misty eye moment.

And for your listening enjoyment here is a complete playlist of the You’re the Worst season 2 end credits music.

 

Stay tuned for more Best of 2015 posts!

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8 Responses to “Best of TV 2015: The Music Monday Edition – You’re the Worst”

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  1. Best of TV Costuming 2015: Best of the Rest Part 1 | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 22, 2015

    […] on in-depth costuming achievements from The Americans, Hannibal, Fargo and Mad Men. Plus a special You’re the Worst “Music Monday” end credits […]

  2. Best of TV Costuming 2015: Best of the Rest Part 2 | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 28, 2015

    […] on in-depth costuming achievements from The Americans, Hannibal, Fargo and Mad Men. Plus a special You’re the Worst “Music Monday” end credits rundown and “Out of the Box” […]

  3. Best of TV Costuming 2015: The Collection | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 29, 2015

    […] The Music Monday Edition – You’re The Worst […]

  4. Music Monday – Girls Season 5 Closing Credits Playlist | TV Ate My Wardrobe - March 14, 2016

    […] you will know already how much I appreciate the variety of end credit music on shows like Girls, You’re the Worst (which took the Best of 2015 crown) and Togetherness. Mad Men crushed end credit music […]

  5. Music Monday: Mixed Emotions and the Togetherness End Credits | TV Ate My Wardrobe - April 4, 2016

    […] two season affair *sob* – performing well on this front. You’re the Worst is another title contender for best closing music and there is something special about a show […]

  6. Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set | TV Ate My Wardrobe - August 3, 2016

    […] faces. All the heart emojis. Catch up on Hulu now and in the meantime I will be listening to this season 2 credits music playlist to get in the […]

  7. Listen: The 28 Best Songs on TV in 2016 - Collider.com - KingGossip.com - December 24, 2016

    […] power to really land that gut punch or rush of feelings. See the entries for You’re the Worst (which really excels at this), Orange is the New Black, Black Mirror, Good Girls Revolt and Stranger Things for this. Also on […]

  8. Best of TV 2016: The Best Songs | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 29, 2016

    […] years I have compiled playlists from TV to celebrate this. Last year I focused a single show as You’re the Worst is particularly strong in the end credit department, whereas in previous years I have done a […]

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