Thursday, August 16, 2007

YouTube Thursday: Scrubs Music

To dovetail on yesterday's post, those of you interested can listen to Dr. Amy Jill Levine's talk at Otter Creek Church of Christ last night at


One of my favorite shows in reruns today is Scrubs. It's a show that deals in absurdist comedy and one that seriously makes me guffaw out loud just about every time I watch it. One of the things I like the best about it is how it uses music.

For example, one of the first times I watched they did this incredible thing with Journey's Don't Stop Believing

And apparently in the first season, they had Colin Hay from the 80's band Men At Work perform the song Overkill acoustically and it was so good that I had to buy the song off iTunes.

All in all, it's just a fun show, that has incredible moments of pathos and then moments of absurdity that crack me up. And perhaps my favorite one is from "My Way Home." I wish I could post the whole episode here, but here's just the end.

Addendum: Scott Freeman reminded of me of this moment, which is one of the most beautifully sublime uses of music on the show. A woman has been asked how she wants to die, and she says that she wants it like a Broadway musical.


Scott said...

Their use of Colin Hay's "Waiting for my Real life to begin"

Josh Joplin's "Camera One"

Brett Dennen's "Ain't No Reason"

And of course everything from their musical.

Karen said...

I've never watched this show, but now I can see I'll have to add it to my queue.

TCS said...

The podcast has some weird metallic noise on it. Is it some weird backward masking?

Phil said...


No, that's just a function of our sound system and the mic that Dr. Levine was using.

Justin said...

I cry every time I watch the musical. Being a broadway geek, there's so much nostalgia, added with the characters that I've grown to love on the show, singing for real, and well... When they sing the "we swear to you, you're going to be okay" song... oh man. brilliant.

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