Stereogum has a great TGIF time-waster: Instead of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” you can plug in any Web-hosted song to serve as the soundtrack for the final scene of The Sopranos. (Yes, everyone’s still talking about this. PopWatch reader Jane points out yet another brilliant parody. Guess it’ll be at least another few days before we’re all tired of this.) I started subbing in some promising choices of my own, but I kept getting discouraged that many of them were too short (the clip is 3:44). “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” was a perfect fit — especially “I need a fix ’cause I’m goin’ down” which was obvs a reference to the onion rings — but it was way too short. (PopWatch’s Gary Susman recommends the Pretenders’ “Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” Elvis Costello’s “Clubland,” and Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day,” with its ‘You’re going to reap just what you sow” refrain.) So I scrolled through my iTunes to find songs that are exactly 3:44 that might work, and uploaded a few you can use. Just paste the URL into the “play it” box and be patient while the two sync up. Very patient.
- “Rock the Casbah,” the Clash — Just because. It was there.
- “Just What I Needed,” the Cars — This song goes well with any scene, even in real life. The ambiguous possible hitmen really need to stop wastin’ all Tony’s time (time).
- “Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz — The evil cackling is such a bonus. The rap breakdown that greets AJ — not so much.
- “Ride My See-Saw,” Moody Blues — It’s a metaphor for LIFE, man.
- And finally and perhaps most shamefully (unless you’re my kind of person) — Ace of Base’s “Living In Danger.” HELLO! Tony also sees lies in the eyes of a stranger! Phenomenal.
Which songs work for you?