Mad Men's Six Best Music Moments

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In the fifth season premiere of Mad Men, Jessica Paré as Megan Draper forced a roomful of jaws to drop with an unexpected performance of "Zou Bisou Bisou." The scene took place at Don Draper's apartment during his surprise birthday party; his young wife, Megan, turned the shock quotient up to 11 when she grabbed the mic from the singer of the band she'd hired and launched into a confection of a '60s pop song that Sophia Loren had previously lent her voice to. Megan Draper stopped both the characters on the show and its viewers dead in their tracks at the beginning of that season, and that moment--one that broke the fourth wall with its perfection as both a plot vehicle and a period-appropriate musical choice--forced the issue when it came to recognizing Mad Men as one of the most musically savvy shows on television. Any show with an RJD2 track for its theme song has to be, anyway.

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Talking Mystery Science Theater 3000's 25th Anniversary With Creator Joel Hodgson

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Michael Kienitz
Joel and the Bots
In the not too distant past, last Sunday A.D., television's favorite cult comedy about robots in space riffing on cheesy movies celebrated its silver anniversary. That's right, it's been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 hit the airwaves, and we spoke to creator/star/test subject Joel Hodgson about all the shows classic music moments. From its iconic theme to the best Christmas song ever written about Road House, MST3K has always left music obsessives sent-up and satisfied. So join us on the Satellite of Love as we've got movie sign!

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Parents Television Council's Dan Isett Wants to Pass Legislation to Stop All Future Mileys

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By David Rolland

The fallout from Miley Cyrus' performance at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards has run the gamut from discomfort to laughter to accusations of racism and sexism. But only the Parents Television Council demands legislation result from her tasteless performance.

According to their press release issued Monday, this Los Angeles based advocacy group believes MTV marketed adults-only material to children with their Video Music Awards and want "Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs--the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don't want."

We caught up with the Parents Television Council's Director of Public Policy, Dan Isett, as he drove home from his Washington, D.C. office. We tried our hardest to get him to open up about when twerking might be appropriate, but he didn't seem to find humor in any of this.

See also: Why Robin Thicke Isn't Getting Heat and Miley Cyrus Is

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Breaking Bad's Best Musical Moments

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It's no secret: Breaking Bad is easily the best television show currently running, and only The Wire can challenge its all-time supremacy. Creator Vince Gilligan focuses heavily on visual art, such as clever point-of-view cameras and breathtaking shots of the New Mexico landscape more often than he does music, which is most often used as ambient background sound. The show's judicious use of some of the best musical moments in the show's incredible history.
 And, duh, spoiler alerts abound. But honestly, if something about the show's plot can be spoiled for you this late in the game who even are you?

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Five Disastrous Musician Interviews

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Most interviews are pretty by the numbers. Nothing special.But sometimes interviews live on in infamy because they're so damn crazy, weird, or otherwise awkward that they provide entertainment long after everyone has forgotten why the celebrity was being interviewed in the first place. Those special disasters continue to capture all of our imaginations because if there's anything America loves, it's seeing a celebrity break down or blow up in public.

For the sake of that, I compiled five disastrous interviews with musicians. Thankfully, none of them were done by anyone on the SOTC staff.

How Not To Interview Musicians

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Going Back To Wellsville: Six Great Musical Moments From The Adventures Of Pete & Pete

Michael Stipe as Sludgesicle-peddling Captain Scrummy.
Like a defiant cannonball splash disturbing the tranquility of an adult swim, the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete lives on. Over three seasons between 1993 and 1996, the show followed the adventures of two brothers each named Pete Wrigley, their parents, their friends, and the entire population of the fictitious suburban town known as Wellsville.

Barely noticed at the time, the cult of Pete & Pete has slowly gained traction in the intervening years. In tribute to that fact, the original cast reunited in Los Angeles last November for the first time since 1996. It's New York's turn on Friday, when the Bowery Ballroom hosts two shows titled "An Evening With the Cast and Crew of The Adventures of Pete & Pete."

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MTV Accessorizes Itself With Music On I Just Want My Pants Back

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On the L train! So wacky!
I Just Want My Pants Back protagonist Jason Strider—a receptionist and aspiring music journalist who appears to live alone in a one-bedroom apartment despite claiming to have just $100 to his name—doesn't remember what sex tastes like because it's been six whole weeks since his last encounter. "This little dry spell could easily turn into the drought of the decade," he says through a smoky exhale in the bathroom stall of a Brooklyn bar, where he and his impossibly caustic friend Tina drink "to freedom" and only ever say the opposite of what they actually mean. With this new series, MTV has finally made the full transition from producing music programming to producing music blog programming, paying homage to the concept of music with a show about people who claim to listen to it.

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Seven Classic Clips From The Soul Train Archives

This morning, Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius was found dead from an apparent suicide at age 75, and the outpouring of grief and nostalgia was probably best summed up by the Roots' ?uestlove, whose Brooklyn Bowl party Bowl Train is an homage to the show. He wrote passionately about how the weekly airings of Soul Train influenced his development both as a budding musician and as an African-American youth coming of age in the '70s, and he noted that he carries video of old Soul Train episodes around (they're on hard drives now)—he also noted that his passion extended to him evangelizing the show to musicians he worked with, like D'Angelo (right around the time that they started working on Voodoo) and Erykah Badu. In that spirit, here are seven standout clips culled from the extensive YouTube archive of clips from the show (chosen with the assistance of Michaelangelo Matos, who also linked a few choice cuts of Al Green, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye appearing on the show in his tribute); this is barely a fraction of a fraction of what Soul Train brought into American living rooms during its TV run, so feel free to link to your own favorites in the comments section.

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10 Things You Should Know About the New Beavis and Butt-Head

This past weekend at New York Comic-Con, Beavis and Butt-Head creator Mike Judge presented the inaugural public screening of his classic animation's rebooted first episode. Chris Linn, MTV Executive Vice President of MTV Production, introduced the pilot. Luke Wilson, Judge's friend who starred in the director's feature-film cult spoof Idiocracy, "moderated" a post-viewing panel discussion. This meant the affable Wilson asked his pal a few questions Wikipedia could've answered ("You were an engineer, right?") and then subjected himself, along with Judge, to an audience-commandeered Q&A, one of those rare moments when a big-shot film actor sits unarmed without a mediating publicist. (Consequently, Wilson not only allowed an excitable young woman to pet his head, but also got asked if he or his brother Owen got "better trim," a question he politely rebuffed.)

But Wilson was just a high-wattage prop ("I don't even know what I'm doing here," he admitted). The real stars were those walking teen-boy devil-horns from Highland, Texas, who, as you've surely heard, will be insulting MTV's own reality programming along with music videos. Perhaps unsurprisingly—given the low-hanging fruit of Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant—the 2011 pilot is hilarious. Here's what else we learned from the panel.

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This New Sitcom About A '90s All-Lady Band Reuniting In The Present Day Should Be About (Or Loosely Based On) Cake Like

News on a new sitcom just purchased by ABC: "The as-yet-untitled project would revolve around a 'super cool' 1990s all-girl band who, after 20 years of bad blood, tries to reunite though they're no longer girls and no longer cool." You may not be surprised to find out that people have opinions on this show! Some are calling for a pre-emptive moratorium on jokes about "mom jeans," while others are a bit more craven in their desires for how this deal should shake out. But a friend of a friend on Facebook made an offhand comment that resulted in me realizing that, clearly, the band being profiled should not be made up of "four Gwen Stefani characters" (shudder) but should be at least based on Cake Like, the twisted downtown squall-pop act from that storied decade that had as its members Kerri Kenney-Silver (of The State, Viva Variety, Reno 911!, and other comedic efforts), Nina Hellman, and Jodi Seifert. Because not only would the songs be pretty good, there would be a chance for cameos by the likes of John Zorn (signed 'em to Avant, released their first LP), Ken Marino (formerly of The State), and the 7-Eleven that's coming to the Bowery soon (watch the hilarity ensue!). Kenney-Silver's comic timing alone would make the thing transcend your usual half-hour sitcom fare, or at least blunt the "sexist ideals thriving amidst a laugh track" knife a bit. More clips below, because I am dead serious about this.

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