Thursday, September 28, 2006

Indie Yuppie Watch: Hipster Doctors?

We all know about indie yuppies. But on TV it seems that the only shows about professionals that have an indie soundtrack are doctor shows. Back in '02, before Braff rock, there was the Scrubs soundtrack, which featured The Shins' "New Slang" (before the song changed lives, it saved lives [groan]) as well as a Guided By Voices song ("Hold on Hope").

"Grey's Anatomy" has two indie yuppie soundtracks. On Volume 1 you can find Postal Service, Rilo Kiley, Medeski, Martin and Wood as well as Psapp. Volume 2 (#23 on the Billboard charts), in addition to featuring the adult contemporary indie of Snow Patrol (many credit "Grey's Anatomy" with making the band popular) also has Metric and Jamie Lidell.

Sure "Grey's Anatomy" is trying to rip off "The OC"'s tastemaking campaign. But why do none of the lawyer shows have this music? "Law and Order," "NCIS," "JAG," "Justice" and "Shark" won't even play Death Cab for Cutie. My guess: it's hard to look like a vicious star attorney asshole with Tegan and Sarah in the background. That or the courts love the major labels so much they only pimp classic rock like Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money" (the theme song to "Justice").

I'm putting up "Excitable Boy" from the late great Warren Zevon because I'm a high-powered hotshot asshole.

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