Tuesday, May 8, 2012

THAT YOU MAY KNOW THE MEANING OF WITHIN: Mad Men this week famously broke TV’s last taboo, the Beatles Barrier, when Don dropped, then lifted, the needle on Revolver’s “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Why that song? For one thing, its sentiment – that one should “surrender to the void,” because attempts to control one’s destiny are futile – is both anathema to Don and also a pretty good description of his last few years. Also, I think, because it's so quintessentially later-Beatles John, and Don Draper is fundamentally a Paul, and Megan is fundamentally a John (or even more so a George), and that’s where we’re heading this season. But now that Don has a Beatles song, everybody in televised drama is going to want one. So let’s dish them out:
  • Peter Baelish: Taxman
  • Joffrey Baratheon: Good Day Sunshine
  • Glen Bishop: I’ve Got a Feeling
  • Pete Campbell: You Know My Name (Look up the Number)
  • Sandor Clegane: Fool on the Hill
  • Ava Crowder: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  • Sally Draper: She’s Leaving Home
  • Betty Francis: Dr. Robert
  • Raylan Givens: Rocky Raccoon
  • Rick Grimes: In My Life (“With lovers and friends I still can recall/some are dead and some are living – OR BOTH”)
  • Winona Hawkins: Her Majesty
  • Cersei Lannister: Savoy Truffle
  • Jesse Pinkman: I’m So Tired
  • Arya Stark: Get Back
  • Ned Stark: Hello Goodbye
  • Sansa Stark: Baby You’re a Rich Man
  • Varys: Do You Want to Know a Secret?
  • Walter White: We Can Work it Out (“Life is very short and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend”)


  1. kd bart7:58 PM

    Peggy Olsen-Dear Prudence

  2. Big Joe8:18 PM

    Nucky Thompson: I Me Mine
    Arya Stark: Blackbird

  3. Anonymous8:21 PM

    Pete Campbell-Happiness is a Warm Gun

  4. isaac_spaceman8:37 PM

    That's way more Roger Sterling:  "he's well acquainted with the touch of a velvet hand like a lizard on a window pane/the man in the crowd with the multicolored mirrors on his hobnail boots/lying with his eyes while his hands are busy working overtime/a soap impression of his wife which he ate and donated to the National Trust."  Pretty much cartoon LSD from beginning to end. 

  5. Anonymous8:52 PM

    Ken Cosgrove-Paperback Writer

  6. bill.9:12 PM

    Troy Barnes -- Cry Baby Cry

  7. bill.9:16 PM

    Ted Mosby -- I'm a Loser

  8. Benner9:33 PM

    Raylan Givens -- Bungalow Bill.

  9. Duvall12:29 AM

    Boyd Crowder and Raylan Givens: Two Of Us
    Paul Kinsey: Don't Pass Me By
    Too many to list: I Should Have Known Better

  10. Broadening to comedy:

    Ron Swanson:  I Am The Walrus

  11. kd bart9:37 AM

    Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt- The Ballad of John and Yoko

  12. Andrew11:26 AM

    Rickon Stark - Only a Northern Song

  13. Reggae12:52 PM

    Grantland is reporting that it costs $250,000 for the right to use that clip.

  14. Anonymous6:15 PM

    Joan Harris: Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

  15. Aimee6:27 PM

    Given the way this season is going, I'm a little afraid that Pete Campbell is more like A Day in the Life.

  16. Slowlylu9:00 PM

    Sansa Stark - Girl You'll be a Woman Soon