Mad Men

After what feels like years, Mad Men finally (finally!) returns to AMC on Sunday with its two-hour season five premiere. And a recent anecdote illustrates just how exacting the show is in its recreation of the popular culture of a specific era.

As The New York Times reports, the critics who got advance DVD copies of that season premiere noticed a slight problem: The show takes place during the spring of 1966, but the end-credits music is Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “The Look Of Love,” first released in January 1967. When that was pointed out, show creator Matthew Weiner took out the song and found another one to replace it.

In an email to the Times, Weiner writes, “Because of this we have replaced this song with one more suited to the time period and you, along with our audience, will hear it for the first time during our March 25 broadcast. Although we take license for artistic purposes with the end-title music, we never want the source music to break from the time period we are trying to recreate.”

That commitment is commendable, even if it does rob us of hearing “The Look Of Love” on Mad Men, which would’ve been pretty awesome. Now, let’s all work to convince Weiner that the RJD2 theme music sucks.

Comments (12)
  1. Well, they had no problem a few years ago to use the friggin’ Decemberists for their season opening scene… so that seems a bit stupid.

  2. I don’t actually watch Mad Men, but this seems like a minor thing that almost no one would notice. I mean, I love Bacharach, but how many people today could give the exact year any of his songs came out?

  3. well, after the second episode in season one they play The Cardigans’ “Great Divide” which is from 1996, so that made sense and “the look of love” doesn’t?

  4. “Now, let’s all work to convince Weiner that the RJD2 theme music sucks.”

    Yeah, you and the other 2 idiots that agree should get to work on that.

  5. Sterlings’ cover was much more organic.

  6. This article is a complete fail. Seriously, is anyone really concerned about a piece of music being 8 or 9 months off from the time it’s supposed to represent? The ’67 date you reference was more than likely a record company RELEASE date for the single and that song may very well have been performed a year (or more) earlier. Either way, it still fits the period just fine. The critics of this “mistake” probably sit around looking at the hardware on the door to Draper’s office and speculate as to whether or not Philips head screws were really used in that model door handle. The the RJD2 theme music? I agree with Omar, I think you’re deeply in the minority on that call.

  7. Strange that this complaint resulted in a change after the whole Decemberists thing in S2.

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