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.