Unlike most primetime network TV and its desperation to break new acts, NBC’s My Name Is Earl mostly gives props to classic rock. My Name Is Earl ? The Album pretends to be a mixtape from Early to his brother Randy. From the liner notes:

?Some of the songs are ones that kinda play in my head sometimes when we?re walking around and stuff. There?s a bunch on here. Those CD?s can hold a lot. We put on some Skynyrd, Jerry Reed, that rap song that is B-7 on the Crab Shack juke box, I even found a song called ?Joy?.”

1. ?East Bound And Down? ? Jerry Reed (From ?Stole Beer From A Golfer? Episode)
2. ?The Weight? ? Uncle Kracker (Original Version By The Band Is In ?Monkeys In Space? Episode)
3. ?One Time One Night? ? Los Lobos (From ?Didn?t Pay Taxes? Episode)
4. ?Bust A Move? ? Young M.C. (From ?Ruined Joy?s Wedding? Episode)
5. ?Livin? Thing? ? Matthew Sweet (Original Version By ELO Is In ?Quit Smoking? Episode)
6. ?It Takes Two? ? Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock (From the series? Pilot and ?Bounty Hunter? Episodes)
7. ?Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)?? Sammy Davis, Jr.(From ?Quit Smoking? Episode)
8. ?Gimme Three Steps? ? Lynyrd Skynyrd (From ?Ruined Joy?s Wedding? Episode)
9. ?Joy? ? Harry Nilsson (From ?Something To Live For? Episode)
10. ?Amos Moses? ? Jerry Reed (From ?Teacher Earl? Episode)
11. ?Instant Karma? ? John Hiatt
12. ?What Goes Around Comes Around? (My Name Is Earl theme song – vocal version) ? Nescobar-a-lop-lop and the Camden County Band
13. ?99 Red Balloons? ? Van Nuys (Original Version By Nena Is In The Pilot Episode)

You can sample the songs here. That metal Nena remake is dreadful! Hova, show ‘em how it’s done:

Jay-Zena – “99 Luft Problems” (MP3)

Anyway, the comp’s one egregious mistep (aside from asking Uncle Kracker to cover the Band (http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/mnie/Uncle_Kracker.wma”>WIN MEDIA | QT): My Name Is Earl ? The Album arrives in stores September 19th for the suggested retail price of $18.98.

We’ll stick with the Office theme song.