Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Harcourt toots his own horn

With all these "indie" bands getting their songs on bad TV shows like "Love Monkey", it's good to know someone is getting rich - fat cat music consultants!:

"With all due respect to other shows," says Harcourt, "I have to say that most music supervisors in LA listen to 'Morning Becomes Eclectic,' and they use a lot of our music on their shows. I don't really see other shows, but I see the soundtracks come in and I recognize a song and go, 'That's interesting.'"

It would be good to note that Harcourt is the "music supervisor" (does he have an iPod hardhat?) for the excreble "Love Monkey" and a host of other shows and movies so it's pretty funny that he thinks everyone is just stealing from him. I'm glad Harcourt thinks someone else's work is "our music" but it's this type of egotism that rules the day, I guess.

This passage was pretty funny, too - vapid actors are always good for a laff:

Brett Harrison can't stop talking about The Killers.

The 23-year-old actor, already a veteran of sitcoms like "Grounded for Life" and "That '70s Show," is bouncing up and down as he talks about his new role on "The Loop," an upcoming Fox comedy that has a soundtrack instead of a laugh track. At the end of the "Loop" pilot, the girl of Harrison's dreams walks away in another man's arms as The Killers' "Somebody Told Me" blares in the background.

"I can't believe I get to be on a show with a moment like that," he raves. "If it was any other song, it wouldn't work."

One problem: only a few days after Harrison was getting overcaffeinated about "Somebody Told Me," The Killers decide not to license the song to "The Loop." The producers rush to substitute The Bravery's "Honest Mistake," but that abrupt change of fortune symbolizes the elevated levels of risk and reward when it comes to TV music today.

Oopsy, honest mistake indeed.

link story by sepinwall


At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Matty Sweet said...

He's probably right, though. All those other music "supervisors" are so unimaginative and lazy, they are probably stealing from him. Give Harcourt his due, at least he listens to the shit, even if it is, at least 90% of it, shit.

I heard Spoon on Veronica Mars last night but it was buried in the semi-montage at the end.


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