Throwback Tuesday: Five Favorite Music Moments from the OC


The OC turned ten years old yesterday, once again confirming the fact that I am indeed, aging. For all it’s flaws (and there were many), The OC was still a pretty entertaining shows and turned the following leads into superstars:


Okay, so none of them broke out, but neither did anyone from Beverly Hills 90210, so I guess that was expected. Anyways, the one thing the OC will most likely be known for is music. Few shows at the time used music as well as the OC did and it’s influence on shows today can be seen whenever you switch to the CW (but why would you).

Here are some songs I will always associate with the show.

Doves – Caught By the River

This is pretty much how I imagined California to be..everyone having a good time on a boardwalk somewhere. This scene was memorable because I actually really like this band and was like ‘whoa, did a tv show just played a song by a band I like on tv in prime time?’ and then my friends who were over were like ‘whoa, are we all sitting here watching The OC?’

Joseph Arthur – Honey and the Moon

This was your classic sad indie-pop song that in just about every OC episode. It’s pretty much in any drama episode now on every show. I still kinda like this song and it turned me into a Joseph Arthur fan for a few minutes.

Interpol – The Specialist

Whoever was doing the playlist for OC memorable scenes on Youtube MISSED this scene. You dropped the ball man, go back to the basement and complete this list! Anyways, The Specialist is most definitely one of the best songs Interpol ever recorded. Sadly, it was only on their self titled EP and not Turn on the Bright Lights. I still remember when this song was on the OC, because frankly, you remember when your favorite songs get played on a TV show. Ryan was cheating on Marissa with her old flame Teresa, which is like cheating on your Ferrari with a K Car. Logistics aside, this cheating was caught by Teresa’s boyfriend at the time so this song played in the background while the dude ominously waited in the car. Why do I know this.

In a way, Interpol’s career trajectory is a lot like the OC’s.

Let’s take a look:

Turn The Bright Lights On – Brilliant debut has everyone talking about the band, much like the first season of the OC. Carlos D is the coolest person alive, just like Mischa Barton. Some members of the band seem a bit older then listed, much like how the guy who played Ryan could have been thirty at the time. At least it wasn’t Andrea from 90210 all over again. Seriously, who casted Andrea?


Antics – Follow up to a brilliant debut is stellar but not quite the same as the debut. Still the album featured some exceptionally strong moments. Much like season 2 of The OC, which was rather average, except for the lesbian relationship between Marissa and Olivia Wilde. I honestly don’t even remember what else happened.

Our Love to Admire – Third album sees Interpol’s popularity wane and the music starts suffering from ‘sameyness’. People start writing off the band. This is pretty much season 3 of the OC, where Josh Schwartz finally realizes that casting only 4 young leads can only lead to so many realistic romantic combinations. Carlos D leaves after this album, Mischa Barton gets killed at the end of season 3.

Interpol – By this time, Interpol has more or less become a punch line but the hardcore fans still support them. Ditto for the OC.

Freaky, isn’t it.

Placebo – Running Up That Hill

Placebo always does wicked covers (see: 20th Century Boy and Where is My Mind) and this Kate Bush cover is no exception. This song started off the last season of The OC, where everyone is dealing with the death of Marissa (including Mischa Barton, who killed her own career – that’s some serious method acting). Ryan Atwood looks about 35 in this episode. Still, it was a good, dramatic way to start off a season.

Nada Surf – If You Leave

I already wrote about this one here. Here is a synopsis:

In the scene, supposed uber nerdy but secretly cool Seth Cohen had just chosen the uber attractive valley girl Summer Roberts over uniquely hip but slightly less attractive but really only by tv standards Anna. In response, Anna decides (as you do, when rejected in grade 10 by a high school crush) to move back to whence she came from, Pittsburgh (where she is no doubt a 10 whereas she’s probably a 6 or 7 in la). Perhaps exhibiting buyers regret, Seth rushes to the airport (is that possible in LA?) and unsuccessfully attempts to sway Anna Stern into staying.

In the light of the OMD drummer getting a heart attack in Toronto, it’s important to point out that this song is pretty damn awesome in whatever form.

Honestly, there were many more music moments from this show but for time sake, let’s stop now. What were your favorites?

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