The Norseman is a new Freaks & Geeks zine put together by my geekiest friend Alice Hubley (with Grace O’Byrne’s permission) and her mate Kate. They have been working on it for ages and, exciting times!, it’s finally out.
The girls have been kind enough to send us one of its many amazing features to post on the JAC blog, and have greatly picked the Top Ten Tunes one. If you like it, then you should totally buy a copy of The Norseman (available at Etsy), where you will also read about Dungeons & Dragons and Grateful Dead. Oh, and there’s an interview with Sarah Hagan (aka MILLIE) too!
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FREAKS & GEEKS TOP TEN TUNES
There are some awesome scenes in Freaks and Geeks that are pretty much defined by the music. You maybe a saddo like me and whenever you hear the song you smile cause you remember that scene from F&G’s. I thought I’d run through my top ten F&G’s musical moments, ten to one style, of course, like on Top of the Pops.
10. The Charlie Daniels Band – Devil Went Down to Georgia
Imagine, you turn up to the laser dome and think you’re going to see Pink Floyd the laser edition, but instead it’s Southern Rock night, bummer right? At least you’ve got tuba girl to make out with.
9. The Cars – Let The Good Times Roll
I bloody love The Cars. This was one of the songs playing whilst the geeks are cycling around trying to track down who’s garage the clicker they found in Neil’ dads car belongs to.
No Freaks and Geeks clip, but this live video of The Cars is pretty awesome.
8. The Grateful Dead – Box of Rain
A favourite of Jeff Russo’s, and the reason that Lindsay ducks out of the academic summit. You know what our feelings are about the Dead (see in the zine for our Dead tweet along!), but something about this song sticks in your head.
7. I’m Eighteen – Alice Cooper
Lines form on my face and hands
Lines form from the ups and downs
I’m in the middle without any plans
I’m a boy and I’m a man
and I don’t know what I want
If my guidance counsellor sang this to me in class, I’d be scared too.
“You’re not going to sing again are you?”
6. The Who – Squeezebox
“That’s is not about an accordion, it’s about in and out!”
70’s Who is the best.
5. Jason Segel and Seth Rogen – Lady L
A lot of the songs on this list involve Nick’s love for Lindsay, see this zine for the song lyrics.
4. Styx – Lady
Lindsay is stupid, if Nick had sung this song to me, I would totally have got it.
3. Paul Feig – Spacefunk
The music for the legendary “Bill does the Rerun dance” scene.
Paul Feig on Spacefunk “I’ve been a musician my whole life, and I used to have a recording studio. My friend Betsy Beers produced this movie, 200 Cigarettes, and they needed some music cue when Dave Chappelle was driving this cab, and they needed some music that was just funk music he was listening to. So I recorded that for them, and they didn’t end up using it. They used some well-known song or something. So I just had that sitting around. We were always way over budget on our music clearance, so it was like, “Hey, I’ll give you this for free!” And we played it, and everybody just kind of ended up liking it.”
2. Styx- Come Sail Away
Seriously I love Styx and I love this song, especially the bit when you find out they’re not angels but aliens, though I guess it’s not as good as Mr Roboto (“I’m Killroy!”). Sam really should have loved this song, cause if he’d have known it, he would have know that it’s not a slow dance number and not the song to dance to with Cindy Sanders, what a loser. For reference the Cartman version of this song is pretty awesome too.
1. Heatwave – The Grooveline
The soundtrack to Nick’s amazing disco dance which is arguably the most awesome, desperate and funny scene in Freaks and Geeks?