Mix Tape Madness

 Posted by on July 24, 2012 at 6:15 am  Characters, Other Culture
Jul 242012

Pretend that you are making a mixtape, or if you prefer to be more modern, a playlist for any character on Mad Men. Pick a character, and then a list of songs that you wish you could send them. The songs do not have to be era appropriate, but extra points will be awarded if the are*.

*No points will actually be awarded. Math was never my strongest subject.


  32 Responses to “Mix Tape Madness”

  1. Great, fun idea! I’ll have to think a little about this.

  2. Cool idea! So many songs remind me of Mad Men characters. Here’s a playlist for Peggy:

    “Ring of Fire” by June Carter
    “Little Green” by Joni Mitchell
    “Walk on By” by Dionne Warwick
    “A Natural Woman” by Carole King
    “Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves” by Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin
    “The River” by Joni Mitchell

  3. Beloved Pegs:
    1. L.A. Woman–Doors
    2. Son of a Preacher Man– Dusty Springfield
    3. Dreams–Fleetwood Mac
    4. What’s Goin’ On, entire album–Marvin Gaye
    5. You are the Sunshine of My Life– Stevie Wonder (This will be a gift from Don.)
    6. Killing me Softly–Roberta Flack
    7. R-E-S-P-E-C-T—Aretha Franklin. (nuff said.)
    8. She Works Hard for the Money—Donna Summer
    9. It’s too Late– Carole King
    10. We’ve Only Just Begun–The Carpenters
    11. Dear Mama– Tupac Shakur
    12. More than a Woman–Bee Gees
    13. Unchained Melody– The Righteous Brothers
    14. Reminiscing–Little River Band
    15. Get Down Tonight–K.C. and the Sunshine Band
    The song I’d dedicate to the Beloved One: My Cherie Amour—Stevie Wonder.

    • Ooh, “Dreams” is a good one for Peggy!

      I thought of “She Works Hard for the Money” for Joan, probably because the video for the song featured a single mom. But then again, we know we’d better treat Ms. Peggy right!

      • It would be more appropriate for our Joanie, but for Pegs it is a response to Don’s “That’s what the money’s for”.
        Preacher Man is for S2 priest played by Colin Hanks.
        We’ve Only Just Begun will be her wedding song. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Its too Late=Abe.
        Killing me Softly=Don.
        Bee Gees and K.C. because Peggy will LOVE disco.

        • Aw, bummer about Peggy and Abe, but “It’s Too Late” is (will be?) a good fit.

          Peggy the Disco Queen! I can see her losing herself under the strobe light.

    • ADD for Pegs

      1. I am Woman;
      2 Satisfaction ( can’t get no )
      3. Movin’ on up ( Theme from The Jeffersons )
      4. Let’s spend the Night together ( duet with Abe, et al. )
      5. She’s havin’ my baby ( duet with Pete )

  4. For Betty:

    Daddy’s Little Girl – Al Martino
    I Feel Pretty – Natalie Wood from West Side Story
    Big Girls Don’t Cry – Frankie Valli
    Little Boxes – Malvina Reynolds (“Weeds” theme song)
    Our House – Crosby Stills Nash and Young
    I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles
    Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
    It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate – The Persuaders
    It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
    Help – The Beatles
    Mother’s Little Helper – The Kinks
    You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore
    I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
    She’s Got You – Patsy Cline
    Second Time Around – Frank Sinatra
    Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon – Neil Diamond

    • Hmm, interesting how 3 of your songs for Betty have the word “Girl” in the title.

      “You Don’t Own Me” reminds me of the movie, First Wives Club. Poor Betty didn’t make it into that one; she was a second wife without knowing it!

  5. For Mr. Phillips:

    Disco Duck
    Who let the dog out?
    Big Man Yesterday
    Low Rider
    And Another One Bites the Dust

    Anything by Hermes Hermits

  6. Special Pete Campbell remix by Three 6 Mafia: โ€œItโ€™s Hard Out Here for a (Grimey Little) Pimpโ€

    The cover of the single could be a shot of his busted-up face at the end of either โ€œSignal 30โ€ or โ€œThe Phantom.โ€

  7. Joan:

    “The Man in the Moon,” Bea Arthur’s showstopper from Mame. “The man in the moon is a lady/a lady with lipstick and curls,” oh yeah.

    “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,” Big Maybelle

    “Ball and Chain,” Janis Joplin or Big Mama Thornton

    “I Love My Dog,” Cat Stevens (because Joanie could use a pet)

    “Woman’s Blues,” Laura Nyro

    “Both Sides Now,” Judy Collins

    “Don’t Doubt Yourself, Babe,” Byrds

    “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” Peter, Paul, and Mary (okay, I just had to).

  8. For Michael Ginsberg:

    “[Somewhere] Over the Rainbow,” Judy Garland
    “You Never Give Me Your Money,” The Beatles
    “Space Oddity,” David Bowie
    “Telstar,” The Tornados
    “Saturn,” Stevie Wonder
    “Message In a Bottle,” The Police
    “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2
    “Across the Universe,” The Beatles

  9. Poor dearly departed Lane:

    “Little Wing,” Jimi Hendrix
    “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Simon and Garfunkel
    “Brother Louie,” Hot Chocolate (yes, they did the original and more powerful version; I could have gone with “Emma,” but the idea here is to make Lane not want to kill himself, right?)
    “Here Comes the Sun,” Beatles
    “Beneath Still Waters,” George Jones
    “Time and Love,” Laura Nyro
    “You’ve Got a Friend,” Carole King

  10. Don:

    “It Was a Very Good Year,” Frank Sinatra
    “Good Old Desk,” Nilsson
    “One,” Three Dog Night
    “A Case of You,” Joni Mitchell
    “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” from Sweet Charity
    “Mad Mad Me,” Maria Muldaur
    “If I Were a Carpenter,” Tim Hardin
    “California Soul,” Fifth Dimension or Marlena Shaw

  11. Megan:

    “Jackson,” Johnny Cash and June Carter
    “Two of Us,” Beatles
    “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Aretha
    “Nothing,” from A Chorus Line
    “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” Carly Simon
    “A Fine Way to Go,” Lonnie Mack or B.J. Thomas
    “Wild Horses,” Rolling Stones
    “What Is Success,” Bonnie Raitt

  12. Bobbie Draper:

    Mother – The Police
    Mother – Pink Floyd
    Mother – Danzig

  13. For Don:

    Papa was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations
    Me and My Shadow – Judy Garland
    (Just Like) Starting Over – John Lennon and Yoko Ono
    Nice Work if You Can Get It – Ella Fitzgerald
    Loving You – Minnie Ripperton
    Our House – Crosby Stills Nash and Young
    To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before – Willie Nelson and Julio Englasias
    Breaking Up is Hard to Do – Neil Sedaka
    One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer – John Lee Hooker
    Can I Sleep In Your Arms? – Willie Nelson
    What a Difference a Day Makes – Anita O’Day
    For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
    Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Ethel Merman

  14. Roger:

    “Sugar Town,” Nancy Sinatra (yes, it was an acid song, although it was years before she or Hazlewood admitted it)
    “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” Creedence
    “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road,” Beatles
    “Stoned Love,” Supremes
    “A Quick One,” The Who
    “The Village Green Preservation Society,” Kinks
    “Mockingbird,” Carly Simon/James Taylor
    “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby,” Bobby Darin (seriously, you should hear this version, it’s unbelievable).

  15. Don:

    “I’ve Got To Be Me,” Tony Clifton

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