You Spin Me Round: The Sopranos Finale Soundtrack: An In-Depth Investigation (Kinda)
I assume we all watched the Sopranos season finale, so there’s no need to spoiler or pretend anything happened. If you don’t have cable or you live in a cave, I’ll short word the episode’s ending for you: Tony ate onion rings and Meadow can’t parallel park.
As a rabid Sopranos fan and a rabid music fan, I searched the soundtrack for some sort of symbolic meaning, but I came up with nothing significant. Tony’s love of classic rock prevailed, with a couple of interesting choices. HBO.com gave us the d-low.
- Tony wakes up; Dante drives Tony to his family; Phil fills up. (Vanilla Fudge: “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”)
- Tony and Paulie wait for Agent Harris at the airport. (Randy & the Rainbows: “Denise”)
- Bobby’s wake at Vesuvio’s. (Vivaldi: Four Seasons)
- AJ & Rhiannon listen to the song in the car. (Bob Dylan: “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) )
- Tony and Uncle Pat talk in backroom of The Bing. (Sonic Youth: “I Dreamed, I Dream”)
More of “The Sopranos” season finale soundtrack play-by-play, plus this week’s free MP3, after the jump.
– Paulie is spooked by a cat at Satriale’s. (Curtis Lee: “Pretty Little Angel Eyes”)
- Tony offers Paulie a promotion. (Creedence Clearwater Revival: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”)
- Neil bears bad news in The Bing backroom. (Larry Graham: “The Jam”)
- AJ leaves work and picks up Rhiannon from school. (The Noisettes: “Scratch Your Name”)
- AJ and Rhiannon watch TV. (Kid Creole & the Coconuts: “The Lifeboat Party”)
- Tony arrives at a diner and waits for his family. (Little Feat: “All That You Dream”)
- Tony at the diner jukebox. (Journey: “Don’t Stop Believin'”)
The best I could come up with is the recurring use of “You Keep Me Hanging On,” symbolizing HBO’s need to draw out the series into seven seasons. The song also foreshadows the closing scene that keeps us all hanging on, wondering just what the hell happened to the family. Perhaps all the references to dreaming and believing should leave us to assume everything works out for T and the family.
I’m stumped. Any ideas?
Oh, btw, Bob Dylan would make my car explode, too.
MP3: The Noisettes – “Scratch Your Name” http://www.savefile.com/files/802095