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  • Songs from Degrassi: "Extraordinary Machines, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/18/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Counting On You" by Rachael Cantu
    Students setting up for the play. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " A bubbly, upbeat song with positive lyrics, perfect for the beginning of any Degrassi episode. In this case, we've got busy beavers creating the set for Eli's play, and we can feel the friendly stress of it all as if we were there. Sit back and enjoy."

    "Taurus Chorus" by Abbe May
    Imogen's wheels are turning...she sets up Clare. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "It only took the first 10 seconds of this song for us to decide it was perfect for Imogen. If Imogen ever had a theme song, this would be it. We laid it up so as to get inside her head, and feel what she's feeling, see the wheels turning... what's she going to do next?"

    "In The Belly of a Whale" by Scott Orr
    KC & Jenna give away their baby. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is possibly one of the saddest moments in Degrassi history. This song will mean something different to each of you, and even the writer, Scott Orr, won't tell us what it means. It's an extremely personal moment -- whether a good or bad feeling, we're saying goodbye to the smallest character on Degrassi."

    "Big Bird in a Small Cage" by Patrick Watson
    End of Eli's play. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We experimented with different songs and score here, and the combination of both, but in the end reprising this Patrick Watson song from the beginning of the season was the right thing to do. Not only did it create a bookend to Eli's story, but it followed Eli, thematically, as he drew his own conclusions about life, and as we felt his struggles with him."

    "Right For You" by Hilary Grist
    Eli walks away from Clare, smiling. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "There was more than one Hilary Grist song we were considering for the show, but this one stuck out the most. The piano chords struck perfectly in the slow-motion picture, and Eli's "everything is going to be ok" smile made it all the better."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Extraordinary Machines, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/17/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Uh Oh" by Junior Doctor
    Eli spits out his pill before class. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Not only a perfect car radio song, "Uh Oh" also led us into Eli's mind for a bit. The band was very excited for the placement."
    In fact, they want Degrassi fans to have a free download of a special acoustic version of the song! Right-click this link and select "Save Target As" to download the free acoustic version of "Uh Oh"!
    And old school Degrassi fans take note: Cassie Steele (Manny) is actually in the video for the song! Click here to watch!

    "Same Mood Today" by The Heartbroken
    Imogen and Eli make out at the end of the episode. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is such a lovely song that deserved a tender, albeit a bit misguided, moment in Degrassi history. The lyrics juxtapose with the scene, as Eli is never in the same mood anymore, but he's not looking or listening either."

    Other songs in tonight's Degrassi:
    "Save Yourself" by Centrevol
    "I Need (Your Love)" by The Lions Rampant
    "Put Up a Fight" by Comasoft
    "Outrage" by Sister Sin
    "Same Mood Today" by The Heartbroken

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Mr. Brightside pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/16/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "An Island Now" by The Canvas Waiting
    Drew kisses Katie. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Lyrically, this song is perfect for Drew: "Stand tall and proud, your rusty bow." We also love songs about ships -- but that was a coincidence. The mood, instrumentation and soft vocals were perfect for this tender first kiss. "

    " "I Wonder" by Bobby Bazini
    Drew and Katie make peace and practice martial arts. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Juno nominated Bobby Bazini was kind enough to loan us his song for use in the show. Turns out the song was written about his grandparents, and how they felt when they first got together years ago. Could this be Drew and Katie's moment, too?"

    Other songs in tonight's Degrassi:
    "Summer" by Manuela

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Mr. Brightside pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/15/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Distance" by A Common Year
    Drew fights Julian and wins. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " The build on this song is what sold it for the spot -- it's technically a love song, but the instrumentation powered through Drew's chokehold and led him to victory over his opponent."

    " On Top of the World" by Brian Hood
    Drew struts through the hallway. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This was a fun placement -- always love someone who struts down a hallway. The lyrics drive us inside Drew's head, he's feeling confident again, almost invincible... but at what cost?"

    Other songs in tonight's Degrassi:
    "The Way I Am" by Vinyl Heart
    "All I Can Do" by Bryan Finlay

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Lose Yourself, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/11/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Be A Man by Justin Rutledge
    Justin Rutledge performs live. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We had been hoping to place this song for a little while, and lo and behold Justin was asked to make a guest appearance on the show. And we had the perfect opportunity to showcase it. It plays so well on the distant Jenna walking down the street, and the hits on all the cuts while the song is playing are just wonderful -- exciting and powerful all at once."

    "Pretty Things by Oceanship
    Clare reads Eli's script, KC and Jenna decide on adoption. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Oceanship, as we know from Season 10, is probably the thematic band for Eli and Clare, and here we've got another beautiful Oceanship song scoring a moment of clarity between the two -- a moment that we thought was lost until we hear those first few piano chords."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Lose Yourself, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/10/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Indiana by The Strumbellas
    Jenna surprises KC at Little Miss Steaks. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A perfect Little Miss Steaks band, we especially love the clarinet solo that makes a brief appearance near the end of the scene. Such a nice swinging country/folk band, with a tinge of Americana and blues all rolled into one."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "U Don't Know, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/09/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Trouble by Molly Thomason
    Adam tries to hide his chest; couples at dinner. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We love Molly Thomason, and she loves Degrassi. Molly is a wonderful wordsmith, and the lyrics to this song have to be listened to again and again to appreciate their full structure. For Adam, he's sinking into trouble again, and the song smoothes things over in Little Miss Steaks quite nicely."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "U Don't Know, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/08/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Music Is Fashion by Tara Lett
    The girls rehearse for the fashion show. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We originally had this song just floating in the background of the Degrassi Radio scene, until we realized it was actually the theme song for the episode. It made it through a ton of scenes and was driving the whole fashion show. So much fun!"

    "Bullets by Data Romance
    Imogen and Eli rehearse for the play. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Data Romance has that wonderful nostalgic feeling, dropping the world away so as to only include Imogen and Eli in this moment. We're wondering if it's real, or if Eli is just playing games again. We're also hinting at Imogen's vulnerability - she can't really break bullets."

    "Home by Come Gather Round Us
    Fiona and HJ discuss finding HJ's birth parents. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Such a simple thought and emotion: going home. But Holly J is wondering where she belongs, and where her home even is. This song asks all those questions, too."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Should Have Said No, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Holy Ghost" by Laura Stevenson & The Cans
    Clare finds her parents' divorce papers. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "An interesting story behind this song: it was recorded live-off-the-floor and therefore had a lot of hiss, clicks, pops and background noise. The superlative sound team including Tim Welch, Jim McGrath, John Dykstra and Danielle McBride ran it through their magic machines and the result created the perfect moment for Clare finding her parents' divorce papers."

    "Flash Lightnin'" by Flash Lightnin'
    Drew's mixed martial arts training. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Angry, dissonant, confused and a little enraged, Drew was going mad, and we needed to feel his emotions through song. We chose this gritty soundtrack as Drew's companion and we think the point came across pretty well."

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Should Have Said No, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/03/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Butterflies" by Liz Coyles
    Clare and Jake kiss at school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Not quite as epic as their first kiss, we toned the mood down a little here, and made this moment more romantic than before. Clare and Jake are establishing their relationship, so we're guiding the audience towards a sweeter side of them both."

    "For What It's Worth" by Maggie Eckford
    Clare leaves a note on Jake's truck. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We tried a few songs to this scene but the quirkiness of Maggie Eckford's song stood out amongst them all. There were so many directions we could have taken but the beat, tempo and lyrics of this song sold us all."

    "Misery Loves Company" by The Trews
    Basketball montage.
    "We love The Trews! Of course they were perfect for the basketball montage, their sports-driven music pounds with the adrenaline on the court. What a match!"

    "Look At Those Eyes" (reloaded) by Alexz Johnson
    Drew admits he's scared.
    "This fantastic remix of Alexz Johnson's "Look At Those Eyes" is so emotional that it was a perfect match for the scene. Drew finally admits that he's scared, such a hard move for such a macho guy, and the entire tag rolled around the song and its emotions."