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  • 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."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Paper Planes, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/02/2011 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

    "Girls Like You" by The Naked & Famous
    Anya, the morning after. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This placement felt like Anya was still dreaming. If you remember, this song started her whole downward spiral, when she started making out with Owen at her birthday party. Now that's a distant memory, and the song still resonates in Anya's head. "

    "The Distance" by Peasant
    Connor is leaving Degrassi. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "What a sad moment! Sad, but hopeful, so we had to convey a few different emotions, which wasn't a challenge when we had such a powerful song such as The Distance. Notice the lyrics over the bright sun shining through the doorway... what a beautiful moment! "

    "Come & Gone" by Kalle Mattson
    Anya begs the Dean of Admissions.
    "A nice transition piece; it really sets the mood for both scenes. The song itself is beautiful, and we wish there was room to feature a bit more of it!"

    " Dark Days by The Sleeping
    Anya defies her mom, and goes out anyhow.
    " Angry and rebellious -- that's what we needed for this scene. The song might be playing from the radio, or it might be playing in Anya's head -- you decide. In any case, The Sleeping delivered exactly what we were looking for."

    "Resistance" by The Arka Teks
    Anya goes back to the club.
    " SO much fun with this song and this scene, even though it's actually a pretty serious topic. We had to get inside Anya's head again -- she thinks she's in the right so we had to think that way, too. This pounding song drove us to believe she was having fun (when she was really just out of control). "

  • Songs from Degrassi "Paper Planes, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/01/2011 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

    "Acid Rain" by The Tanuki Project
    Anya decides to try some cocaine. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Other than the obvious title and lyrics representing Anya's downward spiral, the beat of this tune is what sold us for the placement. This was the first time we were in this club; we had to establish a more mature sound, and The Tanuki Project was a great fit."

    "Sound The Alarm" by Shapes of Race Cars
    The volleyball game. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We loved a bunch of songs on Shapes of Race Cars' album, so we picked this one for this scene, and it fit real good. The pounding chorus is just so much fun and that's all we needed for this scene."

    "Get Out Of My Way" by Brooke Rose
    Goodbye bedbugs.
    "This was a quirky placement, because the song is so serious but the scene is so light and almost... fun? Well, bedbugs aren't fun, but this "goodbye bedbugs" song makes it seem pretty effortless to get rid of them. Anyone who's had bedbugs wishes it were as easy as putting on a Brooke Rose song."

    "Desire" by Tara Lett
    Anya struts in the club and dances with a random.
    "Heart-pounding, slow-motion, definitive gaze, yeah, something is about to happen. We won't know until the next episode, but this song leads us to believe Anya's spiral is not slowing down... it's speeding up. "

  • Songs from Degrassi "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 07/28/2011 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

    "Rich Doors" by NewVillager
    Eli watches Clare from a distance. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This song took a little bit of extra listening to hear its TV placement potential. It travels around at the right speed, its heavy piano chords pierce at just the right moment. It sounds like Eli's heartbeat -- he's watching her like she used to watch him."

    "No Power" by Absofacto
    Imogen convinces Eli that Clare never loved him. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Let alone the title of the song being fit for the scene, it was the electricity of the song that perfect for the moment. A little bit of witchcraft and uncertainty -- Imogen is casting her spell over Eli... he has no power!!"

    "Hold Me In Your Arms" by Zerbin
    Riley breaks up with Zane.
    "Here the song title is ironic -- it's actually a very sad moment for everyone who was rooting for Zane and Riley. Beginning with the gorgeous moon married to the beautiful violin, a dark evening mood set the tone for the end of one of the most arduous and tested relationships in Degrassi history..."

    "Honey Crystal Cave" by Minotaurs
    Eli dumps his pills in the trash.
    "We found this song before we knew Imogen would need her own music. Its wonderfully creepy, crawly, jagged and twisted enough to make us feel what Eli was feeling -- and what Imogen was doing. The hit in the song on the Producers' Card left us all reeling..."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 07/27/2011 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

    "Get Loose" (remix) by Quanteisha
    Marisol's Little Miss Steaks party song. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Marisol had her tunes on her iPod -- so it was really fun to figure out what she would actually listen to. This Quanteisha song was perfect, Marisol definitely likes the fat bass line and groovy chorus."

    "Big Bird in a Small Cage" by Patrick Watson
    Eli struggles with creativity, takes his pills. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Among the most powerful moments we've seen so far, we knew the scene would need the perfect, most emotionally driven song we could find, and came up with one of our very most cherished songs, "Big Bird in a Small Cage". The scene, lyrics and music all speak for themselves, and we sincerely encourage you to go find more about the artist, Patrick Watson!"

    "Honey Woman Lady Cutie" by Alexander Fairchild
    Imogen is a freak!
    " We quickly realized that much like Eli, Imogen needed her own sort of music... and this tune kicked it all off. Eli is definitely interested. Though, whether she becomes his honey-woman-lady-cutie remains to be seen..."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Cry Me a River, pt. 2"

    Posted on 07/26/2011 by Ryanmcl

    Yet again, the generous Degrassi Music Team is providing us with not just the names of the songs that were playing during your favorite scenes in Degrassi: Now or Never, but how those songs ended up there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The Lake" by Aunt Martha
    Fiona witnesses Charlie arguing with her "girlfriend". Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A beautiful song and moment. Listen to the drums in this song -- such a gorgeous east-coast vibe. The lyrics float along the top of the scene, pushing Fiona to the brink -- she was so hopeful, and once again, it all comes crashing down."

    "Why Won't You Listen" by The Danger Bees
    Charlie rejects Fiona. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Fiona tries, and tries again. She's so timid and uncertain, and this song reflects her so well. The lyrics were more pointed this time -- as Fiona really does have such a good heart."

    "Pilgrim's Day" by Lake
    Dave observes Adam's handicapped washroom woes
    "Sometimes we really love a band and their sound, and we can make it through the last of their songs before finding the right one. In the case of Lake, the gem "Pilgrim's Day" is near the end of the album -- and it was just perfect when the lyrics hit "window in, window out" on the shot of Dave through the window."

    "I Saw the Devil Last Night" by Moros Eros
    Dave commandeers Degrassi Radio.
    "We loved the energy of this song and how it translated to Dave's intentions. We kind of knew he was up to something by the tone of the song, and it was all timed to hit certain moments of his actions."

    "Tonight" by Take Me to the Pilot
    Dave offers an olive branch; Adam accepts; all is well.
    "We had known about Take Me to the Pilot through the friends who share our office -- a company called Dale Speaking in Toronto. They loved the band and so do we, and this epic song helped us tell the tale of how differences can be overcome."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Cry Me a River pt. 1"

    Posted on 07/25/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Lay Your Heartbreak" by Winterpills
    Fiona leaving a sad message on Charlie's phone. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is a pretty depressing moment for Fiona -- so the song had to reflect that, obviously. The lyrics didn't match the scene per se, but having lyrics too on-the-nose can sound pretty nerdy. This was a delicate balance of feeling and lyrics, and they matched the scene very well."

    "This Work" by Meligrove Band
    Sav cuts Dave off-air after his Degrassi Radio rant. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "There have been so many opportunities for this song -- its theme is so general and applicable to everyday life. But when this scene came along -- where we actually see how hard life can be for Adam -- the lyrics play a double-entendre. On Adam's side, obviously, he leads an abnormal life and it's tough to fit in. For Dave, we think it's just as tough -- he expressed himself in the wrong way, but in the end, he's just trying to fit in, too."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Idioteque"

    Posted on 07/21/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Way Back Home by The Real Deal
    From Bianca and Drew's make-out sesh at the top of the episode. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We needed a song that was full of energy -- and The Real Deal gave us the real deal. It felt fast, energetic and suspenseful... something was going to happen! But alas... it didn't. The song helped that moment out, too -- going from tons of music to none at all, we felt the awkwardness."

  • Songs from Degrassi "What's My Age Again?"

    Posted on 07/20/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Run, Wild by Dead Letter Chorus
    From the scene where the girls plan Anya's 18th birthday party. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This scene went through a few songs, until we felt right with this one. It travels perfectly in the background of this scene, not too much energy but definitely enough. We love Dead Letter Chorus, the Australian band that melted our hearts when they played the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto with Two Hours Traffic."

    "People In The Hole by Catherine Feeny
    From when Anya gets her bad news. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Catherine Feeny is an amazing songwriter -- and it shows. These poetic lyrics vibe so well with Anya's inner turmoil. We've been trying different things with music, going from scene to scene, and this worked out perfectly."

    "This Was Not My Best Day Ever by Acres of Lions
    From the scene where KC gets a job at Little Miss Steak's.
    " An amazing west coast Canadian indie band, we also saw these guys perform some unrecorded material -- and once it is recorded, we will try to place them again. In the meantime, this song off their recorded album was so peaceful in its simplicity that it helped guide KC on the right path -- instead of feeling sorry for yourself, get up and do something about it!"

    "Take You Home by Final Thought
    From Anya's birthday. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " A great example of a song that was in the character's world, as source from Anya's party, that turns into a Feature for us listeners. The lyrics are pounding and we all feel what Anya feels: desperation, loneliness and confusion. After all, it's your party and you can cry if you want to!"

    "Girls Like You by The Naked & Famous
    From when Anya kisses Owen... etc. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We loved The Naked & Famous so much that we decided to bring them back for another use, creating a sort of "book-end" to these two episodes, beginning with a Naked & Famous song, and ending with a Naked & Famous song. This song tells Anya's tale, and the lyrics "don't you know people who write songs like girls like you" hit a home-run in this moment. Although we're pretty sure Owen doesn't write songs... does that mean he doesn't really like her? You decide."

  • Songs from Degrassi 'LoveGame"

    Posted on 07/19/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Young Blood by The Naked & Famous
    From when Clare and Jenna get ready for school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " The Naked & Famous are an amazing band. So much energy, so much amazing instrumentation and synth, and really rad lyrics to boot. They were perfect to kick off the new school year and introduce a bunch of new characters. After introducing the newest, youngest character, Tyson, we move to see Clare and Eli, sharing an awkward moment, and the song covers it superbly."

    "Jigsaw by Broken Bricks
    From when Clare makes a scene at Above the Dot. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Broken Bricks are a really cool indie band from Toronto; we came upon this demo recording of this song. There is a full band recording, but this one was so raw, so genuine, that we preferred using it. Above the Dot is a new hangout for the kids of Degrassi, and this music sets its tone. The lyrics hit perfectly with Clare's rampant emotions, and Eli's lack thereof, but it's mostly the one-take, life off the floor feeling that sold us on this placement, as it directly relates to all the emotions of the scene."

    "Oh My, What A Fine Day by Behind Sapphire
    From Jake and Clare's first kiss!
    " This song had been on our radar for a while, and this perfect moment came up and it just felt so right. The beautiful imagery behind the kiss, the nighttime air and the flickering lights in the background, coupled with this song, all became the mystical cloud around the budding love of these two characters."