There are no spoilers here, just the opening montage from this week’s Mad Men, “Maidenform,” in which several of the show’s main female characters get dressed in front of mirrors to the tune of The Decemberists’s “The Infanta.” People seem to either think it’s cool or hate it because they didn’t have sea-shanty-singing indie bands in 1962. I think it’s cool:

I like how Joan does that fake-pouty Marilyn mouth thing even when she’s alone. Only slightly related Mad Men anachronism quiz question: in this episode, a lady at the country club (or rather, the show’s writers) made a reference to the opening line of which fictionalized memoir that wasn’t published until a year later?

Comments (18)
  1. Poor Chauncey.

  2. yea… definitely a weird mash up…

  3. I haven’t seen the episode yet (what’s the hold up, surfthechannel?), but I’ve been dying to see this part. Favorite band + best show in ages? God yes.

    • is god when it comes to streaming videos. and totally free / nothing to download, just a popup to “trust.”

  4. oh, i lost my sh!t during the duck and chauncey scene… what a savage @$$ hole.

  5. There should, in fact, be a band called “Poor Chauncey.” Also, a spinoff of Mad Men following Chauncey’s Adventures In The Big City During The Turbulent ’60s. Forrest Gump meets The Incredible Journey.

  6. Wow, is this real? Not a fan-made mashup? I don’t know. I love the Decemberists, and I loved the fact that the Mad Men theme song is an RJD2 instrumental, but this may be pushing it as far as hipster cred is concerned. I guess I’ll have to see it in context.

  7. Becca  |   Posted on Sep 2nd, 2008 -1

    I don’t believe anyone actually used the words “it was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they executed the Rosenbergs,” but they were all whining about how hot it was, like that insufferable Esther Greenwood.

    No one is making nearly as big a fuss as they should about Melissa Scully having an affair with Don Draper. We was shot! And buried!

    • “Remember that really hot summer, the summer they executed the Rosenbergs?” Sometimes that show is as smarmy and obvious as Peter Campbell’s face.

  8. As someone who knows nothing about nothing, I assumed that everything between the opening credits and the end credits was from 1962 (aside from any score) so I was a little disappointed that the song isn’t from 1962 only because I thought it was amazing to have a band sound so modern in 1962. It killed my dream.

  9. Rye  |   Posted on Sep 3rd, 2008 0

    Totally lame. It annoyed the everlovin’ crap out of me to hear a modern song during a show that strives for historical accuracy. Keep the indie rock out of my peanut butter!

    Let us pray that Don and Betty don’t go to Paris, or we’re bound to hear Vampire Weekend’s “Mansard Roof.” (shivver)

  10. modelo  |   Posted on Sep 6th, 2008 -1

    it sucks. because it sucks when independent artists support corporate art.

  11. The dialogue in this episode also included the phrase, “Handsome Family.” Does that mean anything?

  12. I kept thinking my surround sound was set to my ipod instead of the tv….

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