It's fitting that the first two letters in "October" are "OC," because the month — particularly October 26 — is shaping up to be a big one for fans of the teen drama. That Tuesday not only sees the DVD release of "The O.C.: The Complete First Season," but also of two new soundtrack albums from the show.
The O.C.: Mix 2 and The O.C. Chrismukkah Album feature an indie-heavy list of bands, including the Killers, Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Eat World, reflecting executive producers Josh Schwartz and McG's less-than-mainstream musical tastes.
"Josh and I are huge music fans, and music is definitely a character on the show. It's fun putting singer/songwriters and alternative bands out there that aren't necessarily on mainstream radio," McG said. "[Like] Death Cab for Cutie. Breaking this, that or the other [act], it's a privilege and it works well for the mood of the show."
The second season of "The O.C." figures to be even more music-heavy than the first, what with the characters opening a club called the Bait Shop (see "Modest Mouse, Killers, Walkmen To Guest Star On 'The O.C.' "), and plans to release a third O.C. Mix in the spring of 2005. Another "Chrismukkah" (a holiday created by character Seth Cohen that melds Christmas with Hanukkah) episode has also been taped that, according to "O.C." music supervisor Alex Patsavas, should feature all the songs from the Chrismukkah Album.
"We're going to try and work all the songs into the episode," she said. "Josh has a really forward musical taste, and to me, music feels like it should be there. It never feels forced. The music on the show just always feels real appropriate for the scene or the characters."
Track lists for The O.C.: Mix 2 and The O.C. Chrismukkah Album, according to Warner Bros. Records:
The O.C.: Mix 2
- The Eels - "Saturday Morning"
- Super Furry Animals - "Hello Sunshine" (radio edit)
- The Killers - "Smile Like You Mean It"
- Death Cab for Cutie - "A Lack of Color"
- Interpol - "The Specialist"
- Patrick Park - "Something Pretty"
- Dios Malos - "You Got Me All Wrong"
- Nada Surf - "If You Leave"
- The Thrills - "Big Sur"
- The Walkmen - "Little House of Savages" (live)
- The Perishers - "Trouble Sleeping"
- Jonathan Rice - "So Sweet"
- Beulah - "Popular Mechanics for Lovers"
- Keane - "Walnut Tree"
- Jem - "Maybe I'm Amazed"
- The Album Leaf - "Eastern Glow"
The O.C. Chrismukkah Album
- The Raveonettes - "The Christmas Song"
- Jimmy Eat World - "Last Christmas"
- Low - "Just Like Christmas"
- Rooney - "Merry Christmas Everybody"
- Ben Kweller - "Rock of Ages"
- The Long Winters - "Christmas With You Is Best"
- The Eels - "Christmas Is Going to the Dogs"
- Leona Naess - "Christmas"
- Ron Sexsmith - "Maybe This Christmas"