Music on TV: Always took a penny, never left a penny

Once upon a time the great Eastern guru

Carson Daly said, "Do good things, and good things will happen to you," and it was a morphine-induced

Earl Hickey (Jason Lee) that heard that karma call. Today the first season of My Name Is Earl comes out on DVD, and in

celebration of that I've compiled all the great (and so-so) musical moments from the show's inaugural bow.

Heavy on the classic rock (Earl's mustache demands it), you could call this Even More

Dazed and Confused, except for the occasional deviation. In the middle of all the Allman Bros., Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bachman-Turner Overdrive are songs from Nick Drake, The Cardigans and Red Hot Chili Peppers. But if you had to pick

one artist that encompasses the show, it would be Country Funk legend Jerry Reed. You might remember "East Bound and Down"

(from Smokey and the Bandit) was used during an episode (Episode 1x07 - 'Stole Beer From a Golfer') when Earl

and Randy drove in the original Bandit car from the movie.

Also out today is My Name Is

Earl - The Album, which has many of the best song memories from the show, including both Jerry Reed songs ("Amos

Moses" being the other), Young MC's "Bust a

Move" (which you might remember from Joy's wedding), and Sammy

Davis busting out the great

target="_blank">"Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)." But like the

show itself, the soundtrack takes some sharp corners. Instead of using the original versions of many songs, artists

like John Hiatt and Matthew Sweet contribute covers. On paper it sounds

interesting, but even the dream matchup of Sweet doing ELO ("Livin'

Thing") falls flat. The others are, at best, wholly unnecessary.

Playlist: MY

NAME IS EARL - Season 1 (

target="_blank">tracklisting here)

drake lelane

toys with karma daily on the blog thus spake drake