Music on Chuck: A Tango and a Title Sequence

So I guess my worries about Chuck not having any title sequences has been answered, as this week, a snappy title sequence makes an appearance. Created by Imaginary Forces, the same group that brought you Mad Men's opening, the credits are a fun mix of James Bond combined with the worker icon from Buy More's Nerd Herd logo, and it's all done creatively to Cake's "Short Skirt/Long Jacket.".

NBC has the episode up, and if you forward 7:45 into the first chapter, you can check it out.

Meanwhile, they're breaking down another Spoon song ("Don't You Evah,") which makes Chuck a bit like the film Stranger Than Fiction, where bits of rhythmic Spoon were interspersed throughout. But the anchor to this week's show was the use of updated tango from the masters Gotan Project. You may remember the band's music was used often in the past couple seasons of Nip/Tuck, but here it fits in even more within the context of the action (and the episode title) as Chuck dances the tango to GP's tango "Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)".

One thing that The O.C. always liked to do was have a song that was about to be released, and now that Chuck is into the season I expect it to happen more, especially considering Tuesdays, the morning after the show, is new release day. This time out, they threw Band of Horses' "The General Specific" into the mix. It really didn't seem to serve much of a purpose then to give the album Cease to Begin a leg up on its release today.

And finally, in what can only by now be called a show template, the final scene of reflection was backed by The National's excellent "Slow Show," focusing in on the lyrics:

You know I dreamed about you

for twenty-nine years before I saw you

You know I dreamed about you

I missed you for

for twenty-nine years

Mmm... Chuck's about 29 years old, wouldn't you say? The song is about making a fool of oneself to impress his true love, and is a nice allusion to the unspoken geek love Chuck has for Sarah.

Playlist: Chuck - Episode 103

1. "Don't You Evah" - Spoon - Parts used throughout, in opening and with Nerd Herd

2. "Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)" - Gotan Project - Parts used throughout, used mostly for tango sequences

3. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" - Cake - Title sequence

4. "The General Specific" - Band Of Horses - Chuck finishes work on the last computers

5. "Slow Show - The National - End of episode

Chuck Bartkowski's Last.fm page

Previously: Spoon and the Lost Art of the Intro (Episode 102)

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