Published on March 9th, 2011 | by Sinead Keogh4
TV Soundtracks: The West Wing
Maybe it was the release of The Social Network reminding us of Aaron Sorkin’s genius, maybe it was the fact that Martin ‘President Bartlet’ Sheen has been in town for JDIFF, maybe it’s just that it’s been far too long, but we’ve been re-watching our West Wing boxset here at Culch towers and my, my is it providing us with one hell of a good time.
Aside from the fact that the entire show is a masterclass in snappy dialogue and the cameramen seem to be forever managing continuous sweeping shots that follow characters walking down corridors and moving from room to room without a break (can you tell we’re in love?) this time around we’ve been noticing that the soundtrack was rather something too.
Here’s our top ten.
10. Desire, Ryan Adams (Season 6: King Corn)
9. Angel, Massive Attack (Season 4: Commencement)
8. Learn to Fly, Foo Fighters (Season 1: Mr Willis of Ohio)
7. For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield (Season 3: Isaac and Ishmael)
6. Hanging By A Moment, Lifehouse (Season 3: Documentary Special)
5. Dark Blue, Jack’s Mannequin (Season 7: Tomorrow)
4. Jet Airliner, The Steve Miller Band (Season 7: The Mommy Problem)
3. Prelude, Cello Suite #1 in G Major, Bach (performed by Yo-Yo Ma) (Season 2: Noel)
2. New York Minute, Don Henley (Season 2: Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail)
1. Brothers in Arms, The Dire Straits (Season 2: Two Cathedrals)