Lessons in the ‘Girls’ Lexicon: Music

“On All Fours” was a weird fucking episode.  Dunham really outdid herself in finding every possible thing that could make us uncomfortable and shoving it into 30 minutes. We would venture to say we’ve never seen a more cringe-worthy episode of TV, owing to a trio of disasters.  However, “On All Fours” had one thing going for it that the rest of this season’s episodes lacked: a kickass soundtrack. Since we still can’t really figure out what happened in this week’s chapter, no less pick a word or phrase to write about, we decided to look at the music that has accompanied Season 2 so far.

One of our favorite parts about the first season of Girls was how amazing the scoring choices were and how well they interacted with the scenes and characters. From Hannah dancing to Robyn’s “Dancing on my Own” to the guests at Jessa’s wedding raging to “Pussy be Yankin’” by Lady, Girls introduced us to lots of new music to add to the soundtrack our own lives (Ed.- “Same Mistakes” by The Echo Friendly is a fantastic song).

This season, one of the most notable song choices has to be Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”  Played during the club scene in the infamous cocaine episode, this song has become the “going out” anthem for girls everywhere.  If it sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard it blasting on repeat out of girls’ windows starting at around 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights (and Wednesday and Thursday nights).  Another solid choice was Solange Knowles’ “Losing You,”  heard in the first episode of Season 2.  If you haven’t heard it or seen the music video, we suggest checking it out – it features pretty pastel outfits, Beyonce’s not-so-famous-but-still-sick little sis, and genuine members of the South African Le Sape Society (“Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance”).  These guys have moves – watch out, Jagger.

The Season 2 soundtrack also sends us on a bit of a nostalgia trip – think summer Jewish camp / middle school dances.  We get to see a group of ironic Brooklyn hipsters jam out to the vocal stylings of Sean Paul in “Temperature” in the controversial episode in which Hannah plays wife to a stranger for 48 hours.  Hannah even sings a weirdly hilarious and soulful version of Oasis’ “Wonderwall” whilst alone in the bathtub.

Speaking of weird covers: This past week featured our favorite train-wreck Marnie singing the white-girl version Kanye’s “Stronger.”  We can’t decide what the best part was: hearing her sing “you can be my white(?) Kate Moss tonight” with a totally straight face, or the awkward attempt to get back to the song’s hip-hop roots through hand gestures.

This aside, the party scene featured some great musical choices, including “Take a Walk” by Passion Pit, “Werkin’ Girls” by Angel Haze, and “Boom Boom” by Rye Rye, which happened to be one of our favorite music videos of 2012:

Also, we finally got to hear the song Santigold recorded for the show (aptly titled “Girls”), even though Marnie made the dude dj-ing off the iPod pause the song so she could completely embarrass herself.

The finale of Season 2 is this Sunday – wondering what the hell we’re in for? Same.

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