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Soundtrack

The music for the episodes was selected by director Winant Scott and "Snuffy" W.G. Walden. They used to watch the final cut of each episode while looking for suitable background songs. In addition, "Snuffy" created some instrumental background melodies individually for every single scene. 

In January 1995 an official MSCL soundtrack was released on CD and audio cassette. Not all songs played in "My So-Called Life" episodes were included on that soundtrack. Here's the complete list of songs played in the show, sorted by episode number.

 
Episode Performer / Band Song title Scene in episode
CD
all
W.G. Snuffy Walden My So-Called Life Theme all episodes 11
1 Animalbag Everybody at Tino's party  
1 the DiVinyls I Touch Myself Jordan watches the video on tv
 
1 R.E.M. Everybody Hurts Angela sees her father and his girlfriend  
2 Jawbox Cruel Swing in Jordan's car  
3 Cranberries Dreams in Angela's room when Patty comes in  
4 Bettie Serveert Palomine Angela and Raynne get the Dead tickets from Graham  
4 Grateful Dead Althea Graham repairs the roof  
5 Enigma Return To Innocence at the fashion show  
6 TLC What About Your Friends? in English class before Vic Racine shows up  
7 Jordan Catalano Red Jordan's song for Angela  
8 Buffalo Tom Soda Jerk Sharon and Kyle in the hall 2
9 Elvis Presley Blue Moon in the scenes with Nicky Driscoll  
9 Shelley Fabares Johnny Angel in the gym  
10 Toad the Wet Sprocket Fall Down parking lot scene  
10 Juliana Hatfield Spin the Bottle before the party  
10 the Lemonheads Down About It at Rayanne's party  
10
Madder Rose Drop a Bomb
at Rayanne's party: Raynne doing drugs in the bathroom 5
10 Juliana Hatfield Dame With a Rod at Rayanne's party: After Angela arrives  
11 Archers of Loaf South Carolina Jordan's car radio 7
11 the Lemonheads Dawn Can't Decide first song at the dance 8
11 Urge Overkill Dropout second song at the dance  
11 Sunscreem Pressure third song at the dance  
11 Haddaway What is Love? fourth song at the dance (Rickie and Delia)  
11 Billy Pilgrim Try fifth (last) song at the dance  
12 Buffalo Tom Soda Jerk live at Pikestreet 2
12 Buffalo Tom Late at Night live at Pikestreet, Jordan holds Angela's hand  
12 Afghan Wigs Fountain and Fairfax Vertigo Club 6
14 the Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated Frozen Embryos perform at Vertigo  
14 Sesame Street Sesame Street Theme sung by Rayanne  
15   Silent Night    
15   Home for the Holidays    
15   Away in a Manger  

 

15 Juliana Hatfield Make It Home sung by the so-called angel (Juliana Hatfield) 1
15 Inner Voices choir I Feel Like Going Home inside the church
 
17 Violent Femmes Blister In the Sun Angela's freedom dance  
17 Sonic Youth Genetic Rayanne and Jordan at Louie's 3
18 Live I Alone in Patty and Graham's bedroom  
18 Frente! The Book Song in Angela's Bedroom 9
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Daniel Johnston Come See Me Tonight only on soundtrack 10
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Further Petty Core only on soundtrack 4

 

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“I cannot bring myself to eat a well-balanced meal in front of my mother.”

Angela Chase, Episode 1: "My So-Called Life (Pilot)"