The So-Called Music

The songs featured in MSCL are more like supporting characters than just background fillers. The lyrics often fit the moment perfectly, and the music usually complements the atmosphere of the scene.

These are songs that have been used in MSCL. Where possible, the scenes you can hear the songs in have been indicated, along with the episode number. This has been compiled with much help from the MSCL list and MSCL Music Guru Misty Jones.

1.1 "Everybody" by Animalbag [band at Tino's party]
1.1 "I Touch Myself" by the Divinyls [on the TV Jordan watches]
1.1 "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. [Angela returns from the rave]
1.3 "Dreams" by the Cranberries [in Angela's room when Patty comes in]
1.4 "Palomine" by Bettie Serveert [Graham gives A & Ray the tickets]
1.4 "Althea" by the Grateful Dead [Graham repairs the roof]
1.5 "Return to Innocence" by Enigma [the fashion show]
1.6 "What About Your Friends?" by TLC [just before Vic shows up]
1.7 "Red" by W.G. Snuffy Walden/Winnie Holzman [Jordan's song]
1.7 "Sodajerk" by Buffalo Tom [Sharon and Kyle in the hall]
1.9 "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares (?) [in the gym]
1.9 "Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley [with Nicky, and hummed by Rickie]
1.10 "Fall Down" by Toad the Wet Sprocket [parking lot scene]
1.10 "Spin the Bottle" by Juliana Hatfield Trio [before the party]
1.10 "Down About It" by the Lemonheads [at the party]
1.10 "Dame With a Rod" by Juliana Hatfield Trio [at the party]
1.11 "South Carolina" by Archers of Loaf [Jordan's car radio]
1.11 "Dawn Can't Decide" by the Lemonheads [first song heard at dance?]
1.11 "Dropout" by Urge Overkill [at the dance]
1.11 "Pressure" by Sunscreem [at the dance]
1.11 "What is Love?" by Haddaway [Rickie and Delia's dance]
1.11 "Try" by Billy Pilgrim [last song at the dance]
1.12 "Soda Jerk" by Buffalo Tom [performed live]
1.12 "Late at Night" by Buffalo Tom [performed live and closing scene]
1.12 "Fountain and Fairfax" by Afghan Wigs [Vertigo Club]
1.14 "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones [song the Frozen Embryos play]
1.14 "Sesame Street Theme Song" [sung by Rayanne]
1.15 "Make It Home" by Juliana Hatfield [sung by J.H. as the angel Joy]
1.15 "I Feel Like Going Home" by ? [sung by the Inner Voices church choir]
1.17 "Blister in the Sun" by the Violent Femmes [Angela's over Jordan]
1.17 "Genetic" by Sonic Youth [Rayanne and Jordan at "Louie's"]
1.18 "The Book Song" - Frente! [in Angela's bedroom]
1.18 "I Alone" - Live [in Patty and Graham's bedroom]

A collection of music inspired by or just suitable for the show was released on 24 January, 1995 by Atlantic/Mammoth Records. The MSCL soundtrack "Music from the TV Series 'My So-Called Life' features "alternative"-flavored songs, and best of all, W.G. Snuffy Walden's theme song. The song list, as leaked onto the AOL boards and into the MSCL list in December of 1994 by Peter Dangerfield, is:

Make it Home

Juliana Hatfield

Soda Jerk

Buffalo Tom


Sonic Youth

Petty Core


Drop A Bomb

Madder Rose

Fountain and Fairfax

Afghan Wigs

South Carolina

Archers of Loaf

Dawn Can't Decide

The Lemonheads

The Book Song


Come See Me Tonight

Daniel Johnston

My So-Called Life (theme song)

W.G. Snuffy Walden

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