The Sopranos was about as powerful as show as has ever been on TV (unless you count Strong Man competitions when Mariusz Pudzianowski is competing), but one of the more underrated aspects of said power was the music that played over the closing credits. So in honor of James Gandolfini, we put together a list of our favorites. Scroll through above to listen to each of them as you pour out some orange juice with pulp for the big fella.
Song: You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory by Johnny Thunders
Episode: House Arrest
Song: Bad 'N' Ruin by The Faces
Episode: Marco Polo
Song: If I Were A carpenter by Bobby Darin
Episode: Unidentified Black Males
Song: One Of these Days by Pink Floyd
Episode: The Fleshy Part of the Thigh
Song: Moonlight Mile by the Rolling Stones
Song: Don't Stop Believin' by Journey, duh *
Episode: Made in America
* Nothing actually plays over the credits in this episode but who cares
Mobsters aren't supposed to have a heart, or see psychiatrists about their emotional problems. Punks aren't supposed to do ballads. Here's to rebelling by showing your soft side.
"Mother don't you recognize your son?" "My son does not sing disco."
Like Thunders, Bobby Darin died way too young (37), though due to a medical condition and not years of drug abuse/possible murder. Like Tony Soprano, he had parental issues, though slightly different ones, in that he was raised thinking his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister, only to find out his mother was his mother, and his father basically didn't exist. Though he sings more tenderly than anyone ever on this Tim Hardin cover, he also had the balls to say he wanted to be bigger than Sinatra, which made John Lennon's "More popular than Jesus" quote seem like humility.
"One of these days I'm going to dance with the evil beast" is not at all what the one line in this instrumental says, but someone at Thrillist thought it said that for years, and it actually sounds pretty cool.
The last song on Sticky Fingers, and a much nicer way to bow out than the one right before it, "Dead Flowers", what with the dancing on graves and whatnot.