Last week I downloaded OMFGG: Original Music from Gossip Girl. This is because during every episode I end up feeling like the music on the show feels exactly right for it, even when the choice is something unexpected. I think of a scene from an episode earlier this year when Blair, during an impromptu garden party she’s thrown, walks down the long, wood-paneled hall of a townhouse toward the library, where she’s about to find her ex-boyfriend and her current boyfriend’s stepmother in flagrante delicto. The song playing? Santogold’s “Creator,” a raucous, frenetic, and flat-out strange track that doesn’t exactly scream “potential heartache” at all. But what it does do is suit the character moreso than sensitive acoustic rock would under any circumstance. Blair is, after all, a hunter. The song does her justice.
Though “Creator” isn’t included on Volume 1 of OMFGG, there are plenty of other great songs here. Of the bands, only two (Phantom Planet and The Ting Tings) were known to me; the rest are delightful finds. The first half of the album pounds with steady rock beats and infectious pop hooks with songs like The Kills’ “Sour Cherry” (which asks, repeatedly, if you’re the “only sour cherry on the fruit stand”), The Kooks’ “Do You Wanna,” The Teenagers’ “Feeling Better,” and The Virgins’ “One Week of Danger.” Some fun electronic pieces take over, like Nadia Oh’s “Got Your Number” and “Crimewave” by Crystal Castles.
Because I’m a Gossip Girl nerd, I watched the DVD extra on the show’s music. I know the producers consider two factors when planning the soundtrack—that these kids would have access to (and would seek out the social cache of) obscure music, but would be obligated by their age and peer group to adhere to accepted musical standards of their generation. I think the album satisfactorily straddles both ends of the spectrum. It’s also fun to listen to on your iPod while walking to and from the subway (this I’ve tested).
Two fun inclusions on the bonus version: “Everytime,” by character Rufus Humphrey’s fictitous almost-famous 90s band Lincoln Hawk (which is purportedly written about fellow character Lily Van Der Wootsen, now Lily Bass—sorry, Rufus) and the girls prep school choir version of Fergie’s “Glamorous,” notable for encouraging children remember to not include the phantom “u” in their spelling of the word.