The award-winning Mad Men returns for its fifth season, which begins Sunday night after a 17-month-long hiatus.
In its long-awaited fifth season, “Mad Men” picks up the story in 1966 and is likely to move forward into ’67, a time of major change in the U.S.
As we excitedly prepare for the return of Mad Men, we wonder: will the music of Miles Davis be making an appearance at some point during the new season?
Season one (set in 1960) featured two Miles Davis tracks: In Episode 5 (5G) we hear “Blue in Green,” and Episode 8 (The Hobo Code) is highlighted by “Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio).”
I believe Episode 8 (Souvenir) from season 3 also featured a Miles Davis tune. It’s 1963 and that means there are plenty of Davis albums Pete Campbell could be listening to, notably Kind of Blue, Miles Ahead and Sketches of Spain.
The show could use a Miles tune from any previous year if they like, which would be great, but in ’66-’67 Miles released Miles Smiles and Sorcerer. Bitches Brew is still a few more years away.
I have already plead my case for show creator Matthew Weiner to actually write Miles Davis into the show for an episode.
The scene: Miles Davis strolls into a bar with a few friends one evening – only to encounter Don Draper. They end up talking about life and love, and then Miles imparts some heavy advice, which helps Don in whatever personal disarray he’s likely to be in.
That’s TV gold, people!
We’re totally jazzed about the new season of Mad Men, and here’s hoping we’ll hear some classic, Miles Davis tunes as Don Draper, Roger Sterling, Pete Campbell, Peggy Olson, and the rest of the gang continue their very stylish adventures in advertising.