Mad Men Spent $250K on a Beatles Song: Was It Worth It?
On Mad MenSeason 5, Episode 8: “Lady Lazarus,” Don wonders when music got so important. We have a feeling someone in the Lionsgate accounting department asked themselves the same thing before agreeing to shell out a reported $250,000 for the right to use to The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows."
That's right: According to the New York Times, the trippy tune — which closes out Revolver, one of the most famous albums from one of the most famous bands in history — cost Mad Men the really big bucks. Was it worth every penny?
Show creator Matthew Weiner explained to the New York Times that "it was always my feeling that [Mad Men] lacked a certain authenticity because we never could have an actual master recording of the Beatles performing … It always felt to me like a flaw. Because they are the band, probably, of the 20th century.”
The song was unquestionably a fantastic choice to end the episode. Its dreamy, mystical lyrics and experimental cords drifted over the closing montage, emphasising the way culture is changing around our protagonists, leaving many of them behind — only Megan, laying meditatively in an acting class, seemed in-sync with the music. And, of course, Don turning the song off before the end brought home the point sharply: He just isn't with it anymore.
However, was the montage $250,000 worth of good? Let us know what you think by voting in our poll and commenting below.