The Sopranos’ finale was a landmark moment in television. In addition to leaving viewers wondering if maybe their cable had cut out, it also gave one of the world’s most beautiful state its theme song. Up until 2006, one could argue that Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” or Bruce Springsteen’s “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” or a third Bruce Springsteen song was the unofficial theme of the Garden State. But during those final, gut-wrenching moments of The Sopranos, during which A.J. stuffed his face with onion rings as his sister, Meadow, parked her Lexus, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” became the unofficial theme song of New Jersey. However, in a situation that we can only compare to the 1998 romantic comedy Sliding Doors, “Don’t Stop Believing” was almost assigned to the dustbin of Sopranos history.
“Who Are Your Guys” with Marc Maron WTF With Marc Maron, David Chase gave us a window into an alternate history in which Al Green’s “Love And Happiness” played over the episode’s final scene. “I didn’t know Journey was the answer,” Chase told Maron. “In pre-production, there was going to be a song at the end [that Tony] was going to play in the jukebox. I was in the scout van with the department heads, and I had never done this before. I said, ‘Listen, I’m going to talk about three songs that I am thinking about for ending the show.’”
What convinced him to go with Journey? The fact that everyone hated the song. “They went, ‘Oh, Jesus Christ, no. Don’t do that! Ugh. Fuck.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s it. That’s the one,’” Chase said. “I wasn’t saying that just to throw it in their face. That was kind of my favorite, and it got a reaction of some kind. So I can make this song loveable, which it had been.”
David Chase loves to troll. How will he troll us with The Many Saints Of Newark? We’ll find out on October 1.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]