Zooey Deschanel's Mix Tape
September 12, 2011
Music has always played an integral part in Zooey Deschanel's Hollywood life. After singing her way into America's hearts with Elf, introducing The Smiths to a decidedly wider audience in (500) Days of Summer and touring the country as She & Him, it's safe to say Zooey has become an unofficial indie music ambassador.
So it's rather logical that the Mix Tape she sent a NY Magazine writer after their interview (currently on stands) plays like a who's who of "WHO?"
"Happiness songs are, like, my area,” Zooey says in the New Girl promoting profile, so expect the thirteen tracks to put a smile on your face -- much like their organizer does.
FYI - I've reprinted the list exactly how it appears in the issue, including commentary from Ben Gibbard -- Zooey's longtime partner and acclaimed musician in his own right.
1. Rudy, a Message to You, by Dandy Livingstone (the original 1967 ska version, long before the Specials made it a hit)
2. Let’s Dance, by Chris Montez, 1962
3. Magnet, by NRBQ, 1972
4. Funny Funny, by Sweet, 1971
5. She’d Rather Be With Me, by the Turtles, 1967
6. Pushover, by Etta James, 1963
7. Be True to Your School, by the Beach Boys, 1963 (Their early period, but, says Gibbard, “she’s really into late-era Beach Boys. For all I knew, the Beach Boys stopped making records after Pet Sounds. I’m a musician. I should know better than that. She was like, ‘You’ve never heard Sunflower? And she was, like, mad about it.”)
8. Georgy Girl, by the Seekers, 1966
9. Yes We Can, by Lee Dorsey, 1970 (a hit for the Pointer Sisters, it was remixed in 2008 for Obama supporters)
10. Wonderful! Wonderful!, by the Tymes, 1963
11. Darlin’, by the Paper Dolls, 1968 (a Beach Boys cover)
12. Love Comes to Everyone, by George Harrison, 1979
13. After Hours, by the Velvet Underground, featuring Maureen Tucker, 1969 (the song Lou Reed reportedly said was too innocent and pure for him to butcher)