Californication Does Nirvana and Pearl Jam

musicI call it the show I love to hate. Californication is a David Duchovny series my wife and I watch and it drives me batty. It's so damn contrived and cringe inducing. It's that guy you know who tries so bloody hard to be cool, he's anything but.

We just watched the latest episode and it was surprisingly decent. I'd say it's the most watchable of the 22 eps I've seen. It also included songs from two of my favourite bands of all time: Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

"Heart Shaped Box" played during a flashback scene to the day Kurt's body was discovered and "Nothingman" played during another flashback to later that same week in 1994. It wasn't long ago that tunes from these two bands were off limits for film, television and commercial licensing. That's obviously no longer the case.

The first time I remember hearing a Nirvana song used for such a purpose was a Six Feet Under episode from the last season when “All Apologies” played in a flashback scene in which Nate Fisher talked about Cobain’s death. Now that Courtney has sold out to Primary Wave it seems Nirvana is showing up in video games, television shows and, any day now, a shampoo or jeans commercial.

Here's that awesome scene from Six Feet Under, a series I miss more and more each time I watch Californication.

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Why do you keep watching it?

End it already!!

December 3, 2008 @ 11:53 AM

Toronto Mike

My wife likes it and I guess I don't hate it enough to drop it. And it's convenient to watch, being On Demand and all.

And there's boobies!

December 3, 2008 @ 11:54 AM


Boobies?!?!? Say no more.

December 3, 2008 @ 12:46 PM


You must admit, Duchovny's monologue sequence was fan-fuckin-tastic. Simplistic writing, yet reached just for that last bit of sympathy. I felt it as a viewer and as a writer.

December 11, 2008 @ 2:57 AM


Title of this episode was "In utero":)

December 11, 2008 @ 4:39 PM


Maybe part of the reason you hate the show is that he was smart enough not to get married.

December 31, 2008 @ 12:06 PM

Huge Westicles

you just wish you could hook up with all of the hot pieces of ass thats thrown at Hank all day... don't worry, me too man

March 10, 2011 @ 12:30 AM

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