Monday, October 11, 2021

Your Morning Audio...Ripple (Grateful Dead Cover)


In the Paul Feig-penned final episode of 'Freaks and Geeks' the most famous Lindsay Weir encounter with the Grateful Dead comes when she lets go to 'Box of Rain' in her bedroom.

But, in my opinion, it's 'Ripple', playing over the closing montage (above), that hits just the right mix of joy and melancholy as freedom and self knowledge collide in a Volkswagen van full of friends heading on down the road.

Or some such thing...

Weirdly, Feig and producer Judd Apatow knew the show was doomed midway through the first season so they got the last show in the can right then and there so that they could force the network to air it, regardless when the cancellation came. In the end the axe fell after fifteen episodes. Three more surfaced after the fact via cable and streaming deals...Apatow later said that everything he's done since has been an attempt to get revenge on the people that cancelled Freaks and Geeks.
Sub-header is uttered by Count Floyd pretending to be Lindsay's Dad as she boards the bus that is supposed to take her to pre-college nerd camp.



Danneau said...

Nice cover, kind of a JJ Cale vibe to it. Nice to revisit all manner of old tunes, even stuff like Dark Star/St. Stephen and later Merle Haggard and John Phillips material.

RossK said...

Thanks Danneau--

I think it is long past time to dive into Mr. Haggard's catalogue.