Song of the Day #3,499: ‘Tilted’ – Christine and the Queens

[Guest blogger Madison continues her look at the best use of music in 2017 television shows]

By now you may be noticing that each of the scenes I am featuring have female characters at the helm. This was an unintentional coincidence, but I think it speaks to how many female voices are being showcased on TV right now. It also makes sense that I have been most drawn to shows which make it a point to feature women in a powerful and nuanced light, because I’m a complete narcissist.

This brings me to Better Things, which not only features several stellar performances by women but is also created, written, and predominantly directed by its star, Pamela Adlon.

Better Things did not premiere in 2017 as Glow, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Legion did. Instead, it returned for its sophomore season with as much authenticity and heart as the first.

From the start, Pamela Adlon has made music a focal point of her series. She went so far as to write an eight page letter to Yoko Ono to make the case for why John Lennon’s song, ‘Mother,’ had to be used as the Better Things theme song. Adlon and her daughters happen to have wonderful taste in music. I’ve heard many songs for the first time after they have been featured in Better Things and some of them become favorites. Such is the case with the song I’ve featured today, Christine and the Queens’ ‘Tilted.’

Season two ends with Sam’s (Pamela Adlon) oldest daughter, Max (Mikey Madison), graduating from high school. Sam and Max have a difficult and tumultuous relationship, likely due to Max’s vivid memories of her parent’s divorce, but there is still a lot of love between the mother and daughter. Sam decides to incorporate the whole family in Max’s graduation gift. Her two younger daughters and her own mother learn the criminally cool choreography to ‘Tilted’ and recreate the music video for Max to the best of their ability. She is so touched and blown away by the attention her family paid to one of her favorite songs.

This scene is particularly poignant to me because I come from a family passionate about sharing music with one another (see the 3,495 songs on this blog prior to my peaceful takeover). With the number of talented musicians and dancers in my family, I’d like to now officially put in a request for a similar present for my college graduation. I promise to cry.

[Verse 1]
I’ll die way before Methuselah
So I’ll fight sleep with ammonia
And every morning, with eyes all red
I’ll miss them for all the tears they shed

[Chorus]
But I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we

I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted

[Verse 2]
I miss prosthesis and mended souls
Trample over beauty while singing their thoughts
I match them with my euphoria
When they said, “je suis plus folle que toi”

[Chorus]
But I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we

I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted

[Spoken break]
Nous et la man on est de sortie
Pire qu’une simple moitié
On compte à demi-demi
Pile sur un des bas côtés
Comme des origamis
Le bras tendu paraît cassé
Tout n’est qu’épis et éclis

Ces enfants bizarres
Crachés dehors comme par hasard
Cachant l’effort dans le griffoir
Et une creepy song en étendard
Qui fait:

I’m doing my face
With magic marker
I’m in my right place
Don’t be a downer
I’m doing my face
With magic marker
I’m in my right place
Don’t be a downer

[Chorus ]
But I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we

I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we

I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted
I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted

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7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,499: ‘Tilted’ – Christine and the Queens

  1. Clay says:

    Very sweet scene. I would pay to see your immediate family attempt this!

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Love Better Things, and this scene encapsulates all that is cool, quirky and poignant about the show.

    You are not, however, a narcissist, and, Clay, any graduation present like this must include you (serving as my understudy)!

  3. Amy says:

    I sobbed, yes, SOBBED, during this scene the first time I watched this episode. Of course, that was likely in part because it came after the Louie CK revelations, and I so love what Pamela Aldon has done with this show and was hurting for how his actions must be devastating to her on both a professional and personal level, given their friendship and longstanding creative Collaboration.

    That context, and the fact that the relationships of these complicated characters are so well-written and performed that this moment is earned by everything that comes before it. This is my favorite television scene of the year in what is certainly not the most accessible but may be the most authentic show on television. Eager to see how the next season evolves.

  4. Peg says:

    Love your comentary but you are definitely not a narcissist!

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