I was sixteen when Marissa Cooper was sixteen. Except my sixteen didn’t look like hers. My sixteen looked like a small bungalow with two cats and two brothers and more junk than our family ever needed. My pool house was the shed next to our garage with the broken light that I was too afraid to go into for fear of meeting a raccoon, a mouse, or WORSE, a spider. My sixteen was filled with boys from the wrong side of the tracks, like Ryan, because that was my neighbourhood. Except none of them were twenty-five-year-old men looking all James Dean in muscle shirts and leather. The boys I knew were genuinely sixteen and all kinds of awkward and underdeveloped.
My sixteen DID however have it’s very own all ages concert venue. Tragically, it was generally filled with my friend’s band playing a show to thirty people. It did not draw the crowds of The O.C.’s Bait Shop, or the high profile bands. Bands that I loved and wished that I could have seen live at that age. The O.C. provided the soundtrack to my High School years, and it’s a soundtrack that has endured to this day. If Death Cab for Cutie’s Soul Meets Body was a new song today, it would fit right in. And that’s a testament not just to the band, but to the shows music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas. She was able to make the music in the show a character all it’s own, that is just as memorable as Seth and Summer’s Spider-Man kiss or Ryan saving Marissa in Tijuana.
And that memory continues to endure today. So much so that local radio station Indie 88 put together a show paying tribute to the music, called The O.C. Covering Their Tracks. I was lucky enough to attend the second instalment, The Chrismukkah Edition, on December 20th at The Horseshoe Tavern. It will go down in my books as one of the best concerts I have ever been to, finding a home with the likes of The Foo Fighters, The Tragically Hip, and Lady Gaga. Sure, part of that is nostalgia because like I said, I was sixteen when Marissa was sixteen. But most of that is due to the incredible set list and immensely talented roster of Canadian talent that brought the iconic tracks to life.
Here’s what you missed:
Rooney – I’m Shakin’ (Derek Hoffman and Feurd)
The Raveonettes – Christmas Song (Terra Lightfoot)
Gwen Stefani – Cool (Willa)
Modest Mouse – Float On (Warren Frank of The Kents)
Ron Sexsmith – Maybe this Christmas (Charlotte Cornfield)
Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual (The Elwins)
Spoon – The Way We Get By (Sebastian of Huttch)
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Sam Cash)
Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas (Sam Cash)
Wolfmother – Woman (The Trews)
Journey – Separate ways (Ellevator)
Coldplay – Fix You (Ellevator)
Wham – Last Christmas (Derek Hoffman and Jane’s Party)
Low – Just like Christmas (Chrissy Hearn of Basement Revolver)
The Shins – New Slang (Charlotte Cornfield)
Ryan Adams – Wonderwall (Derek Hoffman)
Beck – Girl (The Trews)
Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again (Jane’s Party)
Madonna – Santa baby (Willa)
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody (Damian of Fucked Up)
Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism (DCF)
Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life (Giant Hand)
Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek (Caveboy)
Oasis – Champagne Supernova (Katie of Dizzy)
Phantom Planet – California (Everyone)
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Everyone)
I was sixteen when Marissa Cooper was sixteen. Unlike Marissa, I managed to make it to the age of thirty-one (RIP). But now, like Marissa, I have been lucky enough to see my favourite songs from my High School years live in concert.
To all the people who put this show together, thank you. I look forward to the next one.