From “General Hospital” to “Big Bang Theory”: Augustana’s Unlikely Musical Cameos

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When he’s not crooning lovelorn tunes as the principal musician behind Augustana, Dan Layus has another gig: writing music for television hits like The Voice. Appearing on TV soundtracks isn’t anything new for Layus, though; since hitting the scene in 2005, Augustana has landed songs on shows all over the dial. As the band’s newly revamped lineup heads out on tour in support of their new album, Life Imitating Life, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best (and not-so-best) TV moments in Augustana’s history.

5. General Hospital – “Hey Now”

The good: Augustana breaks through to daytime audiences with an appearance on General Hospital. The bad: their song is used to soundtrack the worst fake car accident in the history of recorded media.

4. One Tree Hill – “Twenty Years”

In a scene with Very Serious Implications, you need a song with Very Serious Piano. Fortunately, One Tree Hill producers found “Twenty Years.” The song’s emotional heft made getting rejected on Instant Messenger feel as sad as rejecting your estranged (and dying) father.

3. Scrubs – “Boston”

Unlike One Tree Hill, Scrubs handled its sappier moments with a deftness that rarely felt manipulative. Part of that came from the show’s smart use of music. Take this clip from season 5, in which Augustana’s breakout hit “Boston” adds depth to the scene’s quick-hitting feel-good moments.

2. Degrassi – “Steal Your Heart”

Beaches! Fireworks! Implied murder! Although it’s only a promo for the show’s 11th season, this quick clip from Canadian melodrama Degrassi succinctly encapsulates the angsty swells of emotion found on Augustana’s self-titled 2011 release.

1. The Big Bang Theory – “Boston”

Our favorite entry comes from The Big Bang Theory, which slow-pitches an off-key rendition of “Boston” toward Sheldon Cooper’s awaiting zinger. If you can’t laugh at yourself (or in this case, your emotional sadsack of a roommate), who can you laugh at?

Augustana’s new record, Life Imitating Life, is out now on Washington Square Music. Let the DVR do all the work and head to their show at the Double Door on Saturday, May 10, at 6 p.m. Twin Forks opens. 21+. Tickets are $18–$20 and can be purchased here.

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