THE AUDIOVISUAL JUKEBOX
- From The Godfather: “- Louis Brasi sleeps with the fishes. -[Sal corrects Chris:] Luca Brasi, Luca!” – This could be considered as subtle foreshadowing, since the same fate befalls Big Pussy in “Funhouse”, the episode where the -real life- fish metaphor also happens to play a big role in Tony’s dreams.
- Father Phil: “Where does Tony rank Goodfellas?” – I think the answer to that is pretty clear judging by how Tony reacts to Chris’ Hollywood plans: “What are you gonna do, go Henry Hill on me?!” On the other hand, a few of Tony’s associates (not counting Adriana, of course) end up working as police informants.
- The famous opening title song “Woke up this morning” (By Alabama 3) is perfectly chosen to fit the overall themes of the episode, if not the whole series: “She said, ‘You’re one in a million, you’ve got to burn to shine. But you were born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes’.”
- Speaking of which, notice the lyrics of Fred Neil‘s “Other side of this life” which plays in Christopher’s car: ” Well my whole world’s in an uproar, my own world’s upside down. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m always bumming around. And that’s another side to this life I’ve been leading.”
- Puccini‘s famous piece “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” (‘Who could guess Doretta’s beautiful dream?’) plays during Tony’s first on-screen panic attack, perhaps symbolically mapping out Tony’s subconscious revelations and setting the tone for his dreams throughout the series.
- The lyrics of “Mannish boy” (By Muddy Waters) shed light on Christopher’s ambitions of becoming a made-man in the Satriale’s back room scene.
- Finally, check out the metaphorically relevant lyrics of the end-credits track, “The beast in me” (By Nick Lowe): “The beast in me has had to learn to live with pain and how to shelter from the rain. And in the twinkling of an eye might have to be restrained.”