30 Day Music Challenge Day 23: You Better, You Bet (The Who)


In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 23 is “a song you think everybody should listen to”, and many among you can attest to the fact that I have a hard time shutting up about this song.

I discovered You Better, You Bet through The Newsroom. For all his writing faults — mainly a tendency toward the anvilicious and inconsistency in writing female characters — Sorkin did manage to put together some pleasantly clever and driven characters, all to a very good soundtrack. The song has some fairly straightforward lyrics, but the main hook alone captures what being in a demanding, unfair relationship can be like.

Their The Who-heavy second season brought in You Better, You Bet as a clever catchall for both Will McAvoy’s contentious relationship with the viewing public he was trying to educate, as well as his will-they-(again-)or-won’t-they(-ever-again) relationship with ex Mackenzie McHale. The simple shot of him sitting, concerned for her and guilting himself over her involvement, outside the room where she’s being deposed by the lawyers is elevated by the opening strings of the song playing in the background.