At the moment, I’m paying especial attention to the music affiliated with two shows in particular – Sons of Anarchy and Deadwood. I was late to the game on both of these shows … – I’ll cut myself off here – this is not the post to elaborate on my new found loves, instead I’ll restrict myself to the tunes.
Sons of Anarchy
Despite having one of the most consistently brilliant soundtracks throughout its three seasons so far; SOA took the unusual step of restricting the music released to three short LP’s.
As a result, each mini-album contains the absolute best of the best from each season. Every song released encaptures a particular theme within the show. There isn’t a single ‘free to skip’ song.
These are albums of solid rock and roll. The old fashioned kind – where music and lyrics are each pivotal, with the added twist of being performed by less well known artists – rather than the loud angry metal that seems to be oft mistaken for the same in the charts today.
My three favourite songs (one from each of the albums/LP’s) are – and you can have no idea how tricky these were to pick for me – are
- Forever Young by Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers – a hauntingly beautiful track utilised so well in the show.
- Ruby Tuesday by series star (and Futurama alum) Katey Sagal – one of my favourite songs of all time.
- Hey Hey, My My by Battleme – the title track for the third series.
Every episode opens with a fantastically atmospheric piece by David Schwartz.
Unusually, every episode ends with a different track. From Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to K.D. Lang and Bessie Jones – each track is carefully selected to match the mood of the episode that preceded it.
Although there is great variety between style – vocally and musically – content – heck, even the era of the song – they weirdly work well together to form a fantastic collection of music.
**The music was so integral to the show Freaks and Geeks that the definitive DVD release was delayed by several years until permission for every single song used in the original TV run was successfully received for re-release.