– By The Violet Wave Staff –
It’s an added blessing: you just don’t get fat from ordering boxes of pizza as you binge on these shows. You get fatter playlists as well.
An article from The Guardian discusses how shows benefit a lot from having great music (Homeland, in particular), and we can’t help but agree. It elevates the taste level of the show and puts it on another sphere of appreciation, especially if the premise itself is already interesting.
Just a side note, we’re not going to try and explain the premises or have breakdowns on what went down in every season of each show. We’re just going to let the music shine.
1. Breaking Bad
It’s not arguable to conclude that the music from this legendary TV series is as good as its premise. The songs heard all throughout the seasons range from intense to calming, just like the scenes in the critically acclaimed show. Breaking Bad’s soundtrack is possibly our favorite because of the variety and attention to bass lines and heavy grooves. Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, TV on the Radio, Darondo, could be heard, as well as ton of afro beat and Latin music.
If you’re into soul, funk, hiphop, r&b in both the old school and new school realms, then you’ll appreciate the music from Netflix’s version of Dear White People. The urban vibe of the music is tasteful, with songs from Sunni Colon, James Tillman, Kilo Kish, MiBBs, The Softones, Roman GianArthur, and many more. After all, the main protagonist is a controversial radio DJ in the Winchester University’s radio station, so conveying good taste is a must.
If you agree that old school hiphop is the only hiphop, then The Get Down’s soundtrack is for you. Aside from hearing songs from Afrika Baambaata, Grandmaster Flash and disco classics, you can even have a crash course on spinning records and figuring out how to play with “The Get Down.” There’s a lot of original music composed for the show. Hip hop legend, Nas, is one of the show’s producers, so it’s no surprise how the music is well composed and curated.
The high school football drama has much vigor and emotional kick with its music as with its lead characters. There are songs from post rock giants Explosions In The Sky, classics from Ella Fitzgerald, indie choices from Broken Social Scene, and even rock and roll gems from The Black Keys.
The long-running easy watch has a lot to boast music wise. The sophisticated taste of those in charge of music is evident: Miles Davis, Willie, Davis, Charles Bradley, and even more modern choices such as Phantogram, Cat Power, and The XX.
Focusing on the rise of a rock and roll record label in the 70’s, the HBO period series was created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter (The Sopranos), and Rich Cohen. And it’s obviously filled with many musical gems from that period up to the modern era since music heavily influences the narrative. Songs from Elvis Costello, Champion Jack Dupree, Julian Casablancas, Aimee Mann, Charlie Wilson,can be heard, as well as from Otis Redding, Ty Taylor, and many more.
Also known as the coming-of-age-I’m-about-to-be-a-hipster soundtrack. All kidding aside, the music featured in the entirety of the O.C. has an all star attendance: Nada Surf, Death Cab for Cutie, Stars, The Raveonettes, The Futureheads, Pinback, Kaiser Chiefs, and of course, Phantom Planet (Californiaaaaa…), and many more.
Jazz, a lot of insanity, terrorists, and more jazz. Those who watch this show know that Agent Carrie Mathison has an affinity for jazz music, and listening to it is one of the ways she can tune down the voices in her head. All throughout the season, it’s common for Agent Mathison to bust out her jazz records or put on her earphones, usually with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, and many other classics in the background.
Everyone’s favorite black comedy is set on a different era each season, meaning the themed era of the soundtrack varies, therefore becoming rich in diversity. Songs from Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, Count Basie, Devo, Black Sabbath, Burl Ives, and even the New York Philharmonic Orchestra can be heard, and it’s like time traveling with each season.
It’s easy to profess our love for the score of this show, especially that it goes with the quirkiest, best moments of the show. With songs from Beck, St. Vincent, Feist, Best Coast, Mayer Hawthorne, Father John Misty and even tracks from Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar, it’s a crazy good ride stopping in all genres. Even the classics from LEN (if you steal my sunshine….), Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Oasis make us feel we’re in our teens again.