TV SERIES ARE NOT JUST ONLY FRAME, BUT IT’S THE MUSIC THAT OFTEN GIVES A REAL ADDED VALUE TO THEM. HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SOUNDTRACKS.
When we talk about tv series soundtracks, it’s hard not to start with a series focused on music. Vinyl, produced by Mick Jagger, couldn’t put this feature on the background. Some of the greatest artists of soul, funky and rock music populate the list of this HBO series. Otis Redding, The Meters, David Bowie, Chris Cornell, Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas have contributed with their tracks to the success of this series. And the same did The Nasty Bits, a group fronted by Mick Jagger’s son James.
Coen brothers and their Fargo enter the rank, with the tv series extracted by their movie, Although the success of the first season, when we find again Billy Bob Thornton, it is in the second one that we find the most interesting tracks. We go from Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath to the Fleetwood Mac, continuing with Billy Thorpe and the Creedence Clearwater Revival, up to the gloomy atmospheres produced by Jeff Russo.
Digging into the past, it’s impossible not to mention Twin Peaks. The cult series by David Lynch had seduced us also for the ability of its soundtracks to depict the stories on the screen. With the track composed by Angelo Badalamenti we can move from some dark / gothic atmospheres to more cheerful – although anxious – tracks, like the ones with jazz music shades usually used during the scenes at the Horne hotel.
Getting to these days, a tv series focused on the birth of a musical movement is The Get Down. In the New York of the Seventies, a group of boys starts to find out the hip hop, that digs its foundations into the classics of funky and soul music. Along with the sound produced by Grandmaster Flash, tracks by Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Kool & The Gang, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder, just to mention some of them, resound during the series. A real musical encyclopedia that reflects a golden age.
Text Francesco Cutello