The Music of SAMCRO
Posted Sep 8, 2010 @ 4:32 AM
I love the music on the show, and the S3 premiere was no exception, starting with the opening song, which I knew I knew, but was sure I'd never heard that version. A little investigating showed that it was a cover of an old Herman's Hermits (!) song, "No Milk Today," done, as so many of the songs on the show are, by the pairing of an evocative singer (in this case, singer-songwriter Joshua James) with SOA's "house band" The Forest Rangers.
The Richard Thompson song at the end, "Dad's Gonna Kill Me" was another amazing choice--and not at all obvious, which might be my favorite thing about the songs SOA uses (well, using the Dropkick Murphys' "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" in S1 for the hit on Clay and Cameron in the Irish bar was a little obvious, but I don't care, because I love it!). I think using an Iraq war song was especially poignant since it starts up at Half Sack's wake, with some of his Army comrades there and mention of how he came through the war only to die in a kitchen. (According to many sites, "Dad" is American GI slang for Baghdad.
Alan Sepinwall's blog lists the other two songs used in the episode as The Sadies' "Sunset to Dawn" and The Chimpz's "Home Invasion." You might want to take that with a grain of salt, though, since he got the artist who covered "No Milk Today" wrong.
You can buy "No Milk" along with other Forest Rangers songs and two EPs of songs from the first two seasons on iTunes or through the Forest Rangers facebook page (their facebook also says Katey recorded another song for use in ep 3x04).
Posted Sep 8, 2010 @ 9:20 AM
Posted Sep 14, 2010 @ 10:49 AM
I think using an Iraq war song was especially poignant since it starts up at Half Sack's wake, with some of his Army comrades there and mention of how he came through the war only to die in a kitchen. (According to many sites, "Dad" is American GI slang for Baghdad.
Thanks for that - the song was haunting enough when I thought he was referring to a flesh-and-blood "Dad" - it's amazingly even better with that explanation.
LOVE the music ... it's fueling my Biker Mix, which was begun after the brilliant use of "Son's Gonna Rise" by Citizen Cope last (i think) season ...
SO glad TWoP graced this show with its own real estate. Deserving.
Posted Sep 15, 2010 @ 8:13 AM
I don't know whose version they were using last night, but Van Morrison has a beautiful version of the song on one of his albums. I had a grad-school roommate who would play her CD copy of it and hit "repeat" on it over and over again when she was in a bad mood. Picked her right up. It was a good thing that I liked it, too.
I've got a hunch that says, some time this season, they are going to dip into some Lorrena McKinnett. I can feel it in my Irish bones.
Posted Nov 1, 2010 @ 10:27 PM
Posted Aug 24, 2011 @ 12:36 AM
Even though I'm not religious (at all), the Season One finale's version of "John the Revelator" is truly a masterpiece, even more so when viewed in the episode itself.
All three soundtrack albums are decent, but the first one ("North Country") features both that track and the awesome version of "Girl from the North Country" from Season Two's premiere.
Posted Sep 3, 2011 @ 10:29 PM
Posted Sep 4, 2011 @ 12:55 AM
I was wondering if anyone knew the song playing over the guys getting released from prison?
Coal War by Joshua James.
Posted Sep 21, 2011 @ 7:38 AM
Posted Sep 21, 2011 @ 9:50 AM
Someone know the song title and artist for the closing number this week (Dolyrus episode)?
All of This Could Have Been Yours by Shooter Jennings
Posted Sep 28, 2011 @ 4:25 PM
Posted Sep 30, 2011 @ 11:47 AM
Posted Jun 5, 2012 @ 3:05 PM
Posted Nov 1, 2012 @ 12:50 AM
Songs of Anarchy: Volume 2 coming soon!
Katey Sagal's cover this season will be To Sir With Love.
Jane's Addiction will cover Sympathy For The Devil for the season finale.
Edited by marriedaniac, Nov 1, 2012 @ 12:51 AM.
Posted Nov 29, 2012 @ 8:51 PM
Posted Nov 30, 2012 @ 2:25 AM
was that a Bob Mould song playing over the closing montage this week? I loved the song, I didn't get shazam open in time to find out what it was. Anyone know?
It was The Whistler by White Buffalo.
Posted Mar 16, 2013 @ 2:54 AM
Posted Dec 15, 2013 @ 12:45 AM
Posted Dec 15, 2013 @ 6:06 PM
Indy as in independent or Indy as in Indie? If the former, it's a crapshoot. If the latter, there are some great bands in that genre.
Edited by Skyfall, Dec 15, 2013 @ 7:04 PM.
Posted Dec 15, 2013 @ 6:35 PM
I actually like a lot of the music on SoA- not all of it, but a lot of it. The show introduced Joshua James to me, and he's quickly become one of my favorite singer-songwriters. There is a vulnerability in his voice that I love.
Posted Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:43 PM
I moved these last three posts from the new thread to this preexisting music thread.
Edited by TWoP Howard, Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:43 PM.
Posted Jan 5, 2014 @ 1:32 PM
Does anyone know who sang the version of You Are My Sunshine this season? I looked on the cds I don't see it listed, is it coming out on the next one?
Posted Jan 29, 2014 @ 8:17 PM
The music is great on this show, I was wondering if they have to get rights to play all of this incredible music? I thought it was a very expensive process and difficult to do?
Edited by Xbones, Jan 29, 2014 @ 8:17 PM.
Posted Jan 30, 2014 @ 5:02 PM
Most of the bands they use are independent and not really well known, thus they don't cost as much. As for the covers, they use they're own band (the forest rangers) as well as a singer from one of the previous independent bands instead of the actual original song which i expect would cost a crap ton of money.