A swamp witch, rebellious teens, a royal love triangle, and zombies, zombies, zombies! Just a few small-screen highlights from this past week… but what was playing while it all went down? A range of bluegrass, rock, classic R&B, and danceable douche jams, for starters. So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
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THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
The song: The Stanley Brothers, “Precious Memories”
The episode: ”30 Days Without an Accident” (401)
The hook: ”Precious memories, how they linger, how they ever flood my soul.” The bluegrass dittystruck an ironic note as Dead began its fourth season with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) tilling a plot of soil in which he’d buried his gun, then staring at a zombie clattering at the prison’s fence – a symbol of the violence in Rick’s past that he’s trying to hide away but by which remains haunted.
Read Maricela Gonzalez’s recap
REIGN (The CW)
The song: The Lumineers, “Scotland”
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: The folkies appeared throughout Thursday’s series premiere, which introduced the life-and-death stakes involved in the royal ascent of Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane). Their 2009 strummer kicked off the ep, pounding under several scenes, and 2012’s “Charlie Boy” made an appearance at the end. And in between? A lusty wedding banquet set to Twin Forks’ “Back to You.”
Read Erin Strecker’s reaction to the premiere, plus James Hibberd’s inside scoop on THAT scene and his follow-up on the subsequent media frenzy
THE BLACKLIST (NBC)*
The song: Matt Corby, “Made of Stone”
The episode: “The Stewmaker” (104)
The hook: Alice Russell’s “Let Go (Breakdown)” hummed underneath a tense phone call between FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) and Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) on Monday, but the tables turned to Corby’s piano ballad as “Lizzy” found her life in the hands of her uneasy ally.
THE ORIGINALS (The CW)*
The song: Rae Morris, “Grow”
The episode: “Tangled Up in Blue” (103)
The hook: Jukeboxers on Twitter dug Lana Del Rey’s “Dark Paradise,” which played as vampire Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) danced with beguiling bartender Cami (Leah Pipes) during Tuesday’s masquerade ball. (Hurts’ “Mercy” and Moby’s collaboration with Cold Specks, “A Case for Shame,” also peppered the fête). But Blackpool-based songbird Morris’s atmospheric vocals pierced the night as Original vamp Klaus’s (Joseph Morgan) deepening attraction to Cami prompted him to take off his mask and let down his guard – but only for a moment. Music Supervisor Chris Mollere chose the track because of its “somber tone and dreamy feel,” noting that the scene exposed “a side of Klaus that we’ve never seen before…. There’s a moment between them when you feel the true connection, and the song makes this moment even stronger. [For once] we see how Klaus, one of the worst people/vampires out there, can feel.”
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (FX)
The song: Stevie Nicks, “Edge of Seventeen”
The episode: “Boy Parts” (302)
The hook: AHS creator Ryan Murphy gave repertory player Lily Rabe another juicy role for Coven in the form of Stevie Nicks fanatic Misty – and, oh yeah, she’s also a swamp witch. And boy did Misty make an entrance! Tut-tutting at a pair of rednecks’ cruel alligator huntin’ ways, she resurrected a pair of dead gators and let them feast on the Bayou buddies – all while Nicks sang the 1982 hit’s hook-y “Ooh baby, ooh baby, ooooooh.” Nicks and her Fleetwood Mac bandmates’ “Rhiannon” also made an appearance Wednesday during a conversation between Misty and teen witch Zoe (Taissa Farmiga).
Read Darren Franich’s recap, then check out Tim Stack’s interview with real-life Nicks obsessive Rabe and his exclusive Q&A with Murphy
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
The song: Tilly and the Wall, “Love Riot”
The episode: “A Precious Commodity” (503)
The hook: The Omaha indie poppers’ rollicking rocker thrummed early in Sunday’s ep as Alicia (Julianna Margulies) was sideswiped by the realization that her Jesus-loving, 16-year-old daughter Grace (Makenzie Vega) has developed a body made for sin.
Read Breia Brissey’s recap
SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)*
The song: Pearl Jam, “Mind Your Manners”
The episode: “Salvage” (606)
The hook: The grunge gods’ propulsive rocker set the pace for a high-speed chase scene involving SAMCRO – and a stolen police bike.
Read Mandi Bierly’s recap
EASTBOUND & DOWN (HBO)
The song: Ikebe Shakedown, “Don’t Contradict”
The episode: “Chapter 24” (403)
The hook: Though Kenny (Danny McBride) bought a bitchin’ new robot from SkyMall, named him Yul Brynner, and rocked out to the talent show song from Revenge of the Nerds, the real fun on Sunday came when he took his family to a water park. After some super-inappropriate day drinking at the family destination and a night full o’ blow back at the hotel, Kenny and some pals returned to the park for a little after-party; predictably, they were chased out of by a night guard – enter the Brooklyn funk practitioner’s horn-heavy jam.
ARROW (The CW)*
The song: Youngblood Hawke, “We Come Running”
The episode: “Identity” (202)
The hook: Another high-energy jam courtesy of club Verdant. Don’t overthink it. Just bounce along and enjoy the pretty people.
COVERT AFFAIRS (USA)
The song: Pixies, “Where Is My Mind?”
The episode: “Dead” (411)
The hook: The haunting howl of the alt-rock icons’ 1988 tune set the mood for Affairs’ return Thursday as Annie (Piper Perabo) – who faked her own death in the midseason finale – reinvented herself before setting out to take down Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin). Where’s her mind? On vengeance.
Check out Mandi Bierly’s exclusive clip of the scene
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (The CW)*
The song: Volcano Choir, “Byegone”
The episode: “In Too Deep” (102)
The hook: According to Justin Vernon’s indie collaboration, “The door is wide open…. It’s time to up and die.” But is that a message for Stephen (Robbie Amell), who’s decided to fleece his nefarious uncle in an attempt to honor his late father? Or for Uncle Jed (Mark Pellegrino), who’s on to Stephen’s plan and poised to strike the minute the teen teleporter slips up?
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Sara Bareilles, “Satellite Call”
The episode: “Original Sin” (503)
The hook: Thursday was a big night for Fitz & the Tantrums – their “Dear Mr. President” played under a threatening phone call from Silas (Paul Wesley) on TVD, and “The End” backed a bar scene on Grey’s Anatomy. But, for Delena shippers, it was all about Bareilles’ moody melody about how we’re “all just perfect little satellites, spinning round and round this broken earthly life.”
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap
The song: The Wild Feathers, “Left My Woman”
The episode: “You’re No Angel Yourself” (204)
The hook: The Music City quintet’s aural aphrodisiac underscored a moment when Deacon (Charles Esten) and his public defender Megan (Christina Chang) mixed business with pleasure Wednesday. Alas, it was a short-lived smooch when Deacon’s ex Rayna (Connie Britton) came a-knockin’, looking for daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella) – who ran away after a double whammy of recent news that Deacon is her biodad and the father who raised her, Teddy (Eric Close), just got engaged to his mistress even though the ink on his and Rayna’s divorce papers had barely dried. Deacon’s current relationship status? As they say on Facebook, “It’s Complicated.”
Read Annie Barrett’s recap
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
The song: “Midnight Train to Georgia,” originally by Gladys Knight & the Pips
The episode: “The Late Show” (505)
The hook: It’s no surprise that every generation of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan could get down to the 1973 chart-topper on Wednesday’s ep. We were all aboard, too.
The song: Lorde, “Royals”
The episode: “Confession” (303)
The hook: Though we already called out “Royals” when it appeared in The Vampire Diaries’ Oct. 3 season premiere, it bears repeating. What better jam for a housewarming party Chez Nolan (Gabriel Mann) than teen sensation’s musing on “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash”? If only Lorde had included a whale figurine shout-out!
HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
The song: Redfoo, “I’ll Award You With My Body”
The episode: “Ka ‘oia’i’o ma loko (The Truth Within)” (403)
The hook: Selena Gomez’s beckoning “Come and Get It” provided a literally cheeky start to last Friday’s Five-0 as the lady Vic o’ the Week slipped into a teddy to prepare a sexy dinner for her hubby (also a VoW), but LMFAO breakout Redfoo’s douchetacular “Body” was spot on playing during a drug-fueled hotel get-down. Unfortunately, the three-person private party was cut short when McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) practically banged down the door before roughing up the vic’s jackhole brother (Jake Lockett), who asked, “Where’s the fire, bruh?” It’s in yo’ face!
*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to
@Rashad_H_, @iStanForKlaus, @jenilee_dlf, @AmberECooke, @lkanoczzz, @hollye83, @TommyKaradimas, @NDfromNY, @ayce325, @christinemccoy1, @DayJobNightLife, @FAccordions, and @angelagarone for their suggestions!
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