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Thursday, June 7, 2012

I Can't Get "Bad Things" Out Of My Head!

I am not a country music fan... not-at-all.  However, once in a blue moon, a country song will somehow find its way to my eardrums, and whether there is something about the song that somehow speaks volumes to me or I have listened to it so repetitively that I've grown to like it, I do have a couple that I am partial to; one of those being Jace Everett's "Bad Things", the official theme song to TV show obsession, "True Blood".

Yes, this is one of the few shows where I don't fast-forward through the beginning credits because I love the grittiness and roughness of this song.  Now, because "True Blood" is returning this Sunday, June 10th (starred and circled on the calendar) for its fifth season on HBO, I got the song somehow stuck in my head without even having listened to it since the season four finale.  But I'm really not that surprised as it is a catchy little tune, and not hard to forget.  Here it is in "True Blood"s creepy, inbredy, hilly-billy opening credit:

As the story goes, Alan Ball, creator of the "True Blood" series based off the Sookie Stackhouse series written by Charlaine Harris, downloaded "Bad Things" off of iTunes as a filler opening credit song until they found one better.  Well, they never found anything that the executives and creators at HBO liked better.  "Bad Things" seemed to fit perfectly as the "True Blood" theme song (I agree), thus launching the career of Jace Everett who I believe was only a struggling artist at the time.  Moral of the story? - Whether you're an artist of any kind: writer, musician, illustrator... the web is a wonderful place to showcase your work and you never know when an Alan Ball will discover you as long as you have strived for perfection and put forth your best effort.

Now, what happens to all previously recorded songs picked up for TV shows, they must be edited down to fit the show's opening credit format.  Although "Bad Things" really isn't chopped up too badly, here is a link to the full version:

Only 3 days left until Season 5!!!  Yee-haw!

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