Zombie cage match. Need I say more? Yeah… didn’t think so.
If you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows this week, we’re here to tell you which tunes really struck a chord. Check out our picks and the full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
The song: Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Saturday Night Special”
The episode: “Say the Word” (305)
The hook: The Southern-friend rockers’ 1975 hit played during a mano a mano wrestling match in the deceptively placid Woodbury structured settlement. The catch? Chained zombies loomed at every misstep, just waiting to gnaw on some unlucky sap’s brains. In the end, the zombies were actually toothless, but this testosterone-fueled thrummer sure wasn’t.
GOSSIP GIRL (The CW)
The song: Frank Ocean, “Super Rich Kids”
The episode: “Monstrous Ball” (605)
The hook: How better to kick off a night of cotillion prep on the Upper East Side than with Ocean’s slyly syncopated satire about children of privilege? Monday’s episode saved all its X’s and O’s for tracks by the R&B It Boy, including “Thinkin Bout You,” “Pyramids,” “Sweet Life,” and “Lost.”
The song: Chromatics, “The River”
The episode: “Together” (407)
The hook: Seeing that Adam (Peter Krause) was overcome by stress and worry, Crosby (Dax Shepard) came to his rescue with a one-time-only offer to foot the night’s bar bill. Enter this dream-like electro ballad about waiting. And that’s exactly what Adam admitted he’s been doing — waiting for the other shoe to drop, and for chemo to turn his wife into a ghost. The subtlety of the Portland band’s orchestration belied the endless well of anxiety Adam was suppressing before his emotional confession. Lucky for us, the scene cut away before we learned whether Adam is an ugly-crying drunk.
PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
The song: Adam Agin, “Fragile Love”
The episode: “The Next Episode” (605)
The hook: The Music City singer-songwriter’s aching tune of self-doubt hit the mark at the end of Tuesday’s fourth-wall-breaking, reality TV-themed episode that exposed many of its characters in ways shocking and humbling.
HART OF DIXIE (The CW)
The song: Milo Greene, “Take a Step”
The episode: “I Walk the Line” (206)
The hook: As George (Scott Porter) and Tansy (Mircea Monroe) moved closer Monday, Lemon (Jaime King) found herself at a disappointing standstill with Lavon (Cress Williams). She helped him win reelection; he helped her… to a candle. The L.A. indie outfit’s urging title aside, it was a step in the wrong direction.
The song: Ane Brun, “The Light from One”
The episode: “The Patriot in Purgatory” (806)
The hook: Though last week’s ep ended with a rock ‘n’ roll dance party, Monday saw a downshift as Booth (David Boreanaz) delivered a stirring eulogy for a Sept. 11 hero. Norwegian songbird Brune’s piano melody set an appropriately respectful, doleful mood for Bones‘ Veteran’s Day episode. (In other holiday-themed music, Rockie Lynne’s heartstring-tugging “Home” also got prime placement on Wednesday’s Criminal Minds.)
SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)
The song: San Quinn Feat. Los Rakas, “Paid”
The episode: “Crucifixed” (510)
The hook: Sons usually leans toward the rawk end of the musical spectrum, but Tuesday they gave the nod to other NoCal offerings when this gangsta rap banger played as Jax (Charlie Hunnam) got into a shoot-out with one of Opie’s killers.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (FX)
The song: Leon Bibb, Ronnie Gilbert & Robert De Cormier, “It Could Be a Wonderful World”
The episode: “I Am Anne Frank, Part 2”
The hook: With Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) back on the booze, wronged journalist Lana (Sarah Paulson) subject to the sick whims of proto-Buffalo Bill Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto), and the only person who could expose Dr. Arden’s (James Cromwell) past as a Nazi war criminal sidelined by a lobotomy, could was an especially critical word in title of this chilling song selection. Just because something could happen doesn’t mean it will. Safe to say the wonderful world in question isn’t in the cards for the residents and staff of Briarcliff.
*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to @BallroomPink for her suggestion!
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