Over the course of its five seasons, “True Blood” has consistently been one of the best shows on television not only for fans of vampires but for music fans as well. Each episode is named after a song title, and a number of artists have contributed new recordings to the show. Every week during season six, Radio.com will check in with “True Blood” Music Supervisor Gary Calamar, who has been nominated for GRAMMYs twice for his work on the show. To see last week’s recap, go here.
With a title like “The Sun,” the possibilities were wide open for episode two’s accompanying song.
“We tried many ‘sun’ songs from Gene Autry to The Sex Pistols, from the Beatles to Soundgarden,” Gary Calamar said.
Of course, the bigger the band, the harder — and sometimes, more expensive — it is to license a track, particularly an iconic one (a la Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” or the Sex Pistols’ “Holiday In The Sun”). Though Mad Men somehow pulled it off last year, the Beatles don’t exactly allow usage of their songs easily.
But as much as True Blood has enjoyed using legends (Iggy Pop and Elvis Costello have both recorded for the show) and famous songs (“Season Of The Witch,” “The Authority Song”), they also have a history of giving lesser-known artists a shot (a la Jace Everett’s “Bad Things” as the theme song). That’s precisely the direction Calamar and co. went in for this week’s episode. The song that runs with the end credits, “The Sun,” is by New Zealand post-punk band the Naked And Famous.
“At the end of the day — or as the sun went down — we all loved the vibe, atmosphere and lyrics of the song,” Calamar said.
“Plus,” he adds, “They were a little easier to license than the Beatles. When the producers heard ‘The Sun,’ it was a slam dunk. It was unavoidable, as the lyric says.”
(The lyrics include the lines, “Here it comes/The unavoidable sun/Where’s my head?/And what the hell have I done?”)