My Music Picks: Peaky Blinders

If a picture paints a thousand words, a lyric evokes a thousand images.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand

The acting and dialogue make the show, but the poetic tunes in Peaky Blinders deserve some credit too. The theme song by Nick Cave &The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand, is not what I expected the theme song to be. I anticipated a sadder tune, something more reminiscent of the horrors of the war, but I was wrong; this definitely works. Picture Tommy Shelby walking slowly through the streets of Birmingham, cold eyes lifeless and unfocussed, while wild eyes stare in fear from dumpsters, street corners and windows. The images that the lyrics suggest are so forceful that I can’t help but associate them with Tommy in his flat cap, crisp collar and black slicked shoes. Though only the first two minutes or so of the song are used, they are distinct and memorable.

Jack White – Love is Blindness

Not again. We’ve all heard this song used in a trailer, show or movie at some point, and it may seem overused, but that’s a testament to the greatness and versatility of this song. If a picture paints a thousand words, a lyric evokes a thousand images, precisely why this song suits so many different texts. Easily recognizable after the first few notes, the electric, new rock sound compliments the exciting season finale perfectly.

Some Other Great Peaky Blinders Tunes:

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Martha’s Dream

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues

The White Stripes – St. James Infirmary Blues

The White Stripes – I Fought Piranhas

The Raconteurs – Blue Veins

Tom Waits – Time

Dan Auerbach – The Prowl

Final Thoughts: I could write a novel on each song, but I won’t, this post would never get published. You need to check out the entire soundtrack, for you will thank me when you do. You’re welcome. Head to BBC, they have all the tracks listed by the episodes they appear in.

What are your favourite tracks from the show? Does it annoy you when you hear different sources using the same tunes? Do you automatically compare the succeeding uses to the first time you heard the tune used in a text?

For the Addicts: The first step to recovery is admiting you have a problem – or not

I am Bernice and I have a problem. I love music, books, writing, art, TV shows and films; they occupy an ungodly amount of my fulltime-university-student-schedule. I, however, feel no need to correct this problem. I rather like spending whole days engrossed in novels or immersed in shows. In fact, I don’t feel like going down the road to recovery, indulging faults is sometimes better than suppressing desires.

To all those out there with similar problems, I propose we start a cyber-support group. We won’t have check-ins or chastisements of relapses – the worse your addiction, the better suited you are to my cause. Meetings will be held every Monday and Thursday, or whenever else we feel the need to do so. No need to feel pressured to commit to weekly sessions, for drop-ins are always welcomed. We won’t ask why you love the books and music you do. All the crazies, normals, eccentrics and problematic are welcome. We’ll be there for each other, when for whatever reason we relapse and decide that the arts aren’t worth it, and that our “problem” is actually a problem.

Here, we will discuss without fears our favourite authors, musicians and directors. Here, we will ensure that after every post, comment, and discussion our chances of successful rehabilitation are diminished. Here, we shall remain hooked on the things that compel us, regardless of however “backwords” they seem.