True Blood Almost had Alternate Opening Song

April 29, 2010 by  

The opening sequence of True Blood has become an integral and recognizable aspect of the show. For fans, the sequence is a humorous mixture of menace, sexuality, and of course, anticipation. Interestingly, the use of Jace Everett’s Bad Things” was originally just a temporary track that Alan Ball liked, while Gary Calamar, the music supervisor for True Blood, searched for the perfect song.

This little tidbit of information was discussed at the Sync Up Conference in New Orleans that ran simultaneously to Jazz Fest as a local professional-development outreach endeavor by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Gary Calamar’s panel, “Creating Music For Film and Television“, included Treme music supervisor Blake Leyh, Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin, and “Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense” producer, John W. Comerford.

While the visuals were created for the opening sequence by Digital Kitchen, it was up to Calamar “to find the song,” while Jace Everett’sBad Things” was considered just a temporary track. Calamar discussed that C.C. Adcock, a New Orleans Jazz Festival favorite, was in the running with his song “Bleed 2 Feed“, which Adcock submitted himself. Calamar notes:

He’s a great musician and a great – I don’t know if hustler is the right word — hustler in the best sense of the word.

Of course, as we all know, “Bad Things” went from being a temporary placeholder to one of the most recognizable aspects of the show. Luckily, C.C. Adcock’s song was later used in the first-season’s soundtrack.

In the end, True Blood fans received the best possible outcome: “Bad Things” as our episodic sing-a-long and “Bleed 2 Feed” on the soundtrack Calamar facilitated.


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