True Blood Music: You’ll Never Guess Which Song Nearly Didn’t Make it!

August 13, 2014 by  

True Blood’s Music Supervisor Gary Calamar Spills the Beans:

True Blood Season 3 Cast PhotoFor fans of HBO’s True Blood, the iconic song (Bad Things by Jace Everett) that rolls out across the screen along with the opening credits for each episode of the show is just as important as the actual episode! But what if that song had never made the cut? Would the show still have the same vibe? After all, there was recently a mock up Cheer’s version of True Blood released – could you imagine if that had been the opening credits all along?

Well, according to the show’s music supervisor, Gary Calamar, Bad Things was only meant to be a ‘filler’ until a better song came along – but, of course, nothing did:

It was supposed to be kind of placeholder — I had some other ideas — and then it ended up sticking. I think it really provides a great template for the rest of the show.

But there we other songs that never did actually make the cut. Calamar was particulary saddened to see a collaboration with Jenny Lewis to do a cover of The Animals classic Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, when the season had to be shorted to accommodate a pregnant Anna Paquin (who plays main character, Sookie Stackhouse). He was relieved to see the song did eventually make it onto the soundtrack though.

For Gary, each episode’s song choices begin for him when the script is sent to him. Considering each episode is named after a song title, this is his starting point for his musical choices for the rest of the episode.

But what are his favorite song choices so far? You can view his list below:

Sookie Stackhouse:
The Watson Twins – “Just Like Heaven”

Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band – “Sookie Sookie”

Bill Compton
The Marvelettes – “Don’t Mess With Bill”

Eric Northman
Rob Zombie – “I’m Your Boogie Man”

Jason Stackhouse
Zac Brown – “Chicken Fried”

Sam Merlotte
The Byrds – “One Hundred Years From Now”

Lafayette Reynolds
The Dramatics – “What You See Is What You Get”

Jessica Hamby
Taylor Swift – “Haunted”

Madonna – “Like A Virgin”

Alcide Herveaux
X – “Hungry Wolf”

Sarah Newlin
Sammy Kershaw – “Louisiana Hot Sauce”

Maryann Forester (the Maenad)
PJ Harvey – “To Bring You My Love”

What are your favorite songs from True Blood? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Huffington Post – ‘True Blood’ Music Supervisor Gary Calamar On Why The Vampire Soap Is ‘A Dream Show’

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)