January 29, 2011

The Breaking Bad Playlist…

Posted in Speaking of... tagged , , , , , , , at 11:24 pm by essentiallyeclectic

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad

A couple of weeks ago I joined a club. However, the members of this club don’t know each other; nor are they aware of the club’s existence. They are a group of people who personally hold Roots drummer Questlove responsible for an addiction to US TV series Breaking Bad. I’m not about to launch into a ranted lament for the programme itself: plenty of sites exist for that purpose. But its relevance to Essentially Eclectic is the consistently brilliant selection of music that comprises its soundtrack. Below are just some of the examples I’ve encountered so far (I’m halfway through series 2 of 3). Stay tuned for updates to this list…


Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul

An neck-jerking plea from the duo’s Odd Couple album.


Ticklah – Nine Years

The smokey closer from the Anitbalas man’s Ticklah vs Axelrod. Perfect cooking montage music…


The Be Good Tanyas – Waiting Around to Die

Americana/country hasn’t been this dark and achingly beautiful since the Man in Black passed away…


Holy Fuck – They’re Going To Take My Thumbs

Slow, evil, and noticeably different from the rest of the band’s output. Perfect.


In Crowd – Mango Walk

Slice o’ funky reggae from Fil Callender and the boys. Also featured on a fantastic compilation of called Darker than Blue: Soul from Jamdown (1973-1980).


Darondo – Didn’t I

I have to admit previous ignorance of William Pulliam, who performed delicate Al Green falsetto-type funk and soul through the ’70s as Darondo. One for the real heads, the guitar playing on Didn’t I is irresistible, and the track was picked up by Gilles Peterson for inclusion in many of his sets as well as making an appearance on Breaking Bad.


Mick Harvey – Out of Time Man

Australian Mick Harvey cut his teeth alongside Nick Cave in both Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds, as well as a number of solo albums and film soundtracks. Out of Time references the guitar rhythms of Iggy Pop’s The Passenger and Ray Manzarek’s organ, tied together with a time-worn lyric of simplistic marvel.




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