Five Brilliant Songs I Discovered On TV

Sometimes TV shows can hook you through a portal to a whole other medium, offering the viewer a fantastic song they may cherish more than the show itself.
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Sometimes TV shows can hook you through a portal to a whole other medium, offering the viewer a fantastic song they may cherish more than the show itself.

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Having worked in radio for 10 years, I’ve had no choice but to listen to anything and everything that crawls its way onto the airwaves. Yes, there have been some good tunes along the way, but I’ve also been subjected to wagons full of shit that have often made me wish for a Reservoir Dogs style execution.

Lord knows of the irreparable damage done to my precious ears caused by the tortuous repetition of Katy Perry and One Direction (hopefully that direction is “off a cliff”)

So you can imagine the refreshing ecstasy I feel when a TV writer or director introduces something completely different to my life and gives me hope that there’s more to music than what Simon Cowell spews from his smug face.

Here are five great songs I discovered on TV.

'Dogwood Blossom' by Fionn Regan – from This is England ‘88

The Shane Meadows story keeps getting better and the music is at its heart. Using this modern track during the emotional closing montage of ’88 was a masterstroke. It had me all twisted up and sad feeling.

'Anyone Who Knows What Love Is' by Irma Thomas – from Black Mirror (15 Million Merits)

Admittedly, lead actress Jessica Brown-Findlay did a great cover for the show, but you can’t beat the original from the Soul Queen of New Orleans. I can listen to it over and over again.

'El Cabron' by Cartel de Santa – from Eastbound and Down

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of Mexican Hip-hop. I don’t understand the lyrics and I don’t care. Just listen to it and imagine yourself riding around Mexico on a motorbike like Kenny “fuckin” Powers.

'Core Ngrato' by Salvatore Cardillo – from The Sopranos

To close the third season, Uncle Junior gets “shit-faced” and sings this classic Italian love song (translation “Ungrateful Heart”).  Meadow throws a bread roll at his head, but I rather enjoyed it. There are loads of versions of this song. You’re sure to find one you like.

'Heavy Metal' by Don Felder – from South Park

This song was used in the episode “Major Boobage” when Kenny gets high from cat urine and starts hallucinating about flying through space in a Pontiac and bathing with a woman with massive jugs. It’s South Park. What can I say?

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