The music: Unlike, say, The Sopranos, The Wire changes up it’s opening credits theme song each season. The first season used The Blind Boys of Alabama’s spirited take on Tom Waits “Way Down In The Hole” while the second made use of Waits original off his ’87 album Franks Wild Years.
Friends will attest to the fact that the past few months have found me neck deep in all things related to the HBO serial drama The Wire. For those not familiar, the show is a fascinating take on the overtones an undertones of life and the inner workings of the modern American city (Baltimore, Maryland). Far from pretty the show has, over the course of four seasons, tied together complicated plot lines more akin to literature than television. This show ain’t checkers, it’s chess.