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.

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.

Much of The Wire’s innovative use of music can be credited to music supervisor Blake Leyh who also writes the music blog Ten Thousand Things.

DOWNLOAD:
MP3: Tom Waits :: Way Down In The Hole
MP3: The Blind Boys of Alabama :: Way Down In The Hole
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Amazon: Tom Waits – Franks Wild Years
Amazon: The Blind Boys of Alabama – Spirit of the Century

www.hbo.com/thewire ++ www.blindboys.com ++ www.tomwaits.com

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2 Responses to “HBO’s The Wire :: Way Down In The Hole”

  1. i’m a french guy completely hooked by “the wire” who i think is the best show thanks to Georges Pelecanos and Denis Lehane. Compare to this ” the Sopranos ‘ look like ” Little House On The Prairie”

  2. I’VE BEEN LOVIN’ ALL THE MUSIC ON THE SHOW, THE FUNK, THE BLUES, THE DANCEHALL, AND HIP HOP. NOW I’VE SEARCHED ALL OVER FOR SOME OF THIS STUFF THAT I HEAR, BUT WITHOUT MUCH LUCK. THANKS FOR TRYIN’ TO PUT IT UP ON HERE, BUT YOUR LINK IS BROKE. I’M STILL LOOKIN’ FOR THIS TRACK.

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