Years ago I fell for the soundtrack to the film Friday Night Lights, however here I am to admit that I’ve never seen the film. Only recently, thanks to the show making it’s way to Netflix and rave recommendations of the pretty boys on the show, I have started watching the television show. A bit reverse, but that’s how I tend to do things.
I am a huge Explosions in the Sky fan. From their incredibly sweet pictures on their T-shirts to their amazing album artwork, and of course their incredible tunes, I like these rather silent dudes.
The last time I saw them live was at the worst venue in Toronto, the Sound Academy. The show was packed, but there’s no way Explosions, such a tight knit band, should play such a large, poorly laid out venue. Ranting aside, I’m half way through the first season and I love the TV show. It’s weird, every girlfriend of mine I speak to about the show, it seems that they’ve already plowed through it, some even multiple times. Where have I been?
The music on the TV show’s a bit misleading, if you’re a soft Explosions fan. Most sounds like Explosions, however I’m not convinced. The theme song, while sounding exactly like an Explosions tune, is actually by W.G. Snuffy Walden and it’s boringly called “Friday Night Lights Theme.” Like Explosions, Walden is a Texas native, who in 1975 played with Eric Burdon. It seems like he scored a number of other shows that I’ve seen including, My So-Called Life, Huff, and Felicity.
The tunes peppered throughout the show, too sound like Explosions, but I’m just not convinced. It’s reminiscent, but based on the Music Producer credit in the show’s intro, it seems that they may be the work of Walden. For the record, the show had me falsely in loading tonnes of Explosion tunes in the first episode, like this remarkable song:
Anyways, beyond some sound-a-likes, I really love the show and the music used in the show. It’s great to hear soft tunes like Calexico and Iron & Wine’s tune “Dead Man’s Will” and José González’s tune “Storm.”
And this Pear Jam song: