The only song on The Walking Dead better known than its ominous opening theme song is the tune which was used to torment and break Daryl Dixon in Season 7.
"Easy Street" by The Collapsable Hearts Club was stuck in more heads after playing in The Walking Dead Episode 7x03 than Lucille when she gets extra thirsty. Now, there is a new sound to the song The Walking Dead fans have learned to love so much.
AronChupa has made a more hip hop remix of the popular song, featuring Jim Bianco & Petra Haden. The song is available on the artist's soundcloud.
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"Exactly how the song got into their hands is a mystery to me," Bianco, the original writer of the song said of its use on The Walking Dead while speaking to The Independent. "But when they heard it, the show reached out and asked to use it."
"I didn't really understand why a show like The Walking Dead would want to use such an upbeat, over-the-top, in-your-face 'happy' song but now I understand – to torture someone, of course," Bianco said. "I think the show used it brilliantly; framing such an upbeat song as a torture device is a work of genius by the music supervisor. We're happy to be a part of such creative use of music in such an iconic show."
While The Walking Dead does not frequently use lyrical music in its episodes, the AMC series has proven to use them effectively throughout its seven seasons. Though none have managed to create the whirlwind "Easy Street" has, many of the songs still stand out in the minds of the show's fans, instantly sparking memories of the scenes to which they were attached.
Some of the most notable songs in The Walking Dead outside of Bear McCreary's scores have surrounded iconic moments.
For example, The Governor's Season 4 return was accompanied by Ben Nichols' "Last Pale Light in the West." As the villain's terrible life played out and Woodbury burned down, the acoustic guitar strummed along in the background.
Then, there's the Season 6 episode which saw Rick and his group raiding one of the Savior compounds prior to meeting Negan. When the sun rose and they all split up with different destinations, Hozier's "Arsonist's Lullaby" began to play in the background. It provided an emotional finale for the episode but also served as the song featured in the Season 6 trailer almost a year earlier.
The recent seasons have used music to set the tone quite a bit by comparison to others. In fact, the somewhat sarcastic use of "Town Called Malice" by The Jam is overlooked following its Episode 7x03 (The Cell) use as a result of Easy Street's massive breakout in the same episode.
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