Category Archives: Soundtrack

SOUNDTRACK: 12 Days on the Road in the U.K.

Davida and I first traveled together in January 2000, when we took a road trip around the United Kingdom, which took us from London to Brighton; Hastings to Dover; Whitby to Edinburgh; and Glasgow to Cardiff. We stayed with friends and friends of friends, sleeping in guest rooms, a cold-water squat without any heat, and at least one night in the car upon returning to England on the last boat from Calais.

A mix-tape I had prepared for the trip accompanied our odyssey, which neither of us could rightly afford, although somehow we did. At the time I would never have guessed that it would be the start of a tradition of compiling a soundtrack for every major joint trip we have taken since. Lux Interior once said that he considered each Cramps album a postcard, of sorts, from a particular time and place. And while our playlists are now digital and capable of including far more music than was ever previously possible, many of them, for us, have likewise become postcards that by association evoke the nuance and feeling of an especially magical moment or place.

This is one of them…

The BellRays – “Good Behavior”

Demolition Doll Rods – “Hey You”

The Neanderthal Spongecake – “This Thing”

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – “Fetish”

The BellRays – “King of the World”

Alien Sex Fiend – “My Brain is the Cupboard”

Demolition Doll Rods – “Lil Darlin”

The Velvet Underground – “Run Run Run”

The Gories – “Feral”

Guitar Wolf – “Refrigerator Zero”

Iggy Pop – “Nightclubbing”

The BellRays – “Black Honey”

The Stooges – “Gimme Danger”

The Velvet Underground – “White Light/White Heat”

Alien Sex Fiend – “I Think I”

Guitar Wolf – “Cosmic Space Girl”

The BellRays – “Get on Thru”



SOUNDTRACK: Southern Louisiana

The best music will evoke the most cinematic qualities from any landscape. The musical gumbo of southern Louisiana is infused with a variety of cultures, including French, Spanish, English, and Afro-Caribbean, to name just a few. Rock and roll, jazz, zydeco, New Orleans rhythm and blues – each speaks to the syncopated rhythm of life in a particular time and place.

And so it was that, still haunted by the first season of the HBO series TRUE DETECTIVE, we fled the Crescent City for the swamplands of Iberia Parish, the brassy strut of urban jazz soon yielding to dusty folk rhythms and the lonesome twang of a blues guitar…

The New Orleans Bingo! Show – “New Orleans”


Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns – “Little Chickee Wah Wah”


Ernie K-Doe – “T’aint It the Truth”


Earl King – “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights”


Ike & Tina Turner – “Too Many Tears in My Eyes”


The Handsome Family – “Far From Any Road”


Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks – “Southern Love”


Brian Tyler – “The King’s Highway” (BUBBA HO-TEP soundtrack)


Trailer Bride – “Porch Song”


Luna – “Bonnie & Clyde” (Serge Gainsbourg cover)


John Lee Hooker – “Unfriendly Woman”


Jo-El Sonnier – “Evangeline Special”


Boozoo Chavis – “Paper in My Shoe”


James McMurtry – “Hurricane Party”


Ray Wylie Hubbard – “Snake Farm”


The Rock*A*Teens – “Never Really Had It”


Kris Kristofferson – “Casey’s Last Ride”


Dr. C.J. Johnson – “You Better Run to the City of Refuge”


Gary U.S. Bonds – “New Orleans”