Updated: Dec 26, 2018
(2008 - 2014)
By Helena ‘Raven’ Geo
A series that left its mark on TV viewing, with 7 seasons filled with blood, drama, guns, drugs, bikes, brother against brother, and everything that can be brought to our screens through the magic of television. A deep dive inside the world of biker gangs (or motorcycle club, as the SAMCRO members like to call it –short for Sons of Anarchy California Redwood Original).
The success of this tv series brought along guest stars like Stephen King (Bachman the Cleaner), Tom Arnold (Georgie Caruso) David Hasselhoff (Dondo), Walter Goggins (Venus van Dam), Marilyn Manson (Ron Tully), Courtney Love (Ms. Harrison), etc.
And a script like this one could not help but host a musical background worthy of its direction and storyline. With southern rock, blues rock, hard rock, indie folk sounds, a variety of covers and tracks worth mentioning. Some of them are a must listen:
- “This Life” (SoA Theme Song) – Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers
- “Headlights” - Justin Warfield
- “Burn this town” - Battleme
- “David” - Noah Gundersen
- “Burn it down” - Awolnation
- “Terrible Tommy” - Ryan Horne
- “The Devil in Miss Jones” - Mike Ness
- “Some of Adam’s Blues” – The Quaker City Night Hawks
Cover wise, among others, “Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones) performed by Paul Brady & The Forest Rangers, “I’m eighteen”(Alice Cooper) performed by Scott Shriner & the Forest Rangers, “Hey Hey, My, My” (Neil Young) performed by Battleme, “Forever Young” (Bob Dylan) performed by Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers and the hands down musical masterpiece “John the Revelator” (Blind Willie Johnson) performed by Curtis Stigers & the Forest Rangers.
The 4th season of the series had some music gems up its sleeve, among which Strange Fruit, which was written by school teacher Abel Meeropol, published in 1937 and performed by Billie Holiday in 1939. I was quite excited to hear this song on the series, since I found out more about it on an old documentary that I had watched many years back, where the tragic meaning of the lyrics was explained, since the “…strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…” referred to the colored community in the United States, where decades ago hanging from trees by the KKK was a common tragic happening. The specific song was successfully performed on the series by leading actress Katey Sagal.
The end of the 4th season gave us an even more pleasant musical surprise, with a cover of the House of The Rising Sun, performed by White Buffalo, which was lyrically adapted to the series, «…He's got one hand on the throttle the other on the brake he's riding back to Redwood To own his father's stake And me I wait in Charming Town The game my love has won I'm staying here to end my life Down in the Rising Son».
Note 1: Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller Morrow) is married to the series producer Kurt Sutter since 2004.
Note 2: The creator/producer/script writer Kurt Sutter acts in the series as the imprisoned ‘Son’ Otto Delaney.
Note 3: David Labrava (Happy Lowman) belongs to the Hell’s Angels of Oakland club, in real life, who turned him as an inactive member during his presence on Sons of Anarchy.
Starring: Charlie Hunnam (Jax Teller), Katey Sagal (Gemma), Maggie Siff (Tara), Ron Perlman (Clay), Theo Rossi (Juice), Tommy Flanagan (Chibs), Kim Coates (Tig), Mark Boone Junior (Bobby), Ryan Hurst (Opie), William Lucking (Piney) and many, many more.
Caution: By the end of the series, you will either love them or hate them. There is no in between.