Song of the Day #2009

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“I Got The”), composed by Labi Siffre, appears on the his 1975 album, “Remember My Song“. It has been sampled by many hip hop artists, including on Eminem’s “My Name Is” [YouTube link]. We also hear it in Season 5, Episode 8 (“Bagman”) of BCS, which first aired on April 8, 2020. Check out the original full-length version as well as the scene in which an instrumental excerpt from this funky track is used—which might as well have been subtitled “Urine the Money”.

Song of the Day #2008

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Blackbird Special”) is credited to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, on whose 1984 album, “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” this track appears [YouTube link]. A funkier version appears as a live cut by drummer Stanton Moore on the 2008 album,”Take it to the Street (The Music)!” It’s that version that we hear in Season 5, Episode 5 (“Dedicado a Max”) in BCS, which first aired on March 16, 2020. It’s used as the musical backdrop to Saul’s efforts to delay the demolition of a client’s house by throwing every legal and extra-legal obstacle in the way. Check out the full version here and the accompanying scene [YouTube links].

Song of the Day #2007

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“The Sidewinder”), composed by Lee Morgan, is the title track to Morgan’s 1964 album. It includes a stellar line-up, with Morgan on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Barry Harris on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The soul-jazz instrumental charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as a double-sided single, peaking at #81. It is heard in Season 5, Episode 1 (“Magic Man”) of BCS, which premiered on February 23, 2020. Check out the full album version here and the featured scene where Saul Goodman gives away cell phones as a promo [YouTube links].

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Song of the Day #2006

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“The Winner Takes It All”) features the music and lyrics of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, members of the Swedish pop group ABBA, which scored a Top 10 Billboard Hit with this song from the 1980 album, “Super Trouper“, which also included the dance floor staple, “Lay All Your Love On Me” [Disconet remix; YouTube link]. Check out the original ABBA recording [YouTube link]. In the opening scene of Season 4, Episode 10 (“Winner”) of BCS, which aired on October 12, 2018, this song provides a rare glimpse into the complicated relationship between the two McGill brothers. To celebrate his admission to the New Mexico bar, Jimmy takes the stage at a karaoke lounge to perform this song, persuading his reluctant brother Chuck to join him. Though Chuck ‘steals’ the show, the two brothers eventually leave the bar together and hit the sack, lying side by side, in a poignant moment of unconditional brotherly love—a snapshot of what could have been, but never was. Check out that flashback scene here [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #2005

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Burnin’ Coal”) [YouTube link], composed and performed by pianist Les McCann, first appeared on the artist’s 1969 album, “Much Les“. It provides a jazzy backdrop to a key scene in Season 4, Episode 8 (“Coushatta”) of BCS, which premiered on September 24, 2018. Jimmy takes a trip to the town of Coushatta in Louisiana to help out his bodyguard Huell Babineux. Check out how Jimmy enlists a busload of folks to Save Huell [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #2004

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Grazing in the Grass”), music by Philemon Hou, lyrics by Harry Elston, was first recorded in 1968 by Hugh Masekela as an instrumental and, later on, in a 1969 vocal version, by Friends of Distinction [YouTube links]. But it’s an instrumental rendition by The Ventures [YouTube link] that we hear in Season 4, Episode 4 (“Talk”) of BCS, which premiered on August 27, 2018.

Song of the Day #2003

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Alfonso Muskedunder”) was composed by Norweigian DJ Todd Terje, from his 2015 studio album, “It’s Album Time“. The song is featured in Season 3, Episode 3 (“Sunk Costs”) of BCS, which premiered on April 24, 2017. Check out its official video, but more importantly, its use in this sweet Kim Wexler montage [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #2002

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Sugar Town”) features the words and music of Lee Hazlewood. Nancy Sinatra’s recording of it hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1966 and #1 on the East Listening chart one month later. The song is featured on her 1966 album, “Sugar“. Season 3, Episode 1 (“Mabel”) of BCS, which premiered on April 10, 2017,  opens with this song as backdrop [YouTube link] over a flash-forward to Gene Takovic (aka as Saul Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill), managing a Cinnabon in a large shopping mall in Omaha, Nebraska.