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Song of the Day #2001

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Scorpio”) [YouTube link], composed by Dennis Coffey, hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Soul Singles chart, as part of the artist’s 1971 album, “Evolution” (Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band). This funk instrumental is heard over one of the best musical montages of the series in Season 2, Episode 7 (“Inflatable”) of BCS, which premiered on March 28, 2016. Check that montage out here [YouTube link]. On this date in 2008, “Breaking Bad” premiered—as did the birth of the franchise we are celebrating in music this entire month!

Song of the Day #2000

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Gloria’s Step, Take 2”) [YouTube link], composed and performed by Bill Evans, was recorded live by the jazz piano great with his legendary trio, featuring Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums. It was released as part of “Sunday at the Village Vanguard” in October 1961, only months after LaFaro’s tragic death in an auto accident. Chuck McGill, Jimmy’s brother (portrayed by Michael McKean), places this Bill Evans vinyl on the turntable in Season 2, Episode 5 (“Rebecca”) of BCS, which premiered on March 14, 2016. Oh and btw, this is the 2000th distinct song entry in “My Favorite Songs” list, which started on 1 September 2004!

Song of the Day #1999

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Smoke on the Water”), composed and performed by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice of the English rock band Deep Purple. This song, which hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, chronicles the 1971 fire at Montreux Casino. It appears on the band’s 1972 album, “Machine Head“. It also projects much symbolism in Season 1, Episode 10 (“Marco”) of BCS. Jimmy McGill hums the famous guitar riff at the end of this episode before the credits roll into the original. Check out the full album version here [YouTube links].

Song of the Day #1998

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Banzai Pipeline”), composed by the great Henry Mancini, appears on the 1963 album, “Uniquely Mancini,” showcasing the maestro’s big band sound. It’s also heard in Season 1, Episode 10 (“Marco”) of BCS, which first aired on April 6, 2015. It appears during one of those terrific BCS montage moments [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #1997

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Tune Down”) [YouTube link], composed and performed by Chris Joss, appears on the musician’s 2009 album, “Sticks“. This cool, bluesy vibe is heard in Season 1, Episode 7 (“Bingo”) of BCS, which first aired on March 15, 2015. Oh, those Kettlemans! And congratulations to Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito and BCS for taking home trophies from the Critics Choice Awards!

Song of the Day #1996

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Samba Tropical”) [YouTube link], composed and performed by Franck Sarkissian and Yannick Kalfayan, appears on the former’s album, “Songs of Brazil“. It is a musical highlight from Season 1, Episode 4 (“Hero”) of BCS, which made its debut on February 23, 2015.

Song of the Day #1995

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Main Theme”) was composed by Lewis Wharton and Barrie Cadogan of the band Little Barrie. The beginning bars of this track became the main theme of one of the finest spin-offs in television history: “Better Call Saul.” It is first heard in the opening of Season 1, Episode 1 (“Uno”) of this terrific show, which made its debut on February 8, 2015. Starring the wonderful Bob Odenirk as Jimmy McGill, this series shows us that character’s evolution into Saul Goodman. The creation of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, the six-season run of BCS expanded the “Gilliverse” of the BB franchise in grand style. Check out the full BCS main theme [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #1994

Song of the Day: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (“Ambivalent Alaska”) [YouTube link], written by the franchise’s score composer, Dave Porter, provides a poignant, pensive end theme as backdrop to Jesse Pinkman—now re-baptized “Mr. Driscoll“—driving off into “Ambivalent Alaska“, with hope. This well-tuned 2019 sequel serves as a fitting epilogue to the five seasons of “Breaking Bad” and gives us closure on Jesse’s tumultuous life journey. Aaron Paul‘s performance here is staggering in its portrait of the physically and emotionally scarred Jesse. Check out the final scene to this fine BB sequel [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #1993

Song of the Day: Breaking Bad (“Baby Blue”), words and music by Pete Ham, was recorded by the Welsh rock band Badfinger and released on their 1971 album, “Straight Up“. This song is featured in the final scene of Season 5, Episode 16 (“Felina”), the series finale of BB, which concluded on September 29, 2013. It’s a scene that has been discussed for years. Check out that scene as well as the studio version of this song [YouTube links].

Song of the Day #1992

Song of the Day: Breaking Bad (“Crystal Blue Persuasion”), words and music by Eddie Gray, Mike Vale, and Tommy James, was released in 1969 by Tommy James and the Shondells as part of their sixth studio album, “Crimson & Clover“. The song arose from James’s budding interest in religion. As in yesterday’s musical highlight, also featured in Season 5, Episode 8 (“Gliding Over All”), this song provided one of the most famous “Crystal Blue Meth” montages of the series, one later parodied by The Simpsons [YouTube links].