Aside from the crime drama series itself, one of the best aspects of Peaky Blinders is the carefully crafted soundtrack. I just started watching it (sorry, even though I’m Travolta-to-the-bone and façonable-than-thou, I’m a late bloomer in terms of this Netflix series), and it completely blew me away. I assumed that because the film is set in the 1920s, they would use period music. Instead, they’ve chosen cutting-edge music from PJ Harvey to Radiohead; there’s folky, jangly, indie, stoner, and sludgy. What a daring move.
And from what I analysed, all the songs have quite similar vibes: Southern Gothic. Deep, dark, dramatic, roots rock, folk, and some kinda bluesy Americana—with Gothic soul. You remember another cool television series, True Detective? Between Peaky Blinders and True Detective, I find them to have pretty similar vibes, soundtrack-wise.
So, by order of the Peaky fookin’ Blinders, in the bleak midwinter, here’s the main razor-blades tune: “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The first music video via BBC Music/YouTube, taken from their performance at Later… with Jools Holland in 1994, and the other is the official one.
Take a little walk to the edge of town
And go across the tracks
Where the viaduct looms
Like a bird of doom
As it shifts and cracks
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