The Music of WVMP Radio

Wicked Game coverSince Wicked GameBad to the Bone, and Bring on the Night are about vampire DJs, it's not surprising that music inspired a lot of the novels’ creation and development. Now, thanks to The Playlist Project and Pandora.com, I can share some of that music with you!

 

The Official Playlists

Specific songs appear in many scenes in the novels, some by name and artist, and some only by artist. My publisher asked me to gather these songs in a ‘playlist’ for the front of the books. The fun part was figuring out which tune was playing when only the artist was mentioned (i.e., “a Bob Dylan song”).

To see all songs, drag the white scrollbar on the right side of the playlist. You can also hear the individual songs by clicking on their titles.

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Song Artist
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
Stack O'Lee Blues Mississippi John Hurt
House of the Rising Sun The Animals
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Iron Butterfly
Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones
Amber 311
Everlong (acoustic) Foo Fighters
The Righteous and the Wicked Red Hot Chili Peppers
Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers
Negative Creep Nirvana
F.O.D. Green Day
I'll Be Seeing You Billie Holiday

Let It Bleed soundtrack by Jeri Smith-Ready on Grooveshark



"Let It Bleed" Chapter Titles



Again, like the WVMP novels, each chapter of "Let It Bleed" is the title of a popular song (or at least a song that was popular in its time). I try to strike a balance among all the eras, from the 1940s to the present. The title of the book is usually the title of the penultimate chapter. And I always end on a Nirvana song.*

 

Song Artist
She's Not There The Zombies
Dangerous Type The Cars
Me and the Devil Blues Robert Johnson
Down with the Sickness Disturbed
Closer Nine Inch Nails
A Mess of Blues Elvis Presley
Where It's At Beck
Cousins Vampire Weekend
The Kids Are Alright The Who
Come Out and Play Offspring
Over, Under, Sideways, Down The Yardbirds
Running on Empty Jackson Browne
Born to be Wild Steppenwolf
Running on Empty Jackson Browne
Let It Bleed The Rolling Stones
All Apologies Nirvana

Let It Bleed chapter titles by Jeri Smith-Ready on Grooveshark


* Except in Bring on the Night, which was framed by Neil Young's "Hey Hey My My (Out of the Blue)" and its counterpart "My My Hey Hey (Into the Black)," which Kurt Cobain quoted in his suicide note ("It's better to burn out than fade away."). So almost a Nirvana song.


Bring on the Night (Book 3)


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Additional/Altered Playlist Songs (due to lack of availability on Playlist.com):

  • “Back to the Bridge” by Asie Payton
  • “I’m An Asshole” by Denis Leary
  • “See That My Grave is Kept Clean” in the book is covered by Dream Syndicate

Bring on the Night Chapter Title Song List

Each chapter is named after a popular song, from the 1940s to our current decade. I chose them for how well the words of the titles (as opposed to the content of the songs) fit the chapters, so this list is much less of a “soundtrack” than the “Playlist” above. But it’s still a great bunch of tunes.

To see all songs, drag the white scrollbar on the right side of the playlist. You can also hear the individual songs by clicking on their titles.


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Additional/Altered Chapter Title Songs:

  • “How Many More Years” by Howlin Wolf
  • “Home of the Blues” is a Johnny Cash song, but since that version wasn't available, I used the next best thing—Joaquin Phoenix.
  • “All That Heaven Will Allow” should be by Bruce Springsteen, but his songs are strangely absent from Playlist.com.
  • “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” should be by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, but Playlist.com didn't have it, so I used this very faithful Oasis cover.

Wicked Game Playlist


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Additional/Altered Playlist Songs (due to lack of availability on Playlist.com):

  • “I’ll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive” by John Lee Hooker
  • “Gallows Pole” by Lead Belly
  • “Dreadlocks in Moonlight” by Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • “Ciara” by Luka Bloom
  • “The Old Main Drag” by The Pogues (I substituted “Dirty Old Town,” since it was a close second choice for the playlist in the book itself)
  • “Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)” should be by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
  • “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison

Wicked Game Chapter Title Song List

To see all songs, drag the white scrollbar on the right side of the playlist. You can also hear the individual songs by clicking on their titles.


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Additional Chapter Title Songs:

  • “Run Like Hell” by Pink Floyd
  • “You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had” by Muddy Waters
  • “I'm Not Like Everybody Else” is by The Kinks

Bad to the Bone Playlist


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Additional Playlist Songs:

  • “CCKMP” by Steve Earle
  • “A Child’s Claim to Fame” by Buffalo Springfield
  • “Mother” by Pink Floyd
  • “Graveyard Dream Blues” by Bessie Smith
  • “Hidden Charms” by Howlin Wolf
  • “Let the Good Times Roll” by Roy Orbison (used the similar-sounding Shirley & Lee version)

Bad to the Bone Chapter Title Song List


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Additional Chapter Title Songs:

  • “Time the Avenger” by the Pretenders
  • “Nobody Told Me (There'd Be Days Like These)” by John Lennon

Coming eventually—Shane’s “5:54 am” songs!

Learn more about Project Playlist

The DJs’ Playlists

Check out the website for WVMP the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll to hear playlists for each of the six vampire DJs.

WVMP Rocks Pandora!

Visit WVMP's profile on Pandora.com to hear what the DJs' programs might sound like. (Note: I can’t dictate exactly which songs are played on Pandora, so a few weird tunes might creep in here and there. But that’s part of the fun!)

Learn more about Pandora.com’s Music Genome Project.

 

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