Monday, December 3, 2012

The Carcosa Soundtrack: Part II

Part II of the Carcosa soundtrack.  Picking right up where I left off . . .

SPOILER ALERT. Proceed with caution. 

17. Kate’s Vision – Fernando, ABBA

"I was so afraid, Fernando
We were young and full of life and none of us prepared to die . . .”

Yeah, I went there.  While Kate is tripping balls to whatever crazy mushrooms the Eerin gave her in Canungra, she starts singing fucking Abba.  You know O4S could fall squarely into the horror genre with no problems, right?  It’s not like we made a secret of that. 

On a serious note, she has a long, strange trip, and Fernando Rios, the poor operative from Book I who got mauled by eretics, makes a cameo.  Can you hear the drums, Fernando?

18.  Doomed Cities & the Unmaker – Apocalypse Please, Muse

“It's time we saw a miracle
come on it's time for something biblical
to pull us through
and pull us through
and this is the end
this is the end of the world . . .”

One of the things Coyote and I enjoy best about writing this series is getting to create myths—there’s a certain amount of world-building required of any sci-fi.  But having our characters troop through other worlds means we get to go off into any number of fascinating digressions, such as the Eerin’s mythology about the Unmaker.  Time for something Biblical?  Well, gnostic, if you want to get technical . . .

19.  Nathan DePriest – Red Right Hand, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

“He's a god, he's a man,
he's a ghost, he's a guru
They're whispering his name
through this disappearing land
But hidden in his coat
is a red right hand . . .”

This song is so perfect for Nathan, it kinda hurts. 

20.  Five Towns - On the Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire 

“This whole crazy world is just too frustratin' . . .”

The five towns are a frustratin’ kinda place. 

21.  Diego – Devuelveme el Corazon, Adriana Bottina

In ingles, roughly: “But to kiss your lips, I lose my heart, the heart of a night . . .” 

Kate gets tempted by a handsome, gentleman rancher named Diego.  But seriously, she will always be JD’s girl.

22.  Nightmares - Enter Sandman, Iron Horse

You may recall that I put the original version of this song on the Book I soundtrack.  Of course, for Carcosa, we had to go bluegrass. 

23.  Hormiga – Country Death Song, Violent Femmes

“Gather round boys to this tale that I tell.
You wanna know how to take a short trip to hell?
It's guaranteed to get your own place in hell.
Just take your lovely daughter and push her in the well.
Take your lovely daughter and throw her in the well.”

Another unbearably perfect song.

24.  Bill & Emily – Georgia On My Mind, Ray Charles

Bill serenades his Georgia Peach.  I can think of worst first dates.

25.  Old Geb – Natural Blues, Moby

“Don’t nobody know my troubles but God.”

Old Geb’s got troubles so hard when he lets our heroes take shelter in his farmhouse.

26.  El Camino del Diablo – King of Arizona, Clutch

“We are the King of Arizona.”

Vickers and the Yellow King.  It would be frightening if it didn’t mean that, once again, Vickers finds himself stranded in rural environs—his personal definition of hell.  Karma’s a bitch. 

27.  Calvera – Don’t Go Into that Barn, Tom Waits

“Shiny tooth talons
Coiled for grabbing a stranger
Happening by
And the day when home early
And the sun sank down into
The much of a deep dead sky . . .”

Nathan’s lair.  Many have entered, few leave.   

28.  The Shoot-Out – Banditos, The Refreshments

“Well, I’ve got the pistol, so I’ll keep the pesos.
Yeah, and that seems fair.”

Obviously, we end on a note of gunfire.  Obviously. 

29.  End - Better World A-Comin’, Woody Guthrie

We can only hope for our heroes’ sake that this is true.

So there you have it, folks.

Hopefully the next O4S post I make will be announcing the completion of Book III, Where Flap the Tatters of the King.  

Exit Carcosa.

Next stop: Corbenic.

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