Film and TV

The Music of True Blood, Episode 1.6: Cobra Verde Helps Sookie "Play With Fire"

Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. With Season 2 just completed, Rocks Off is now working our way backwards through the episodes we missed as HBO begins reruns.

Episode 1.6, "Burning House of Love"

"You're playing with fire" is one of those phrases you hear all the time that doesn't really make any sense. If nobody had ever played with fire, there'd be no iPods or McRibs., would there? The intended implication is of course the inherent danger of jerking around with a hazardous substance, which is why we do it in the first place. So hold the image of deliberate endangerment for the sake of the thrill as you let the tale of a rich girl's runaround with a rogue steal molecules of air from your ears as told by Cleveland indie band Cobra Verde in their song "Play With Fire."

The song, a cover of the Rolling Stones' 1965 B-side to "The Last Time," is sinister, there can be no doubt, never quite delivering on a horrifying end, but leaving you certain that somewhere past the end of the song someone is going to end up in a ditch. It's a great little tune from a band that is making quite a mark in television these days.

In addition to being the featured credit song on this week's True Blood (And track six on the official soundtrack), the band's music has made it onto Entourage, The OC, and Sons of Anarchy. As the band approaches its 20th anniversary next year, they remain a quiet, yet vital underground voice of glam and gloom that often serves as a perfect backdrop for naughty goings-on.

And how does playing with fire tie in with this weeks rerun of undead fun? Well, two ways. The first is nice and symbolic all around. Can Sookie's hot vampy sexcapades be completely without consequence, or will there be a price to pay for commingling with a bloodsucking fiend.

The second is simple, so yokels torch a local vampire nest where Bill is staying, ending the show with a group of burned and blood-filled coffins. Playing with fire, get it?

True Blood airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. on HBO2.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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