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.
Season 3, Episode 3: "It Hurts Me Too"
Being able to follow the Season 3 of True Blood from the beginning has given Gothtopia a chance to really flow along with Alan Ball's thought processes and dissect in a constructive and insightful way all the nuances both of the current storyline, and how his choices in soundtracking illustrate and enhance those nuances.
This week's report will not be one of those kinds of critiques.
Blues fans should have no trouble recognizing the song that gives the third episode, "It Hurts Me Too," its name. It's one of the most recognizable blues standards out there, first recorded by Tampa Red back in 1940. Since then it's been sung by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton, but the most influential recording of the song, and the one used in the episode, is the one done by Elmore James.
James was one of those blues artists that was such an archetype he might as well have been the subject of a blues song himself, with his appetite for homemade moonshine, fast driving and guns contributing to his death via heart attack No. 3 at age 45 in 1963. His interpretation of his friend Tampa Red's classic song has proven so definitive that other artist's covers rarely venture far from it.
The song is also the perfect sum up for one of the most outlandish sex scenes in the history of whoopie on film.
When last we left, Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) had been kidnapped by the King of Mississippi, who hopes to have Bill turn against the Queen of Louisiana and aid him in combining the territories. In addition to this, The King has enlisted the aid of Bill's maker, Lorena (Mariana Klaveno). Years of bad blood between the two former lovers makes any meeting hostile, and indeed, they start fighting when Lorena insists on rekindling their former relationship.
Well, tempers fly, things get overheated, and before you know it, there is some real grudge sex going on. Now, you may think you've had a rough night in the sack, but some spankings and a pair of handcuffs do not compare with what is going on in this scene. Frankly, Bill can't stand to look at Lorena's face anymore, so he just spins her around... by the head.
He twists her like a drunk trying to tune his guitar, which leaves the lady in question with all the R-rated bits facing the ceiling and the bit with the fangs facing the floor. Yet, the sex continues. There are even a couple of instances of the word "love" being thrown around. Maybe they should have thrown around a safety word instead.
We're with Elmore James on this one. It hurt us too.
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