Peaky Blinders has recently and unsurprisingly taken the attention of the masses. The sudden plot twists, violent scenes and comical remarks have gained immense popularity, and writer Steven Knight has us desperately waiting for what will undoubtedly be many alluring and precarious scenarios to come. From beginning to end Peaky Blinders is full of exceptional songs and artists well-suited to its destructive and barbaric scenes. Here is a taste of some of the more alluring.
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1. The White Stripes
Multiple songs written by The White Stripes are heard throughout the series and are generally used in a majority of scenes where situations climax into absolute carnage. Some of the bewitching songs heard in Peaky Blinders are ‘I Think I Smell A Rat’, ‘The Hardest Button To Button’, ‘When I Hear My Name’, ‘Black Math’ and ‘Little Cream Soda’, creating a grungy and fearsome demeanor, perfect for scenes of sinister behaviour.
2. The Raconteurs
The Raconteurs’ gritty vocals (from ex-White Stripes vocalist Jack White) plus driving guitar and drum melodies provide an ideal pugnacious excitement. The songs ‘Consoler Of The Lonely’, ‘Blue Veins’ and ‘Broken Boy Soldier’ exploit the intensity required to generate and advance the series’ aggression and enthusiasm.
3. Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys can be heard on several occasions during Peaky Blinders: their guitar distortion creates a rough, harsh sound, coupled with irresistible catchy riffs. Songs included are a cover of ‘Red Right Hand’, ‘R U Mine’, ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair, ‘Arabella’, ‘If You Were There, Beware’ and ‘Do I Wanna Know’.
4. The Black Keys
If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to The Black Keys’ albums Brothers (2010) and El Camino (2011) you are missing out. Songs included are ‘Tighten Up’, ‘Sinister Kid’ and ‘I Got Mine’, all of which elevate the emotion we feel towards the characters involved.
5. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
The Bad Seeds’ ‘Red Right Hand’ is the theme to Peaky Blinders, covered by many artists. The series also features Bad Seeds’ songs such as ‘People Ain’t No Good’, ‘Loverman’, ‘Brother, My Cup Is Empty’, ‘Bring It On’, ‘Tupelo’ and ‘Stagger Lee’. The honest lyrics (honest? Do you really mean this? – Surprised Ed) and passionate performance from vocalist Nick Cave are the reason for the band’s involvement.
6. Royal Blood
The rambunctious guitar distortion and turbulent drums explain the duo’s involvement in the series. ‘Out Of The Black’ and ‘Come On Over’ are included in scenes full of dramatic intensity and violence.
7. PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey’s cover of ‘Red Right Hand’ was played as the opening soundtrack to one of the most explosive episodes. The singer has an impressive way of adapting her vocals to the genre – as ‘A Perfect Day Elise’, ‘Down By The Water’, ‘To Bring You My Love’, ‘Catherine’ and ‘This Is Love’ all prove.
8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
BRMC’s use of grungy guitar effects and heavy drum patterns are perfect for this series and especially scenes where characters are up to no good. Songs featured include ‘River Styx’ and ‘Beat The Devil’s Tattoo’.
9. The Kills
The rasp from vocalist Alison Mosshart and driving pulse of guitarist Jamie Hince work well together to provide listeners with confidence and a sense of dominance. Featured songs include ‘Pull A U’, ‘DNA’, ‘Monkey 23’ and ‘Heart Of A Dog’.
10. Queens Of The Stone Age
QotSA’s haunting and appealing performances create a sensation of feeling slightly devious, even more so when combined with the devilish charm of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Songs featured include ‘No One Knows’ and ‘Burn The Witch’.
11. The Dead Weather
12. Imagine Dragons
13. Eyes On Film
14. Jack White