True Blood Music Roundup: Sookie Sings “The Pina Colada Song”

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Last night’s True Blood had the scene that fans had been waiting for [spoiler alert]: Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) finally hooked up. (It was a good couple of days for Manganiello, whose shirtless torso dominated small and large screens: he played “Big Dick Richie” in Magic Mike, which made over $39 million in its opening weekend).

Before Alcide visited Sookie, she was drinking on her couch, singing along with Rupert Holmes’ ’70s hit “Escape,” better known as “The Pina Colada Song.”

CBS Local spoke with True Blood Music Supervisor Gary Calamar, who said that writer Alex Woo had suggested both “Escape” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” for the scene. “At the end of the day, we chose ‘Escape.’ The songs were picked because of the humor, but we also had to find something that might conceivably be in Sookie’s grandmother’s record collection.” (Sookie lives in her late grandmother’s house).

Another great music moment came during the end credits, as “We’ll Meet Again” played.  A hit during World War II, the version heard last night was a brand-new recording by Los Lobos, who cut the track specifically for the episode (which was also titled “We’ll Meet Again”).

A somewhat lesser known band, Abney Park, was featured in the episode as well: their song “Sleep Isabella” was used in the scene at the Fairie Club (for you obsessives, the club is called “Hot Wings”).

Next week’s episode, “Let’s Boot And Rally,” will feature a new, original song “Let’s Boot And Rally,” written by Calamar and recorded by Iggy Pop and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino.

Brian Ives, CBS Local

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