The detail of Supernatural has captured the hearts of the fans, and the music is no exception. The creator, Eric Kripke, mentioned his choice of music for the show early on. He wanted something that grabbed the viewer, added to the mythology, and added that special something to the storyline. In some ways, the choice of classic rock is as much a part of the character of the show as The Impala.
Music has been a hallmark from the beginning. This past week has been an emotional rollercoaster for fans as Season 15 came to a wrap with no consecutive to follow, the first time since it’s beginning in 2005. To say Supernatural has been a landmark of a TV series would indeed be an understatement. Back in 2007, I joined my first online fandom forum, which of course was Supernatural—an unbelievable busy forum, having hundreds of comments, on most days, every single day. I got to meet and chat with some fantastic people, and then in 2012, I hit the road, Mark Pellegrino was my first interview, attending a dinner in Melbourne. Back then, it was a chat more than a formal interview. I still had aspirations of becoming a writer (having won my first writing competition at the age of 8), I had gone back to University. I put a lot of thought into the next step. I wasn’t even on Twitter. I had been following the fan convention in Melbourne online, thinking about buying a ticket to go. I got up early on the day the tickets went live, I went to a cafe in the Adelaide suburb of Burnside and purchased the tickets. The lineup was impressive, including Jim Beaver, Sebastian Rochè, Christopher Heyerdahl, and of course Mark Pellegrino. They toured Australia and then New Zealand. (I bumped into Chris Judd in the lift, he was wearing a cool white leather cap)
The Pilot grabbed me from the beginning. It ticked so many boxes, tick, tick, tick. From the cool car to the music to the banter between the brothers, I was hooked. The other bonus was anything with a mythical story intrigued me, having spent some time in Europe, I found myths and legends interesting, throw in a road trip, yes! I’m in!
And what a ride it has been, with music setting the mood. This past week, we saw the last day of filming, let’s go down memory lane, beginning with the Pilot.
I swear, man, you gotta update your cassette tape collection.
Well, for one, they’re cassette tapes. And two: Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Metallica?! It’s the greatest hits of mullet rock.
House rules, Sammy. Driver picks the music; shotgun shuts his cake hole.
You know, Sammy is a chubby twelve-year-old. It’s Sam, okay?
Sorry, can’t hear you. The music’s too loud.
The song that plays is AC/DC – Back in Black, some serious guitar riffs and you had my attention right there ”these people know their music, okay I’ll watch some more”.
Skipping forward to Season 5 we get to meet Death, not a classic rock song but in that vein, recorded for the TV studio for the episode Two Minutes to Midnight, episode 21. Capturing all the classic elements of Supernatural, like a classic car, subdued lighting, and creative camera work, the scene is also an incredible TV moment. As Death lands upon the pavement, while exiting the vehicle, his foot is placed with a firmness showing a quiet strength. The ring symbolises authority, then a bump into a stranger on the street cements the control of this character for the viewer, he has power. The song is O Death by Jen Titus.
Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas was first played in Season 1, Salvation, episode 21. It was embraced by fandom and became an unofficial theme song.
”Two and a Half Men” used the classic rock song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. ”No Rest For The Wicked” used the Bon Jovi song Wanted Dead or Alive. ”Nightshifter” used Renegade by Styx.
A part of this whole journey has been the music and what a journey it has been.