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‘True Blood’ Finale Gets Musical Touch From Creator Alan Ball

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Alexander Skarsgård and Ana Paquin photo credit: John P. Johnson

Alexander Skarsgård and Ana Paquin photo credit: John P. Johnson

This weekend saw the fifth season of HBO’s True Blood’s come to a close with an episode called “Save Yourself,” a reference to (vague spoiler ahead!) the fact that much of the cast is scattered and in various dire situations.

As all True Blood episode titles are inspired by song titles or lyrics, it seemed obvious that a song titled “Save Yourself” would – in the show’s tradition – score the end credits. But which “Save Yourself” would they choose? There are several songs with that title: blues-rocker Jonny Lang, Americana singer-songwriter James McMurtry, indie rocker Sharon Van Etten, thrash metal legends Overkill, guitar-god Michael Schenker and noted True Blood fan Snoop Dogg all have songs by that name. 

So it was something of a surprise when the song turned out to be by ’90s industrial rockers Stabbing Westward. Many of the musical decisions on the show go to Music Supervisor Gary Calamar, but that wasn’t the case with this selection. “That one was picked by Alan Ball and he was very happy with it, so I left it alone,” Calamar tells CBS Local.

As longtime True Blood fans know, Alan Ball was the show’s creator, “show runner,” and creative leader.  And as fans also know, he’s relinquishing his position after this season (and even posted a “thank you” video to fans).  

The other musical selection of the episode came at Merlottes. The bar’s owner, Sam Merlotte, was preoccupied (behind bars in the Vampire complex, actually) so Lafayette took advantage of a rare opportunity to play music that he wanted to hear. “The song at Merlottes when Lafayette is mixing his drinks was ‘Dazz’ by Brick, a band out of Atlanta,” Calamar tells CBS Local. “The song was released in 1976. I wanted it to be Lafayette’s music and be something completely different from what you would usually hear Sam Merlotte play at the bar.”

He adds that “‘Dazz’ is a term combining disco and jazz and seemed to be something that would be in Lafayette’s collection from back in the day.” 

Season six of True Blood will most likely air in the summer of 2013. Calamar reports that the next soundtrack album will probably come out at the same time. 

Did you catch the extra bonus scene from the episode?  Watch it here

Brian Ives, CBS Local 

 
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