The last time I spoke with HBO’s “True Blood” music supervisor, Gary Calamar, he was talking about where he gets the inspiration for the series’ hot soundtrack known for its bedeviled swamp blues and spooky southern jangle jams — though no genre is off limits. Music plays such a prominent role in the show, that each episode is named after a key song featured in it. Last season’s premiere was titled after a Beck song it featured called “Bad Blood.” The finale before that was “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” after the Bob Dylan song they used in it of the same name, and so on. This coming June 26th season premiere, is titled “She’s Not There,” after The Zombie’s song.
Pitchfork reports, that Nick Cave is teaming up with Neko Case for a special “True Blood” cover of the classic song that will play at the end of the episode. The script originally called for Santana’s version, but they decided otherwise later on, something that happens frequently as early script notes on the show meet the budget reality, or as I suspect in this case, a better idea.