Have y’all seen Sons of Anarchy? I recently watched season one. I liked the writing and the unusual free rein accorded its creator and producer, Kurt Sutter.
Sutter wrote, directed and produced most episodes; for better or worse it’s his voice throughout. (He also appears as the character, Otto.) His fluid writing and attention to detail make this tale about a motorcycle gang and the Charming, California townsfolk both entertaining and realistic.
Jax (Charlie Hunnam), the angel-faced bad boy lite was created with wide audience appeal in mind. It’s easy to understand why the girl who grew up to be a physician is still in love with him. In less skilled hands this storyline would be a tough sell.
While everyone loves a hero, my favorite character is Tig (Kim Coates). His sociopathic tendencies are illuminated by deliciously twisted depravity. Even amidst the violent criminality, Tig’s biker brethren are taken aback by his behavior: “What happened to you as a child?”
Clay (Ron Perlman) and Gemma (Katey Sagal), well-cast as the President and his old lady, are the bedrock of the motorcycle club. Or are they puppeteers? While Sagal (Married with Children) is Sutter’s wife, her role couldn’t have been better filled if they’d held an open call.
The rest of the cast is excellent with notable appearances by Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos) and Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black).
I’ve only watched the first season, but it’s safe to say SoA probably wouldn’t make my Top 10 list, if I had one. That said, I admire Sutter’s writing and deft handling of complex subject matter. Woven throughout the ruthless outlaw battles for power are themes of love, loyalty and belonging.
“No easy way to be free.”
The music! The episodes are filled with roadhouse music. Ranging from bluesy to heavier rock as the scenes dictate, there is so much music that four soundtracks have been released along with three EPs and one single:
- Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 [Various Artists]
- Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 2 (Music from Sons of Anarchy) [Various Artists]
- Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 3 (Music from Sons of Anarchy) [Various Artists]
- Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 4 (Music from Sons of Anarchy) [Various Artists]
- Sons of Anarchy: North Country – EP
- Sons of Anarchy: The King Is Gone – EP
- Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – EP
- Riding With the Wind: The Sons of Anarchy TV Series Single by The Charlie Brechtel Band
For your listening pleasure, here is Anvil with Franky Perez performing “Slip Kid”. Credits below. Enjoy!
Did you love/loathe the show and music? Never heard of either?
P.S. No spoilers, please! I’ve just finished season one and some readers may not have seen the show. Thanks. 🙂
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