Today’s cuppa: Barry’s Gold Blend tea
This syndicated feature appears in print next week, but a shorter version is already posted over at Zap2it.com, so I thought I’d give my Cuppers the full shot!
On The CW’s
Thursday drama “Supernatural,” demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester
(Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) travel the highways and byways of
in a 1967 Chevy Impala.
hunting ghosts, ghouls, zombies and even the devil himself in a classic muscle
car, you need some classic muscular rock ‘n’ roll, and that’s just what
on her way to the Coachella music festival, Patsavas says, “When I got hired
for ‘Supernatural,’ I had an extensive conversation with the executive
producers about the music on the show. They knew from the beginning that they
wanted it to be their very favorite, iconic popular rock songs from the ’70s
and ’80s, but mostly from the ’70s.
example, here’s a sampling of songs from the current season, the show’s fifth:
“Thunderstruck” (AC/DC), “Long, Long Way From Home” (Foreigner), “Spirit in the
Sky” (Norman Greenbaum), “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (the Who) and the theme from
8-track classic bands featured include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Rush,
Metallica, the Rolling Stones, Iron Butterfly, Bachman-Turner Overdrive,
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ted Nugent, Three Dog Night, Journey and REO
to see how a song that opens with the lyrics “Carry on, my wayward son;
there’ll be peace when you are done” could apply to a pair of brothers with
serious father issues on a seemingly endless quest to save the world from evil
show’s two leads – Ackles (in picture, at right) was born in 1978 and Padalecki (in picture, at left) in 1982 – are probably
too young to have grown up on many of these songs, Patsavas doesn’t see that as
probably before the time of much of the audience,” she says, “which is perhaps
why they’ve responded so well to it, because maybe it’s the first time they’re
hearing these songs.
think the actors probably feel really good about it, since it’s exactly what
their characters would be listening to.”
the composers don’t get to pick the pop tunes, they do get to hear them, and
they do have opinions.
Lennertz answered a few questions about the “Supernatural” songbook:
Q: What songs and/or bands have
elicited the most response from viewers?
A: “Definitely ‘Carry On My Wayward
All of the AC/DC tracks have been big hits.”
Q: Has doing this job made you a fan
of any bands or songs you weren’t an admirer of before?
A: “Have a huge newfound respect for
and Blue Oyster Cult.”
Q: What songs would you like for the
show but still haven’t been able to use?
A: “Led Zeppelin would be perfect,
but they will not license.”
Q: What personal favorites would you
like to hear on the show?
As to how
Patsavas has enjoyed her own immersion in ’70s and ’80s rock ‘n’ roll, she
says, “I’m from
so I’m a Cheap Trick fan from way back. It’s music everybody’s familiar with,
whether we’re conscious of that or not. This music really strikes a chord with
‘Supernatural’ fans, because it’s music they recognize.”