After last weeks varied selection of tracks, Skins Episode 2 had rather a lot to live up to. Focusing on the tumultuous, traumatic relationship between Grace and Rich, in truth it was a rather weak episode, lacking any direction or solid storyline. Anyway, I’m not here to analyze the script; here’s my opinion on the music used in this weeks episode, and the chance to stream all the tracks in one place.
First band practice – Fuck Norris – Filthy Woman
Awful band name, and fairly awful song, yet it did the job for opening the episode. Almost impossible to avoid touching upon cliches when inserting a band into a TV drama; at least they didn’t ask The Vaccines to play.
Rich gets into the hospital – Kankouran – It’s Alright Follow
Surf-pop track released earlier this year, in a similar vein to The Drums. Good find.
Rich and Grace ‘have sex’ – Broken Clock – Challenge
Slightly too dance-y for what could have been a fairly emotional scene, yet events later in the episode put the scene in context.
Rich on his bike - Beirut - East Harlem
One of the highlights from last years The Rip Tide, and an excellent choice.
Alarm clock in Blood’s house – Katrina and the Waves - Walking On Sunshine
Predictable, but I presume that’s what they were going for. Why Rich needed to throw the alarm clock out the window, I do not know.
Rich watches tapes of Grace – Lucy Rose – Don’t You Worry
Cute little track, fitted in nicely to the atmosphere of the scene.
Hospital phone holding music – Phil Collins – Easy Lover
Classic, slightly tongue in cheek as well.
Rich sits alone in Grace’s room - Apparat - Black Water
Used twice in the episode (see last track), although it’s a truly glorious composition, so you can’t really blame them.
Rich and Alo fight – Lorena – Guadalupe Plata
Fuzzy, upbeat rock rather fitting for the comical feel to the ‘fight’.
Rider pulls up in his car – The Game – Put You On The Game
Dis-likable, arrogant guy plays dis-likable, arrogant track. Yada yada yada.
Party at Blood’s house – Fuck Norris – We Are One
Again, horribly contrived yet drenched in sarcasm.
Rich looks for Grace – Boddika – You Tell Me
A fantastic producer, although perhaps wasn’t the best opportunity to use this track. Could possibly have done with a faster paced composition.
Rich and Grace sex scene – Segal – Vessels
This Segal guy must have a deal with Skins. A little too Skrillex for me.
Rich discovers Grace has died – Apparat – Black Water
Used again. A fairly moving scene, and a perfectly fitting track.