Rockin' the 'Supernatural'
Now what sort of music would one play while driving such a car? Somehow
If you're hunting ghosts,
Composers Christopher Lennertz and Jay Gruska create the show's original score, while music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas is in charge of picking the
Calling in on her way to the Coachella music
"It has a very road-trip flavor.
For 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" (
Other 8-track classic bands featured include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Rush,
Some rock anthems have become integral to the show, such as Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" (not hard to guess why) and especially
It's easy 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 forces.
"A definite favorite of the executives," says Patsavas, "and a song that we actually use for all of our season recaps." While the show's two leads -- Ackles was born in 1978 and Padalecki in 1982 -- are probably too young to have grown up on many of these songs, Patsavas doesn't see that as a problem.
"It's 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.
"I actually think the actors probably feel really good about it, since it's exactly what their characters would be listening to."
Although the composers don't get to pick the pop tunes, they do get to hear them, and they do have opinions. By e-mail, 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 Son' by Kansas. 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 both Kansas and Blue Oyster Cult."
Q: What songs would you like for the show but still haven't been able to use?
Q: What personal favorites would you like to hear on the show?
A: " 'Stone in Love' by Journey, 'Fade to Black' by Metallica, 'Running With the Devil' by
As to how Patsavas has enjoyed her own immersion in '70s and '80s rock 'n' roll, she says, "I'm from Chicago, so I'm a