Over the course of its six completed seasons, True Blood has consistently been one of the best shows on television, not only for fans of vampires but for music fans as well. Each episode is named after a song title, and a number of artists have contributed new recordings to the show. Every week during season six, Radio.com has spoken with True Blood Music Supervisor Gary Calamar, who has been nominated for GRAMMYs twice for his work on the show.
This week’s episode started with the newly-freed vampires high on sunlight. Thanks to a blood transfusion from Bill last week, they now are able to walk in the daylight! During the first-ever daytime vampire picnic, Jessica and her new vampire lover, James, took on Jason Stackhouse and his vampire keeper, Violet, in volleyball while the Breeders‘ “Cannonball” played in the background. But Kim Deal and co.’s most well-known song almost didn’t make the cut; in fact, she just beat out Kenny Loggins.
“We initially toyed with the idea of using Kenny Loggins’ ‘Playing With The Boys’ in a little Top Gun homage,” Calamar told Radio.com, referencing a beach volleyball scene in the classic ’80s flick. “Cute idea, but ultimately we went with ‘Cannonball’ to show the joy and elation in in our characters playing volleyball in the sunlight.”
Jason Stackhouse probably would have been a lot more comfortable with Maverick and Iceman than with Violet (see her sinking her claws into him in the above photo). It’s not hard to imagine Jason in this scene.