Whether or not you're still following Westworld, you'll no doubt recall the opening episode's kinda excellent rendition of Rolling Stones' Paint It, Black and Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun.
The music, by Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, has been getting all kinds of acclaim and it's really helped to set the weird and creepy mood of the show. According to Djawadi, it wasn't originally his idea. "I wish it was my idea, but I have to give credit to Jonathan Nolan, my showrunner,” Djawadi explained in a recent Guardian interview.
"He came up with the idea of planting these contemporary songs within the show. The audience has responded very well to it; everyone’s talking about it." As Djawadi and Nolan have it, it all serves a larger purpose. "It’s a great way of reminding the audience that: ‘Wait, this is a theme park, you’re not really back in time"... It just reminds you that something is not right here. It’s all fake."
The songs, which include covers of Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun, The Cure's A Forest (great choice) and Radiohead's No Surprises, are now available on Spotify, iTunes and on YouTube.