Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 02:06
What we heard were ominous rumbles before Robert Plant wailed, "In the eeeeeve-ning... when the day is done."
What we saw was an anguished Eric Northman clutching Nora in the last moments of her life, before a strain of "Hep-V" led her to the "true death."
"Oh, oh, I need your love/I need your love/Oh, I need your love, I just got to have..." When Plant sang those lyrics on "In The Evening" (from Led Zeppelin's 1979 swan song In Through The Out Door), it was, like many of Zeppelin's blues-based songs, lust-driven. Hearing it as Eric grieves over Nora, his dead sister and lover (it's complicated), "In The Evening" becomes an anthem of despair.
Led Zeppelin is notoriously picky about licensing their music for TV, film and advertising synchs. Jack Black famously begged them for permission to use "Immigrant Song" in School Of Rock. True Blood music supervisor Gary Calamar told Radio.com how Zeppelin came to Bon Temps.
"One of our assistant editors did what every music supervisor dreads," he said. "He 'temped' the last scene with the song," meaning he put it in as a placeholder until they could figure out another song to use.
"This should never happen, as it leads to a phenomenon known as 'temp love,'" Calamar continued. "That is when the producers see the scene with a song temped in and it works really well, and now they can no longer see any other song working in that scene. When you have a rich and costly song like 'In The Evening,' that can be a big problem. We tried many other songs that worked to varying degrees, but nothing worked as well as 'In The Evening.' So after discussions, negotiations and hoop jumping, we hammered out a deal. And we are thrilled to have the song in the show."
Still, there are few other songs titled "In The Evening." Sheryl Lee Ralph's '80s era dance song "In The Evening" wouldn't have had the same gravitas, though "In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)," which has been recorded by John Lee Hooker, Gary Clark Jr. and Ray Charles, may have worked. But what if Zeppelin had said no, and there were no other alternatives? "The script always starts out with a title and a song to go along with that title," Calamar explained. "When we get to our spotting session it is decided if that writer's song choice will actually work, or if I need to find a replacement. I would say it's about 50/50 that the original song sticks."
Happily for everyone, this time it worked out. Well, happily for everyone except Eric and Nora.
Vampires certainly are having a rough time this season, but there were some rays of light this week. Well, not really, but at least some of them were getting naked. As arranged by former lover Jason Stackhouse (also complicated), Jessica had a secret meeting with James, the vampire who refused to rape her when ordered to do so by the scientists at "vamp camp" last week. (This week, she asked him to have sex with her; it was her first time with another vampire.) Elsewhere in vamp camp, the ever-crafty Pam continued to seduce the psychologist who has been picking her brain. You can play "In The Evening" in either of those scenes, and it would be equally effective, albeit with a different tone.
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|February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England|
|February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.|
|February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40|
|February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.|
|February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident|
|February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin|
|February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name|
|February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios|
|February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair|
|February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth|
|February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.|
|February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour|
|February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems|
|February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue|
|February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert|
|February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston|
|February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales|
|February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk|
|February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour|
|February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage|
|February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines|
|February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories|
|February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour|
|February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank|
|February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.|