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September 27, 2022 - Handmaid's Plays with Everly Tunes, Don't Worry Darling Takes Mindbending Liberties with Classic Songs

On TV: Season five of The Handmaid's Tale has begun streaming on Hulu and the first two episodes have something musically in common. The opening scene of each starts with "All I Have to Do is Dream" by The Everly Brothers, though episode one features the original chart-topping 1958 version recorded for Cadence Records while the second plays the re-recording done by the Everlys for Warner Bros. in 1963. This seldom (if ever)-used tactic must have been done on purpose, though only the show's creators know why; has anyone else noticed? Meanwhile, ABC's series Big Sky does its part, in promos at least, to make older songs darker than intended. "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline is the latest to get the treatment.

In movie theaters: Dizzy Gillespie's 1966 cover of The Joe Cuba Sextet's hit "Bang! Bang!" along with 1958 classics "(Night Time Is) The Right Time" by Ray Charles, "Tears on My Pillow" by Little Anthony and the Imperials and "Twilight Time" by The Platters enhance the twisting, turning storyline in the weekend's number one moneymaker Don't Worry Darling. Also included on the film's soundtack are "Comin' Home Baby" by Mel Torme, "Sh-Boom" by The Chords, "Need Your Love So Bad" by Little Willie John, "Sleep Walk" by Santo and Johnny, perennial creepy-movie favorite "The End of the World" by Skeeter Davis and the often-heard 2020s oldies fave by Brenton Wood, "The Oogum Boogum Song."

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