A suggested soundtrack for each Rook City story:
“BULLETS & BEDPANS”
Track 1- Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues”
This song seemed to capture some of the Rebuker’s attitude as he tries to escape the nursing home. It’s easy to imagine his voice sounding an aweful lot like Johnny’s (although I doubt the Rebuker does much singing). “I shot a man in Reno… just to watch him die.”
Track 2- Smashing Pumpkins “We Only Come Out at Night”
This perfectly matches the Vlad Squad, for obvious reasons. The goofy instrumentation and slight creepiness of this track fits the mood we were kind of going for with these characters. I can see the Squad liking this track quite a bit.
Track 3- Miles Davis “So What”
Well, Toby is a big jazz fan. In fact, if you look closely you’ll notice there is a Miles Davis poster on the wall of his room in this story. But more than that, the ultra-cool beginning of this song really nails the film noir feeling I wanted to get across in this “mystery”.
Track 4- The Flaming Lips “Waiting for a Superman”
Obviously the superhero references in this song match the epic battle between the Captain and Dark Star. And if you want enjoyably cheesy dramatic music, the Flaming Lips are always a good bet. But I also like how the line “Tell everybody waiting for Superman that they should try to hold on as best they can/ He hasn’t dropped them, forgot them, or anything/ it’s just too heavy for Superman to lift” matches the reveal at the end of this story.
Track 5- John Lee Hooker “I’m Bad Like Jesse James”
This song just has the proper attitude for Rebuker’s incident at the diner. John Lee Hooker’s ominous voice sets the mood perfectly. He’s singing about justice being served, and that’s just what the Rebuker dishes up in this story.
Track 6- Havalina Rail Co. “Tundra”
The quirky, jaunty tone of this tune matches the mood of the Vlad Squad’s little expedition quite nicely. References to cold hands and the somewhat Eastern European instrumentation really help also.
Track 7- The Mutato Muzika Orchestra “Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Minor”
The first half of this song is somewhat ominous, but in a fun way, which matches Toby’s investigations early in this story. The second half of the song sees it radically shifting styles from one minute to the next… which also seems to mirror Toby’s experience at the convention later.