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Listen to the (Mostly) Classic Rock Soundtrack Behind Nefarious Twit: Part 3

There is a lot of music in my novel Nefarious Twit. A lot. So here are some more of the songs featured in my novel and why I picked them for inclusion.

If they turn my book into a fucking movie someday here’s the damn tracklisting:

ROLLING STONES, “PLAY WITH FIRE”

An early, menacing Stones’ cut that plays as Lou and The Blonde take their walk.

Depeche Mode, “Stripped”

The Mode make their second appearance in this book at the strip club in Mexico. Just as Rick and Pagan Jim are watching Miss Nina Pinta Santa Maria hit the stage with her particular brand of (the) passion.

Jane’s Addiction, “Up the Beach”

While the opening track from Nothing’s Shocking does not “appear” in the novel it is the title of Chapter 22.

Guided By Voices, “Tractor Rape Chain”

A really beautiful and bent song that makes me think of driving on the road towards something maybe even worse than what you’re already leaving behind. “Parallel lines on a slow decline.” Makes a lot of sense for this story.

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Listen to the Classic Rock Soundtrack Behind my novel Nefarious Twit: Part 2

There is a lot of music in my novel Nefarious Twit. A lot. So here are some more of the songs featured in my novel and why I picked them for inclusion.

If they turn my book into a fucking movie someday here’s the damn tracklisting:

DAVID BOWIE, “SOUND AND VISION” & “ASHES TO ASHES”

Wham bam thank you glam, here’s a double dose of David for you. These songs were both selected for mood, they’re both heard at Fat Frank’s house party, it just seems like the stuff a drug-dealing Sci-Fi enthusiast would listen to. Basically these are simply 2 of my favorite Bowie songs and I thought they’d fit.

Pixies, “Mr. Grieves”

Here’s a sneaky song that’s just hinted at in Nefarious Twit. The hint is only that Fat Frank, the Sci-Fi loving drug dealer’s real name is Francis Grieves, I could have called him Black Francis Grieves but that’s a bit too, you know, on the nose. Fun fact: Fat Frank’s hepcat lingo was inspired by John Candy’s performance in Oliver Stone’s J.F.K.

Funner fact: This video for “Mr. Grieves” plays the song over footage from A Clockwork Orange for some reason, and it has Spanish subtitles.

Velvet Underground, “Sweet Jane”

And from one of the really cinematic moments I was going for in the book, almost to the point of a satire of those moments, is Nixon’s debut in the book, cued to my favorite VU song as it plays in Rick’s head. This was a moment that had to have music in it. I thought of these scene always, always with this song. Without the song I just don’t know if the scene does the same thing.

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Listen to the Nefarious Twit Soundtrack: Part 1

There is a lot of music in my novel Nefarious Twit. A lot. I think this might be a holdover from when I used to write screenplays. I sort of think in music. I hear music playing all the time, especially while I write. Sometimes this is because I’m actually writing to music, (usually I don’t anymore, I find it better to write in silence most of the time) but when I do write to music usually I play the same song 20 or 30 times in a row until I finish that scene or moment that it scores. Or until I reach the peak of whatever emotion the song is reaching in me and that I, in turn, want to convey to my audience in a particular passage.

So here are all the songs featured in my novel and why I picked those songs.

If they turn my book into a fucking movie someday here’s the damn tracklisting:

DEPECHE MODE, “NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN”

Okay, so if there was a trailer song or an opening credit song it’d have to be Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again.” Yeah, yeah, I know it actually plays later in the book, just as Rick, Lou and Nixon are leaving Tucson but hey, it can play twice. Why did I put this song in the book? Besides the overall dark, self-destructive and still kinda seductive tone of the music; I included it just for the lyric, “I’m taking a ride with my best friend. I hope he never lets me down again. He knows where he’s taking me, taking me where I want to be.”

This is a road song, a fucked up road song; my book is a road story, and it’s a fucked up road story.

ROLLING STONES, “GIMME SHELTER”

Chapter 2 of Nefarious Twit is called, “War, Children” It takes its name from the chorus of this song. “War, children… it’s just a shot away.”
I like the idea of this track playing in the back of the readers head, just lurking ’round the corners as they learn about Twit’s backstory.

John Lennon, “Mother”

This song is said to play inside Rick’s head at a funeral. It’s used to reveal to the audience who the funeral is for. I imagine the bell at the beginning of the song ringing out as Rick’s takes a long look at the black limousine coffin.

Then later, the empty chairs at the end of the scene, with these lines playing over and over.

“Mama don’t go, daddy come home.”

In Chapter 3

Velvet Underground, “Heroin”

In chapter 3 we learn that the last song that Tabitha Lime played for herself was this classic by the VU. We also learn her last words, which seem extra fitting after such a long, bittersweet song like Tabitha’s. The song always sounded like the sun coming up not falling away to me, I think Tabitha felt the same.

Also makes sense that such a big Velvet Underground fan like Tabitha would name her son Lou, not Louis but straight up Lou.

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My review of Good Sex, Great Prayers by Brandon Tietz!

“Brandon Tietz’s new novel Good Sex, Great Prayers is a dark and dirty delight, a small town horror story in the vein of Stephen King but bolstered with an elegant, vagrant voice all its own.

Be warned: This novel will forever change the way you look at the words “chili dog.” Unless you already viewed those two words as completely terrifying, in which case, congratulations, what the hell is wrong with you?”

Read the review here:

http://digboston.com/boston-arts-theater/2014/04/review-good-sex-great-prayers/

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