If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Sons of Anarchy Executive Producer Kurt Sutter was a stickler for details. He wanted everything to be perfect, to be executed flawlessly, and for everything to match up impeccably. This all stood true for the series, even within the soundtrack – so much so that the songs held a lyrical tone, and matched up lyrically with what was happening within the scenes. Take a look at seven Sons of Anarchy songs that prove how much of a perfectionist Kurt Sutter really is. Heads up
there’s some spoilers below, if you haven’t made it to the final season yet.
Season 1 – John The Revelator
(Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers)
Series antihero Jax (Teller, Charlie Hunnam) is handed another copy of his father John (Nicholas Guest/Victor Newmark)’s memoirs. It’s a revelation from John Teller, therefore matching lyrically to the song, ‘John The Revelator’.
Season 2 – Gimme Shelter
(Paul Brady & The Forest Rangers)
Jax desperately chases the Cameron Hayes (Jamie McShane) IRA member who has kidnapped his son. He’s going to go to war, and there are children involved.
Season 3 – Hey, Hey, My, My (Into The Black)
We hear excerpts from John’s letters to his second family in Ireland (clearly, there’s more to the picture than meets the eye), and the Sons head to prison (where they’ll burn out instead of fade away).
Season 4 – House Of The Rising Son
(The White Buffalo)
“House of the Rising Sun,” “New Orleans” lyrical referenced changed to “Charming Town,” (Charming, Calif., being the show’s setting). Jax takes his seat at the head of the Sons of Anarchy club table as President of SAMCRO. The SON is RISING.
Season 5 – Sympathy For The Devil
Season 5 ends with Jax’s mother Gemma (Teller-Morrow, Katey Sagal) standing behind Jax after his wife Tara (Knowles-Teller, Maggie Siff) is arrested, because Gemma is proving herself to be the Devil.
Season 6 – Day Is Gone
(Noah Gunderson & The Forest Rangers)
The lyrics are saddeningly perfect for this one; the day is Tara, and she is now GONE.
Season 7 – Bohemian Rhapsody
(The Forest Rangers)
When viewers hear the line “Mama, I just killed a man” in the song, that’s really what’s happening onscreen. That’s the moment when Jax kills Lin Triad Member Chris Dun (Tim Park) as revenge for Tara’s death.
Can you recall any other times throughout the Sons of Anarchy series that the music perfectly matched up with what was happening on screen? Tell us in the comments!