Colour is predominantly a music blog but I had to mention the imminent release of the final season of The Wire, which is released on DVD on Monday. Like almost everyone (or so it seems) who puts their words into the ether, we’re total geeks for The Wire. Thanks to a friend I got into the series early on, (before The Guardian started mentioning it at every opportunity) so the anticipation for each new season has been a constant with me for a while now. I’ll no doubt be an emotional wreck when its all been said and done. If it all goes a bit quiet on here next week, you’ll know why.
I’m not going to bang on about how it perfectly captures the way an individual’s actions and outlook are dictated by the institutions that dominate their lives – be they police, dealers or politicians, or the way it masterfully dramatises the endless cycle of negativity and failure that has corroded everyday life in in inner-city Baltimore. Enough column inches have been dedicated to explaining every little detail that makes it the best television show ever.
Let’s get this back to music, albeit in a slightly contrived way. Each season of The Wire features a different artist covering the classic Tom Waits song ‘Down in the Hole’ in the credits (Season 2 has the original). For the final ten episodes the duty falls to Steve Earle, who has a small role in the series as Walon, an ex-junkie who works as a drug councillor. We’ve been getting lots of hits from the search ‘Tom Waits’ lately – probably a glitch in the system but just in case we are the new go-to place for information on one of music’s greatest eccentrics, here is Earle’s rollicking take on the song.
Stream: Steve Earle – Way Down in the Hole (at Hype Machine)
Video: The Wire Season 5 Opening Credits
Video: Charlie Brooker on The Wire (From Screen Burn)