Blake Northcott – Relapse (Vs. Reality #2) Playlist

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Movies and music are almost inseparable. An incredible soundtrack can make a good movie great, and turn a great movie into a classic. But a single bad song can have the exact opposite effect: just imagine how amazing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II could have been without the addition of Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap”?

OK, bad example, but you know what I mean.

I always imagined that if one of my stories became a movie, my dream would be to hand-pick the songs and come up with the most kick-ass soundtrack possible. Then earlier this year I received a call from Retribution Pictures in Los Angeles, and they optioned my urban fantasy book Vs. Reality to become a movie.

After I regained consciousness and picked myself up off the floor, my mind was reeling with possibilities. Would I help adapt the screenplay? Could I give my opinions on casting? And of course, what music would accompany the movie…and would I be allowed to help pick the songs?

Vs. Reality is currently in the early phases of pre-production (all the existing details are over at IMDB) so I have no idea how much say I’ll have about the soundtrack, if any. However, if it were up to me, this would be the playlist:

(Warning: some very, very minor book spoilers ahead)

“Not an Addict” – K’s Choice (1996)

With the theme of addiction running through the Vs. Reality series, it seems only appropriate. This song is not only one of my favorites of all time because of the beautiful melody and haunting vocals, but the lyrics are pitch-perfect…they echo my main heroine Dia’s sentiments exactly.

“Every Day Is Exactly the Same” – Nine Inch Nails (2005)

This song appeared in the movie Wanted back in 2008 and it was an amazing fit – it reflected the hopelessness of the main character as he felt shackled to a mundane, repetitive existence.

This would be an excellent fit as the hero of Vs. Reality, Cole, struggles to become the man he always thought he could be, but continually comes up short.

“Big Empty” – Stone Temple Pilots (1994)

This is one of my favorites from The Crow OST. It would be a perfect match towards the beginning of the movie as Cole and his best friend Jens rocket across town in an old Buick.

“Timebomb” – Kylie Minogue (2012)

When Cole and Jens arrive at the nightclub this would sound great blaring through the sound system as they walk through the doors. I can’t remember the last time I was this addicted to a song – it’s on my iPod and I probably hear it ten times a day!

“The Game” – Alyssa Reid (2011)

Another great, fast-paced song that would work nicely in the club scene.

“2wicky” Hooverphonic (1996)

Probably the sexiest song I’ve ever heard. At some point a movie needs to have this track playing before, during or after a steamy love scene.

Or ideally all three.

“Change (In the House of Flies)” Deftones (2000)

I always loved this track, but when it appeared during an action scene in an episode of Alias it became one of my all-time favorites. Watching Sydney Bristow shooting at bad guys in slow motion as this song played in the background gave me chills (I’m crazy, I know).

“Stinkfist” Tool (1996)

According to the band, this is a song “about choosing compassion over fear.” It has interesting implications about the single world government in Vs. Reality that is trying to create their vision of a utopian society. And it just sounds really cool.

“Creep” Radiohead (1993)

Another one of my faves, although I have no idea what part of the story it would best fit. It’s so freakin’ epic that I would just have to wedge it in somewhere. (side note: Kelly Clarkson sang Creep a number of times in concert recently – YouTube it!)

“Arise” Flyleaf (2009)

A beautiful song that is about overcoming addiction and becoming the person you were meant to be – a fitting way to end the story.

Hope you enjoy these songs! Any song suggestions from people who have read the book? Let me know!

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Relapse (The Vs. Reality Series, #2)
by Blake Northcott

The sequel to the Amazon Kindle Bestseller continues.

At 8:51 am on August 26, 2011, a fifty-storey building in the north end of Manhattan exploded like an overfilled water balloon. Millions of gallons of water and fifty thousand tons of brick slammed into the surrounding streets, causing a series of tidal waves that washed away virtually everything within a one-mile radius.

The Mayor of New York City – James Kerrigan – has labelled the incident a terrorist attack, and has issued a global manhunt for two of the people he claims are responsible: Paige and Dia Davenport.

Now on the run, Cole, Jens, Brodie, Dia and Paige must fight for their lives as they try to escape the clutches of the New World Council. They travel the world piecing together The General’s end game – all while a dark secret emerges that could tear their group apart forever.

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 Blake Northcott

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9 Responses to Blake Northcott – Relapse (Vs. Reality #2) Playlist

  1. I haven’t read the book, but that’s a pretty awesome bunch of songs. I bought the book for my nook last week I think, so I am hoping to read it soon.

  2. Morris says:

    Stinkfist and Creep are amazing and I can picture all the songs playing where you mentioned. Is there anything you can’t do, Blake? Hurry up with Volume 3 already!:)

  3. I wrote a blog for WordPress a little while back about Miami Vice (The show not the shitty movie version) and my favorite music montages over there 5 seasons on the air. I couldn’t agree more with the importance of music in a TV show or a movie. I think the best examples are songs that convey an emotion where no words are needed or synch up perfectly with the action on screen. Where the timing is spot on.

    On a personal level I wish movies would pull back there use of music to only a few songs. Too many movies are drowned in atmospheric music and mainstream songs. Just a tad. :)

  4. Don’t you love youtube? Almost every song out there!

    Great songs. Right now loving that Flyleaf one…

  5. I haven’t read this book but I must say there are some EPIC songs on this list! Not an Addict and Change (In The House of Flies) are 2 of my fav songs… possibly ever. Ugh and Every Day is Exactly the Same! Ahhh I have to read this book if only simply for the authors awesome taste in music!

  6. Stephanie D. says:

    Kelly Clarkson sang Creep? Now that I have to see. BTW Jennifer Hillier wrote a thriller based on that song…called “Creep.”

  7. Awesome list..i love Kylie Minogue

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