Monday, November 20, 2006

Control issues

"Take me over the edge, make me lose control..."

For some time now, I've been looking for an excuse to post about the amazing Showtime series Dexter, and the moment finally came last night when the identity of the 'Ice Truck Killer' was finally revealed, to the sounds of Eric Carmen's "Make Me Lose Control," a mind-bending juxtaposition of sound and vision.

Song: "Make Me Lose Control" - Eric Carmen

For those that aren't familiar with the series, I won't give anything away, save to say that your protagonist (played cooly by Six Feet Under vet Michael C. Hall) is a blood splatter forensics technician with the police... and, oh yeah, he's also a vigilante serial killer.

The series goes a long way towards Showtime's goal: compete with HBO for original content. The examination of Dexter the character has deepened over the season, and as a viewer you feel like you're sitting in on some pretty riveting therapy sessions - last night's episode literally had Dex in therapy. Dexter learns there are some thing's he can't control, and one of them is the comings and goings of his doppleganger('The Ice Truck Killer.') That (along with his sister's love life) is where Eric Carmen's song comes in.

"Make Me Lose Control" was originally a song about Carmen's love for old Rock & Roll, which is apparent in the references to the songs "Uptown" by The Crystals, "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes and "Back in My Arms Again" by The Supremes.

The music on it up to this point has been strictly related to the geographic setting of Miami, hence there's a lot of great Cuban music, of which the only track (so far) that I've been able to pick out with any certainty is the great Beny More's "Que Bueno Baila Usted"

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