(Spoiler Alert: Please do not keep reading if you have not seen this week’s episode of “The Walking Dead”)
“The Walking Dead” has left plenty of gruesome images burned into our brains, but this week’s episode went a different route: a song called “Easy Street” that’s so catchy that we had to know who sings it.
In the episode, we see Daryl (Norman Reedus) at The Saviors’ compound after he was taken away following the bloody Season 7 premiere. They torture him by repeatedly playing the song, which goes,”We’re on easy street/and it feels so sweet/Cuz the world is but a treat/And you’re on easy street.”
So who sings the peppy tune? Collapsible Hearts Club featuring Jim Bianco and Petra Haden. According to Reedus, it was not easy finding a song to go with the scene.
“I was asking one of the producers what song they used, because it was originally written as a children’s song,” Reedus told TheWrap. “And the producer said to me, ‘It’s really hard to get music for that scene because people don’t want their song in a torture scene.'”
Of course, that’s not the only song featured in the episode.
It opens with Dwight (Austin Amelio) going about his day while the song “Town Called Malice” by The Jam. And then when Daryl is all but broken down at the end of the episode, we hear “Crying” by Roy Orbison.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m./8c on AMC.
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