In a feat that deserves a metal or trophy, I watched the 6-hour mini-series Carlos in a 24-hour period. The film was released in theaters last year in a 2.5 hour cut, but the 6-hour version is where its at. The basic story focuses on the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal, as played by Édgar Ramírez. If you have the patience and an interest in international history and 20th century politics, it's a must watch. Even if you don't, it's thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking -- especially when you account for what's happening in the Middle East at this moment.
In any event, for our purposes, it's got one hell of a soundtrack. There's not an official album for the series, but director Olivier Assayas choose all source music instead of a traditional score. In a bold move, he used late 70s British rock songs to soundtrack the film. Even some New Jersey love with The Feelies sneaking in.
It raises the interesting dilemma in using music that wasn't released when the events of the film happened. You ever see A Knight's Tale or Marie Antoinette? It works in Carlos, because it gives the film an heighten energy in parts.
The series is on Netflix streaming now, so do give it a chance.
I figured I give you a list of the songs used in the episodes, then you can build your own playlist for your terroristic activities.
- Loveless Love by The Feelies
- Dreams Never End by New Order
- All Night Party by A Certain Ratio
- Terebellum by Fripp & Eno
- Ahead by Wire
- Forces at Work by The Feelies
- Sonic Reducer by The Dead Boys
- Dot Dash by Wire
- Drill by Wire
- The 15th by Wire
- Sharing by Satisfaction
- Pure by The Lighning Seeds