The show du jour, that's on everyone's minds and at every discussion at the digital water cooler is Stranger Things. The supernatural thriller, set in 1983, has been analyzed and discussed many, many times since its release on Netflix, so I don't feel the need to give my two cents about the show itself. Suffice it say, I think the show is great, I think it fits right in with the pantheon of 80s tropes it utilizes, and it is well worth watching. What I am going to talk about is the insanely brilliant soundtrack. All 80s, all the time, and it is gold. Here are a few of my favourite tracks featured on the show.
"Hazy Shade of Winter" - The Bangles
A cool cover of the Simon & Garfunkel tune, I can't stop listening to this song.
"Heroes" - Peter Gabriel
An orchestral, far more melancholy cover of David Bowie, Peter Gabriel brings a very different flavour to this hit.
"Should I Stay Or Should I Go" - The Clash
This song means a lot to the plot of the show, but I won't get into why. All that I'll say is its used very effectively.
"Atmosphere" - Joy Division
This song is played during an emotional scene and it works perfectly and wonderfully.
"Elegia" - New Order
Most of the score in Stranger Things is influenced by the band Tangerine Dream and the scores of John Carpenter films. This song fits perfectly into that genre.