I've never been a big fan of "Cold Case" on CBS, but I do think the show uses music in a cool, unique way. Last year, the show set one entire episode to a soundtrack of Bob Dylan tunes, and this year, the show's season premiere will use Nirvana songs as the background.
It's fitting, given that the case the show's detectives will be re-opening is a murder that took place in 1994. The story of the episode, which airs Sept. 23, focuses on two teenagers who have been convicted of the murder of three 10-year-old boys, despite evidence that shows the real killer could still be at large. "Nirvana's music not only evokes the era when this case's killings took place but brings a starkness and poetry to the story that deeply enhances it," the show's executive producer, Veena Sud, said in a CBS press release.
The eight featured songs include all the major hits of Nirvana's career: "All Apologies," "Stay Away," "If You Must," "Lithium," "Drain You," "Heart Shaped Box," "Something in the Way" and "Come as You Are" (though I'm not sure if that's the order in which they'll appear in the episode). With this, Nirvana joins Dylan, Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Tim McGraw and U2 as artists whose music has been showcased in full episodes of "Cold Case."
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