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The Wire Gets a Hip-Hop Heavy Soundtrack

The Wire, the gritty HBO series that returns for its fifth and final season in January, has been renowned for its unflinching portrayal of Baltimore. Now, that faithfulness to its setting is expanding to a soundtrack stuffed with music from the show's five years — including several tracks from underground Baltimore hip hop and club artists.

The soundtrack, ...And All the Pieces Matter, will be released Jan. 8, two days after the show's season premiere. So far, it sounds like a great selection of songs, with the Baltimore tracks joining "The Body of an American" by the Pogues, "I Feel Alright" by Steve Earle, and "Fast Train" by Solomon Burke. The album will include a booklet of essays by hip-hop journalists and author (and Wire writer) George Pelecanos.

I might be most excited about getting to hear all the versions of the show's theme song ("Way Down in the Hole" by Tom Waits) together. Each season has had a different rendition of the song, including a group of Baltimore teens who recorded the theme for the education-focused fourth season. In fact, their take on the song might be my favorite; you can check it out over here.

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Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I love this show! I am actually catching up on it on demand right now. I can't belive that this is that last season that is sad :(
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
It somehow seems wrong to get the warm fuzzies when hearing that song, but I just did! I think you're so right that it's a great version, Buzz. Can't wait for the album and reeeeeally can't wait for the final season. What do ya'll think - is Bubbles gonna make it?
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
final season? other great show ending, but i'm so glad to hear that they're keeping the soundtrack as real as the show, and a booklet of essays by hip hop journalists and authors is a great addition as well. i think i'll purchase the album just so i can read the essays. thanks for the post buzz.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
This is an excellent show. I may have to order this for my husband for Valentine's Day (not exactly romantic, but it will mean a lot to him!). I can't believe I'm thinking about V-Day when I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I love the wire! This is such a great show!
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