Oct 18, 2012

Locked Within Soundtrack: We Don't Need Another Hero

The second installment in the soundtrack series for Locked Within is a cover of Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero," originally recorded for Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

I really like this cover. It adds a visceral rage, even despair, to the song. While Tina's original is a classic, it's rather more tame, more resigned and even accepting.

Northern Kings put a bit more energy into their version, adding a more resentful feel. It's not that they've given up and accepted the way things are, but rather than everything done in the past to change things has failed so horribly they react violently to any attempt to change things again.

I used this song to get me into the mood for the New York in which Nathan Shepherd lives. It's a city beset by supernatural predators, where the weak suffer, abandoned by those who were supposed to protect them. Now, those who can make a difference are gone, or choose to ignore the problem.

The old saying goes that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. In the case of Nathan Shepherd, he decides that things aren't good enough as they are. But if he's going to make a difference, he has to deal with people, good and evil, who would much rather he just kept to himself and forget the strange things he's seen.

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