Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of this season of “Fargo” has been the unique use of music. And many of the songs used in the show have been covers of songs that have appeared in various films by the Coen Brothers. Here are some of the cover songs that have stood out to me.
I was surprised to find out that the cover of “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” from the first episode of this season was recorded by the show’s creator and showrunner, Noah Hawley. The song appears in the Coen Brothers film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Last week’s episode (episode nine), the end credits had a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Run Through The Jungle” by Britt Daniel of the indie band Spoon (if you are not familiar with that band, I highly suggest checking them out). It was also used in “The Big Lebowski.”
The fourth episode of the season featured a cover of “Down in the Willow Gardens” by the Chieftains and Bon Iver. Holly Hunter sings it in “Raising Arizona.”
In episode seven there was a cover of Kenny Rogers and The First Edition’s “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” that was used in “The Big Lebowski.” This cover was by White Denim.
Episode Six had a cover of “Man of Constant Sorrow” by Blitzen Trapper. That song was used in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and his son) did a cover of “Let’s Find Each Other Tonight” in episode five. Jose Feliciano’s version appears in the film “Fargo.” I could not find a YouTube clip of Tweedy’s cover, but here is Feliciano’s in the film.
Lisa Hannigan did a cover of “Danny Boy” in the seventh episode. The song was used in the “Miller’s Crossing.”
I have enjoyed the use of music as nods to previous Coen films. There were also many other songs used in the show that I think really added to the atmosphere. And with one episode to go for the season, I’m sure we will probably get another song that appears in both the show and a Coen Brothers film. Let me know if there was any I missed.
The season finale airs Monday night on FX.