The Music of Rescue Me
What kind of dialogue could possibly fit visuals of firefighters battling walls of flame as flashlight rays shine through blocks of smoke, trying in vain to find children burning within the building?
If you’re Denis Leary and the show is “Rescue Me,” there’s nothing that any character involved in that scene could say.
So instead of “Hey, I think there’s someone still alive in this room!,” he chose to play the full version of “The Lure Would Prove Too Much,” a creeping tune by Leary’s friend Greg Dulli and the Twilight Singers. The result is one of the most gripping cinematic moments in recent television history.
“Greg sent it to me and I listened to it and I said, ‘You know what? We’re going to play the entire song and shoot three-and-a-half minutes of fire footage to go with it,’” Leary recalls.
For those of you that didn’t see it the first time…
Update – Last night’s season opener featured “Front Street” by The Gutter Twins.
From TV Squad:
Then there was that final scene. Definitely one of the most jaw-dropping fires they’ve dealt with yet – raging over the whole building, dry hydrants, and one civilian still hanging out the window, only to be sucked back into the flames. It was set to an equally harrowing tune (“Front Street” by The Gutter Twins), and if the vocals stirred up some past emotions, don’t be surprised. The lead singer of The Gutter Twins is former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli. The last time we heard his voice on Rescue Me? During the classic season three scene when Tommy finds out Johnny is sleeping with Janet and proceeds to kick the crap out of him in the street. The song then? “Bonnie Brae” by Dulli’s other frontman vehicle, The Twilight Singers.