‘Easy Street’ Song Used to Torture Daryl in ‘The Walking Dead’ is the New Rickroll [VIDEO]
All things considered, I'd rather face the business end of Lucille than hear that 'Easy Street' song they made Daryl listen to around the clock on last night's 'The Walking Dead' again... but just in case you want to troll your Daryl-loving friends -- we found it for you.
Dude, if I never hear the words "We're on easy street," sung again -- it will be too soon. If they have commercials for laundry detergent in hell -- I guarantee this is the song they use. If you watched episode 3 of Season 7, titled 'The Cell,' then you know that feel. It's like the "Let me get a McPick 2" song and 'Walking on Sunshine" had a three way with Satan and this infectiously annoying bastard of a tune was born as a result.
The Saviors used the song in question to keep Daryl from sleeping in his cell, hoping he would break and become Negan's lapdog. It may not have worked on Mr. Dixon, but that song damn near broke the rest of us. Just check out the internet's, mostly unanimous reaction:
Finding a song to torture someone proved to be no small task for producers. Simply blasting some Nickelback or Creed's My Own Prison' might have pulled the audience out of the moment, because, well, you know -- we'd be laughing. Additionally, acquiring rights proved to be an issue as Norman Reedus, aka Daryl explained, "I was asking one of the producers what song they used, because it was originally written as a children’s song,” Reedus told TheWrap. “And the producer said to me, ‘It’s really hard to get music for that scene because people don’t want their song in a torture scene.'"
The song they ended up using is called 'Easy Street' by a group called Collapsible Hearts Club, and features Jim Bianco and Petra Haden. You might ask, how did producers get the rights to this one? Jim Bianco, who wrote and produced the song, explained, "I didn't really understand why a show like The Walking Dead would want to use such an upbeat over-the-top, in your face "happy" song but now I understand - to torture someone, of course." Despite being kept in the dark about the song's role in the episode, Bianco referred to its usage as "Genius." Plus, he can't be mad at all those search hits today.