We are taking a slight diversion away from the sound of summer with this week´s Record of the Week, in order to answer a question a few people have asked us.
Have you been watching Hijack, the fantastic and tense almost real time drama starring Idris Elba? It’s on Apple TV+, which is not the most watched platform in Spain, to be honest, but many people are watching it, and loving it. No spoilers, but we will put a trailer at the bottom for you to see what it’s about, if you don’t know. It might entice you to sign up to Apple TV+ (although other streaming platforms are available).
Anyway, back to the music. Last week’s episode finished with what sounded like a classic song, one of those that makes you think, “oh, I know that”, but it has posed a question from a few people, as we say, asking if we know what it was.
The answer is yes, the song is called “There’s a Storm a’Coming”, by Richard Hawley, and although it sounds from a genre of yesteryear, it’s not as old as you might think.
The song was first released in 2010 by Richard Hawley, later covered by Boz Craggs in 2015, but it is the original that was used in the TV show.
You might have heard the song before though, as it was also used at the end of the film Brighton Rock, the 2010 film loosely based on the 1938 book, starring Sam Riley and Andrea Risenborough.
The song is below, so you can hear it again, or for the first time, but if you start to be transported to another world, thinking that Richard Hawley does have a vocal style is reminiscent of an American classic, with a country and western leaning, you might be surprised to hear he’s from Sheffield, and although he has played with many international artists as a session musician, he also joined Pulp for a while, affirming his Sheffield roots.
One more thing, as Columbo used to say. Before we let you listen to the song, we want to tell you about an awesome website you might well find could take over your life. It is called TuneFind, and is available at tunefind.com. Basically, TuneFine is a database of music from TV shows and films, and even advert, so if you are wondering, “what song was that?”, you can just search there. It does have an American leaning though, and it’s not complete. Hijack, for example, only had one song listed when we looked, but it is great for digging deep into the music from the shows, and even for building you playlists.
So, with that, it’s now over to you Richard Hawley…
Hijack, the trailer…