It feels like longer than a year since we last were in touch with Walt, Jesse, Hank, Skyler and the rest of the gang from AMC’s Breaking Bad, the show that over four seasons has subtly transformed from “That goofy show with the dad from Malcolm in the Middle as a meth dealer” to arguably one of the best shows on TV. But in any event, the Bad is back this Sunday, and while you’re celebrating finally having something better than Newsroom to watch on Sunday nights again, take a listen through our Breaking Bad weekend playlist, full of jams to cook out in the desert and/or flee from the Mexican cartel to.
LOS CUATES DE SINALOA, “NEGRO Y AZUL”
You might remember Los Cuates de Sinaloa from the opening scene of Season Two episode “Negro Y Azul,” the Mexican trio who played the titular Narcocorrido ode to Senor Heisenberg, the drug-kingpin alias of Walter White throughout the first few seasons of Bad. The fake music video shown of “Negro Y Azul” was one of the finest cold opens in the show up until that point, and the song is great fun for Bad aficionados, all of whom should be shouting out “Hei-sen-berg!” at the top of their lungs when the song’s one recognizable lyric rolls aorund.
HALL & OATES, “METHOD OF MODERN LOVE”
There aren’t a ton of “meth” songs out there, but there are at least a handful of “method” jams, including this ’80s Hall & Oates classic that actually spells the word out in its lyrics, a tactic swiped by Method Man for his self-titled jam about a decade later. You can stop singing along before they get to the “-O-D” part for maximum effectiveness.
WARREN ZEVON, “LAWYERS, GUNS AND MONEY”
“Send lawyers, guns and money—get me out of this.” An appropriate plea for Walt for much of the run of Breaking Bad, though hopefully the lawyers Zevon had in mind were a little more effective and reliable than Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman—who we’re nonetheless more excited to see return this season than just about any other of the show’s characters.
K’S CHOICE, “NOT AN ADDICT”
For Jessie Pinkman and his endlessly recurring battle with heroin and/or meth addiction. “I’m not an addict, baby, that’s a lie.” Well, with his new girlfriend and surrogate son, his new position of responsibility and a couple of brushes with death under his hat, maybe it can actually be the truth for Jesse this season. Hope so—he doesn’t want to end up a one-hit wonder like poor K’s Choice.
NEIL YOUNG, “ALBUQUERQUE”
A plaintive, grungy country-rock ballad from Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night album, “Albuquerque” also serves as a fine ode to the home city of Breaking Bad. “I got time to roll a number / And rent a car / Oh, Albuquerque.” Sounds about right. Of course, if you prefer a more hyperactive tribute to the city in question, you can always go with the “Weird Al” Yankovic song of the same name—though if so, you might want to put it at the end of the playlist, in case your friends aren’t so into 11-minute stream-of-consciousness comedy jams.
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