Woke Up This Morning
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"Woke Up This Morning" is a song by English band Alabama 3 from their 1997 album ''Exile on Coldharbour Lane.'' The song is best known as the opening theme music for the popular HBO drama series ''The Sopranos'' which used the "Chosen One Mix" of the song.
==Background and writing==
Described as "a propulsive hip-hop song complete with Howlin' Wolf samples and a swelling gospel choir",〔Murray Smith, "Just What Is It That Makes Tony Soprano Such An Appealing, Attractive Murderer", in Ward E. Jones and Samantha Vice, eds., ''Ethics at the Cinema'' (Oxford University Press, 2010), ISBN 978-0199793167, p. 78. (Excerpts available ) at Google Books.〕 the song has been cited as a paradigmatic example of a "great theme song", which "generates anticipation, immediately puts the viewer in a focused frame of mind, and creates the kind of sonic familiarity that breeds audience loyalty."〔Ron Sobel and Dick Weissman, ''Music Publishing: The Roadmap to Royalties'' (Routledge, 2008), ISBN 978-0203895689, p. 101. (Excerpts available ) at Google Books.〕 Alabama 3 frontman Rob Spragg wrote the song after hearing about the 1996 murder case of Sara Thornton,〔Duncan Campbell, ("Face off" ), ''The Guardian'', September 27, 2007.〕 who stabbed her husband after 2 years of abuse, mistreatment and neglect.〔David Johannson, "Homeward Bound" Those Soprano Titles Come Heavy", in David Lavery, ed., ''Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO'' (I.B. Tauris, 2006), ISBN 978-1845111212, pp. 35-36. (Excerpts available ) at Google Books.〕 The song is co-written with Piers Marsh, Simon Edwards and Jake Black.
"We started with a Howlin' Wolf loop, but a lot of blues lyrics are quite misogynist," Spragg observed. "So I turned it round to be about a woman who's had enough and gets a gun – it's quite ironic that it's become a New Jersey gangster anthem."〔''Q'', May 2001〕
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