For the past few days, all I’ve been able to think about is The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m itching for new episodes, and I haven’t felt this much anticipation for a tv series in quite some time. Although I’m only three episodes in, there’s a good reason for my obsession.
The newly added Hulu series adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name eerily resembles current events and brings the importance of women’s rights to the forefront. With the dystopian world set in the age of dating apps and contraception usage, as a character rightly points out, it’s hard not to draw parallels to a novel that is supposed to be simply a work of fiction.
Without giving anything away, I’d like to discuss the phenomenal use of music in the show. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack all day at work, and the songs selected to play in certain scenes of the show fit so well that I have no problem remembering just what took place on the screen. Many selections seem to bring about memories of a past life for the women in the show whose rights have been stripped from them, and most if not all can be classified as anthems of female empowerment.
So, I figured I’d let The Handmaid’s Tale serve as my inspiration for seven songs you should know this week. Some I’ve already heard play in the three episodes I’ve watched while others I’m anxiously waiting to see how they’ll be put to use in the show.
“Heart of Glass (Crabtree Remix)” – Blondie, Phillip Glass
Lost inside / Adorable illusion and I cannot hide
“Rebel Girl” – Bikini Kill
When she talks, I hear the revolution / In her hips, there’s revolutions
“Waiting For Something” – Jay Reatard
SPOILER ALERT: the above scene features Jay Reatard’s song (although it’s cut from this sample), and the album cover bears an uncanny resemblance to what Alexis Bledel’s character goes through.
Oh no no no! / They won’t get me
“Gravel to Tempo” – Hayley Kiyoko
Tried to stand the test / But the night is crawling through my eyes
“You Don’t Own Me” – Lesley Gore
No, Grace was not the first person to sing this song.
You don’t own me / I’m not just one of your many toys
“Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon)” – SBTRKT
You’re like a wildfire / You got me risin’ high
“Solidarity Forever” – Pete Seeger
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one
Listen to all of the songs below: