Listen to Woodkid’s ‘Run Boy Run’ featured on ’13 Reasons Why’ — it’s perfect
The Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why’ has kicked ass in the soundtrack department since it released, with some of the most interesting songs I’ve heard on a TV series yet. That being said, I do think the music supervisor outdid himself when he decided having Woodkid’s ‘Run Boy Run‘ featured on ‘13 Reasons Why‘ was the perfect fit to help tell the story.
After all, to some extent, you do get a picture in your head of Hannah running and running and running. Before she takes her own life. Running in an attempt to get to something better than the bullying and abuse she is getting at school.
‘Run Boy Run‘ was played on episode 2, “Tape 1, Side B“, as Tony’s car passes Clay’s bicycle and then Tony meets Hannah’s mother.
The song itself was written by French singer songwriter, producer and music video director Woodkid, aka Yoann Lemoine, for his incredible debut album The Golden Age. It was the second single from the powerful album, and hit the charts in six countries. Quite a feat for the French artist, whose chamber pop, industrial music doesn’t usually get attention from the mass market.
The track has also been used in an enormous number of videos, TV shows, movie trailers and advertising campaigns, including the trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, an episode of MTV’s Teen Wolf, and on the soundtrack for the movie Divergent.
But what is just as fabulous as the song itself is the black and white video Woodkid produced for ‘Run Boy Run‘.
It shows a young boy, school bag on his back, running away from something while tears stream down his face. It soon looks like he is running from huge, hairy beasts only to have those beasts pick him up, help him run, give him a sword and a helmet and follow him on his way to an enormous, white, industrial city.
Listen to Woodkid’s ‘Run Boy Run‘ featured on ’13 Reasons Why‘ below, and watch that stunning video. Perfect, isn’t it?
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