One of the most controversial series to ever come out of Netflix is "13 Reasons Why." Revolving around the suicide of high school student Hannah Baker. Through the cassette tapes she left, a number of characters around her are drawn into a web of lies and secrets. It tackles social issues plaguing the youth of today - from bullying to racism.
As an instrument to heighten the emotions portrayed in the series, key pieces of music are used throughout the show's four seasons. To look back at one of its most controversial parts yet, here are three songs featured on "13 Reasons Why" Season 3.
"Bad Dance" by Sleater-Kinney
The single from Sleater-Kinney appears on their latest album "The Center Won't Hold," as well as in "13 Reasons Why" Season 3. Specifically, it plays during one of the most intriguing parts of the episode "There Are A Few Things I Haven't Told You." Tensions are already rising leading to the game between Liberty and Hillcrest, with Bryce confronting Monty about what he did to Tyler.
During the game's halftime, Jessica and the rest of the sexual assault survivor club crashed the game. They then take off their clothes, showing their bodies painted red, and start a protest against jock culture. "Bad Dance" plays, intensifying the suspense in the scene, culminating in an all-out brawl between the two football teams.
"Something I Learned Today" by Hüsker Dü
Husker Du started out as a hardcore punk act, later mellowing to alternative rock. One of the most underrated rock bands, they are behind the album "Zen Arcade," first released in July 1984. It was considered a landmark work and helped define the alt-rock genre. Its opening track was "Something I Learned Today," written by Bob Mould himself.
It was used in "13 Reasons Why" Season 3, episode 5: "Nobody's Clean." Series fans are aware that Bryce was actually beaten to death and not shot. Despite this fact, Tony and Clay still tried to dispose of the evidence - including Tyler's gun - by throwing them into the river.
Episode 5 follows the police investigation to trace who bought steroids from Bryce, hoping it'll lead them to a person with motive. At the end of the episode, Ani uncovers a red Mustang, surprised by the fact. "Ani was right, 'Nobody's clean.'" as the Husker Du song track plays.
"Find the River" by REM
It was released as the sixth single for their album. "Find the River" was released on October 21, 1993, while the REM album, "Automatic for the People," was released on October 5, 1992. As a part of "13 Reasons Why" Season 3, it appeared in the season 3 finale "Let The Dead Bury The Dead."
This folk and alt-rock track from REM serves a couple of purposes in the scene where it was played in. During Tyler's exhibit at Monet's, his pictures showed his friends who helped him get through since he was sexually assaulted. They were Tyler's rivers, acting as his guide to move forward after his harrowing experience. As the sequence moves to the actual river, a fisherman finds the guns that Tony, Tyler, and Clay hid in the river a few episodes back.
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