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Your All-American Playlist To Get You Ready For The American Gods TV Premier

Neil Gaiman's cult phenomenon novel American Gods is getting its own show on Starz. So, I decided to put together all the right jams from the novel to get you pumped and ready for the Old gods and the New gods on April 30, 2017.

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1. "Nottamun Town" by the Fairport Convention

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This is a great song to set the tone for the novel. Considering our protagonist is a recently released ex-con, it paints a strong picture of the predicament our main character (Shadow Moon) is in.

2. "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline

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Exactly the kind of song you would expect to hear walkin' into a bar as Shadow mourns the loss of his wife. A little sad, a little country, and a whole lot of symbolism.

3. "Iko Iko" by the Dixie Cups

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My King, your King? New gods, Old gods? Could this have anything to do with the novel's "On coming storm" frequently mentioned? Guess we'll just have to see.

4. "Who Loves The Sun" by the Velvet Underground

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In the Novel, Mad Sweeney puts on this tune in Jack's Crocodile Bar when showing Shadow his coin tricks. I'm sure it's no coincidence when Mad Sweeney later that night gives Shadow the sun-coin.

5. "The Fool on the Hill" by Paul McCartney

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This song comes on while Shadow is in a gas station bathroom while on his way to his wife's funeral. For those of you who have read and love the novel, know that this song is pretty much perfect to hear right before shadow finds out what exactly his wife (Laura Moon) was up to while he was in prison.

6. "Shadow and Jimmy" by Was Not Was and Elvis Costello

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Although this song is not mentioned in the novel, it is where Neil Gaiman got his inspiration for Shadow's name. It also has a pretty good resemblance to Shadows life before prison, his wife's death, and all the gods he will meet a long his path in the novel.

7. "Heart Break Hotel" by Elvis Presley

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After accepting Mr. Wednesday's job offer and having a run in with our favorite little jerk, the Technical Boy, Shadow finds himself at Motel America where Mr. Wednesday has a room reserved for him where Laura comes to visit in the middle of the night. (Wait.... I thought she was dead? Well, Yes, Sorta, Read the book!)

8. "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin

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At the end of chapter 3, Gaiman gives us a glimpse of how the vikings came over to America. This song felt like a pretty good fit for some badass viking journeys.

9. "Midnight Special" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

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This song kicks off chapter 4 with an opening quote of the chorus. It gives reference to later in the chapter where the midnight sister, Zorya Polunochnaya, plucks the moon from the sky and gives it to Shadow for protection. One Midnight Special Coming up!

10. "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan

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The first song that has to do with the novels "on coming storm" which comes on as Shadow and Wednesday set out to pay a visit to Wednesday's old friend Chernabog.

11. "I Have The Moon" by the Magnetic Fields

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This song isn't in the novel, however it was one of the songs that helped inspire Gaiman in writing the novel and it's one that Gaiman feels sums up the painful star-crossed lover situation that Shadow and Laura are in.

12. "Octopus's Garden" by The Beatles

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One of the songs that Shadow hears when visiting the House On The Rock. A fun little diddy to keep the novel a little up beat.

13. "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult

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After Shadow is visited by some rather pesky goons, Laura makes a swift and killer (haha, pun totally intended) appearance to take out some goon looking trash. Whenever I would read the chapter I always felt like this would be in the back ground as she kicks some ass and takes these guys out.

14. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" by David Bowie

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Not necessarily in the novel, however, I feel like Bast would really appreciate this sexy feline Bowie tune.

15. "Tango Till They're Sore" by Tom Waites

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Welcome to Lakeside where "I’ll tell you all my secrets, but I lie about my past" should be placed on their towns welcome sign.

16. "Help!"

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When Shadow has no ride while stuck walking in the freezing snow of lakeside, it's no wonder this Beatles tune pops into his head.

17. "Why Can't He Be You" by Patsy Cline

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One of the songs that plays while Shadow is in Las Vegas. This is a pretty great song for Laura the more we find out about her point of view on Shadow, especially when she says that she feels like "he's only half a man". Which was one of the reasons she ended up cheating.

18. "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)" by Scott McKenzie

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When Shadow gets the call from Wednesday to meet him in San Francisco, Wednesday jokes "the flowers in your hair are optional" hinting at this great hippy anthem for the city.

19. "Marie Laveau" by Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show

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A song giving a head nod to the voodoo priestess mentioned at the end of chapter 11.

20. "Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)" by Paul Revere and The Raiders

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A really good song to fit with Shadow's conversation with Whiskey Jack later in the novel.

21. "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash

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GET READY CAUSE THE BATTLE IS ABOUT TO GET STARTED! This song isn't in the novel however every time Wednesday talks about the "on coming storm" all I can hear is this dark Johnny Cash ballad that sounds like it was written by Wednesday himself.

22. "Dark Am I Yet Lovely" by Sinead O'Connor

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A wonderful song to describe Bilquis before she goes out on her doomed late night stroll.

23. "Material Girl" by Madonna

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A very good contrast to Bilquis' song. Even though it's about a material girl, I can just see Technical Boy hate jamming to this on his iPhone.

24. "In The Dark With You" by Greg Brown

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One of the beautiful songs Gaiman snuck into the novel that shows Shadow's love for Laura.

25. "Hang me, Oh Hang Me" by Dave Van Ronk

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A verse from this song begins Chapter 15. Theres no doubt this song is about Shadow as he hangs from the world tree, going from pretty comfy to unbearable agony.

26. "The Ballad of Sam Bass" by Alan Lomax

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A wonderful song to show how an outlaw (ex-con) can become a great legend (A God).

27. "What's New Pussy Cat" by Tom Jones

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Mr. Nancy's first song at karaoke. A nice head nod to his lifelong adversary, Tiger.

28. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

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Another Mr. Nancy karaoke selection. This one is a real crowd pleaser (Wink, Wink).

29. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by the Animals

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Shadow's karaoke selection. It’s his song of triumph, of no longer being “a big, solid, man-shaped hole in the world,” and how he is embracing the business of living.

30. "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls

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The last song mentioned in the novel, its about not taking life too seriously and not tying yourself down to one set of answers, dogma, or belief. Sounds like a pretty good fit with the story's journey from start to finish.

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