What You Heard: Music on ‘TVD’

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Harry McVeigh, singer of English indie rock band 'White Lies'

Harry McVeigh, singer of English indie rock band from Ealing, London, the ‘White Lies’, performs during a concert on the World Music stage on the last day of the six-day long Sziget Festival on August 14, 2011, on ‘Hajogyar’ (Shipyard) Island in Budapest. One of Europe’s largest music festival, the Sziget was attended by more than 400,000 music fans, on the island in the Danube, just north of downtown Budapest. Since its creation 19 years ago, the festival has become increasing popular internationally, with now mostly Dutch, French, German and Italian students coming for the event. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Season 1, Episode 1 ‘Pilot’

Until the fourth season airs, let’s take a look back at the episode that launched the hit series. Thanks to The Vampire Diaries, more than a few bands made their way onto my iPod. Years later, some have quickly become my favorites. Here are two songs from the pilot that you might remember:

“Death” by White Lies — The somber melody and poetic lyrics of “Death” played during the pinnacle bonfire scene. Although, I stumbled upon White Lies before TVD, I inwardly celebrated at the British band’s chance to be recognized worldwide. Flash forward a month later, White Lies opens for rock sensation Kings of Leon across the United States. They’ve been compared to Joy Division and the Cure. If you enjoy “Death” try “Farewell to the Fairground,” “Unfinished Business” and “To Lose My Life.” iTunes review says, “Sometimes a band comes out with a debut that matches the hype. To Lose My Life is such an album, and White Lies are the real deal.” I couldn’t agree more. Watch the music video for “Death” below:

“Running Up That Hill” by Placebo — After The Vampire Diaries, I heard this song used multiple times in television shows, trailers and even movies. But the haunting tone and lyrics fit perfectly in a scene with Stefan. Can’t remember exactly where it was used? Watch to refresh your memory:

Are you a Placebo and White Lies fan? Have you seen them in concert? I admit, I’ve seen White Lies four times — which is borderline stalker-ish, I know. Recall any other songs from the pilot episode? You might remember MGMT’s “Kids” or Stars’ “Take Me to the Riot.”

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