You just heard Elle King‘s “Playing For Keeps,” the outstanding Mob Wives: Chicago theme song. Elle told us, when she swung through our offices ahead of the show’s premiere, that she thinks it’s “so cool” that she has a television theme song of her own, and especially so for “such a gangster show.” She wrote the song for people who might have lost their way, she says, before adding with a wink, “like in the mob. Not that it exists. I’m not saying nothing!”
“Playing for Keeps” easily earns its place with the greats, and so we figured we would have Elle share with us her five favorites from the canon. Amongst them is a classic that she still knows all the words to, another that’s always stuck in her head, and that one has her jonesing for a vampire make-out sesh every time. And then, because she’s a little wild like that, she threw in a bonus 6th favorite. Check it out!
At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. This past month was no different as VH1′s CMI team worked to synch the best tracks to shows like Mob Wives Chicago and Single Ladies 2, tunes that added an extra spark to the drama onscreen. We thought it would be neat to give you an inside look into this world of music supervision.
To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in June — from artists like Timomatic, Emeli Sande, and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and look out for our July playlist!
You’ve heard Elle King’s “Playing for Keeps” as the theme song to our new series,Mob Wives Chicago. This season, we’ve decided to differentiate the soundtrack from Mob Wives New York by creating a new through line for the series. We chose powerful female vocals to compliment the strong female characters. Whether it’s quirky pop, emotional acoustic material, upbeat new wave, we’ve got ladies belting out the featured songs this season. “Playing For Keeps” meshes nicely with this soundtrack, but it is also a intended nod to the retro soul inspired theme song toMob Wives, Rock Mafia‘s “The Big Bang”.
“Playing For Keeps” was pitched to us by Elle’s publisher back in December 2011. There wasn’t an immediate spot for it, but we held on to it knowing what a powerful track it was. The perfect opportunity came with Mob Wives Chicago. The way Elle’s soulfully unique and gritty voice speaks of anguish made this a no-brainer when it was coupled with the visuals of the women who have endured the roughest of rough being the spouses or relatives of alleged mobsters.
We’re not gonna lie, everyone here at VH1 is pretty smitten with Elle King. So much so that from the moment our Creative Music Integration (CMI) team heard this 23 year-old’s raw, soulful-beyond-her-years voice on “Playing For Keeps,” they knew that it would make the perfect theme song for Mob Wives: Chicago. Elle came by our offices last week to celebrate the release of her brand new, eponymous EP, and our own Lauren Weissler spent the day trailing Elle and taking these gorgeous photographs —some of which come with commentary from Elle herself!— for the latest entry in our ongoing Music Seen series.
“Usually at 7 am my make up is the same from the night before. I was also really excited that for the first time I got to look and dress how I wanted and really be myself.”
Today sees the release of her new, four-song EP, simply entitled The Elle King EP. In addition to “Playing For Keeps,” the record features two other original tracks (“Good To Be A Man” and “No One Can Save You”) and a live cover of Khia’s XXX-rated hip-hop classic “My Neck, My Back.” Before you decide to head over to the iTunes store to purchase it, you can stream the entire album right here on VH1 Tuner for FREE for the next seven days. So take a listen to this talented new artist whose powerful pipes are drawing favorable comparisons to Adele, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Last night, VH1 aired the debut episode of Mob Wives: Chicago. From the opening moments of the program, many people on Twitter were wondering how they could get their hands on a copy of the show’s dynamic theme song, “Playing For Keeps” by Elle King. Well, VH1 Tuner readers, you’re in luck: We’ve got a FREE MP3 of “Playing For Keeps” that you can download now. All you have to do is leave your email address below and you’re good to go!
Elle’s debut EP, The Elle King EP, will hit stores tomorrow. Stay tuned to VH1 Tuner for more updates from this exciting new artist!
You know that cool girl in school with a mop of platinum blonde hair, sporting the bright lipstick and piercings you could never pull off, filling the air with an attitude that screams, “I couldn’t even pretend to care that I impress you right now.” That’s Elle King. She’s the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-bred new kid who suddenly appeared at a playground of bluesy, alt-rock soul music, and you’ll hear her on VH1 when Mob Wives Chicago premieres Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
Elle’s likened her sound to the imaginary progeny of great Memphis soul queen Carla Thomas and punk rock poster boy Joey Ramone, but after listening to her debut EP, it’s clear she’s crafted a style all her own. It’s bluesy in a way that sounds like she inhaled too much cigar-smoke from a long-standing gig at a juke joint. Yet, she’s jarringly smooth in her control and effortless in her command.
Not to mention, Elle’s self-penned lyrics make you want to stop and listen even if her voice doesn’t stop you cold first. “It’s a long way down/To the sacred ground/Where the reaper’s playing for keeps” she growls through a chorus of “Playing for Keeps,” which has been chosen as the theme song for Mob Wives Chicago. With a fearless attitude and edge to her voice, it’s the perfect score to set the mood for the deep dish spinoff to VH1′s hit series. Read more…