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'Black Mirror' Creator Shares 42-Song 80s Playlist for 'San Junipero' Episode: Smiths, Pixies, Public Enemy & More
If you haven't watched the 1980s throwback episode "San Junipero" from the new third season of Netflix's Black Mirror anthology series, we won't spoil it for you. But suffice it to say that the latest future-shock mini-movie from the mind of British creator Charlie Brooker is an homage to his teenage years during the Reagan/Thatcher era. It's packed with songs from his youth, which serve as a soundtrack to what some are calling one of the best small screen portraits of a loving same-sex couple in recent memory.
"So 1987 — I think I would have been about 16 — it felt like a really good era to anchor it in. It was shiny, it’s aspirational, and it just felt like the perfect place to revive this sort of simulation, with this heightened, movie-fied version of 1987," Brooker told Vogue about why he revisited his younger days in the episode. "And then there’s huge nostalgia for me. All the music I said I hated, I secretly loved all of it; T’Pau and all of that. It was a great way for me to indulge in all those guilty pleasures. To go back and revisit all of that music people claimed to hate in 1987."
Now, he's shared a 42-song expanded Spotify playlist for "San Junipero," packed with guilty pleasures and classic tracks from the era -- some of which were left out due to rights reasons or other issues -- including songs from the Beastie Boys, The Smiths, Alexander O'Neal, Public Enemy, The Bangles, M/A/R/R/S, Art of Noise, INXS and Madonna.
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