True Blood: The Dark Side of Taylor Swift
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston.
We told you that Taylor Swift was going to become a goth icon, but did you listen? Did you? No. No, you said we were "crazy." That our logic was "sketchy." That we should take the "medication" that nice "doctor" prescribed us after we "went apeshit" over the Dungeons & Dragons movie.
Well, we were right and you were wrong because here comes Ms. Swift in all her gothy glory right on True Blood.
Truth be told, we love Taylor Swift. Our love is guileless and unashamed. When we were reluctantly flipping through Houston's sad FM dial searching for any melody to take the pain of traffic away, and Swift's "Mine" came on, we knew that we were just going to have to live with the fact that the little minx is completely pop-awesome. She is, and we will fight any one of you tooth and freakin' nail over the fact.
Admittedly, when we claimed that Swift would rise to become a spooky starlet, we were just having some fun with our editor at a young star's expense. However, since then, we've watched her carefully, and every now and then she really does pull some awesomely dark and wonderful stuff.
Consider this live video that the Wife With One F found for us after we heard a song of hers on this week's True Blood. In it, Swift, decked out in an ensemble that is half Christine Daaé, half Magenta from Rocky Horror, desperately hammers a bell to toll the sorrow of her soul in the song "Haunted." She really sells her broken-hearted anguish, anger and complete conflictedness before launching into the song proper.
Even when we reach the more mundane pop-song aspect of the performance, her eyes are wild, her hair flies in every direction, and truly we get to hear lyrics that would be perfectly at home in a Birthday Massacre tune. Sure, the staging is the typical overblown crap that most pop stars use this day to hide the fact that what they're doing is bloody boring, but Swift uses it as opposed to letting it use her. She's aces.