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'Sons of Anarchy' Covers 'Sitting on Top of the World'

Weezer's Scott Shriner shreds bass on heavy blues track

October 1, 2013 9:00 AM ET
The Forest Rangers Sitting on Top of the World
The Forest Rangers, 'Sitting on Top of the World'
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Sons of Anarchy isn't done unveiling cover songs from its sixth and current season – not by a long shot. This time, music supervisor and composer Bob Thiele went back to the 1930s to put a heavy spin on the blues-folk track "Sitting on Top of the World." The song was hand-picked by series creator Kurt Sutter, who also plays Otto Delaney in the show, and the Forest Rangers helped roughen up the cut with their loaded guitars.

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For the track, Thiele got help from a rock buddy, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, who hopped on the track to shred some low-end. "He and his bandmates had just gotten back from someplace far away and Scott got up early one morning to play a most brutal bass line," Thiele tells Rolling Stone. After the sounds started to come together, Thiele needed a singer who would bring "his own unique approach," and reached out to Masters of Reality's Chris Goss. "Chris makes the surrender and accepts his fate," says Thiele, "worry-free, sitting on top of the world."

Season Six of Sons of Anarchy continues tonight on FX; this version of "Sitting on Top of the World" is available on iTunes.

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