Stranger Things, Netflix’s mega-popular sci-fi/horror series, thrives on Eighties pop-culture nostalgia. The mixtapes shared between the series’ characters Jonathan Byers and younger brother Will are an emotional anchor of the show’s first season. Now a real mixtape, inspired by the series, has been released, NME reports.
DJ Yoda released an eclectic mixtape, which weaves period-friendly alt-rock (the Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”), progressive electronica (Tangerine Dream’s “Beach Scene”) and New Wave (Modern English’s “I Melt With You”) with other classic tracks and samples of Stranger Things dialogue.
The mix opens with Jonathan Byers telling Will, “I made you a new mixtape. There’s some stuff on there I think you really might like.” After a sample of the show’s haunting opening synth theme, DJ Yoda works in pieces of Toto’s “Africa,” Dolly Parton’s “The Bargain Store,” Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and Extra T.’s’ funky “E.T. Boogie,” among others – ending, fittingly, with Byers brothers favorite Clash tune, “Should I Stay or Should I Go.”
Yoda’s mix should hold over fans pining for the Stranger Things Soundtrack, created by Austin duo S U R V I V E. According to the series’ Facebook page, the X-Files-leaning score is coming soon.
Stranger Things co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer recently told Variety that, if granted a second season, they plan to more deeply explore the show’s mythology.“There’s a lot there we don’t know or understand,” Ross said. “We have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for, or we didn’t feel like we needed to get into in season one, because of the main tension of Will. We have that whole other world that we haven’t fully explored in this season, and that was very purposeful.”
From musical cues to Spielberg movie references, Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ resurrects the Eighties. Watch here for an inside look into the hit series.