Excerpts from ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 3: The British Gangland Saga is Back on Netflix by Tobias Grey (WSJ: May 30, 2016):
Gang cultures exist throughout the world, but for movie and television audiences, they don’t always cross borders easily. Netflix doesn’t provide ratings, but “Peaky Blinders,” which starts its third season on the streaming service on May 31, is anecdotally gaining such traction in the U.S. to go along with its hit status in Britain. BBC Two announced Wednesday it had ordered two more seasons of the show. It also airs in about 160 other countries.
The series uses contemporary music by artists such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (whose ominous “Red Right Hand” provides the theme), Tom Waits, the White Stripes and Radiohead. Leonard Cohen wrote a song especially for the series that will appear in season 3. And before he died, David Bowie, a fan. gave his blessing for music from his final album “Black Star” to be used this season. [Emphasis mine]
Update: I’ve uploaded the lyrics of “You Want It Darker” – the new Leonard Cohen Song heard in Peaky Blinders – to the Leonard Cohen Facebook Page.