For those of you keeping up with OLLIE's soundtrack, here's another in-depth look at some of the songs on the playlist, which you can access below. I'm entertained whenever anyone asks me how much research went into the writing of this story, because the answer is far less than you might think. But that's to be expected when you're retro garbage like me, I suppose! Most of the research that went into OLLIE was more of the fact-checking variety, plus some first-hand accounts to help grab that realistic flavor. Hopefully reading a bit more about the music will help put you right there in 1973.
Get Off Of My Cloud - The Rolling Stones - (1965) - Ollie sets this track spinning on a night where he's left alone to his own devices and ends up causing new problems for himself. This song has a great driving beat, but it's the irreverent commentary on consumerism that made it particularly appropriate for the scene. Ollie is completely dominated by superficiality, which comes off in his selfish behavior. Of course this would be the song that illuminates his first real dose of sobriety.
You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones - (1969) - By the end of the 60s, the Stones were going through some personal hardships -- mostly related to their wild lifestyles and a ton of drugs. Mick Jagger was the one who delivered most of this final track of the decade, but it's probably one of their most iconic. This song was originally the title of the chapter in which Ollie finds himself stuck in Julian's clutches -- a toy for a proud tomcat to play with. Perhaps it's fitting to add the song's parenthetical: but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need!
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones - (1966) - This depressing track was written about grief and loss, which was quite a topic for a song that went straight to the top of the charts. According to Ollie, when Paint It, Black first came on the radio, it was nothing like he'd ever heard before, and filled an empty gap in his childhood. He claims it was the reason he purchased his first 45 at the tender age of twelve, and then eventually picked up a guitar. Perhaps it's divine irony that the sitar that features on this track was heavily influenced by Ravi Shankar, who famously tutored not only Brian Jones of the Stones, but also George Harrison of the Beatles.
Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones - (1968) - It goes without saying that this song would have been the original title for the chapter in which Julian reveals his interest in Ollie extends far beyond the casual, and Ollie exhibits his penchant for dangerous irresponsibility. Suffice to say that both our leading gentlemen have a bit of the Devil in them, but it's that dark messiness that also gives them their charms. Pleased to meet you, Julian croons with dark satisfaction; Hope you guessed my name.
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles - (1967) - The first Beatles song mentioned directly in OLLIE, this is the first song Ollie things to deride during a musical debate with Julian. He can't quite fathom how someone as pretentious as Julian would also cling so steadfastly to the Summer of Love, and has no problem trashing both Julian and the Beatles as if they were one, single offense.