A while back I created a werewolf PI called Roman Dalton. Dalton is a boozehound as well as a werewolf and a regular imbiber at Duffy’s Bar, a smoky, pokey bar full of sinners which has a particularly tasty Wurlitzer jukebox. Here are a few of the top tunes you can hear at Duffy’s.
Drunk On The Moon by Tom Waits. The song that inspired the werewolf PI. Tom could make a more than passable werewolf himself, mind you. (Well, he was in the film Wolfen.)
I Ain’t Superstitious by Howlin’ Wolf. The most played song on Duffy’s Jukebox for obvious reasons.
I Walked With A Zombie by Roky Erikson. The biggest gangster in The City maybe the mysterious Haitian Ton Ton Philippe whose henchmen may or may not be zombies.
She’s My Witch by Kip Tyler. Every noir yarn needs femme fatale and the torch singer Daria is more fatale than most. This is her theme song.
Before The Moon Falls by The Fall. This is the title to a prequel story that I write which focus on Duffy.
The Beast In Me by Johnny Cash. Roman Dalton is always struggling to contain the killer inside him.
I Put A Spell On You by Nina Simone. There may well be a few tasty versions of this song but Dr Simone was as witchy as they come.
Walk On the Wild Side by Jimmy Smith. Elmer Bernstein’s cinematic soundtrack to life in The City.
Johnny Staccato Theme by Elmer Bernstein. The theme tune to TV a series about a jazz pianist/ PI played by John Cassavetes. Nuff said.
Devil With Blue Suede Shoes by Chuck E Weiss. Tom Waits’ old drinking partner knocks out some dirty blues. The devil has all the best tunes and is clearly the best dressed, too.
Paul D. Brazill is the author of Gumshoe, Guns Of Brixton and Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8 and 10, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste. HE BLOGS HERE.‘