Teaser Playlist: Ricky Porter

I’ve got a playlist for Ricky that I made for THE DAY WE ATE GRANDAD and going forward, that I love and which is here, called The Gilded King:

46 songs, 2hrs 52mins

Behind the Title

The Gilded King is a nod to The King in Yellow, a fictional play that appears in the story of the same name by Robert W. Chambers. Anyone who reads it goes insane, and that’s basically the premise (on steroids) of one of my favourite Weird films, In The Mouth of Madness (dir. John Carpenter). In the later stories in the Lovecraftian mythos, the King in Yellow is conflated with Hastur (an Ambrose Bierce invention, initially, and a benign god of shepherds in his short story ‘Haïta the Shepherd’ (1891)).

Ricky is linked to the King in Yellow very subtly in the books, as when he’s not head to foot in grey, the main colour that he is linked with in terms of fabric is yellow. He has a dirty yellow blanket around his shoulders in the cellar of Fairwood in The Crows, and Carrie’s bedding is yellow, with yellow sheets or a duvet patterned with sunflowers. He also has a thing for cornflower blue (cornflowers being wild flowers that show up in fields and pasture lands) and he’s linked to the woods and fields in terms of his setting. That’s all a nod to Hastur in Bierce’s story, and the fact that Ricky is an autodidact who loves to read is a connection to The King in Yellow being a play in Chambers’ story.

Then there’s the fact that Wes constantly calls Ricky royalty-adjacent terms of endearment (usually sarcastically) – His Majesty, Her Majesty, Princess, Queen Richard, King Richard, King Richard IV… etc. [That’s meant in the way gay men in the UK (and probably/possibly elsewhere) can refer to each other with she/her pronouns, not a reference to his gender identity, just in case anyone’s unfamiliar with that and wondering.]

The Tracks

  1. Arsonist’s Lullaby – Hoozier
  2. Villain of My Own Story – Unlike Pluto
  3. Filthy Pride – Social Repose
  4. King For A Day – Pierce the Veil, Kellin Quinn
  5. We Don’t Have To Dance – Andy Black
  7. Throne – Bring Me The Horizon
  8. Animal I Have Become – Three Days Grace
  9. I’m Not OK – Weathers
  10. Sorry About Your Parents – Icon For Hire
  11. Ribcage – Andy Black
  12. I’m Not A Vampire – Revamped – Falling In Reverse
  13. Hold On For Your Life (Acoustic) – Sam Tinnesz
  14. Homecoming King – Andy Black
  15. The Kill – Thirty Seconds To Mars
  16. Beautiful Darkside – The Classic Crime
  17. A Love Like War (feat. Vic Fuentes) – All Time Low, Vic Fuentes
  18. Nightmare – Set It Off
  19. Mama – My Chemical Romance
  20. Ending – Isak Danielson
  21. Power – Isak Danielson
  22. Home (Bright Soundtrack) – Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors, Bebe Rexha
  23. Honey, I’m Home – Ghost and Pals
  24. While Monsters Rage – Barry Coupland
  25. Kill Everyone – Hollywood Undead
  26. Solitude – Sorry, Peach
  27. Lonely – Palaye Royale
  28. Madame Le Mort – newhaven
  29. Fly On The Wall – Thousand Foot Krutch
  30. Ocean Eyes – American Avenue
  31. In The End – Black Veil Brides
  32. River – Ochman
  33. Feel So Numb – Rob Zombie
  34. Square Hammer – Ghost
  35. The Killing Kind – Marianas Trench
  36. Demons and Angels – LOWBORN
  37. Start A War – Klergy, Valerie Broussard
  38. HELL TO HAVE YOU – Our Last Night, Sam Tinnesz
  39. Tonight Is The Night I Die – Palaye Royale
  40. Street Fight – Adam Jensen
  41. More – Finnegan Tui
  42. Angry – Paravi
  43. Tomorrow We Fight – Tommee Proffitt, SVRCINA
  44. Not Afraid To Die – Written By Wolves
  45. The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry) – AS IT IS
  46. Drown In My Mind – Story Untold

This is based on a shorter playlist of Ricky Vibes I made for earlier in the series, but these songs also still work and there are crossovers:

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