Ironically, nothing reminds you that you need to go out for a run more than binge viewing your way through another House of Cards season. Running plays a big part in the TV show and many are still trying to find out the hidden meaning behind the old woman telling Claire Underwood not to run in the cemetery in season one.
Have you ever wondered what Frank and Claire Underwood listen to on those infamous late night runs? Have you been tempted to purchase a North Face vest and live out your very own House of Card’s fantasy while running through the streets of your hometown? For those of you that bravely or nervously answered yes to both of the questions, Spotify has a treat in store for you.
Three running playlists appeared on the music streaming service as Season 5 hit Netflix. We are led to believe that the plalists were created by Claire Underwood, Frank Underwood and even the even the quiet, cold and calculating Doug Stamper gets his own playlist too. We are used to seeing our favorite antiheroes Frank and Claire Underwood wearing all black, putting on a pair of headphones, and heading out for a run before plotting their next dark and dastardly move. But, now you can hear what music they are supposedly listening to.
Sure we could dismiss Spotify’s actions as a stupid and cringeworthy PR stunt that went too far. But, if the motivation to get you away from the couch and out for a run is to pretend to be a character from your fave TV show, I don’t see any harm in that.
It’s fair to say that all three of the Spotify playlists contain an eclectic mix of tracks. Claire Underwood goes for girl power with the likes of Florence and the Machine, Beyonce, Tina Turner. Even though a bizarre appearance of We Are The World appears, it’s Foreigner’s, Cold As Ice that reveals more than she would like you to see.
Frank Underwood predictably opens up with Sinatra’s My Way. I cannot help but think that he is also very aware of the irony of including the often misunderstood protest song Born in the USA. Although I struggle to think of Frank singing Danger Zone from the top of his voice while running through a deserted graveyard.
However, once again a random mix of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osborne and Atlantic Starr will make for an entertaining run around the block.
One of the darkest and most complex characters from the show Doug Stamper has everything from AC/DC, Rise Against The Machine, Soundgarden to Boys II Men. But a theme of secrets and lies is prominent in his song choices.
You will not find any House of Cards season spoilers in this post. But as you binge your way through another 13 episodes of the superbly acted show, don’t rush your way through it. Some things shouldn’t be consumed in a few sittings like a trip to McDonald’s. Treat the series like a fine whiskey and savor every mouthwatering and jaw dropping scene.
Why not take a mid-season break, put on your North Face running vest, plug in your earphones and head out for a run while listening to one of the themed playlists. But, just promise me you won’t run in the graveyard.