I’ve been mulling this over a while. I teach a lot of criminal law classes and the odd criminal justice course and while there are a ton of movie and TV show clips to use in classes as examples I’ve not yet been able to use music in a course — though I’m noodling the idea constantly. Anyway — I am not talking drug songs so no Cocaine or rap records about cheeba, ganja, et al. I’m talking prison, cops, murder, etc. Here’s my top 10 (in no particular order) feel free to contribute:
1. Thin Lizzy — Jailbreak
2. Johnny Cash — Folsom Prison Blues
3. Junior Brown — Highway Patrol
4. Johnny Cash — Cocaine Blues
5. Marty Robbins — They’re Hangin’ Me Tonight (no video of Marty singing, but this is a recording of him put to pics):
6. Bruce Springsteen — Nebraska — I don’t how he captured a serial killer in song, but he nailed it.
7. Bruce Springsteen — Highway Patrolman (Springsteen’s Nebraska album is really dark)
8. Robert Johnson — 32-20 Blues
9. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds — The Mercy Seat
10. U2 — Exit — Live in Denver from Rattle and Hum the film
I purposely left out Jailhouse Rock and I Fought the Law and about a million Johnny Cash and cowboy songs, I Shot the Sheriff.