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'60 Feet Tall,' The Dead Weather
Ever since 'The Sopranos' ended in 2007, HBO viewers have been crying for another series of the same caliber. The premium-cable channel has made its viewers' wish potentially come true, except this time the gangsters have moved from Northern New Jersey to the Sin City of the southern shore, Atlantic City, and from the 2000s to the 1920s. The network's newest series, 'Boardwalk Empire,' comes from critically acclaimed director Martin Scorsese and recounts the life of Atlantic City politician and racketeer Nucky Thompson.
In the trailer for 'Boardwalk Empire,' one can't help but listen to the ominous song playing in the background. The sinister guitar riff and vibrating drums come from the Dead Weather's '60 Feet Tall.' The Dead Weather are a supergroup of sorts, comprised of White Stripes guitarist Jack White, the Kills singer Alison Mosshart, Queens of Stone Age keyboardist Dean Fertita and Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence.
'60 Feet Tall,' which is off the Dead Weather's debut album, 'Horehound,' proves to be a perfect fit for the 'Boardwalk Empire' trailer. The clip starts off with the beginning portion of the song, which contains a slow, bluesy guitar riff and a haunting drum roll. As the trailer begins to show more action, Mosshart lets out a wail and '60 Feet Tall' takes off into a mixture of pounding drums and Fertita's impeccable guitar shredding. Even though the trailer doesn't contain any of Mosshart's actual vocals, the lyrics encompass Nucky Thompson's ruthless attitude and his unwavering ego. In the full song, Mosshart sings, "You're so cruel and shameless" and finishes off with the line, "I can take the trouble/'Cause I'm 60 feet tall."
'Boardwalk Empire,' which premieres on Sept. 19 at 9 PM ET in North America, is based on the true story of Atlantic City during Prohibition. Nucky Thompson -- played by veteran actor Steve Buscemi and based on the real-life Enoch "Nucky" Johnson" -- takes full advantage of the outlawing of alcohol during Prohibition and becomes the undisputed crime boss of Atlantic City. Thompson, with his gang of followers, has no mercy and choose to take out anyone who threatens their reign over the New Jersey hot spot, proving you can be a mere six feet tall to wield power.