Attached to the series’ theme: the gospel/blues song

Having become addicted to the excellent crime drama series The Wire (2002-08), the first season of which a colleague lent me on DVD, I’ve also become attached to the series’ theme: the gospel/blues song “Way Down in the Hole.” (The full line is, “You gotta keep the devil way down in the hole.”) In the first season, the song was done by The Blind Boys of Alabama (from their 2001 album Spirit of the Century, which won a Grammy Award in 2002). Here’s the full-length version on YouTube,

to which I find myself dancing a mix of Cajun/rhumba/East Coast Swing when it comes on. The same song was rendered by other artists in subsequent seasons; I’ve listened to them all, but much prefer the Blind Boys’ version.