Sync Placement :: Carroll Lloyd on Netflix Series, ‘Stranger Things’

Netflix Series ‘Stranger Things’, EP 205: ‘Try My Love’ by Carroll Lloyd


Stranger Things :: With its loveable cast, supernatural plot, and its great mix of adventure, comedy and horror, the thing that really gives the Netflix smash ‘Stranger Things’ its character is the selection of music used.

The “Stranger Things 2” team borrowed songs from “Scarface” and “Escape from New York” and even dug up a tune by Apollo Creed for the new season of the ’80s-focused Netflix series.

The show’s soundtrack includes some of the most memorable hits from the 70s and 80s, as well as some slightly more obscure tracks.

Set in fictional Hawkins, Ind., “Stranger Things 2” brings back composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (members of experimental synth band Survive) for the show’s spine-chilling score.

But more than 50 additional songs are heard during the nine-episode sequel season. provides a track-by-track breakdown below, and we also compiled a Spotify playlist.

Three “Stranger Things 2” songs are too obscure to find at Spotify (tunes by Carl “Apollo Creed” Weathers, metal band Hittman and early ’60s pop-rock singer Jack Cook), but YouTube came to the rescue.

Viewers are discovering three new characters who bring musical tastes to the story: Billy Hargrove (portrayed by Dacre Montgomery) and his metal/hardcore punk faves; Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman) and his love of classic jazz; and Bob Newby (Sean Astin) who simply likes to take it easy.

Here’s a listener’s guide to “Strangers Thing 2”:

Stranger Things Ep. 205: “Dig Dug”

Scene: When Nancy and Jonathan check into the motel.

Music: Carroll Lloyd, “Try My Love” (1967) ~ This Memphis soul single was issued on the Tower Records label. Lloyd, a Southern soul singer who recorded in Memphis. Can carry a tune but didn’t have an extensive career. File under ‘highly obscure’.

Stranger Things Ep. 205 also includes the following tracks ::

Carl Weathers, “You Ought to be with Me” (1981): Actor Carl Weathers released this single between “Rocky II” and “Rocky III.”

Bobby Bare, “Green, Green Grass of Home” (1966): Country singer Bobby Bare covered this song popularized by Porter Wagoner for an album titled “The Streets of Baltimore.”

Shock Therapy, “Can I Do What I Want?” (1985): Detroit rock band recorded this song for its debut album.

Hittman, “Metal Sport” (1984): This underground New York band is planning a 2018 reunion show at the Keep It True Festival in Germany.

Robert Gorl, “Darling Don’t Leave Me” (1983): This synthpop song features Annie Lennox on backing vocals.

The Jetzons, “When the Sun Goes Down” (1982): Jetzons keyboard player Brad Buxer later worked as Michael Jackson’s music director.

Channel 3, “Strength in Numbers” (1982): Hardcore punk band Channel 3 was founded in Los Angeles suburb Cerritos.

Billie Holiday, “No More” (1944): The first of two Billie Holiday songs featured in “Stranger Things 2.”

Philip Glass, “Open the Kingdom (Liquid Days, Part Two)” (1986): Celebrated composer Philip Glass collaborated with David Byrne on this song.

You know, there’s a lot more like this in our music vaults (and then some) to place in your next project – so go ahead, give us a ping at and let us know what you need!

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